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A list of the blog posts I have written. Click here to view this list as an RSS feed.

  • Day Two with Ubuntu Linux

    Posted on: | Technology

    I had trouble coming up with an idea for this blog post. I think too much. This is my second full day running Ubuntu on my new computer. I set up Ubuntu on Monday. I didn’t get a good sense of what Ubuntu was about in the few hours that I had set up my machine. I’m still learning how to navigate a new operating system.

  • Setting Up My New Computer

    Posted on: | Technology

    I purchased a HP computer last week while I was on vacation. I didn’t do too much research into the model. I spoke with people in the IndieWeb community. HP came highly recommended by one person after I said I was thinking about a Dell IdeaPad. I wanted a computer that would last me. The Dell IdeaPad does not have a strong reputation for its robustness.

  • A Conflict with RSS

    Posted on: | Technology

    On my vacation, I took some time away from technology. I needed the break. I’ve been using technology less since I returned. I’ve been reading books. Once I have finished reading Kill Switch, the sequel to Kill Process, I’m going to read Moneyball. It’s been over a year since I read books this actively. My switch toward reading books over the last few days puts me in a bit of a conflict with RSS.

  • Changing Computers

    Posted on: | Technology

    I’m back from my vacation. I just finished up a delicious winter coffee from Costa. I have fond memories of that coffee from last year. Now, I’m ready to tell you about something that has been on my mind. I’ve bought a new computer.

  • Slow Mornings

    Posted on: | Life

    I am on vacation. I have not taken much time off this year. This is a time for me to relax. I don’t plan on doing any coding. That means I’ll not be writing any technical tutorials. I’m taking a break. I am doing new things that I’d like to write about.

  • How I Blog

    Posted on: | Writing

    Yesterday, I read an inteview between two bloggers. One blogger, Rebecca Blood, interviewed Jason Kottke, another blogger. It was an interesting read. It got me thinking about my process for blogging. I do not write often about my process because I often have other topics in mind. I am taking a vacation starting midday today and I thought it would be a good time to talk about how I blog.

  • Tracking the Word Count on My Blog

    Posted on: | Technology

    I check the word count after I have written every blog post. I do this because Typora, the markdown editor I use, displays a word count in the top left corner of the page. I’m not interested in the metric. It is difficult to avoid. At some point yesterday, my mind arrived at the idea that I should try to track the word count on my blog. I wanted to do this to improve my programming skills.

  • Writing an Analytics Bash Script: Part II

    Posted on: | Technology

    My first attempt at writing an analytics bash script got me excited about bash scripting. My first script displayed the total number of page views my blog receives and the total number of people who have viewed my feed. The program was limited to reading logs for the last two days.

  • Writing an Analytics Bash Script

    Posted on: | Technology

    I have had a commitment to not track analytics on this site. I believe that tools such as Google Analytics are verbose. They track too much information about users. I do not intend to change my policy on this matter. I did see on the IndieWeb wiki and on GitHub that some people have built their own analytics tools. Many of these rely on the logs that are collected by a web server rather than on a client-side script.

  • Reading Content with RSS

    Posted on: | IndieWeb

    I consume a large percentage of my online content using RSS. It was not always this way. For a long time, I relied on algorithms to tell me what to read. I put my faith in social media and believed that if I scrolled long enough I’d eventually find something interesting to read. I did sometimes find good articles. Mostly, I found articles that were popular. I didn’t discover any real gems.

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