The Digest, now on Mastodon @bsd.network

This is way overdue: I’m now posting Digest notes to bsd.network/@dragonflydigest, a BSD-specific Mastodon server.

It’s bothered me for a while that I’m autoposting Digest headlines to Twitter, which is useful for Twitter users but still supporting a walled garden.  Mastodon is a better implementation of a similar idea, and bsd.network nicely groups all sorts of BSD people in one place.  Right now I’m just posting the Digest headlines here into the Mastodon account there, but there’s added value from the additional BSD-specific conversation around it.

I haven’t (yet) found a way to translate the local timeline on bsd.network into a RSS feed, which would be super-handy…

Minor format fixes

I had a spurious carriage return in the RSS feed output that some I think xerxes based RSS readers like spaRSS didn’t like.  It’s fixed now – can someone else running spaRSS confirm in a comment?   Or just confirm that you aren’t getting RSS errors now if you were for the last few days.

Static site generator recommendations

I’ve gradually been leaning towards two opinions:

1: Having the Digest load as fast as possible is a benefit for everyone, and

2: I want to get off the PHP/Wordpress vulnerability merry-go-round.

Does anyone have specific experience with static site generators?  Ideally there’s something out there as polished/unfiddly as WordPress, but I don’t know what.  The Digest started using the Movable Type product, and I’m tempted to return.

Update: People have been recommending Hugo, Pelican, and Jekyll.  It looks like comments would end up going into Disqus, which is an external not-under-my-control application.  There are other plugins for comments, but none of them as straightforward.  What are people’s thoughts on using an outside service?

Site downtime

The machine this site runs on just had a fan die, so somewhere in the next 24 hours, I’m going to be installing a new fan, and a new hard drive while I’m at it.  Expect a few hours of downtime as I rebuild both hardware and software.

A few quiet days

Quiet for you, the reader, at least.  My schedule is irregular because of work over the next few days – including the weekend – so regular posting may not resume until next week.  Sorry!

Argh, https

For some reason, OpenSSL-using command line clients – but not any browsers – are choking on the RSS feed for this site when fetched via https.  So, the site no longer defaults to https.  It’s still available if you want to use it, and I’ll work on fixing the setup.

The way to see it is:

openssl s_client -connect www.dragonflydigest.com:443

You will notice an error in the output like this:

672060044:error:140790E5:SSL routines:SSL23_WRITE:ssl handshake failure:/usr/src/secure/lib/libssl/../../../crypto/openssl/ssl/s23_lib.c:184:

There’s lots of references to errors like this out there – many different, some for bugs long fixed.  I daresay it’s a configuration screwup I haven’t figured out yet; I’ve noticed that adding -tls1 or -no_tls1 or -ssl2 or -ssl3 to the above command makes the problem go away.

 

RSS feed issues

Since the switch to https here, the RSS feed has been having trouble, as several people reported.  I haven’t had time to look into it much so far.  Though I suppose it’s only likely that you are reading this if you are unaffected by it.

A domain name change

The Digest is now located at dragonflydigest.com (or dragonflybsddigest.com if you are really into typing).  Everything else should be generally the same, and old links still work.  I’m only 8 or 9 years late in getting a real domain name attached…

Missing Twitter posts

The plugin I use for posting to Twitter managed to silently stop working after a recent WordPress upgrade.   It’s fixed now.  Thanks to alert reader TJ for telling me.  If you are picking up articles here through Twitter, you have some backlog waiting for you.

Short outage, sorry

I knocked my own server out of commission today – sorry!  I thought it was because I was experimenting with an IPv6 tunnel – but no.  It appears to be a long-running Minecraft server.  Once that was gone, it all got better.