Updates: New server, Flickr, del.icio.us, podcasts
Well, after that little rant of mine last week, it appears that many of our current technology-induced woes will soon be a thing of the past. Within the next week or so, we'll be moving to a dedicated server that will allow us (finally) to make the necessary changes with our setup that will --fingers crossed-- dramatically increase our speed and capabilities. Yes, I may sound a little hesitant, but in reality it's cautious optimism. When we started this site, we didn't realise how high our traffic would become, nor what our system requirements would be. Now, we're getting a box that should finally address those needs.
Sometime in the next week or two (I'll give due warning here), we'll probably disappear for a day or so as we move, and then re-appear at our new home. Once we're settled a bit, we'll turn on some of the new features we've been dying to try out.
As for own technology issues (my main machine dying, and various hunks of hardware suddenly transmuting into paperweights), I've scraped up enough to order a new MacBook Pro. It'll be arriving in a few weeks, and then it should take over as my new design and web development computer. There's a lot of fixing to do on this site, and so I'll finally be able to tackle those and other outstanding issues. Plus, it's my first new computer in more than six years (a loooong time for a multimedia producer), so I'm very excited to know it's finally on the way.
While I await my new card reader (*sigh*) to transfer my Circa pictures, I've decided to create a new Flickr group especially for DIYPlanners. If you have any pictures of paper-based productivity/creativity gear or ideas you'd like to toss in the pot, please join us at flickr.com/groups/DIYPlanner. And if you have any such photographs that you already have online, please share them with the group. You can also post an announcement in the forums when you have a new Flickr set, so people can easily find and discuss it. This is a public Flickr group, so anybody can join.
I'd also like to remind people that if you find any site you think is worth sharing with the rest of us, you can use del.icio.us to tag it with "diyplanner". You can also see what everybody else has tagged by visiting del.icio.us/tags/diyplanner.
Hopefully, we'll be better able to better integrate del.icio.us and Flickr with DIYPlanner.com very soon, but this should be a good start.
One idea I've been toying with lately has been a DIYPlanner podcast. Good idea? Bad idea? Any thoughts as to what you'd like to hear? (Besides my odd Newfoundland accent?)
While we're at it, what would you like to see on this site?