the two halves of my tasty brain

Let's Get Wonky!

So, the email I (and scads of other people) got from Slicehost the other day was pretty uninformative, referenced a “forum” for continuing the conversation and didn’t link to it, and did very little to ease many of the anxieties it raised. After determining that the email (with a Rack Space letter head) was referring to the Slicehost forum, I spent some time reading up on the coming changes, and was underwhelmed. There’s a lot of re-assurances, a fair bit of hand-waving and talk of everything moving to the Rack Space Cloud. Clouds are grand, what with their puffy and ephemeral qualities, but I’m just after simple web hosting. This site uses almost no real bandwidth (a testament to my inability or un-desire to actually engage an audience) and serves up static HTML. My requirements are pretty minimal. I really don’t need the ability to dynamically add instances to handle the load.

Hello, Jekyll

I had been pretty happy using Enki to drive this site. It’s minimal but sufficient, and very easy to tweak. However, one of Enki’s major design decisions drove me into the loving arms of Jekyll: the use of OpenID for authentication. To be fair, I’m mostly pissed at myOpenID, which has failed to authenticate me several times over the last few months and today appears to have lost my account entirely (sort of.) Nonetheless, Enki relies on OpenID for authentication, and myOpenID divorced me, took the kids, and sold my house.