It's all spinning wheels and self-doubt until the first pot of coffee.

Static blog generation with Gulp and S3

I've long agreed that many sites, like blogs, are better baked than fried. It makes for web hosting that's cheaper to run and simpler to maintain. I've also often thought that using a database can be an anti-pattern for managing content. But, what I've also found is that baked sites often yield a poor writing environment. That said, I think I'm going to give it another try, because I think I might have found a new approach that works for me.

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tootr: microblogging app, hosting not included

In my last two posts, I wrote about how I’ve been thinking about building yet another microblogging tool and how I think it might be interesting to separate web publishing apps from web hosting. Well, I started tinkering, and I’ve got a rough prototype working.

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Separating publishing from hosting on the web

Social media like Twitter and Facebook combine web publishing and hosting. You can’t run different software, and you can’t move your stuff. So, if you’re unhappy, your choices are a) deal with it or b) abandon your stuff and your friends. Those are pretty rough options.

But, what if you could move your stuff? And what if you could switch apps?

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Microblogging like it’s 2002

Every year or so, I (re)join the ranks of hackers who decide they’d like to try building a microblogging tool. It’s sometimes after Twitter or Facebook does something cruddy to remind me that I’m the product. Sometimes, it’s when jerks have the run of the place and no one can do anything about it. Often these things are highly correlated.

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