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Disabled all the analytics

For years I've had Google Analytics and a self-hosted Piwik/Matomo instance to keep track of visitors. Fun fact: I barely ever looked at the stats. Other fun fact: my own presence did not even register, as my adblocker denied the requests to both. Yeah. It wasn't a really hard …
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Second brain part 1

After the bootstrap post of this series, I investigated quite some tools, and started building my initial framework of tools, just to play with the idea. Like mentioned, I used the mdnav vim plugin to make jumping between note files frictionless. I added some more patches to it, so it …
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Second brain part 0

I have been thinking lately about how I organise my thoughts, notes, files, todo's, incoming messages, and much more. This was partly fed by Ryan Rix and his quest for the ultimate way of organising data, be it org-mode or a variant, TiddlyWiki, or something entirely self-built. I have quite …
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Holiday vim tweaking

Some people binge-watch series when taking some time off, some read books, some enjoy comics, some take time off from computers for a bit, and some spend some hours cleaning up their vim configuration file. This holiday, I did all of the above. Yesterday, instead of spending one day gaming …
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NS API 2019 edition

I just merged a new version of my trusty old NS API Python library. Last year I would have thought to not be touching it for quite a while, as nowadays I'm in the luxurious position of being able to bike to work and not wanting to do basically a …

dammIT alchemy

Today I've been busy with a family party and with a total restyle of this weblog based on Pelican Alchemy Bootstrap 4 and the Bootswatch Lux theme, with my own twist in dark-ish grey. Currently it is generating from my own fork with isso comment support and article images. Breakage …

webhaak all the things

If you're not using webhooks yet to automate things from automatically generating documentation, running tests, updating websites and web applications based on events, please go read up on them. In the meanwhile, I've basically hooked up all my personal projects based on webhooks in GitHub and gitea, powered by my …
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diskspacealarm.py

Because it's Friday, I was bitten by a filled-up volume on my VPS again, because Prometheus somehow is randomly crashing my VPS, and because I like thinkering and Python, I wrote a little notification script. Yes, it checks for available disk space on your nodes, with configuration per hostname (it's …

Quick December update

In my lunch break, I tinkered a bit with the code generating this weblog, fixing some theming bugs, adding metadata to some old posts and updated the About page a bit. There's also finally a page overviewing all the tags and the categories page also got some updates; the category …

shuttereye.org, a gallery

I mentioned in a recent post that I was working on a new gallery, based on some project I started in december. This project grew out of an increasing dissatisfaction with other gallery software (gallery2 has been out of my system for quite a while, zenphoto keeps bugging out on …
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Blog updates

It has been a few days since I relaunched this weblog and I have been doing some tweaking to make things even better. Apart from resurrecting images from the dead (my gallery2 instance has been gone for quite some years, for example, and I have been digging through my backups …

Moved to Pelican

This weblog has always been a self-built affair. It started off in 2003 as a PHP website, and continued in that form for over thirteen years. I open sourced it a while ago (in March of 2014), with a colleague promptly finding a security issue in the admin code. Frankly …
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I made a thing: a simple bookmarking service

A while back I started scratching an itch that I had and that wasn't relieved by some existing software or services I could find: a central place to keep track of interesting places on the web I wanted to follow up on, without having them saved as read-later in Pocket …
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Eleven years and counting

Yesterday this weblog turned eleven. I haven't always been that faithful to it, having times I didn't post for months (my inspiration apparently comes in waves). However, even though I've been using social media like Twitter for ages (five and a half year it seems), I keep on posting here …


Website framework: database driven or flat files?

To counterweigh my professional life in which I (thankfully) build nice things in Python/Django, I have hobby projects in which I can thinker with whatever I want to build. Python is still my preferred language, but Django is not a necessity. I have some legacy projects of my own …

New dammIT: v0.8 with responsive gimmicks

Over the years I seem to have made a point of saying I need to dust off this weblog and post more instead of hanging around on ethereal media like Twitter or getting sidetracked by real life. I'm still trying to figure out a way of getting dammIT in my …

dammIT exists for 7.5 years now!

This weblog has been in existence for 7.5 years today, all the while serving me as a focus point of ranting on various aspects of my personal and professional life. These rants (longer and short) are generally musings on things that annoy me, technical subjects of interest to me …

A new domain

You might have noticed that this weblog has moved. It's still exactly the same rantbox as it has always been - hopefully with more regular updates than it has seen for quite a while - but now you can find it on its own domain: dammit.nl. Links to the old aquariusoft …