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    I’m curious about the transition. How did you migrate all the WordPress blogs and pages? I’m interested in moving my WordPress monster and had thought about Jekyll in the past.. very interested in your experience there.

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      I used a script to export every post and all images to markdown. Then it was just a case of adding frontmatter to the posts. Pages I just did manually.

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        Not the author, but there are plugins for exporting from WP to Jekyll, like this one.

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        My site is at: https://josm.site

        I do need to re-do the whole thing to be honest, but there we are. It’s basically a bunch of links.

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          Not responsive or mobile friendly. On iPhone X, initial page load looked empty, with just a bit of the centered image at the right edge of the screen. I scrolled a bit to bring it into view.

          You should consider trying to make your widths, etc max-width.

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            Yeaaah, it’s really not optimized for anything tbh, I’m going to re-do everything.

            Thanks for the feedback!

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            Yea, gotta use some of that “above the fold” space. Not so good on mobile either.

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              Indeed, definitely gonna have to sort that out. Especially mobile because I haven’t even done anything on that front.

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            My sites at https://www.offtopica.uk/ - not sure if it’s had any human visitors yet :)

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              That’s really nice.. I like the typographic alignment. On mobile, the scrolling gets a little wild from left to right.. Very clean. .

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                Yeah. At least it happens on this page on a narrow display on iOS/Safari, but maybe one website out of three is affected by this kind of minor annoyance.

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                This is fantastic! I love the simplicity of it.

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                  This seems very readable. I’m not sure why some of your code blocks look different than others, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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                    I assumed it’s hard to get .uk domain, why else would .co.uk be so popular? How does it work really? The website is clean and minimalistic, I like it.

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                      If I remember right, it only became possible to get .uk quite recently (that is, within the last decade). Before that, .co.uk was the go-to and it’s still pretty ingrained.

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                        I assumed it’s hard to get .uk domain, why else would .co.uk be so popular? How does it work really?

                        Before some time in 2014, you couldn’t register a .uk domain at all. Between 2014 and 2019, you could register a .uk domain that matched the .co.uk/.org.uk/… you already owned. After that it’s a free for all :)

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                          Didn’t know that, thanks.

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                        A c++ article on the frontpage, an about link and a feed. Nice clean style, good content, thumbs up from me. Subscribed to the feed so you’ll get at least one visitor if you publish something new.

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                          Thank you very much. I’m not a very confident writer so this means a lot to me :)

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                          Maybe that is intentional, but to me inline code font is about 2x smaller compared to normal text font.

                          Also seems like you justify text without hyphenation.

                          One more - in “SSH Hidden Service” - some code blocks have grey background, while others don’t have any.

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                            The code font being tiny is not intentional, I would like for people to be able to read what I’ve written :) - Which web browser are you using?

                            One more - in “SSH Hidden Service” - some code blocks have grey background, while others don’t have any.

                            Not sure what I did to break it like that, hopefully fixing it also fixes the weird horizontal scrolling on mobile too.

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                              I am using Brave on macOS. Seems like by default “monospace” is quite tiny. I’ve seen some people declare: font-family: monospace, monospace; and that improves things with the font size for some reason …

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                                That’s very weird! It also increased the size on Firefox for Linux too.

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                            I can’t find anything wrong with this site. It looks great!

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                            Using a self-hosted FreshRSS installation right now. Just updated today. Developer has been responsive to ideas. 👍

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                              I’d love to see how many comments in the source include the f-word. I suspect more than a few.

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                                Reading - as you might expect these days - Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World. It seems to me learning about our past might help in understanding our present a little better.

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                                  The shift click to expand selection looks nice.

                                  I really love watching this thing evolve. A really nice console / terminal was the missing link that kept WSL from being a first class Linux development environment, and Windows Terminal is filling that gap REALLY fast.

                                  I have a funny feeling that there are going to be a LOT of developers who live outside the rarefied bubble of desktop UNIX users whose work-a-day quality of life is going to be markedly improved by this.

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                                    I have a funny feeling that there are going to be a LOT of developers who live outside the rarefied bubble of desktop UNIX users whose work-a-day quality of life is going to be markedly improved by this.

                                    I work (as a network server developer) in the game industry and this is absolutely transformative for my work. I have to use Windows. A lot of the tooling in the game industry only runs on Windows. I will likely start doing the entirety of my work inside of this terminal. Right now I’m running an XFCE desktop inside of a VirtualBox VM just so that I can run Konsole because the terminal emulators on Windows are all in some way insufficient.

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                                      rarefied bubble of desktop UNIX users

                                      You mean, like, Mac users? I’m not even sure I know a dev who uses Windows. Not saying they don’t exist, just questioning the hyperbole here :-)

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                                        I’m not even sure I know a dev who uses Windows.

                                        While I agree that “rarefied bubble” seems hyperbolic, “not even sure I know a dev who uses Windows” seems much more hyperbolic to me.

                                        Vast armies of “enterprise” developers run Windows all the time. And many who do product work are Windows first.

                                        To counter your anecdata with some of my own, on a project I worked last year, we were delivering software that ran exclusively on RHEL servers. On days when the whole team met, you’d see a dozen Windows laptops, two or three Macs and two of us running Linux. One of the Linux holdouts was a Red Hat employee, and I was the other, having switched when my 2011 17” MBP died of GPU failure and I couldn’t find anything in Apple’s lineup to replace it.

                                        Outside that group, I know plenty who run Macs, but the vast majority I’ve worked with use Windows as a daily driver.

                                        That said, every single Windows user I know who suffered from the trash fire that is the old terminal has already helped themselves in terms of quality of life by installing cmder or something like it. “Markedly improved” is probably overstatement for most, even though it will be much better than the default from before.

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                                          Hello! Nice to meet you! I am a software engineer and I use Windows.

                                          I like coffee and tiling as many windows as Windows lets me. Now you know a dev who uses Windows!

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                                            macOS is really popular in USA. But it’s not really the case for Europe. We struggled to find a macOS developer that is able to do system programming so much that we had to hire Linux devs and trained them with knowledge about macOS.

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                                              Windows devs are many (I am one also). Just as any popular platform, I imagine developing is popular there too.

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                                                You should get out more ;)

                                                Seriously, just type “I run Windows” into the Lobsters search box and take a gander at the number of articles this yields.

                                                Not just Mac users, but even developers who’ve been on Windows for any number of reasons (It’s what their IT department supports, for example).

                                                Sorry about the hyperbole, it’s a core part of my personality and when I’m excited about something it’s very hard to hide, but I shall endeavor to do so in future interactions here.

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                                                  Hehe, I definitely deserved what I got here, I managed to use hyperbole in a comment calling out hyperbole! :-)

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                                                    I think your post is actually a really usefu could l window into how many developers think about this situation.

                                                    We all surround ourselves with communities of like minded people, and as a result it’s very easy to start thinking thata this represents the status quo for all developers, everywhere.

                                                    Somebody felt so strongly about my comment that they flagged it as spam!

                                                    I would love it if the greater technology community could take a giant step back and recognize that the bubbles we inhabit can narrow our perception of reality.

                                                    I think for myself I will stop interacting with Windows related posts on lobsters. I will totally cop to having been over-zealous in my interactions on the previous thread, but I was exceedingly careful in my response this time and yet still got flagged.

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                                                      I agree that we all have bubbles. Sometimes it’s hard to escape your bubble even if you want to because it has to do with geography or industry. But I do agree that we should do our best to at least be aware that those bubbles exist. Honestly, my original comment was meant to be light-hearted, trading hyperbole for hyperbole. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t a good topic for that kind of thing.

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                                                        Jokes (and lighthearted comments) often don’t land in text. Can’t add intonation beyond SCREAMING something really. Sometimes just you just have to call it out rather dryly ..

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                                                        I hear you.. I agree with you. I think it would be bad if you refrained from interacting with Windows posts.

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                                                    I’m on windows at work. I think hwayne is too. Don’t forget that there is an entire dev community built around the C# and the CLR which until recently was largely focused around windows. Not too mention lots of game devs work in windows.

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                                                  Can you use this with cmd.exe and bash as well? Or is it powershell only?

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                                                    Works with all three.

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                                                      Yes all three in a really nice package. In fact you can default to the Linux shell on loading Terminal.

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                                                      I gotta say, I love the way that site looks, the font, everything. I wonder what it runs on and how I might try running the gitlab source and blogging that way.. look like markdown as source files. Perhaps gitlab is hosting the custom domain? Is the author on Lobsters?

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                                                          Yes, you were faster 🙂 It’s basically just a Hugo website with a bit of search and webmentions sprinkled over it using custom services (also in that repo).

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                                                            Awesome. I saw the github repo, but never using Hugo before, I wasn’t clear on your setup. Something to try. Thanks.

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                                                              Good point :) I should probably write that into the README just in case I forget it myself ^_^ Right now it requires Gulp and Webpack to build some parts of the frontend alongside Hugo, so It’s definitely note a single-step setup right now. Something else to put on my agenda 🥳

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                                                        Just want to say I appreciate Andre Garzia for putting the thoughts out there. I relate to the subject matter as a blogger for many years myself.

                                                        I’d say though, “sharing” is not itself what’s difficult, it’s clearly that the mechanisms out there are not built well for getting us bloggers noticed. If I flew back to the 1980’s and very popular people might be on the news radio (my father was a newscaster) or TV, that’s how a person might be noticed. If you were the guy standing on the corner saying what you had to say, a news person might happen upon you and think it was news, but for the most part you’d really only reach who was in earshot. I guess what I’m getting at is that the mechanism for how our spewed out thoughts are shared and read have improved greatly.

                                                        “The others quit because they couldn’t get their content noticed.”

                                                        I struggle with this statement. There is an admitted aspect of all the things we do that its for attention or profit, but there are the other cases, as described by Woz, who was “going to be an engineer forever.” That’s what he loved, and that’s what he wanted to keep doing. Perhaps the best way is a mix of the two - but certainly if being noticed tipped too far on a person’s personal scale, I’d think they don’t really enjoy it as much.

                                                        What separates my writing from your writing from some crackpot’s writing? Really nothing. We could all be that guy I think. What makes something percolate to the top of people’s attention of time has to be the quality of the work; a quality we can’t even sometimes assess (because who knows how its going to be read 100 years from now). The gatekeepers today have less of the gates and do less of the keeping anyway.

                                                        It would not surprise me to see a sole voice rise at some point with no intermediates, no content curators, no publishing houses, distribution networks and - yes - even no platform but their own, etc. That person making their entire living off what they produce and having it directly consumed disseminated by their customers.

                                                        Edit: I should mention I’ve also subscribed to Garzia’s blog via RSS.

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                                                          Seems more like a typo - they meant to call it “Linux” Lite (https://www.linuxliteos.com/) and ended up typing out “Windows” Lite.

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                                                            This is a difficult conversation for me also, but sometimes I break it down to a simple “You may have nothing to hide, but a lot to protect.”

                                                            I think some of this is just people’s fear of confronting unknown or complicated things. They’d rather be apathetic than engaged.

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                                                              It’s great. Seems really natural to do this too because text essentially supported anywhere on any computing device. It was something I really leaned on in the days of Blackberry when I needed to write work reports.

                                                              My challenge today though is finding a unified method of keeping track of everything. Written notes offline, notes about server setups, process notes, scratchpad notes, rich text notes, notes over top drawings (such as markup over a PDF blueprint). I generate lots of this and there seems to be no real way to (a) bring it all together in some searchable form, and b) get access to it when the information is relevant and timely.

                                                              I didn’t mention to-do lists there - I don’t do it. Have never done it in fact..

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                                                                This is of particular interest to me. I wonder if anyone remembers the BBS Beyond Akira and could relate any anecdotes about it?

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                                                                  Absolutely a valuable endeavor. I like your interface but I don’t see a mobile tool attached to this. It really seems an iOS and Android app would lend itself perfectly to keeping time for various things. Reducing the friction involved in time tracking might expand the tool’s interest range past coders and freelancers. I could see something more flexible used for tracking, say, time reading a book, or time taken on a production floor.

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                                                                    That is fully true, I also would like to have that as well. As the webpage is mobile friendly I am first focusing on a fully working desktop application, and that tracks time. However I got many negative feedback from companies that they are not interested. Maybe, they just don’t care about the developers?

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                                                                      I know it’s a struggle (and probably seems like they don’t care about developers). You can only persist and know they will come to see the value at some point. This seems like a space (time tracking) that is incredibly competitive.. lots of challenges there.

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                                                                        I always have the question why is this not being in an average format all the big players build their software with.

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                                                                    Nice to see mention of the Palm Pre. I had one and absolutely loved it. WebOS was an amazing platform and Palm encouraged using developer mode and modifying the OS. As you note, it’s a real shame it didn’t take off.

                                                                    Prior to the Pre I’d had a T-Mobile G1 which was awful, partly because early Android was awful but as a device it got frustrating to keep having to physically rotate the device to use the keyboard (Android had no virtual keyboard then). I quickly grew tired of the G1 and went back to my Nokia E51 until the Pre came out.

                                                                    I held out until the iPhone 4 before switching to Apple. Prior iPhones seemed inferior to the Pre - and Apple eventually “borrowed” the webOS task switcher. I’ve tried Android a couple of times since and never got on with it.

                                                                    I too would like to see other than Apple and Google in the ecosystem again.

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                                                                      Fond memories of my G1. I really used and abused that phone. The keyboard was super annoying for sure.

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                                                                        pray tell do you still have that E51 laying around?

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                                                                          I do!

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                                                                        iPhone 11 Pro Max: battery life decent. Privacy wise, probably could make a better case for iOS now. I was an Android user in the G2 years. It’s. Just. A. Phone.