December, 2008

I started back in September, 2003 and I have had lots of fun with it. I’m the kind of guy who enjoys tinkering with gadgets, computers, and software. When I discover interesting features or cool tidbits of information, I love to share it with anyone who will listen. provides that forum. Over the past couple years, the number and scope of Tips and associated domains has increased, so I have been looking for a better way to manage everything. This has finally culminated in this site with some significant changes.

The software that drivevs has evolved from hand-editied HTML pages to PHP-Nuke to Mambo to Joomla, and now, is proud to be a part of the WordPress community! I have been an avid Joomla fan, however the overall feel and performance of the site has become just too heavy for my desires, so I decided to migrate over to WordPress. And the great thing is that I have been able to customize the installation to be able to provide features that Joomla simply wouldn’t let me do.

I have to appologize for the delay in getting this site changed over to a more “final” point. When I started making all of these changes, I never realized how extensive the changeover would be. It’s one thing to simply port data from one CMS to another, but it’s another to have to take into account such things as how the changes will affect my Google PageRank and search placement, URL consistency and redirection (so that past visitors can access bookmarked content on the new site without dealing with broken links) and a number of other factors to pull everything together. It has been a fun challenge!

Thank You! As always, I appreciate any content submissions and suggestions by you, the visitors. While I have supplied most of the content for this site, some key content has been provided by people like you, so don’t hesitate to contact me with new content. I also look forward to your suggestions and criticisms. I rely heavily on your feedback to help drive the direction of, so click on the “Contact Jim” link on the left and let me know what you think, what you would like to see added, and what you would like to see changed.

I hope you like the changes and the new look!

-Jim Barr

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