Changes to Websites and Services

I’m in the process of moving all my websites and services to Azure.  There will be many interruptions to services during the transition.

Affected apps and services include the Translucency website, all applications under Downloads and Projects, the InstaTech website, the InstaTech Package Builder, and After.

All sites and services will soon be running from subdomains of *.azurewebsites.net.  I’ll be dropping the translucency.info, instatech.org, and after-game.net domain names once they expire.  In the meantime, they will redirect to their replicated site on Azure.  Only the http protocol will redirect properly.  I’m no longer maintaining SSL certificates for any of the domains.

This means that all the links pointing to the HTTPS versions of my websites will not work.  The Azure sites, once redirected to them, are encrypted.

Work on all of this should be completed by the end of July.  Until then, many apps will be broken until I update them to use the new services.

In the end, this will significantly reduce the cost and time required to maintain everything.

InstaTech Connections Overseas

I had the pleasure of working with an InstaTech user from Portugal this morning!  He’s an IT professional who was wanting to install InstaTech server, but there was an error when trying to complete the setup.

We were able to fix the problem, and in the process, I identified an area where I can improve the error reporting.  But the really cool thing was that I got to test using InstaTech from my server to connect to a computer overseas.  The computer also running Windows with a different language!  InstaTech performed very well, and I’m really pleased with how it’s coming together.

It was an exciting and rewarding experience in many ways.  Every time I meet a new person through one of my apps, I get a brief glimpse into different parts of the world and different people’s lives.  It gives me this feeling of how big the world is, yet how small at the same time.  And the feeling of inclusion and togetherness that comes from that can’t be properly labeled.  It’s amazing.