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How not to do an upgrade

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

In the attempt to recover from a botched upgrade to WordPress 2.9, I managed to erase all of the local files from the blog. Luckily I had an old backup and could recover the theme and some other things, but all the images I uploaded in the past few months are gone and there is no way to get them back. That’s what happens when you try to do too many things at once!

Photo albums are back, sort of

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Thanks to the wonderful Flicrk Photo Album plugin for WordPress, I can show my photos in the website with no extra work. I’m in the process of uploading the old albums, starting with some photos taken in Capraia last summer. 

Capraia, July 2008

Guestbook, reloaded

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

I have re-activated the guestbook, hoping that WordPress will protect it against spam. Just to keep a bit of history, I copied (manually!) all the entries from the old guestbook, it’s a good thing that not too many people visit this site!

The new guestbook is nothing but a specialized WordPress page, as described in this useful blog post.

Now go ahead and sign

Oops, I did it again

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

This is the time of the year I should renew my subscription to the service provider that hosts this site. And every year, I promptly avoid doing it until it’s too late. There seems to be a strange fascination in watching the daily emails reminding me that the domain is about to expire, and ignore them.

So if you have tried to access the site or send me email, and failed, now you know why.

Balenet 3.0 goes live

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

3.0This update has been sitting half-baked in my computer since last autumn, and finally I decided it was time to release it.

The biggest visible change is the new theme with black background, meant to enhance the color of the photos which are after all the main content of the site. Also, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and move to Flickr as the location for all my shared photos, mostly because it’s just the simplest way. The “moblog” is demoted to a mere post category, and finally I removed the guestbook because it had become a magnet for spam.

Under the hood, Balenet is now powered by WordPress 2.5, which seems to be the mainstream in terms of free weblog softwares. It was very easy to set up and import all the old posts, although I found the theme mechanism a little hard to master. I haven’t followed the evolution of Movable Type lately, but all in all I prefer WordPress so far. 

For the editing I moved to Coda, a clever web editor for Mac OS X that helped me to (finally) learn CSS.

Hope you like it. I’m leaving the comments enabled for a while, at least until the spam starts to pick up.

Guestbook Added

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

I have added a guestbook, I’d be happy if you signed it!

The guestbook is based on the NMS Guestbook script with some minor modifications. Many thanks to the authors!

Balenet 2.0 goes live!

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

I have updated the website to a new look and added some new features. Also, the pictures I post from the mobile will appear on the main window, which means that I won’t use the old moblog anymore.

Balenet is built on Movable Type 3.17. Many thanks to Claudio who wrote the script used for mobile posting.