Link creation tools

I’ve been looking for a way to make the posting process quicker for the Digest.  My existing process has been to collect open tabs and categorize emails, then go through them later, turning them into links and source links.  I’d like to be able to post them as I read them – a link per post, even.  The closest tools I’ve found for this are Press This! / Press This Extended, but both appear to be abandoned and no longer compatible.  Suggestions welcomed.

Patreon followup

If you enjoy reading my posts, whether the DragonFly-specific material during the week or the weekend rollups, I have a Patreon account where you can effectively tip me.

I’m not trying to turn this into real income, so I haven’t been plugging it – but a number of people have been contributing and I really appreciate it.  I have my own reoccurring Patreon pledges, and this is a good time to point you at Linda Medley (cause I have a number of her books), ABBADON (for Kill Six Billion Demons), and Cooking Issues (cause their podcast is fun).  None of that is BSD or even computer related.

Webmentions on the Digest

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!

Patreon and the Digest

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.

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?