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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.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012

I love Markdown

To know Markdown is to love it.

Markdown is baked into Ode and makes writing things tour need to end up as HTML faster, easier, less broken and nicer to read on the back end, too.

When HTML was created in the early 1990s, it was envisioned (in my hazy opinion) as something that would be applied to text by a computer program, not laboriously typed out (and inevitably messed up).

But type it out we do. Or at least I do. All (the live-long) day.

Markdown makes it easy. I'd heard plenty about it, not really understanding what it was or what it does.

I'll make it simple: If your web application/service supports Markdown, you're in, and you'll save keystrokes like mad and reduce coding mistakes, also like mad.

I'm only tapping the basics, using Markdown to format bolds, italics, anchor tags, lists, quoted material, code blocks. Now that I think of it, that's quite a lot.

The Movable Type system I use regularly doesn't seem to include Markdown support, though Movable Type 4 in general does. You can bet I'll be adding Markdown support to the WordPress system my employer is migrating to.