What's new since March

posted by simon on Thursday, December 16, 2021

I haven't been posting much here, but there are some notes in the Journal, and there's always the issue list and the git history if you want the nitty-gritty.

Looking back it's mostly been minor usability features and bug fixes.

The release of TW 5.2.0 was a good milestone I think, because it means that Tiddlyhost now works with an off-the-shelf standard TiddlyWiki. Prior to that we used a random prerelease version that had the small tweak needed to make the upload saver work out of the box.

I am working on subscriptions. Currently (in my local dev environment) I can bill a user for a monthly subscription, but I still need to work on the UI around that, i.e. to make sure the user can see their subscription, cancel if if they want, upgrade it, etc. It's slow going, because there's quite a lot to do, and perhaps also because slightly less fun than adding cool features and improving the UX.

Ps, it's coming up to the 12 month anniversary of the birth of Tiddlyhost. How should I mark the occasion? Perhaps the go live date is more significant, or the official launch.

Pps, I did also revise the text on tiddlyspot.com, added a TL;DR there, and created some more FAQs just now.

Tiddlyspot "save to web" is back!

posted by simon on Sunday, March 28, 2021

I'm pleased to announce that the "save to web" functionality has been restored.

It's new and there might be bugs, but it seems to be working well for me at least. Try it and let me know if you have problems.

The way it works is that Tiddlyhost has taken over the tiddlyspot.com domain name and now serves all the old Tiddlyspot sites, with the UploadPlugin based "save to web" support just like the old days.

Tiddlyspot saving requires just the upload password. It doesn't require a Tiddlyhost account or current login, but if you do have a Tiddlyhost account you can claim ownership of a Tiddlyspot site, which lets you see it in your sites list, and (in future) will let you do things like change the password, and some other stuff I won't mention just yet.

This means the old tiddlyspot is finally resting peacefully, a few months short of its 15th birthday. The torch is passed. :)

Some good news for Tiddlyspot site owners

posted by simon on Saturday, March 13, 2021

I've got some ideas on how to bring Tiddlyspot back to life. Stay tuned for details.

Thoughts on novelty TLDs

posted by simon on Saturday, March 13, 2021

Are they worthwhile? For example tiddlyho.st appears to be available for $69.99 per year. Good value or nah? Someone has tiddly.wiki, but tid.wiki is available. What are your thoughts on this?

Announcing Tiddlyhost.com

posted by simon on Friday, February 19, 2021

I'm pleased to announce the launch of Tiddlyhost!

Tiddlyhost is the successor to Tiddlyspot. I've been working hard to create it and I'm really happy with the progress. It's pretty new, and still in development, but I feel like it's ready for some kind of launch.

Unlike Tiddlyspot, Tiddlyhost:
  • Is secure. All requests are via https with a proper SSL certificate.
  • Has a password recovery mechanism. If you forget your password you can request a password reset email.
  • Supports TiddlyWiki5. TiddlyWiki5 is turning 10 years old this year. It's mature, powerful, and available on Tiddlyhost.
  • Is fully open source. If you want to suggest ideas, contribute improvements, create your own Tiddlyhost, or just follow the development process, you can do it on Github.
  • Let's you share and discover TiddlyWiki sites. The "Tiddlyhost Hub" is a place where you can discover interesting Tiddlyhost sites and also share your own.
If that sounds good, please sign up at tiddlyhost.com and give it a try.

If you have suggestions or experience any problems, please create an issue here. See also the code and the FAQ.

A few notes:
  • As mentioned, Tiddlyhost is new and in development. I can't guarantee there won't be problems. It would be wise to download your site once in a while just in case something goes terribly wrong and your data gets lost.
  • Please be nice. For example don't upload your entire photo collection, or generate a ton of spammy content.


Sites with hyphens in their names are recoverable now

posted by simon on Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Sorry about that.

Sites available in read-only mode

posted by simon on Thursday, October 29, 2020

As far as I know everyone's sites should be back online, but saving updates and creating new sites is not supported.

Please take this opportunity to make backups of your sites.

Update: There was a bug causing problems for sites with numbers in their names. This has been fixed now, so please try again this impacted you.

Update on Tiddlyspot site recovery

posted by simon on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

I now have access to the S3 bucket that all Tiddlyspot sites have been backed up to. Thanks Clint Checketts for the help. (This means the Dreamhost ticket #9255564 I mentioned before is no longer relevant.)

I'm working on a script to download all the sites using aws. It's kinda working, so at this stage it appears I will be able to recover the data from all Tiddlyspot sites, assuming they made it into the S3 bucket safely.

Once I have the data, my plan is to try to bring back a readonly version of Tiddlyspot. It's likely "public" sites will be available there sooner than "private" sites, since I'll need to figure out a good way to keep private sites private.

Anyway, I'll keep you posted on the progress via this blog.

Ps, the idea of bringing back a fully functional Tiddyspot at some point in the future is still on the table, but I'm going to focus only on data recovery for now.

Pps, thanks very much for the responses. The summary is a lot of you are still using Tiddlyspot, and there are quite a few people who don't have any backup copy of their sites.