Out for a while

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Thinking about moving along

It’s been a busy time during my absence here on the blog. I’ve taken on a couple of WordPress blogs for non-profit clients and tested out the new SquareSpace 6. In fact, most of the posts to ‘my blog’ have been on the SQSP 6 site.

It’s time for an update here.

I’ve done a good deal of testing with the new SquareSpace version 6, but I’m not sure I like it. I have to think about it some more, but:

  • The new version is much clunkier than version 5 and seems to have lost some of the functionality, like accessing/editing a media storage space
  • It appears that there is no more development for SQSP 5, aside from basic maintenance, and if I don’t change to ver 6, I’ll be adrift in neverland.
  • They don’t support offline editors like MarsEdit for version 6 - this is a real deal killer...
  • Image management is just plain confusing
  • All the templates look the same, with huge photos/headers that really take over the page
  • You seem to have less control in the template - if you think there is way too much open space somewhere, there doesn’t seem to be anywhere you can fix it

So, with all these things and few other annoyances, I’m wondering what to do.

It’s not an easy decision, but I may have to leave for another platform. I started a blog on SquareSpace for the Surrey Board of Trade several years ago, and subsequently moved my own blog over from TypePad last year. I also have another placeholder blog here that’s not active right now.

There is lots of good history here with SquareSpace, so if I’m going to move, I want to be sure it’s the right thing *for me*.

More on this later.


Just a test

It seems that they are not supporting the old iPhone/iPad editor app for Squarespace websites anymore. Just wanted to see if it works in the meantime.


Milestone for car 1225 in Cloverdale



Back in June, the Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society launched the Cloverdale Station to Sullivan Station run for the restored BC Electric car 1225. It should be quite a tourist attraction over time.

The car use to run from Vancouver to Chilliwack, through the Fraser Valley. The Society has quite a nice video of some of the old ride.

The community really chipped in for this one. It took thousands of volunteer hours and donations to accomplish the restoration and many more to build the replica station. But they did it for 1225, and they have another car to restore in the future: car 1304.

The opening day was quite an event with lots of pomp and ceremony. All the local politicians were there to congratulate the Society on a job well done. They even got the honorary 'first ride' in the car that will travel from Cloverdale to Sullivan Station, over at the corner of 64th Ave and 152 St in Surrey.

The track they use is an active railroad track. While there have been a few bumps in the road working out the track sharing, the Society seems to have done quite well with their tourist attraction over the summer. The latest news is that they are closing in on 4000 passengers so far.

Not bad for the first year in operation. Welcome to Surrey, 1225.

Ready for business


Thunder and lightning over Surrey

Just a point in the sands of time..

We just had a tremendous thunder and lightning storm pass over Central City in Surrey, BC. The lights flickered a couple of times, but we still have power. Just a lot of noise and flashes of light for a while.

Not something you see much around here on the south coast. Kind of exciting.