4 Posts for December 2007

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Google Reader

Posted December 24, 2007

Shortly after I started using Linux as my main operating system, at the end of last summer, I got fed up with the huge number of webcomics I was checking every day.

I had heard that RSS would be a good solution to this1, so I decided to give it a try. After a while, I managed to find the RSS feeds of all the webcomics that had them2, and life was good.

Since I was using Gnome and the Firefox live bookmark-style feed-reading wasn’t the style I wanted, I used Liferea, the Linux feed reader. I continued to use it up until a couple days ago.

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New Default Layout

Posted December 16, 2007

I’ve pretty much finished the blog engine depersonalization I posted about on Friday.

Since no one replied to that post, I’ll assume I’m correct that no one uses (or cares about) my blogging engine. Thus I’ll spare you an in-depth discussion of how I revamped it to be more generic.

However, regardless of whether or not you use the thing, I would like to get your feedback on the new layout. I’ve put it up at default.nex-3.com and plugged it into the normal blog database.

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Blog Engine Stuff

Posted December 14, 2007

Last night, I stayed up way too late working on my blog engine. First I went through and made it work with all the latest stuff: Rails 2.0.1 and the new make_resourceful nested resources support.

Now, I actually have no idea if anyone other than myself and Will Farrington uses this engine. If you do, please let me know. I’m terribly curious.

Although I have a sneaking suspicion that no one does, I still choose to act as though at least a couple people do. As such, I try to make using it at least minimally reasonable for these hypothetical people.

Unspace

Posted December 6, 2007

You heard it here second - I’ve officially joined the Unspace team.

About a year and ten weeks ago, I noticed an interesting topic on the Rails mailing list: a cool-looking templating language called Haml had just been released. Last spring, my Software Design and Development instructor had encouraged all the students to contribute to open-source software, so I decided to give it a go.

Haml seemed like a great place to start. It was small enough to have a very manageable codebase. It was young enough that there were major, interesting features left to implement.