Since I am bound to return to the world of work tomorrow, I figured I’d have a look at another wordpress theme. Going theme mad is not my normal jam, seeing as my LiveJournal has had the same look since the mid-2000s.
But sometimes reading on this theme is a bit complicated and if I have images, it does not look quite right.
But I’ve seen a few websites (such as sampsa.com) that seem to pull of a simple out of the box WordPress theme. I’ve got a few that I’ve installed and I shall see how each are pulled off, wish me luck.
I have managed to do two things in the last twenty four hours that I have been wanting to do forevers.
The first being, after many years of wanting to run my own version of the LiveJournal code, I finally got my shit together to do so. Granted, since LiveJournal has since dropped off the open source circuit, it’s a Dreamwidth install. But it’s forked off LiveJournal’s code.
Because it’s the weekend and I have some free time, I set up a news server for the BBS to give a bit more control of what gets pulled in.
I’m using some old school tech on this one, the old laptop that MMN used to run off, my Freebox, Hamster Playground and NewsProxy.
The feeds are pulled off two different servers depending on availability, my ISP’s USENET server and AIOE. I will also get the stats uploaded automatically at some point, but for the moment it’s a manual task. You can find the server stats here :
I have been diddling on and off with Nanoblogger for some time, if you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a blogging platform that works on Bash.
It’s unfortunately gone out of development as of 2013, but if you have the patience to work with it, I can assure you that it is actually quite flexible. Plus you get the joy of beating something in to submission at the command line level.
I’ve put my BBS website in to production using Nanoblogger which makes handling the site easier to move around since it’s all flat files, plus if I need to make a code update then I can just modify one file, push an update and we there. No databases, no script issues, just nice flat files.
One of the things I have mentioned before is that I want to bring my data in house, because you never know if a service is going to fall down, which we have seen a number of sites fall down and take a few years of work with them.
For my blogging, I’ve started to use WordPress as it was simplier to import a bulk load of old entries over, with the exception of course, being LiveJournal since the API has gone all wonky #sadface. But I’m trying to push things out on to not only my personal blogs, but dump them in another Nanoblogger install on Teleport.
One of the thing that held me back with Nanoblogger was that commenting isn’t as easy to do, but I’m not really saying I get a lot (if any) comments on my posts, but it’s nice to have around.
Anyways, I registered bbs.yt and immediately put it up on Afraid.org’s Free DNS Project because you shouldn’t need a domain to put up a BBS and it would be nice to have a BBS focused domain to do that.