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All-Seeing Interactive is a tiny web design and software company based in London, UK.

Tuesday 31 August 2010

Software Archaeology

If you’re anything like me, you hate moving web hosting, especially if you have several sites to move. I switched this site over to Slicehost a year and a half ago, and I’ve been very happy with them. I’m terrible at getting painful chores out the way, so I put off closing my old shared hosting account on Textdrive because there were a fair number of sites (and worse, IMAP email) that needed moving. Now that it’s coming up for renewal again, I figured if I don’t move the sites on it now, I probably never will.

One of the sites that needed moving was for some software I wrote some years ago (lifetimes ago in internet time) called Shared Space. Having already spent an inordinate amount of time migrating a friend’s blog to a newer version of Movable Type last week (and an even longer amount of time moving my brother’s email account), I decided not to bother trying to get PHP code I wrote 8 years ago running on this server.

What might have been

I considered just taking the website down and letting the domain expire, but I suppose of all the many, many spare-time projects I’ve abandoned over the years, the perennially-beta Shared Space still has a weird kind of hold over me. Plus, it’s a cool domain name to have, so I might as well use it for something.

So, I’ve created a new single-page website about Shared Space at The curious can download the last released version (circa April 2003), watch a video of the never-released Shared Space 3.0 (shown above, from 2008), and learn about where ASIHTTPRequest originally came from.

Posted by Ben @ 5:15 PM