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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

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.

Wed, 25 Oct 2017

Expanding the Blog Poster app to allow for different target directories

I just coded a small feature for the Blog Poster app (a Ruby script) that allows the user to choose between two different directories when posting a "raw" update that isn't meant for the /updates/ directory that IFTTT taps for explicit social posts (using the body text instead of the title for the post). When making a "raw" post, the user can now choose the /now directory for timely posts that would be better with the traditional title-and-link style social posting that "normal" blog entries usually get when fed to social media accounts.