History

This is a very old site, often revised and badly needing improvement.

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The first of my web pages captured on the Wayback Machine is for an older domain, SocialTechnology.org — from October 11, 1999.  The last capture for that domain was December 30, 2003 — much changed over those years, but I still had many many things wrong.  Some of the links on this last SocialTechnology.org site still work, but a few are broken.  Pages of any value have probably been retained and with minor edits have been turned into posts on this site.

I was offline for a while after 2003, and failed to renew the domain.  I regret this negligence, as it is still the domain name I prefer.

I thought I owned SocialTechnology.net for a while, but can find no evidence of this on the Wayback Machine.  Since the last version of SocialTechnology.org at the end of 2003, the next page I can find is on this site, SocialTechnology.ca — on April 14, 2009.

The intervening six years had seen many changes.  I seem to have actually learned something.  Instead of many many things, I only had many things wrong.

Not everyone makes these distinctions the same way, but I distinguish between domains, subdomains, and websites.   SocialTechnology.ca is a domain, and has a domain name, but it is not the only  domain name I own.  I also have the domain name dpwilson.ca — which maps to the subdomain douglaspardoewilson.socialtechnology.ca — one of far too many subdomains  that I’ve set up over the years.   Except for my personal site, each of these represents some key idea I wish to express.

SocialTechnology.ca itself has this WordPress website set up on it.   Almost all of the subdomains has a distinct WordPress site on it, except for oldpages.socialtechnology.ca which is a replica of an earlier hand-coded site, full of pages in HTML.

I have a love/hate relationship with WordPress.  I found it much better than Joomal and Drupal.  In the several years since I’ve been using WordPress it has driven me almost crazy, which is not a long trip.  Thanks the efforts of its developers and the increasing experience of those at WordPress.com, it is getting better.  The efforts of plugin developers have contributed a lot too — more than necessary, perhaps.  There are a vast number of plugins out there, in various states of repair.  I would be lost without the good ones, but much functionality seems to be missing in the disorderly collection and it is very hard to find what you want.  I’ll try to make notes on this as I go on.

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