February 13th, 2009

Whatever happened to the daily “Silicon Florist’s links arrangement”?

I could hear you asking. I could. And I was just sitting here. Biding my time. Holding out hope as long as I could. But now, even I must admit defeat.

If you’re asking “What the…?” allow me to bring you up to speed.

There used to be a regular feature here—Silicon Florist’s links arrangement—that came out on an almost daily basis. It featured links to interesting things that were happening in the Silicon Forest that I either a) didn’t have time to cover as I would have liked or b) did a better job of describing a topic than I ever could have.

Suddenly, around the beginning of February, the feature up and wilted.


Well, the links arrangement was an automated feature of a social bookmarking service I was using called ma.gnolia. I know. Appropriate for a florist, hunh?

Anyway, I saved the bookmarks there and it automagically published posts full of linky goodness.

And all was right with the world.

Until January 30.

ma.gnolia FAIL

On that day, ma.gnolia crashed. Not just a “we need to reboot” crash. A “catastrophic data loss” crash. What’s more? The whole “backup” thing is a little murky, but it seems to be inaccessible, as well.

It’s unfortunate. I really like the folks who run ma.gnolia and I really appreciated the service—for any number of reasons. And honestly, I was quite lucky. Probably 95% of the 2000+ bookmarks I lost were published in the link arrangements. So I still have the bulk of my data. Thousands of other ma.gnolia users weren’t so lucky.

But it’s time for me to face the facts. I don’t think ma.gnolia is ever coming back. So I’ve started to research new solutions for the links arrangement.

I just wanted to give you fair warning, because there may be a hiccup or two, here and there, as I work to find a new solution for handling this feature.

But, rest assured, the Silicon Florist’s links arrangement will be back. And better than ev… Well, actually, it will likely be exactly the same as it was before.

Thank you in advance for your patience during this transition. And, as always, feel free to throw advice my way. It’s greatly appreciated.

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5 Responses to “Whatever happened to the daily “Silicon Florist’s links arrangement”?”

  1. Aaron says:

    Glad to hear the link roundups will be coming back. I kind of depend on them to catch things that I somehow might have missed in the area. Thanks for the time you spend on this.

  2. I was using the Postalicious plugin for WP for a long time until it stopped working nicely. I then followed your lead & switched to Ma.gnolia. So much for that!

    Postalicious has had a couple of upgrades during that time, so I’m going to give it a whirl again – only using a different source, of course. It’ll take in links from Google Reader, delicious, Yahoo Pipes, or other sources.

    Learn more about it here:

  3. MT says:

    I thought it was a relief not to have them in the feed. :(

  4. Rick Turoczy says:

    @MT How about a firehose feed and a “posts only/no links” feed?

  5. MT says:

    @Rick I’d use it. :)

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