Platform-switching blues

Alger’s got ’em:

This thing is more opaque to me than DNS. I’m still waiting for the “A-HA!” moment. It’s easier to use day-to-day, but building the infrastructure is a royal pain in the ass and counterintuitive to boot. Yagah!

“This thing” is Expression Engine, about which I don’t know squat. But hatred of platform changes is, I think, baked into the bloggish experience: after you get something working, you get used to it, no matter how horrendous it is. And then to swap it out for something else again? Swiping Hippolyta’s girdle looks easy by comparison.

And after just under a month on WordPress, I have yet to detect the presence of “A-HA!”





5 comments

  1. McGehee »

    3 October 2008 · 9:06 am

    <Obi-wan Kenobi>

    Use the forums, Mark!

    </Obi-wan Kenobi>

  2. Francis W. Porretto »

    3 October 2008 · 10:22 am

    I, too, use Expression Engine, but I had a secret weapon: Connie duToit, who installed and configured the whole shooting match for me.

    I’ll bet she regrets it now.

  3. Mark Alger »

    4 October 2008 · 2:55 pm

    Fran;

    Connie’s helping me. But, when I asked you about a javascript device and you allowed as how you had no clue — Connie took care of all that — I decided I wanted to at least know where all the buttons are, even if I can’t really wire them all that brilliantly.

    Chaz;

    It gets better. I’ve just taken delivery on a new laptop — to be my main machine. Do I know how to simulate insane optimism, or what?

    M

  4. Mark Alger »

    4 October 2008 · 2:57 pm

    Oh, and, McGehee;

    Yeah. I read the forums. But my learning pattern is to dive in, start where I land (beginning or not), and plow my way through, using my forehead as the plowshare. I can obsess on minutiae for days. I may be the world’s slowest student, but as Gandalf said of Barleyman Butterbur, I’ll see through a brick wall, given time.

    M

  5. McGehee »

    4 October 2008 · 8:23 pm

    But my learning pattern is to dive in, start where I land (beginning or not), and plow my way through, using my forehead as the plowshare.

    Sounds familiar. There are at least a couple of moderators on the EE forums who’ve been on the wrong side of that plowshare with me a few times.

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