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Definitely an experience to file under the "it just works" category. Upgrading from my old old old installation of MoveableType to Wordpress was almost totally painless. There were only a couple of small "gotchas" that I haven't quite got around to fixing yet.

Firstly my collaborator on the Pepys topic map stuff, Stuart Brown has lost his credit on his posts. For some reason the importer decided that all posts has been written by Stu and I had a choice of either going through and manually editing each post by hand or just assigning them all to me. Always one to take the easy way out I opted for the latter. Sorry Stu! Still, if he is that upset, I can always let him come on over and do the manual editing, eh ?

Secondly the RSS feed will move so those of you who have a subscription will need to update your readers to look at the feed for posts or for comments (or both!) . I'll see if I can force some sort of redirect through the magic of .htaccess, but hey what did I just say about always taking the easy way ?

The theme is "Love The Orange" for which my thanks go to the creators at Web Design Creatives.

I really like the editing interface in WP - spell checking and a nice WYSIAWYG HTML editor will mean I have fewer excuses for producing poorly written garbage. The whole admin interface is neat and intuitive and possibly my only gripe so far is that I can't find a quick way to bulk edit more than the 15 posts you can display on a single page. And WP supports more ways to get a post up than my venerable MT isntallation did. Speaking of which, if anyone has any tips on good tools for posting to WP (from desktop and/or from a Symbian-based phone) please let me know in the comments section!

In the four years since I last did anything with this blog, things have moved on a bit in terms of blogging systems, so I am considering replacing this MT installation with something a bit more hip, with it and down with the kids....well OK with WordPress anyways. As you can see from the page layout my design skills are somewhat poor but as a dedicated geek I hold fast to the belief that there is nothing that can't be fixed by upgrading.

So all things being equal this weekend I'm going to try and get WordPress on to this site, and transfer all of my old posts over to it. My host has PHP and MySQL so I have the basic WP requirements, so hopefully it should be easy enough. If anyone has any tips or knows of any gotchas in moving from MT 2.6 to the latest WordPress please let me know.

Yes its been a very long time since I last added anything to this blog. Nearly 4 years in fact! I've not been on a round-the-world tour or used the last four years to perfect my violin technique or been living in a closed community that uses only 19th century technology (aka Windows 3.1). Most of my time has been spent working on stuff at my company NetworkedPlanet. And running a startup, and keeping up wiht Topic maps and .NET (amongst other things) have basically taken over most of my time.

But now its time for a restart of my blogging career.

Roll on the next post (hopefully without the 4 year gap this time).