We be moving soon!

Sorry for the downtime over the past couple of days. Apparently, the recent hassles have prompted host David Wiley to pull the plug on the Movable Type weblogs at reusability.org.

I’m bummed for all sorts of reasons. I’ve built up a fairly good complement of links to this site, and a number of postings on this weblog attract significant traffic. It’s a pain to ask people to update their links, RSS subscriptions and bookmarks — I imagine a fair number of people will decide it’s not worth it.

But I have nothing but gratitude for David. I’ll never forget watching him install Movable Type remotely over a coffee break when he visited UBC — this was after literally months of frustration trying to get MT hosting established here. I also enjoyed the association with David via that groovy reusability.org URL — however tenuous. With the similarities in addresses some people would get the impression we were collaborating very closely, and I never tried very hard to disabuse them of the notion.

I’m not sure where I will go yet. We are hosting a significant number of MT weblogs here at UBC, and that’s an obvious destination. Then again, the future of MT’s license muddies the waters somewhat. I’ve also been playing with Plone’s weblog product for the Small Pieces event. I suppose Typepad and WordPress are lurking as options as well.

In any event, a serious drag. But David — don’t feel bad, you provided a great service for free, and all I have to say to you is a great big Hee Haw-style “Saaaaaa-Luuuuuute!”

About Brian

I am a Strategist and Discoordinator with UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. My main blogging space is Abject Learning, and I sporadically update a short bio with publications and presentations over there as well...
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One Response to We be moving soon!

  1. Alan Levine says:

    David can do you a favor and you can avoid leaving the old URLs hanging– if you can ftp your entire blog directory structure intact, and install it on some other server, say at:


    David can set up a web server redirect, just be editiing (or creating) a .htaccess text file at the root level of reusability.org, and putting one line in there:

    Redirect 301 /blogs/brian http://careo.elearning.ubc.ca/oldstuff/brian/blog

    which has the efffect of sending any URL request for say:


    and automatically sending them to:


    It is very seamless and easy. I’ve done this for a number of older web sites that were originally on our main web server that I have archived over to our “realgar” one, e.g. if you try and go to:


    the server will on its redirect you to where the files really sit:


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