I shouldn’t let it bother me, but articles like this about map vandalism annoy me. It wasn’t a “hack”, it wasn’t unusual (although normally vandalism doesn’t make it so far downstream), and the data originated from OpenStreetMap (who explained it all yesterday).
Why don’t we just start blogging and rolling again? Why not go back to making content on my own, er leased, servers? It was never that hard to make a blog and it’s even easier now. Within a few minutes, good ‘ol Dreamhost (proud customer since 2001) and WordPress had me back up again. So […]
How about if, instead of ditching Twitter for Mastodon, we all start blogging and subscribing to each other's Atom feeds again instead? The original distributed social network could still work pretty well if we actually start using it — Simon Willison (@simonw) August 18, 2018 How about if, instead of ditching Twitter for Mastodon, we […]
I finally closed my Dreamhost account yesterday, after nearly 11 years of hosting my websites, email accounts & lists, Jabber, and code repos with them. Over the last couple of years I’ve been migrating things to other providers: the web stuff to Digital Ocean, email to Fastmail, and a few bits and pieces to Google […]
Here’s my first draft at making Piwigo sites embeddable in WordPress: github.com/samwilson/piwigo-embeds ‘Embed’ here is what WordPress calls the ability to add a URL of a site on its own line in a post or page, and for a nice rendering of the site at that URL to be provided automatically. It works with core […]
New MediaWiki extension: AutoCategoriseUploads. It “automatically adds categories to new file uploads based on keyword metadata found in the file. The following metadata types are supported: XMP (many file types, including JPG, PNG, PDF, etc.); ITCP (JPG); ID3 (MP3)”. Unfortunately there’s no code yet in the repository, so there’s nothing to test. Sounds interesting though.
Midwest Heritage of Western Australia is a terrific database of records of graves and deceased people in the mid-west region of WA.
I keep wanting to be able to recommend the ‘best’ way for people (who don’t like command lines) to get research stuff online. Is it Flickr, Zenodo, Internet Archive, Wikimedia, and Github? Or is it a shared hosting account on Dreamhost, running MediaWiki, WordPress, and Piwigo? I’d rather the latter! Is it really that hard […]
There’s a new extension recently been added to mediawiki.org, called DocBookExport. It provides a system of defining a book’s structure (a set of pages and some title and other metadata) and then pipes the pages’ HTML through Pandoc and out into DocBook format, from where it can be turned into PDF or just downloaded as-is. […]
I have been experimenting with turning Wikisource works into LaTeX-formatted bindable PDFs. My initial idea was to produce quatro or octavo layout sheets (i.e. 8 or 16 book pages to a sheet of paper that’s printed on both sides and has the pages layed out in such a way as when the sheet is folded […]