As far as The Google knows, there are exactly 3 people on the globe named Dino Chiesa. One is a guy who lives in Toronto, Ontario, and is into real-estate. Another is a retired Italian race driver, who now owns a karting team. I’m not either of those. I’m the third guy.
This blog is just an outlet for me. I’ll write about software things, industry things, management, strategy, communications, marketing, and that sort of thing. Probably not much about real-estate or karting.
About The Blog
The blog runs on WordPress, which is an open-source PHP-based blog system. For the theme, I started with smartone, and modified it a little, to make it work better for me. I cleaned up the display, removed the mural pictures. I added in some social media buttons, so you can share posts on Google+ or Facebook or Reddit or Twitter with a quick click.
I also added in a few extra options in the list of subscription options shown in the upper right corner of each page; these let readers connect with me via Twitter or Google+ or LinkedIn or Stackoverflow. And I added a couple of new widgets to the sidebar. One shows Google+ activity; I’ve described that last part here. Another is a skydrive hotlink plugin, which I use to allow you to directly download my CV. I made a few others as well. You can find all the plugins I’ve publicly released on wordpress.org.
This blog is hosted on 000webhost.com. For those of you on a budget, I recommend 000webhost. It’s free. Just register your domain (about $10 a year) and park it on the free service, install wordpress, and you’ve got yourself a low-cost blogging system. MySql, FTP, and so on. A good deal. Recommended.