Please pardon the dust

Volume 4, Issue 45; 31 Oct 2020

Over the next few days and weeks, I’ll be doing some remodeling.

I was already motivated to rework some of the web applications that I maintain. And for some, uh, other reasons, I’m now motivated to do it as quickly as practical.

Coincidentally, Adam recently postedI don’t get the impression that it’s practical to link to a Slack discussion. It was on 24 October, 2020 in the #random channel on the Slack. a link to “This website is killing the planet” and the observation that we could all do better minimizing our carbon footprint. I don’t want to just turn off all of the web sites that I maintain, but I also don’t need to run them on a cloud platform that works hard to avoid paying taxes, treats its workers poorly, and engages in malignant capitalism for billionaires.

I’m not saying there aren’t good reasons to run your infrastructure on such a platform, I’m just saying I don’t have any such good reasons.

So I decided that on top of everything else I have going on, I’m also going to move to a green provider. I picked The Positive Internet Company and I have to say that the level of customer service I’ve received just in the process of getting things set up has been absolutely amazing.

Over the coming days, weeks, and (I hope not) months, my plan is to transition everything off of MarkLogic and off of Amazon EC2 onto FusionDB on a VM in Positive Park. Some things are just going to go away, but I’ll try to keep all the useful stuff that I can make work. (MarkLogic Server is a remarkable piece of software, this is not going to be an easy transition.)

No doubt there will be (temporarily, I hope) missing features, bugs, down time, and other inconveniences as I get past my teething problems with the eXist-db APIs and ultimately rewrite a whole bunch of infrastructure.

Please bear with me.