Sam's notebook

Self-hosted websites are doomed to die March 4th, 2018, 9AM

Open content

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 […]

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forking wikis May 28th, 2013, 9AM

Open content Programming

I wish wikis were less collaborative! I wish they were more like software projects, where if one wants to modify anything, one gets one’s own copy and does anything at all to it. No, I’m not really saying that there should be fewer centralised places of communal effort, these things are great… I just want […]

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Backing up thunderbird email April 25th, 2013, 2PM


When backing up Thunderbird, the only files I worry about are the actual mbox files that store the ‘Local Folders’ (archived) email, and the *.mab addresbook files. Everything else is operational cruft. This might seem a bit extreme—after all, why not backup the account configurations and user preferences etc.—but I jump from machine to machine […]

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Better sync'ing for Printable WeRelate April 22nd, 2013, 6AM

Open content Programming

Printable WeRelate now will synchronize all ‘starting-points’ pages (i.e. any page with a <printablewerelate> element), rather than being required to have just a single page listed on the command-line. This means that a cron job just needs to call sync.php at some interval (maybe nightly? of course, at some unusual number of minutes past the […]

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