Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.

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Monday, April 12, 2004


Fog Creek Software's CityDesk is an excellent web-content management application that would be perfectly suited for maintaining a weblog, especially for those of us who don't have full control over our web server (which rules out MovableType). However, its price of $299 is much too steep (for me, at least) to use for maintaining a personal site, especially when the main competition is Blogger (free) or MovableType (free, but would require an $8/month upgrade to my hosting service). FogCreek would argue that their application is superior to those, and this is certainly true; however, I would think that the price point for personal use is in the $90-$100 range. Perhaps FogCreek has made a deliberate decision not to go after that market. BTW, they do offer a free starter edition that only works on sites of up to 50 files (far too few for my use), and once you download it, they give you a 25% discount on the full version. The discount is weird, though: It's only good for 72 hours, which is hardly enough time to look at the starter edition, and certainly not enough time to get invested in it. (Update 4-15-02004: I just noticed that they once did have a Home edition, but axed it, so presumably I shouldn't hold my breath for its return. So sad; I love the product, but at that price, I'll have to go with one of the alternatives.)

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