The blog restoration project has now progressed well into the 2006, just past the blog’s second anniversary.
One of the non-migrated things is the previous comment system, the few hundred comments written in during the reign of commenting externalized to haloscan will disappear, given time. Until the service provider decides to pull the plug on them, the old comments will of course be available in the old archives.
The restoration work is thankfully no longer manual. I modified the RSS-generator to understand even the semantically not so well put-together HTML of pre-2007 entries, and thus far it has been performing very well.
However, the import-functionality of WordPress is by no means perfect. It’s unable to handle categories, and picking them off the list does take a while. There’s no facility to configure the author of the imported posts. Defaulting to admin can, obviously, be subverted by removing that account entirely, in which case any update to an entry (say, for adding the category-information) marks the entry having been written by the user.
A lot of the links have expired during the years. I’ve fixed some, but in most cases just noted on a per-entry basis that there’s nothing to be expected in clicking on them.
20 months to go. Perfect coverage is still a good while away.