Here I am. With Arvixe. After 8 years with DreamHost, I made the move to save money. Shit loads of money. Hosting with DreamHost was a smooth and wonderful but expensive journey. Their support and technical expertise are unmatched, things that came in pretty handy while hosting a Linux distro (Granular, remember?).
In its heydays, Granular was a darling of experimental distro hoppers. I hope it was a worthwhile, pleasant experience for all its users. Coming January it will be 7 years since Granular’s last release. Plans for Granular 2 could not materialize for various reasons, chief among those being the decline of PC. People are going mobile. It’s not unusual for someone’s first device being a tablet or a smartphone. That translates to a huge decline in Linux userbase in an already highly saturated distro market. So I took the hard decision I to finally pull the plug on Granular, my dearest creation.
Anyway, coming back to topic. Arvixe has the most competitive prices of all quality US-based hosts. They even offer 1 domain free-for-life with all their plans. Sweet. It’s been only 5 days since the switch, but so far so good.
Something that DreamHost offers for $120/yr is available at Arvixe for just $48/yr (and they accept discount coupons :)). So paying that sort of money to DreamHost for hosting just one website (this one) didn’t make sense anymore.
At times, friends keep asking me about updates from the Granular Project. As it’s been going since a few months, I am being kept very busy due to the office work schedule and some other stuff (CAT prep). But as soon as the exams are over (a matter of 2 more months), I would be getting some time to resume the activities back at the Granular Project.
Let me also inform you that there were a couple of important activities that went on in Granular recently. A relatively older one being the progress on the new Granular logo (to be put in use starting from Granular 2). And the most recent one being Granular joining the OIN initiative.
Btw, here’s a sample from the lot of final logos:
As was hinted in a post at Team Granular blog, Granular will now be a part of the Unity Project. Unity is in it’s beginning stages, but development is already on full swing. The enthusiasm of developers and members can be seen clearly on Unity’s devel mailing list and its public forum. At this point of time, I’ll refrain myself from giving full details about the association of Granular with Unity, but detailed announcements will come out at a later stage. What all I can tell you right now is I am pretty happy with the progress that’s been going on at Unity and Granular.
One more thing. You see only the Granular logo at the left and no logo of Unity as it’s still being finalized. But I am sure the creative artwork guys there will come up with something interesting pretty soon.
Continuing my Java learning stint, I started experimenting on RPM packages in the Granular 2008 repository by extracting meta data from them using various Java classes I had written for my on-going college major project. To give a shape (end-user interface) to these leisurely done Java programs, I used my existing project MyBlog to create a website that could display information (extracted by the Java programs) about every RPM package in the repository. In other words, the Java programs store information about each RPM package in a central database which in turn is used by a PHP-based website to display that information, and much more.
In the introduction to Granular Package Archive post I wrote on the Team Granular blog, I explained the various features it has to offer. My personal favorite is the ability to leave comments on individual RPM pages. Other than that, I am quite satisfied with the overall look-and-feel too. In another of my Team Granular blog post, I explained the working of this package archive system, and the way to use it with any other repository of RPM packages.
Some guys at the Unity Project are also contemplating the idea of using this package archive system with their repository too.
MyBlog is a very simple, nice looking, fast, and easy-to-use blogging application targeted to be used as personal blog. It has been completely coded in PHP, and uses MySQL as the database backend. Unlike many other blogging systems available, like WordPress, Movable Type, etc., MyBlog contains only those features that should be sufficient enough to maintain a personal blog. This adds to the fast speed blogging offered by MyBlog.
Read more about MyBlog or check out detailed features of it.
Some salient features of Myblog:
- A full-featured Dashboard (admin area).
- Uses FCKEditor for creating dealing with posts and adding comments.
- Categories are supported.
- There are specialized pages – MyWidgets, MyMovies, MyGames and MyWebsites.
Demo (see MyBlog live in action)
Download (browse through the download archive)
Happy blogging! 😀