Converting postcards from the bleeding edge

My old blog I started back in 2001 (I couldnt get permission to publish then though, it wasn´t until that job was nearly at end end when I said screw it and started venting publicly again).

The code predates titles, tags, and other standard blog features.

It predates git, and for that matter markdown. The iphone was just a pipe dream, and it wasn´t all that obvious in 2002, that linux was going to be a success in any embedded system at all.

In doing this conversion I have saved what is left of my public canon from the dustbin of history. It was a pita - at one level Ive spent 4 years getting this converted, at another, I was merely waiting for the technology to catch up so I could spend a bit of vacation time getting it to go again.

Bits of the conversion were really tedious.

The jeckyll importer ate tags in general.

Pandoc ate cite tags. It also completely ate anything inside a ul block. It did weird things to li tags - Whole sections of text just vanished. Worse, it treated

as nothing at all, killing all my paragraph markers.

All this I fixed with some simple sed scripts, but they took a while to find.

took .04 seconds to convert.

I clearly remember it being 940+ posts, but I only have 823 files to edit. Where did the other 100 go?

didn´t grab the date

Taht vs Tqht

title: ! ‘My most interesting failures, #3: VOIP’

hugo server | wc -l 119

sed -i ’s/ ! / /’ *.md

got rid of 115 errors. Sigh but nothing rendered.

sed -i ‘/layout:/d’ *.md

strip out the date from the title

get monthly summaries

Paragraph breaks

Fixing the helicopter


Find me elsewhere.

Best of the blog Uncle Bill's Helicopter - A speech I gave to ITT Tech - Chicken soup for engineers
Beating the Brand - A pathological exploration of how branding makes it hard to think straight
Inside the Internet Mind - trying to map the weather within the global supercomputer that consists of humans and google
Sex In Politics - If politicians spent more time pounding the flesh rather than pressing it, it would be a better world
Getting resources from space - An alternative to blowing money on mars using NEAs.
On the Columbia - Why I care about space
Authors I like:
Doc Searls
Jerry Pournelle
The Cubic Dog
David Brin
Charlie Stross
Eric Raymond
The Intercept
Chunky Mark
Dan Luu's rants about hardware design
Selenian Boondocks
Transterrestial Musings

February 17, 2015
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latency usability