It’s been well over a month since anybody’s been able to comment on posts here. And I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated. At least partly because I’ve been using increasingly-outdated software and services.
That’s the not-so-good news.
The good news is that I’m pretty sure upgrading my hosting will solve most of my problems. And maybe create new ones, but that’s a bridge I’ll burn when I get to it.
Even more good news, upgrading may make commenting on posts here possible again. Or maybe not. I hope so, though.
Back to not-so-good news.
After posting this, I’ll be getting started on that upgrade.
If all goes well, in a few days A Catholic Citizen in America will have HTTPS hosting — if that’s the way to express the idea. That’s good news, since I gather that HTTPS has become a standard for websites.
And possibly for good reason.
With everybody and their uncle online these days, including folks with alternatively-ethical habits, security is a reasonable concern. That’s why the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others started pushing HTTPs in 2016.
The idea, according to a Wikipedia page, is “…to protect page authenticity on all types of websites; secure accounts; and to keep user communications, identity, and web browsing private….”
All of which sounds like a good idea. The Electronic Frontier Foundation1 says they want to “…preserve personal freedoms and online civil liberties…” — which also sounds like a good idea.
But I grew up in the Sixties, when folks with another viewpoint said they were preserving freedom. I didn’t think ‘free to agree with me’ was a good idea then, I don’t now, and that’s another topic.
Bottom line, HTTPS sounds like a good idea. Particularly since it’s now a community standard of sorts. And I’m told that getting HTTPS for my brendans-island.com domain will make less-antiquated hosting tech available.
So that’s good news.
But switching to HTTPS will mean that brendans-island.com — and A Catholic Citizen in America — will be offline for a while. Maybe a few hours, maybe a day or two. I don’t know. Then, when they’re back online, I’ll be discovering how my weekly routine has changed.
I’ve talked about some of this, and vaguely-related stuff, before:
- “Mostly Good News: New Computer For Me”
(April 21, 2022)
- “Norbert Nerdly Rides Again: Keyboard Concerns”
(April 2, 2022)
- “Brain Defogging, Technical Issues, and Me”
(March 22, 2022)