Moving from blosxom to WordPress

January 15, 2006

My apologies for the premature redirection to this weblog. In the end, I decided it would be better to just move the whole site over to a new provider (Yahoo! Small Business) that supports WordPress out of the box.

One of the nice things about moving to a hosted WordPress solution is that I can import my old RSS feed, have more control over the templates, and do some other hacking. I’m documenting what it took to move my blosxom blog over to WordPress in case it helps anyone who needs to do the same thing in the future.

P.S. If you updated your subscriptions to use this new site, please subscribe to the feed at the new instead when you have a chance.


Moved for Real, This Time

January 14, 2006

I had some problems with the free hosting at, so instead of moving just my blog there, I decided to take the plunge and move all of jepstone over to Yahoo! Small Business Hosting, which includes WordPress support and so far seems pretty nice.

New RSS Feed

Same Old URL

Windows Custom Folder Icons Surprise

January 13, 2006

One thing I love about my Mac is the ability to set the color of a folder. I’m in the habit of naming folders for various stages of my workflow: CE (copyedit), QC1 (first set of galleys), and QC2 (second set of galleys), and by coloring the current stage green, I’m less likely to accidentally open ch01.pdf from the wrong stage. Additionally, whenever I have something I know I need to remember at a given stage, I can go into the folder, mkdir or touch “Do not forget to blah blah blah” and color the new item red so I see it when I finally reach that stage.

Now that I’m using Windows a bit more, I miss that feature. I tried to use a custom folder icon, but all hell broke loose when I tried to sync to my Mac using unison. First of all, Windows marks the folder as read-only when you use a custom icon. Then, unison dutifully propagates the property change over to my Mac, which changes the folder permisions to r-xr-xr-x, so I start getting errors from unison along the lines of “Failed: Error in processing a transfer instruction: Permission denied”.

So, I can mark the directory as read/write, but according that KB entry, “Windows sets the read-only attribute on the folder to instruct Windows to look for the Desktop.ini file.” How strange. Isn’t there some metadata attribute that Windows could use rather than overloading the read-only flag?

I Lied-not Moving After All

January 13, 2006

You might have come here after clicking a link on about how I was moving, but I was wrong. I really like wordpress, but the free hosting at isn’t working out. I’m going to have a beer and try switching to a hosting provider that offers wordpress hosting…