Changing my (blog) name, plus Plus

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For those following this blog, note that I’ve changed the canonical site name from to Any links and feed URLs referencing the previous domain name will still work for the foreseeable future, but if and when you have time you may want to update your bookmark list, RSS newsreaders, and related information to reflect the new name.

A little history by way of background: I was around when the Internet was first being commercialized, and I had the opportunity to register for myself if I really wanted to. However I passed because I didn’t have a server to associate with it and I thought I needed to be running an actual server in order to register the name (though I’m not sure that was the case even then). When I finally got around to having a personal server in the late 1990s I found that had already been taken by a company that registered thousands of surname domains so that they could offer a shared domain service in which multiple people could have their own personal subdomains under a top-level domain:,, and so on. So I settled on the next best thing and registered instead for use as my primary domain, at the same time registering (as well as the .org and .net variants) to prevent anyone else from getting it.

When I first started a blog I hosted it at using custom blogging software. I later got tired of the management hassles involved, and moved my blog to, using the subdomain because I was still hosting other things at and couldn’t afford to dedicate the entire domain just to my blog. Since then though the blog has assumed more importance as my public face to the world, and I regretted having a somewhat unusual domain name for it. I’ve therefore decided to adopt the conventional approach and use as my primary blog name. (As noted above the old name of will continue to work, thanks to the magic of HTTP redirects.)

Note that my primary personal email address remains; I have no plans to change that. However I can also receive email at, so for example sending email to will get to the same inbox as I may switch over completely to for all uses in future, but in the meantime there’s no need to update your address book.

In other news, I’m now on Google Plus so you can add me to one of your circles if you’d like. I’ve been meaning to try Google Plus out before now, but I use Google Apps for my email and related services, and Google Plus wasn’t added to Google Apps until this week. I’ll publish notices of new blog posts to Google Plus, and maybe some other stuff from time to time.