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Friday, April 4, 2003

I have been meaning to create a web log, primarily to collect brief technical notes. One of several roadblocks was finding convenient software to edit it with. A Google search this morning turned up Blogmax. It seems to be just what I was looking for -- a smart front-end that generates static files that can be served without requiring a CGI script.

Installation was fairly easy, but I can't seem to get it to copy the generated files using Tramp. Tramp seems to establish a connection to, but it hangs at that point. Until I debug the problem, I can push new content manually.

The code the generate an RSS feed is completely broken. I've never written any elisp, but I can read it well enough to see that it needs a complete rewrite to be useful. A more likely solution is that I'll write a small Python script to generate a useful RSS feed from the generated HTML. It appears that you can either generate an RSS feed in XML or RDF. After hearing Andrew Kuchling's excellent talk on the Semantic Web at PyCon, I think I'll stick to the XML variant.

The Blogmax software was good enough that I got Barry Warsaw to start his own blog, Blogsturbation

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