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Dead links

2020-01-31 13:04:28 - by alisonw Tech Design

Because I'm currently in a redevelopment phase here, moving code between domains and services, I can see from my Apache logs that there are many 404s being sent out as pages — temporarily — move around.

I've also got an issue to solve in that whilst most of my blogging over the years has used a permalink of site-date-title, for a while I used site-title-date. I'm sure I had a good reason at the time, but I can't recall it now.

Edent has some ideas on how to deal with one's own outbound dead links though which are worth reviewing.

Diary matters

2020-01-13 17:40:49 - by alisonw Open Design Software Privacy

https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2020/01/why-i-make-my-work-calendar-public/

I've kept my calendar online since around 2003, forward events publicly available throughout. Initially it was file-based with a two appointment records per day* in a text file per month, a few years later moving to a MySQL database, where it still resides. Currently at diary.alisonw.uk the domain has changed occasionally depending on which ones I happen to own at the time (!) and though the Internet Archive says it existed in 2005 their earliest copy - looking very similar to the current edition - appears to be from 2007**.

In the past it's been useful for family, friends, and lovers to check where I am (I used to travel a lot) and for me when booking appointments / finding out what I'm supposed to be doing.

* day, evening
** web.archive.org/web/20070320035249/https://diary.alisonwheeler.com/diary

To backdate or not to .. etc.

2008-10-29 12:00:00 - by alisonw Tech Design

I've been writing an online diary โ€“ a 'blog' in the vernacular โ€“ in one form or another since 1995, though this particular one only appeared to the world wide populace quite recently.

This leads one to the question prevalent each time one starts all shiny-and-blank-canvas anew as to whether to populate the fresh tabula rasa with content from the older editions. Should one provide links? Copy and update content? Trust that anyone really interested in one's musings will avail themselves of search engines โ€“ which, of course, may fail to find some older pocket lint as it may no longer be extant or discoverable โ€“ even if one used the same nom de plume (de ma tante) throughout one's wanderings around Tim Berners-Lee's hyperlinked universe.

Which I didn't, and leads one to ponder whether one should inflict some past content on others when the world has so clearly moved on.

Yet at heart we are all the sum of our experiences, and I have certainly had some interesting experiences! Maybe I should select random entries from the past propositions and comment refreshed on them. Ah, life can be so difficult on "teh interwebs" …

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