Sunday, April 08, 2007

Oh Noez!

Well, I finally let it happen. I didn't renew the website I had been hosting all my pictures on for two years, and so all the picture links are down. I suppose I should move all my pictures to a free image hosting site, but... I'm too lazy right now =p. When I have pictures to show in the future, I'll probably go looking for a place to put them, and then maybe start the process of moving images there. For now though, it's all text here!

The reason I didn't renew the site was because I really wasn't doing anything with it. When I first started with it in Malaysia, I had planned to create a new blog from the ground up in PHP. Well, life kinda got in the way and I soon found I didn't have time to work on it. Ditto when I arrived back in the states. In an email conversation I had with Chun Liang this week, the same thing came up. Working with open-source is great fun, but it takes time, and unless you're really dedicated to that as a past-time, or it's your actual job, you're not going to make much headway.

I'm still thinking about getting another website, though. This time, however, it's going to be a .NET site. Yup! I've hopped on the Microsoft development boat. It's kinda hard not to. Ever since I started working in .NET at work, I've found it to be a productive, streamlined experience. It's far and away the best thing I've ever worked with. Granted, my experience isn't that vast, so I'll be more specific: It beats scrounging the internet for PHP tools and busting your chops setting up PHP and MySQL so that they work on whatever version of IIS or Apache you're thinking of using, and it light-years ahead of Visual Foxpro (OK, EVERYTHING is light-years ahead of Visual FoxPro, but I digress).

I'm pretty sure that's what I'm going with, but I'm still a little iffy about what I'd be building a website for. I've found a place that will host a barebones ASP and MSSQL Server Express site for 4.50 a month. That and every other place will also host a real MSSQL Server 2000/2005 for about 10 bucks. That's not too bad, but I suppose if I were to pay that kind of money I'd like to be able to justify it. The old idea of a new blog site ain't bad, but Blogger's done good by me so far. For the most part I'd just be creating a blog for the sheer heck of it. There's worse things I could be spending 4.50 a month on... but I think I'll think about it for a bit.

If any of you guys who have my email have an idea for a site, feel free to make a suggestion!

Oh, and Happy Easter! He is Risen!