The Map Room Moves and Upgrades

The Map Room has a new address: it’s now at I figured that after nearly eight years and four thousand entries, this little blog has earned itself the right to its own domain name.

All links to old addresses should automatically forward to the new URLs. Those of you reading via RSS have probably already gotten double posts of the last 30 entries: sorry about that, but it’s probably only a one-time thing.

I’ve also upgraded the blogging engine to Movable Type Pro 5. A lot of the benefits of doing so turned out to be impractical in this case, such as paged archives and tags, and it seems to take a lot longer to publish than the creaky old install of Movable Type 3.21 I’ve been using for so long, but I suspect that it’s better overall to be using the most recent version. And there are certain technical benefits for me to use Movable Type instead of, say, WordPress.

One benefit I had been looking forward to was being able to use more authentication methods for comments, but so far I haven’t been able to get the comments form to load on my individual entry pages. Probably beyond my limited technical expertise. So for now I’ve turned comments off. This has not been a heavily commented-on blog — I’ve gotten maybe one comment for every three blog entries — but that might have been a function of using a single obsolete authentication service that failed to work when many of you tried it. I’m not averse to getting comments up and running in the future, but in the meantime I’m going to try running without them for a while. (To be honest, I’d rather worry about posting new entries than about managing comments.)

That doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you. By all means send me a note if you feel a need to comment on an entry — I’ll update the entry or write a follow-up post as appropriate. Or write a reply on your own blog and send me the link. Or send me a comment via Twitter.

There are probably a few bugs on the site here and there, which I’ll have to clean up in the next few days. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you find one.