As promised earlier this month, FeedBurner will no longer be distributing any content from this site after tomorrow morning1. This decision came about for a few reasons, one of which being the sunsetting of the service later this year. Hopefully anybody who would like to continue reading the endless rambling that comes out on this site will move over to the new RSS address. People who choose not to update their RSS readers, which seems to be about 87 readers in total, will have one less site taking up space in their reader of choice every day.
As with any new bit of software, there are always a few key functions that are left for "later" until the main elements are complete and working properly. In the case of Noteworthy, the list of delayed features has included RSS feeds, archive pages, other blog import tools1, and comments. Although the first two have been resolved, and the import tool left on hold for various reasons, the missing feature that has earned the highest number of questions involves the lack of comments on this site. Back when I started blogging in 2003, comments were the single-most important feature for me. The ability to communicate directly with people who took the time to read and respond to the posts seemed to be such an obvious requirement. Heck, I even made a post late last year to celebrate hitting the 3,000 comment milestone! So why aren't they here?
Seven years and six-hundred-thousand words, all contained within 1,488 posts. If you had asked me back when I first started blogging what I would be doing today, that younger version of me would have probably said something that would have been proven wrong less than six months later. That said, here we are, and I've decided to take a completely different track with this site; more specifically, it's time for a reboot. New software, new content and all that jazz.
Today I received an email from family that would usually be considered good news for most people but, in my case, is a stark reminder of failure. My recently married brother is now a father. His wife gave birth just a few hours ago to a healthy and happy baby girl. This is, of course, good news. I wish them all well. That said, this makes me the last person in the family over the age of 17 that does not yet have any children.
Earlier this week my development web server went down for the first time in a while, though the underlying problem was essentially the same issue that I've been having for years. My personal website is hosted on the development server, and it's running the most recent version of WordPress. WordPress received a rather large spike in traffic around 5:05PM, which caused it to freak out, consume all of the memory, choke memcached, and start swapping. All of this activity starved MySQL of resources, and the whole thing came crashing down.