Weblogs for Steve

Posted by Steve on Wed 19 Feb 2014 at 09:41
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I've just about completed a new toy project:

This is basically a markdown-using pastebin site.

You can paste in your random markdown text, and once you've done so you receive a link you can share with your boss, your friends, or whoever.

The source code is available on Github, and there is a (trusted) docker image too, which makes installation trivial.

Feedback welcome, either here, via mail, or via the github tracker.

I'm pretty pleased with the project, and it is already proving useful.


Posted by Steve on Fri 31 Jan 2014 at 19:46

Contributions and feedback welcome, on my new site:

Much like this one in nature, but much more succinct and focussed.


Posted by Steve on Sun 19 Jan 2014 at 11:52
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On Monday (tomorrow) I'll be starting a new job, once again working from home - something I was keen to avoid.

Still it won't be so bad, the only potential concern is that I'll be starting on my home desktop, and at some point during the day I'm expecting a delivery of a new Macbook which I need to switch over to using.

I've never used a Mac, not since system 7, so that'll be "fun".


Posted by Steve on Tue 12 Nov 2013 at 15:47
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Due to a calamity I had to revert the database behind this site a couple of days. Comments and blogs will be lost for this period.

Not pleased about this at all, but I guess it's a first for the site.

In happier news today I shot pictures of some lovely owls.

That was a pleasant diversion from taking pictures of pubs - which is my new project.


Posted by Steve on Sun 29 Sep 2013 at 16:31
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This weekend I've upgraded the cluster behind this site to be 100% wheezy-based.

No major suprises, fingers crossed nothing breaks ..


Posted by Steve on Mon 2 Sep 2013 at 19:36
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I spent a few nights last week prototyping the kind of forum I'd like to use for supporting my Lumail email client.

The end result was something that was fast, clean, and reasonably well-coded. The only aspect where it falls down is in the looks-department.

I'm still in two minds about whether I need a forum to support the application, so for the moment it is just deployed on a random spare domain:

It can be described as a cross between hacker-news and reddit. (Though the example disables arbitrary tagging, which means the reddit-inspiration is less obvious.)


Posted by Steve on Tue 9 Jul 2013 at 13:12
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My lua-based email client lumail continues to go well.

These days I'm using it exclusively for my personal mail, and barring a few rough edges it is suitable for everyday use.


Posted by Steve on Tue 21 May 2013 at 21:15
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We've had a self-signed SSL certificate for some time now (four years?) but it was self-signed and thus untrusted by most browsers.

Thanks to a kind donation by dkg we now have a "real" SSL certificate, valid for the next five years.

Installation was carried out in a rush, but I'll do it properly shortly. Any problems shout at me.

Thanks again, Daniel.

Update: I've also fixed the site to use a canonical host name, with the www. prefix now being used globally.


Posted by Steve on Fri 10 May 2013 at 11:27
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Yeah, I could hardly believe it either.

It is modal, it uses Lua for scripting/configuration. It is not yet complete, due to missing features. But as a read-only mail-viewer it works perfectly.


Posted by Steve on Thu 11 Apr 2013 at 18:59
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When I see a number of fake users, or spam comments, from a particular IP address I usually just block it.

As of today I'm now going to block the containing /24 instead.

Life is too short to play whack-a-mole with closely-related IPs.