Before social media made everyone’s friends, interests, and “likes” a matter of public record, RSS enabled individuals to gather content from around the web in a simple (and private) manner. Although RSS is not as visible as it once was–consider Google’s decision to kill Google Reader in 2013–there are still many actively developed applications that gather and organize RSS feeds. My personal favorite is a console-based utility called Newsbeuter.
These days, astrology is associated with badly written newspaper columns. But humans have studied the movement of planets and other celestial objects for thousands of years. Indeed, the development of the modern calendar is partly rooted in astrology. OpenAstro.org is a Python-based program for creating actual horoscopes, i.e. astrological charts. OpenAstro won’t predict your future. But it’s a surprisingly complex tool for learning more about contemporary western astrology. Charting the “Birth” of Linux When you launch OpenAstro.
The first time I created a website, back in the mid-1990s, it required manually coding HTML. This later gave way to specialized HTML editors such as the now-defunct Microsoft FrontPage. By the mid-2000s, I used WordPress to create blogs. Indeed, just about every blog that I ghostwrite for professionally uses WordPress. WordPress is a dynamic content generator. This means it accesses a database to create a page every time a user visits the website.
I’m a professional blogger. I’m paid to write between 10 and 20 posts for clients each week. This means I spend a lot of time working in a text editor–which, since I started using Solus, is Ghostwriter. Working With Markdown For many years I used LibreOffice Writer to draft my blog posts. But you don’t really need a full-service word processor for blogging. There are basically two things I need: support for Markdown and a running display of the current word count.
I started using open source software about five years ago. I was looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office on the Mac and came across NeoOffice, a fork of the Apache OpenOffice project. Eventually I decided to move away from the Mac platform altogether and try Linux, specifically Ubuntu. Over the years I’ve worked with a number of a Linux distributions. Some have proven more successful than others. After an extended stint on Ubuntu MATE, I moved all of my work machines to Solus in early 2017.