I strongly believe in owning my own data wherever possible, and being responsible for it.
Real fast, if you’re having SVN problems with Mountain Lion, and have an ‘old’ version of SVN, read this.
An expanded set of thoughts about what makes security.
How about using version control on your website, just like the big boys? You can do that on WP Engine without rolling your own.
I use surprisingly few child themes these days, because most of what I want to do can be done in widgets, css, or a mu-plugin.