Old Posts Imported

Today I can finally say that I’ve imported all of my old posts from the old platform into WordPress. Well, most of them, anyway. Initially I’ve disabled commenting on the old posts, but I’ll be going through and selectively opening them up over time.

I’ve re-submitted my sitemap to Google and am awaiting the results. Soon I expect to see statistics flooding into WordPress from all the old indexed links.

In other news, I changed the theme again. This one is called Sparkling.

Oh, and I changed the site up so that the front page is static. The idea being that when potential employers search for me they’ll see my about page first rather than whatever the last thing I posted was. Hopefully that won’t confuse any regular readers. You should be using an RSS feed reader* anyway. (Nobody actually goes to blogs to find posts – the posts are supposed to come to you.)

* I use InoReader now, but off the top of my head you could also use Feedly or any number of others.

ThinkServer Ready For Action

On impulse, I bought a Lenovo ThinkServer at NewEgg. It’s a dinky little Xeon E3-1225 server in a mini-tower case. (I don’t keep up with processors anymore, so I have no idea where the Xeon E3-1225 fits on the spectrum of processors, but considering the whole box was only $369, I assume near the bottom.)

Lenovo ThinkServer
Server seen here in on the floor of my customarily sterile computing environment with vintage 17″ square LCD monitor.

Why would I buy a ThinkServer you ask? I was using my gaming PC to experiment with some MSDN software that I’d installed on a VirtualBox image of Windows 2012 R2, and I just didn’t have the computing oomph to handle it. My gaming PC can play some mean games, but it’s crap at virtualization. So I saw this ThinkServer sitting on NewEgg with decent reviews and clicked right on that Buy button. (I also bought 16GB of memory to go with it.)

If I’m not mistaken, this is quite literally the first time I’ve ever bought a pre-built [desktop] Windows PC. Every single time I’ve upgraded a PC before, I’ve bought parts and installed them myself, because it’s a lot cheaper to do it that way. This time I was delighted to simply pull the ThinkServer out of the shipping box, plug in the peripherals, and turn it on.

Then of course I discovered I had no way to burn an image of Windows Server 2012 R2 onto a DVD. I only have a DVD burner in my clunky 17″ laptop, so I wrestled it over to an outlet (because the battery was dead) and discovered that 2012 R2 is too big for a regular old DVD. Then I had to dig up an old 80GB USB hard drive to install it on.

Anyway now I have a new installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 ready for action. I’m thinking about taking some Microsoft exams so I needed a place to practice. Now to see if I can figure out how to use Windows Hyper-V.

Comic-Con Trailers

A bunch of cool trailers and videos have come out of Comic-Con, as always.

Fear the Walking Dead

I didn’t think I’d be interested in the The Walking Dead [sic] spin-off but I like the focus on the time period before the zombies completely take over. Once they pass the total collapse of civilization, I’ll probably lose interest in the new series unless they somehow make these new characters really compelling.

The Shannara Chronicles

First time I’ve wanted to watch MTV since the 80s. I believe The Shannara Chronicles is based on the second book, The Elfstones of Shannara (you see the stones in the trailer). I don’t remember much of anything about the second and third books, but I’m rather embarrassed to admit I did an oral book report on Elfstones for my eleventh grade English class. (I guess that would be no big deal today, but back in 1986 it was not normal to read fantasy books, and I still have no idea why I thought it would be a good idea to commit social suicide like that.)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Speaking of the 80s, when I see anything about The Force Awakens, it’s almost impossible not to feel like I’m a kid again waiting to get into the theater to see Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. But I also remember the excitement and anticipation of waiting in the theater to see The Phantom Menace, and the exact moment I realized what a crushing disappointment that movie was (it was the moment I realized that Jar-Jar Binks was not just a passing joke and he was going to stick with Qui-Gon Jinn for the rest of the movie), so I have to remain jaded and skeptical and try to set my expectations to the point where I’ll be happy with a completely average movie. (I also haven’t forgotten that while J. J. Abrams did surprisingly well with Star Trek the reboot, he utterly destroyed Star Trek Into Darkness.)