As I’ve just moved where the blog is hosted it seemed like a good opportunity to do a bit of tidying up. Regular readers will notice that the categories have been updated, hopefully making it easier to find things. Suggestions on any new arrangements are welcome. I’ve also fixed a few missing files in older posts (the odd re-install means that not 100% of the older content is right!). I’ve also revised the static pages (About, Packages and Contact) to make sure they are up to date: the package list and my PGP key are now right! At the ‘back end’, I’ve adjusted a few WordPress plugins and generally made sure everything is as organised as it should be. I’ve also tweaked a few parts of the layout, including adding the very-commong ‘quite share’ buttons. So hopefully the blog is tuned up for the future!
A rare foray outside of the strictly TeX-related: as it’s about the blog itself I think its OK! As you might notice on visiting the site, I’ve enabled https for the site. Why have I done that? Well, if you read the WordPress News it’s clear that they are pushing toward more use of secure access. (As you might guess, the back-end for the blog is WordPress.) There are wider moves toward ‘https everywhere’, so it seemed like as good a time as any to do the work.
For readers, there should be no change at all in the site. For those interested in the detail, I’ve moved the hosting to SiteGround as they offer Let’s Encrypt: a free SSL certificate system suitable for small-scale sites like this one. (If anyone is feeling particularly generous, I’ve got a referral URL which will give me some free service in return for pointing to my new host!) The process was largely trouble-free: I’ve taken the opportunity to re-build the site from scratch (just using the dumps of the content) and to remove some older ‘back-end’ rubbish (old plugins and the like). Again, for readers this should be transparent!
This morning I had a very worrying set of e-mails from Google about the security of the blog. I’m working on sorting it out at the moment: you’ll see the site alter pretty quickly as I get the hang or restoring SQL data. The posts themselves and comments should all be sorted, but I still need to fix the categories and so forth.
I’ve had an e-mail from my web hosting company saying that they are moving their servers from London to Manchester. They’ve not really given me much notice (they are doing it tomorrow evening!), which is not impressing me very much. I’m told to expect around seven hours off-line (overnight in the UK).
I’ve moved the blog from texdev.wordpress.com to here as this lets me upload whatever I like to the site. So I’ll be able to post snapshots of code, source for articles and talks, and so on here. The theme is the same as I was using on WordPress.com, but it’s been updated. I hope everyone likes it!
Where to start? Writing a blog on what is going in with my own (La)TeX development, and what is happening in the TeX world, seems like a handy thing to do. For my own packages (for example siunitx) it would be nice to give an insight into what is going on with the code, and where I am currently working. In the wider TeX world, there are things I’ve taken an interest in (such as TeXworks and LaTeX3) which I can make the odd comment on. There might even be some non-TeX stuff here, but I’ll see (focus is the key, and all that).