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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.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018

Where is the Ode software?

If you want to try the Ode blogging software that powers this site, it comes in two parts. First is the Ode system itself.

There are also a bunch of addins.

Here is what is available from project leader Rob Reed:


  • Disqus (Add comments)
  • EditEdit (Create and edit posts with a web form)
  • Indexette (Give posts date stamps in metadata instead of using file time)
  • Jumper (Add a tag that puts a post preview in the index with a link to the full entry; included in main Ode package)
  • Mrkdwn (Use Markdown to simplify the HTML tagging in posts; included in main Ode package)
  • Shyposts (Hide some posts from indexes)

Some Ode themes can be found here.