June 14, 2003

New Location...Pardon Our Dust!

- Aces Full of Links is moving to a new location: www.drmomentum.com/aces/ to become part of my new website, at www.drmomentum.com.

So, for a couple (or few?) days, I'll be importing the content here into that new site. And for a while after that I'll be changing the look of the blog, so please bear with me. I don't want to change it too much, but I need to accomodate some new features that will take up space. (At the time I'm typing this, the new blog is still using the default look that comes with Movable Type, so it is completely different from the Aces Full you are used to.)

Why am I moving?

Let me count the reasons.

  • I'm sick of Blogger. I have to admit, Blogger gave me my start in Blogging, it's improving in reliability and features, and it is extremely easy to use. But I want more control over my blog, and Blogger is now too limiting. I wasn't sure I;d ever reach this point in blogging, and some might say that having only 5 or 6 readers doesn't justify much in the way of effort, but I have an urge to improve the blog and have some fun with web content management (if possible).
  • I got my own domain! No longer do I have to host my site under blogspot.com - the drmomentum.com domain is registered to me.
  • All the cool kids are doing it
  • Not because of the oil, but because of the WMDs
  • Because I can
  • The comment system I use here is very slow. My new system will be integrated with the blog and will be much speedier.
  • Speaking of speed - the plan is to make the whole site load faster by replacing the external services like the commenting system. A very good thing.
  • Better archives
  • Those of you who use a tool to aggregate RSS feeds will now be able to subscribe to Aces Full of Links with your aggregator, since I will be syndicating my blog!
  • There are probably more reasons, but aren't those enough?
Stick around. The fun is just beginning.

Posted by James at June 14, 2003 9:38 AM
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It's here!

Posted by: James at June 14, 2003 2:38 PM

After you cleanup the dust, maybe you can consider the issue of exceprts vs. full entries in your feed.

The default for is ~40 words which is just enough to be frustrating for me while reading :-)

This topic has been debated ad infinitum elsewhere so I'm prepared for you reaching a different answer than I would at the end of the consideration process.

Posted by: Jim Correia at June 14, 2003 7:14 PM

I've never seen an RSS aggregate feed tool. How do you use it?

Congrats on the new home and successful transition, James. I love the response time.

Posted by: Mike at June 14, 2003 9:18 PM

I don't see the need for debate. I could easily have multiple RSS feeds. Make everyone happy.

Ah - but on thinking about it, I see what you mean. I may not want to publish ALL of my content, because I may want to draw people to my site. The RSS feed doesn't include images and such (I don't think it does). Hmmm. And syndicating your full content means basically allowing someone else to publish it in toto, but in a different format.

I guess I will have to think about it.

I was also considering a license for my content. "some rights reserved."

Posted by: James at June 14, 2003 9:25 PM

I assumed RSS feeds were meant to give the reader an excerpt of the content, not the whole thing. You want to read more, visit the website. Something short enough to read and display as you mouseover a link.

Posted by: Mike at June 15, 2003 12:22 AM

I see your concerns. Another is bandwith for broken aggregators which don't do a conditonal get.

I typically do most of my blog surfing in my aggregator (and NY Times too!).

I appreciate the full feeds, because if it is short I don't have to leave. My rule of thumb though is if I have to scroll to read it in my aggregator (more than say a paragraph) I open it in the browser and read it there.

I wouldn't worry about drawing people to the site per se, they'll end up there anyway.

I'm not visiting your site for the design aspect :-), but the content, so if the content is easier to get to, all the better IMO.

The discussions can be interesting too. Mark Pilgrim (http://diveintomark.org) has a comments feed to. I don't know how to do that, but that might be interesting.

Posted by: Jim Correia at June 15, 2003 10:25 AM


The RSS feeds can essential contain anything you want. In MT they are a standard template you edit.

I appreciate more than just a little blurb so I know whether I want to read the entire thing. About a paragraph tends to be my limit before jumping to the browser.

The size of the blurbs for your new links format site tend to work great for me.

I'm using NetNewsWire (http://www.ranchero.com) on Mac OS X. I think you do Windows? I'm not familiar with any of the Windows tools, except that I know they exist :-)

I don't think it is at all a stretch to say that NetNewsWire has changed I how do most of my web browsing (including news outlets like the NY Times that provide feeds.)

Posted by: Jim Correia at June 15, 2003 10:29 AM

Better to be Dr. Momentum than Dr. Omentum.

Posted by: Patti M. at June 18, 2003 4:50 PM

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