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Wed, 17 Sep 2014

Time to Re-visit Dynamic Phlogging

For a few years SDF used the Bucktooth gopher server, which works fine but had some security issues that were very hard to fix given that server's design and the difficulty of testing.

In particular, this affected gopher moles (CGI scripts), as SMJ had disabled them due to security concerns. I and a few others mentioned Gophernicus, which SMJ was kind enough to install and which now powers the SDF gopher sites. It supports much of the CGI standard and was designed with security in kind. Now that we have mole capability back, I'd like to revisit Slerm [0], my gopher phlogging engine that was based partly on Germ [1], by wt. Last I checked Slerm did not work as-is, and will need some work. This would allow you to dump text files in a directory and have the phlog engine (really a gopher CGI script) display them in date order, broken up in pages, with links to archives and with tag and simple comment support (think Bloxsom for gopher). The latest version of Germ seems to support Gophernicus, so perhaps that is a good starting point.

posted at: 08:01 | path: / | permalink | bucktooth, cgi, germ, gopher, gophernicus, mole, phlog, slerm

Mon, 15 Sep 2014

Ending the Old-School D&D Campaign

So I ended the old-school D&D campaign today that I had been running on the bboard (board CAMPAIGN) for the past year or so. Posting frequency of the participants was at about once every few weeks, so clearly the interest had waned. It was fun while it lasted, though!

I think next time I run a game in that format I'll make it a shorter, themed adventure as opposed to the sandbox style I had been running. That might limit it to a few months duration. The open-ended style gives players basically unlimited options, and since they aren't sitting around a table to dicsuss where to go, things can bog down.

In any case, bboard transcripts and info are still in my gopher space, linked from my main page.

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posted at: 16:27 | path: / | permalink | bboard, old-school d&d, osr, play-by-post, swords & wizardry

Sun, 14 Sep 2014

Back to Slackware

It's been a while since I updated the phlog/blog. Funny how things like this tend to go in spurts, at least for me. I can write regularly for a while, then lose interest but always come back at some point.

I have an old Thinkpad I use on the rare occasions I travel, I've had Ubuntu on it but grew tired of the breakage after simple updates. The most recent was a complete loss of Network Manager. No idea what happened, but I found out while traveling when I could not attach to any wireless networks. The network-manager applet was gone, and I couldn't connect to even open APs using iwconfig manually. For some strange reason, at boot it would still connect to my home AP automatically. Probably why I never noticed until I had to connect to an outside network.

Anyway, I have very little patience for such bullshit any more, in years past I would have spent days working through a fix, this time I just installed Slackware (I actually first tried to install Trisquel from my FSF member card, but the wireless chipset in my Thinkpad requires non-free drivers). Works like a champ, with zero BS. And I don't have to worry about updates borking the system. In fact, even though 14.1 has been out almost a year, there were only about 20 or so updates (I'm not tracking current, of course). They installed flawlessly.

posted at: 15:32 | path: / | permalink | blog, linux, phlog, slackware, trisquel