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Bye bye, (free) editthispage!

Just as comes up on its 6 year anniversary on December 5 or 6 (my 6 year anniversary of blogging dates from that time), I read a rumor at Hal’s site that sites are going down soon. The comment thread there reveals that the notice is given to the managing editor upon login. […]

Jason Levine and the Manila Migration Tool

You are reading this site in this WordPress form partly due to Jason Levine of Q Daily News. He wrote a script to export a Manila site to MovableType format, and has announced that the script is now available. Last June, after burning up the better part of the month in what amounted to a […]

Mo’ migration catchup —htaccess redirects

More post-weblog migration. Or stuff I shoulda done a long time ago but I was too tired. I’m hanging out in htaccess redirect land. Manila had a bunch of custom URLs. All of which have been bouncing, between early July and now.

Word Press redirects

After all the michegas of getting my site transferred from Manila to Word Press, I took a little time off to do, ahem, (seemingly) more important things. Today I’m back in the bowels of WordPress, attempting to work out the redirects from the old site. I took all the 404s from August and sorted them. […]

More Manila image migration reverse engineering woes

Let us explore more of the travails of converting a Manila site to another format; specifically images. (This 5-part dysharmonious tale is the third or fourth installment in an ongoing discussion of the forehead-bruising process of collecting all the images from my old Manila site into a single location, focusing on the goal to reliably serve those images without trespassing on server bandwidth of any former webhost that I’m not paying.)

Picture names from Manila. Joy.

So now I’m discovering an awful fact about the pictures I uploaded in Manila: Shortcut name: The name given to the picture upon upload. For instance, for the site logo, ‘2020 banner new’ The actual filename: The original filename for the image. For instance, for that same logo, ‘2020logodelphina.gif’. Continue reading for the eyes-glaze-over details…