May 11, 2003

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Blogging ideas

Richi Plana also wrote:

I’m thinking of starting my own blog. I intend to create a system which
will act as my organizer, contacts list, diary/journal/blog and infobase.
I intend to write it from scratch (as opposed to adopting an existing
project). I advocate code re-use just as much as the next guy, but there
are just some things which you want to do yourself (and no, it’s not the
NIH mentality).

The backend will be filesystem-based and I intend to use XML. I’m trying
to decide whether to write things in PHP or Python. I’m leaning more
towards PHP but Python’s cool, too. I’ll probably write it in PHP and I’ve
printed out all the PHP docs for XML handling.

I mentioned to you a long time ago how I wanted to move my web photo album
to a system with free-form output, right? Well, I was able to get one step
closer a few months back when I wrote the function to resize images and I
started that in PHP. May as well build from that.

Hmmmmmmmm. <looks at Emacs>

– Organizer? Check. (planner)
– Contacts? Check. (bbdb)
– Diary/journal/blog? Check. (planner + emacs-wiki)
– Infobase? Check. (planner + remember)
– Filesystem-based? Check. (text files)
– XML? Hmmm, maybe I can write an export function.


Emacs is the Way. ;)

Ephiphany Browser

Richi Plana wrote in with this:

I just thought I’d share this with you, as well. I’ve always like Mozilla
and Galeon was even better for being lighter. I recently tried Epiphany
and it was like all my request wishes for Galeon had been granted. It
allows me to edit the toolbar and one can enter search engine queries on
the same textentry widget as the location box. They also have a neater (in
my opinion) bookmarking system (which I intend to use as the backend for
my URL database for my proposed blog system). With the advent of mozilla
1.4a, we now have smooth-scrolling and this allows me to easilly keep
track of my place in a page when I scroll down.

Debian users can apt-get install epiphany-browser.

Incidentally, Mozilla and Galeon let you search from the location box too… =)