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Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Sat, 22 Feb 2014

I'm at SCALE 12x on Saturday, and here's what I did so far today

I'm at SCALE 12x at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton hotel on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, and so far I've roamed the show floor, which seems a whole lot bigger than the last time I attended SCALE, which was probably in 2009.

The floor is thick with people, and there's a lot going on at the booths.


I spoke to a lot of people and exchanged information in order to schedule some interviews later, but I did get audio interviews on Silicon Mechanics, the Linux Professional Institute and the Apache Cloudstack project.

I just saw a sweet all-in-one desktop at the System 76 booth, where there also some very, very solid-looking laptops. Since I like to pay less than for laptop, we're not exactly in the same pool, but the quality of the Ubuntu-running hardware is stunning.

I'd like to tell you about the rest of the people I spoke to, but I have a mess of business cards, brochures and other swaggy items crammed into my SCALE 12x bag, and I'm afraid that if I start pulling it out of the bag, I'll never get it back in.

And in case you're wondering about the Wi-Fi at the event, I can assure you (since I'm writing straight into WordPress right now) that it is strong.

Parking is only a day -- it's normally at this airport-adjacent hotel -- and everything is working out great in terms of logistics.

I'm about to go to my first talk, which is going to be Bradley Kuhn on Software Freedom Conservancy's open-source accounting-software initiative. I'm crazy about accounting. OK, I'm not yet crazy about it, but I'm ready to learn more, and I'm a big fan of Bradley's work for Conservancy, the FSF and on the Free as in Freedom podcast, so it's just about time for me to make my way to the room.

Sorry about the lack of hyperlinks in this post. It's type-and-run today.