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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, 26 Dec 2012

I'm teaching myself git

I'm interested in learning about version control. To pursue that interest, I am teaching myself git.

I installed git on my Debian Wheezy laptop and have started accounts on both Github and Gitorious

Among the things I've learned are how to "pull" from a remote git repo (in my case one on Github), how to commit my changes locally and push those changes to Github and how to delete a file in a git repository and subsequently push that commit back to the repo.

While all is not clear, the fact that I could get going in such a short time must mean something. Things like branching and evaluating patches are beyond me at the moment, but hopefully I'll be able to learn more as I go.

The git website is a great place to start. Everything is explained very well, and the site offers the free Pro Git book in a number of formats.

Among the available references, there's an O'Reilly book (always the symbol of good taste in tech literature).