Push Button Paradise
Sat, 01 Oct 2005
As of October 1, 2005, this blog runs on PyBlosxom, which is an excellent platform other than the unspellable name. It works based on structured plain-text files, taking publication date information right off the files' directory entries. It's awesome, and it fits perfectly with my ideals about keeping things in plain text.
However, adding a 3rd machine into the mix (home machine, work machine, webhost machine, preserving exact date/time stamps and with reasonable backup and recovery systems in place) complicates things enough that I'm considering a change, or at least a branching out. I'd really like something where I can easily post "daily links", like I see all the time from Jeff Barr or Jeremy Zawodny.
I don't want to spend time tweaking stuff, so self-hosted stuff like Movable Type or WordPress are out. Low maintenance is the key. I could go back to Blogger, but changes on my site (like static hosting of all the previous blogger content) make that tricky. So it would have to be something like typepad or a blogspot site. Apparently I already have a blog through Yahoo! 360, but I know absolutely nothing about that service.
Whatever happens, this spot here will have links to the postings. This blog too will probably stick around, if for nothing else for a place for me to keep rambling on about plain text. -m
P.S. If anyone has any suggestions for a blog setup, let me know or comment.
Have you tried the wierdly named pyfilenamemtime.py plugin for PyBlosxom? I use it all the time now to keep my post dates constant so I don't have to worry about touching the file date/time.
What it does is use the filename for the post date/time - if a post entry is named yyyymmdd_hhmm.txt it will use that info.
Also, I don't use it, but I know others post to their pyblosxom site using ecto or other XMLRPC posting tools - that might make it easier for you to gather links up and then squirt them out as a single post.
anywho, just some thoughts :)
Posted by bear at Tue Oct 4 21:10:36 2005