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Fri, 13 Dec 2019

On 16 Years of Blogging

Congrats to 'The Boston Diaries' on 20 years of blogging [0]. It's even more amazing that that 20 years is available all in one place. I had to go into the wayback machine to figure out that my first blog post was on 12/19/2003 - so almost 16 years. I won't link to it as all my early blogging was not pseudonymous, but back then it was all technical topics on Linux and network security. I also switched platforms a lot. At first, I was using geeklog on a hosted server, which lasted two years (I was pleasantly surprised to see that geeklog is still around [1]). I then moved to self-hosted wordpress, then blogger (yeah, I have no idea either), then again to my own VPS with a custom install of pyblosxom. That takes me up to 2012, after which I pretty much stopped doing any sort of tech blogging. I did, however, maintain a gopher phlog [2] and motd site on and off from 2009 until now, but more on general life stuff than pure technical howtos.

On formats - I wrote most of my early blog entries in HTML. My SDF motd site is the same - HTML entries, and I wrote a perl script to convert them to a text format suitable for phlogging, which is why many of the motd articles can be seen in the phlog. In retrospect, markdown would have been an easier way to go (I had to check, markdown has been around since 2004). Writing raw HTML can be a chore, and markdown can be used as-is for phlog entries, no translation required.

What's interesting is that early on, I wrote mainly for an audience. I wanted other people to read what I wrote and comment on it or otherwise get some use out of it. I also wanted to dig up consulting business, and I always thought an online technical presence was the best way to do that. Nowadays I don't care about any of that and write largely for myself, although I do like to comment on other phlogs/blogs and in that way be part of a virtual conversation.

posted at: 20:30 | path: / | permalink | blog, gopher, meta, phlog

Fri, 06 Dec 2019

Corporate Surveillance

The EFF has a very informative article on corporate surveillance in all its forms - on the web and in real life [0]. It's long but well worth reading. A lot of it won't be new to many of us on the small internet, at least in concept. I was certainly aware that all these forms of tracking existed, but I learned things I did not know about how the various methods work and the lengths the data brokers will go to tie behavioral data to a real person.

posted at: 23:01 | path: / | permalink | eff, fascism, privacy, surveillance