Moved to new hosting

Hello again!

I recently had some very nice experiences with gandi simple hosting (where the story tellers guild is located), which is in effect a “hosted VPS”, that is, a hosted solution, but with a private set of apache, mysql, APC and Varnish threads. Very cool indeed.

So I’m now moving this blog to the same platform.

10 minutes of work, and all appears to be working as expected.

The steps:

  1. create the vhost(s) (with/without www.)
  2. add temp /etc/hosts entries while testing
  3. mysqldump the database (I took one of the cron-generated ones that was only an hour old)
  4. copy the files from the old DocumentRoot (put -r in sftp works in ubuntu for a recursive put, which was needed due to the amount of files)
  5. verify
  6. remove temporary /etc/hosts entry
  7. update DNS records to point to the new host

To finalize, I installed the varnish http purge plugin.
Looking forward to seeing the impact on performance in google webmaster tools.

Collaborative Storytelling!

Great news for everybody that loves to read and write fictional litterature!

I’ve found a really good site for collaborative storytelling: CoST.LI – where writing stories together is great fun! The site is very new, and improving with new features almost daily. Currently it features a nice ranking system, quite similar to the reputation mechanism of sites like StackOverflow and its sister sites in the stack exchange community. There is also a nice toplist where you can compare yourself to others.

Best of all, it’s totally free (some google ads are meant to support it, good luck on that one!), and it uses OpenID for authentication.
Give it a try! Its multilingual, currently with free stories in English and there are some impressive ones in Swedish too.

So, what is Collaborative storytelling? Simply put: someone writes a story, and another one can continue on it. One of the most interesting features on this site is that each chapter can have several continuations, so there can be potentially an unlimited number of stories in the end.