annual blog migration post

I’ve been considering the possibility of migrating this blog to a different service. Typepad has been really good to me, but I think I’ve outgrown it. I’d like to have more control over the blog’s innards. I’ve been on TypePad for years, but a couple of years ago I decided to play with WordPress.

If you check my archives, you’ll see this is not a quick decision. I’ve been considering it since 2005. It seems I always think about this topic at this time of year. Do a search for WordPress over on the right to see how long I’ve been thinking about it.

There are two (actually three) types of WordPress. The WordPress I talk about, is It’s a free download, but requires that you have a host for the files, and you must install it. The other is This is also free, but it’s like Typepad in that you have a lot less control over things. No download necessary,… takes less than five minutes to get a blog. The third WordPress is a multiple users version and is generally used by big companies like the New York Times (blogs).

All of this is to say, that I will definitely be moving the blog over to WordPress, but before I quit Typepad, I’ll need to find out how to move my Typepad Photos blog.

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NYTimes Music Store

The New York Times has entered the fray of music downloads.

The New York Times has entered the fray of music downloads. When we got the Sunday Times, there was an insert offering two free music downloads so I went to the free music downloads site, and after entering the numbers that came with the insert, I ended up at the new Times store.

Interesting. Though the site FAQ claims that the store is accessible to iPod users, many of the songs available for download are in the proprietary WMA format. The rest of them are MP3 format, but the mp3s tend to be older songs. Something else that is different from stores like Apple’s iTunes Store and Amazon’s MP3 downloads is that rather than listing the songs’ prices, you are told how many points you need to purchase the songs. Right now, a single will cost you 89 points or if you would rather pay cash,…99 cents. The store offers point incentives if you recommend a song to a friend and they buy it.

I could get New Soul by Yael Naim at Amazon for 89 cents and at a higher recorded bit rate.

Just my opinion, but I think the Times has a way to go. Maybe I’m just mad because the welcome sign says “Welcome back, null.”