To complicate matters, my network was hacked - quite maliciously, wiping out sites that I have rune for nearly a decade - gone in a blink of an eye. My backup company could not restore from tapes. I was devastated. It was too much to handle.
I didn't have the desire, the stamina or the frame of mind to try again. My mood needed vast improvement just to be a depression.
But the human spirit refuses to be held down. I now view this as an opportunity. I won't revive the old sites. My interests have changed over time, as has the technology. I will create new sites to explore new interests. I can reconfigure my servers to take advantage of newer features. I can update operating systems from the freeware version (CentOS) to true production quality operating systems (RHEL 6.0).
It takes a long time to crawl out of the darkness, but I'm back.
And now an observation...
I received the email that I'm sure you all did, explaining the version number for XenForo...
I recall many years ago having a discussion with Steve Machol, discussing this very subject. I advocated a very similar system, which is typical in the software industry. vB was not following that convention. So it pleases me to no end that XenForo distinguishes itself yet again. Not just in the code, but in the whole approach to software lifecycle management. It may seem like a little thing, but thats how professionals separate themselves from the pack - in the little things.
So, as I contemplate what my new sites might be and what interests I might explore, I will never doubt that XenForo is the platform upon which I will build those communities.
Well done. Very well done.