Gytis Repečka

Tech geek from Lithuania 🇱🇹 opensource enthusiast 🤓 gamer 🎮 car addict 🚘

Simple things are good, plain websites are wonderfull. In this post I contemplate about current state of world wide web, my attitude towards content creation (blogging) and use words “lean” and “good” in one sentence (probably for the first time ever).

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Trying out ActivityPub mentions which are available since v0.12.0rc1.

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Even if you don't multiboot several operating systems it might be useful to show GRUB menu and give a little timeout to pick the right item.

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My name is Gytis Repečka, I am Data Engineer currently working with PostgreSQL and Linux infrastructure on AWS cloud. Writing code in SQL, Go and Bash. Experienced data professional (Teradata, Informatica) with focus on Inmon's data warehousing architecture (10 years). I enjoy using, promoting and contributing to open source software and love communicating about tech to both advanced and non-tech people.

As I run a fork of WriteFreely, I constantly need to sync it to original (so called upstream) repository.

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On July 2nd WriteFreely v.0.10 was released with two little commits by me: Lithuanian translation and lessc installation fix for CentOS – so proud to be listed among contributors 😊 To celebrate it I'm posting quick guide how to update WriteFreely instance when building binary from source.

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WordPress content management system can successfully federate – there is a nice ActivityPub plugin. However, when running WordPress on Nginx server (as HTTP server, not only reverse proxy) there might be an issue – after setting up ActivityPub on auto.coffee I couldn't find @gytis@auto.coffee from my Mastodon instance.

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Remember legendary MK3 on 16-bit Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in US)? Use following cheats in start menu to enable extra options.

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WriteFreely is open source, lightweight blogging platform written in Go programming language.

Motivation to build WriteFreely

While absolute king of blogs is WordPress, which in fact [powers somewhat 30% of all websites][1], some say it is overloaded, choosing perfect theme is extremely difficult and some (especially free) plugins are poisoned with different kinds of tracking. I do use WordPress on my main site as well, but over the years I' ve figured it seriously takes time to post an article (and I'm not yet even aquainted with Gutenberg).

WriteFreely here is a nice alternative claiming to offer a distraction-free writing experience. While supporting HTML, software mainly relies and endorses markdown. I do not plan ditching WordPress anytime soon, but I was very curious to try out lightweight platform that natively federates.

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You might have already noticed I use Mastodon for my main fediverse handle @gytis@mastodon.lt. Current version is 3.3.0.

While typically updating Mastodon is quite straightforward, sometimes you might need to iterate Ruby version on the server as well.

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