In fact, I've neglected my weblog so much that I had to upgrade through not just one but two major versions of MovableType. It was interesting upgrading from 2.6 to 3.35 to 4.21 then finally to the latest 4.23. The upgrade from 2.6 to 3.35 was smooth, but 3.35 to 4.21 was an epic fail.
Years and years ago when I first created my weblog I chose Berkeley DB as my database option. I would've chosen MySQL but at the time either my host didn't support it or MT didn't support it, I don't really remember. Today, it turns out that Brekeley DB is no longer supported in modern versions of MT.
I lost basically everything during the 3.35 to 4.21 upgrade when my database became unreadable. I had some backups that I was able to use to import all of my old entries and comments without too much issue, but I wasn't able to recover the site design. I had customized the default MT templates to leverage my ColdFusion custom tag templating system that I createad for my website, but the MT templates have radically changed over the years. Also, the CSS and page structure were too structurally different and I wasn't able to quickly/easily modify the default MT template to work with my past site design. I'm not a huge fan of the default design I'm using now so I'm still working on getting my old site design back (but I expect that it's going to take quite a bit time).
Anyway, what I have been up to lately?
Well... I've been up to my elbows in Flex development. It's been a great year and I've worked on some really interesting and challenging projects. Perhaps the biggest news, though, is that my employment situation has changed.
I'm now officially employed by Universal Mind as a Principal Architect (and have been since the summer). It feels great to be part of such an elite and passionate team. I'm really excited about what the future holds for both myself and the company, and I'm especially happy to see the immense positive reaction that SpatialKey has been getting.
Now that I'm back up and running, in the future I hope to get through the backlog of weblog ideas that I've been meaning to post for... well... over a year now. I'm just as busy as always but now that I actually have modern weblog software that can do things like schedule entry posting dates, it should be easier for me to stay on top of things.
Oh, one final note, my RSS feed link has changed to http://feedproxy.google.com/darronschall. The old rdf link is no longer being updated.