23 May 2005 Version 5.0

My personal website has seen a number of changes since 1998. Back then it had no content, was "best viewed with Netscape 3.0" and was hosted on an obscure URL given to me by my university department. It’s been hosted on the domain for the past three years, and yesterday saw the launch of the fifth incarnation.

Why bother?

It’s been over a year since I last made any major changes to my site and I got bored of looking at the same site design everyday. I also wanted to get away from the old-fashioned method of using tables for layout and instead move towards XHTML and better use of CSS.

New Blog

I’ve had an online blog since 2002. (The previous entries from 2000 and 2001 were pulled from my web browser’s bookmarks so I could have an archive when I first put it online!)

I wrote my own first weblog system in ASP with an Access database backend, but I rewrote the whole thing using the FileSystemObject after Access caused me a few problems with server performance. This really didn’t give me much flexibility and since producing an Atom/RSS feed was going to require quite a bit of extra development, I’ve finally made the switch to Blogger.

There’s still some fiddling and tweaking to be done, but please let me know if you have any comments.

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