Views of The Kamakura Print Collection (this blog) and Xpress were off-line during October and most of November, due to the time it took me to update WordPress. I had deferred this task until the old version had become a security risk. I am grateful to my Web-host, Pair Systems, for guiding me through the recovery of both sites. This involved some sensitive understanding of what I was able or unable to do, and flexible adjustment of hosting parameters to enable the updates to reside comfortably on the Pair servers. In cyber-space as well as on the ground, protecting sites from harm requires constant attention. It’s good that the folks at Pair Systems are on the job 24/7.
We are living in a golden age of software. WordPress makes this blog software available completely free and then thanks me for creating with WordPress. Numerous enhancements also supplied free by a community of developers add to the appearance, usability, and reach of the site. Updates to WordPress and to these ‘plugins’ are now about as effortless as they can be. Aside from websites, numerous other apps and special-purpose applications are available free or nearly free from programmers whose recognition in the user community helps them start their own companies. The ecosystem whereby individual software developers discover and correct an operating-system flaw, or provide a new extension, is extraordinarily efficient.
Thanksgiving, the American harvest festival, gives us a chance to thank all those who have made these sites possible, and all who have added so much to our common culture.