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Notable Octopress tweaks: Copyright, Tags, & Feed Excerpts

October 28, 2013 · 8 min read

This is almost pointless to mention but the standard templates give you a very specific copyright with respect to atom feeds (Copyright (c) x-y). The file source\_includes\custom\footer.html includes a way of gathering the system time in the form:

Copyright © {{ site.time | date: "%Y" }}

I simp ...

Octopress site generation on Windows 8.1

October 24, 2013 · 1 min read

Install RailsInstaller from here. I use the version with Rails 3.2.

libcurl

  • Download the latest "Win32 - Generic" libcurl with SSL development release from here (this is the last entry as of 10/23/2013).
  • Unpack the zip file.
  • Copy curl.exe, libcurl.dll and libidn-11.dll to C:\RailsInstaller\bin.
    The reason I copy curl to test the program. It verifies the files are in the expected path and has an added bonus of making sure all the dll dependencies are present. This is how I figured out libidn-11.dll was necessary to include.

My blog's notable Octopress tweaks

July 11, 2013 · 1 min read

My plan is for this post to serve as an index to the upcoming posts. Unlike the ASP.NET MVC posts that fizzled (sorry), I need to chronicle these changes in the event I need to dissect them again.

Here's the collection in no particular order:

  • Copyright date - This one is simple and almost not worth noting. I use a copyright date range of [start year]-[current year] and this post simply explains the what and why.
  • Tag generator - Octopress will not support tags. Tag index pages are trivial to implement but I'm also starting to agree with the premise that one taxonomy should really be enough.
  • Feed excerpts - These aren't generally created to my knowledge, or specifically the summary section. The general way to create excerpts is a little awkward but smart.
  • Google Form notification full service sample taken from ...

Migration from WordPress to Octopress Complete

July 10, 2013 · 1 min read

In case anyone was watching, I switched the blog from a generic WordPress with a slightly customized theme to octopress. I'm using the excellent Octoflat theme with a few notable tweaks. I reintroduced the search and feed buttons as well as expanded the navigation to allow nested menus. The theme allows for nested menu elements and while 2 levels deep is highly acceptable, I happen to use 3.

I'm writing this post using the excellent MarkPad which serves all of my needs perfectly. You don't need a markdown editor, but having one with live-preview that reinforces the markdown syntax is killer. That I can insert a URL and it automatically format the document accordingly is a small but useful to ...

Moving...

February 1, 2010 · 1 min read

I'm still in the process of moving but managed to move the computer + desk. I've moved to a much smaller room but the group of friends is a little more in sync compared to the other living arrangement. I still need to share living with other people which tends to suck in certain directions.

I'll reiterate the obvious: moving sucks. I'm sore. I haven't slept much but I'm thankfully about 80% done. Cleanup is going to suck and thankfully I can take trash to where I am now then dump it at work periodically where they have a bigger trash collector.

The only costs so far have been time and gas money, with a large help from my fiancee Miranda.

I was living with someone who has easily gotten by without the internet for a week. Myself? Not so much. I enjoyed "time off" but as a visual learner that needs to see things in front of him, it became incredibly difficult to walk anyone through anything internet related. I made it a point to be very much a part of a plugged-in culture and that showed ...

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