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title: "New year, new site"
author: Tamas Nagy
layout: post
tags: [blog, design]
image: blog_old_crop.png
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Ever since my (now former) hosting provider,
[Greenqloud](https://www.greenqloud.com/), changed directions back last
September and shutdown its public cloud offering, my site has been in a
state of limbo. My lack of any posts for over a year didn't help the
matter either. So I did what any rational person would(n't) do. I yanked
the cord, brushed up on my Ruby and Liquid, and rebuilt the whole thing
from scratch.
That's what you are seeing right now. A new site for a new year. Is it any
better? Probably not. It's different though, I'll let you decide:
![One of the earliest versions. Had a nifty time-to-read indicator. Pretty
boring otherwise.](/assets/images/blog_really_old.png)
![Previous version. It was heavily inspired by Trevor Bedford's
[site](http://bedford.io). Spot the
resemblance?](/assets/images/blog_old.png)
Best features of the new site? I really like that I now have the following
things:
- A dedicated photos section. I like having everything self-hosted and in
one place.
- The about page has the version information for the software used to
build the site.
- Both the HTML and PDF versions of my CV are perfectly synced up thanks
to [Pandoc](http://pandoc.org).
- The revision history of a post is extracted from git and shown under
each one. Why? Because I can.
I'm also changing the focus of content on this website. I intend to use it
as a running list of interesting software tweaks and solutions that I've
found useful and I want to keep track of. I would also like to have more
exploratory posts where I dive into interesting problems.
Most importantly, everyone's favorite hypotrochoid is still featured on
the site. New year, new site, same hypotrochoid.

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