I thought I had done this before, but apparently not: the site is switched to https by default. Tell me if you notice problems from that.
I’ve added Webmentions on the Digest. If you don’t know what that is, let me save you the Google search. It’s a method to connect discussion between blogs, similar to having a conversation on Twitter or whatever, except you aren’t storing your words away on someone else’s platform.
The option to add your Webmention URL is at the end of each post; if you have your own blog and want to comment, this is the time to install Webmentions and use it!
I did a rough count – 360 posts on the Digest for 2019. I haven’t been tracking per-year averages, but that’s good – I’m a daily digest, even without meaning to be!
I didn’t get them put together early, and I won’t have time – sorry! It’s the first time I’ve missed it in a long time.
If you have been enjoying the Digest for many years, and you’d like to buy me a nice sandwich, you most certainly can.
It’s been a quiet week and I’ve finally caught up on my backlog of things to post, so I’ll take this moment to say: thank you, for reading. Especially, thank you to the Patreon supporters who have thrown in a few dollars; it’s actually paid forward to others I support on Patreon and bought me a nice coffee drink.
If you enjoy the Digest and want to get me to my goal of a free sandwich, I have a Patreon account. Merry Christmas/happy holidays! Normal article posting resumes tomorrow, of course.
I have stuff to post, but moving DragonFly to 5.4, php to 7.2, postgres to 9.5, WordPress to 5.0, etc. Regular Digest transmissions should resume tomorrow.
I realized I’ve been working on the Digest for almost a decade and a half now, and I have readers outside of just DragonFly. I’ve always been grateful for the attention people pay to my aggressive trips down the rabbit hole.
I’m also always hungry. Hungry for more information, sure, but also for a sandwich. If you want to send me a link, that’s great, but until now you couldn’t really send me a sandwich. I’ve set up a Patreon page, so now you can.
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…
dragonflydigest.com is changing providers today, so the site may go missing for a while as DNS updates, and as I scramble my config.
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.
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?
The insulation on the external lines leading here are apparently delicious, if you’re a squirrel.
I’m moved over to new hardware for the Digest. Tell me if you see issues, please.
shiningsilence.com/dragonflydigest.com will be going down for a brief period in the next 24 hours, for a hardware upgrade.
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.