Another entry. Yippee. I know I am bad at diary stuff. I have the same with paper ones. I get one, and I use 'em once, and then I forget about it. I dunno why that is. Weird.
But I'm digressing. What have I been doing all that time? Well, I kicked out the (perfectly okay) Roxen webserver and went back to trusty apache. I even ventured to apache 2 for a while. Apache 2 was nice, but no decent mod_perl yet. I need mod_perl for some stuff, and that stuff isn't ported to the very bleeding edge mod_perl 2 yet (with which apache 2 works). So I'm back with apache 1.3 again. And I got rid of PostNuke. I now run Scoop.
Scoop? You might ask. Yes. Scoop. Why? Well, it works great for kuro5hin. It has a better moderation system (better than slashdot even, IMNSHO), and it allows for pure democracy with respect to posting stories. It lets your registered users decide if a story ends up on the front page or to a section page. It also allows for every user to maintain a diary (which I'm very bad at, check here to see what I mean. Here is another). Oh well, some people requested it, and it's a nice feature.
About starting and maintaining communities, well, it's hard. It takes a looong time to start up. One needs to persevere when starting something up like that. Currently, I'm starting another community project with some other security-type people (security groups even) that is focussed on teaching people how to hacker things, like coding, system administration, security, and computer science. Big plans were contrived, from having a big multi-level hackme, to private VPN's that allow people to play with exotic hardware and operating systems. There isn't a website yet, but the project has a name: Mostly Harmless. Note the HHGTTG reference :). I hope the people that are starting this project know what they're getting into. ;)
While I'm here, I might as well plug hackerheaven.org a little more. I need more people. Lots more people. Come on, have a look, post some cool stuff, and make the place work for you. Heck, start a diary there. Post tutorials, news, reviews, disstertations, essays, whatever. It's all welcome.
There, that's about enough. Maybe I'll update this again in a few months ;)