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Ditching dynamic blog engines.

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A while back, I’d ditched WordPress in favor of Mephisto. I’d grown tired of constantly being under attack from spammers, and really disliked that it was one gigantic PHP app.

Once I was on Mephisto, I really liked the syntax highlighting I got with the Ultraviolet Gem, but it requires Oniguruma, which was a pain to setup on my shared host (they have since added it to their hosts). Life was good.

Except that it wasn’t. It was a little annoying how long it took pages to come up in the “cold cache” case, and I’d actually gotten a few complaints about that. After this, I decided that I was just going to do away with “dynamic blog engines” entirely. Read More ›
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Fixing the Oniguruma Gem for use on DreamHost

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While looking at how to get syntax highlighted source back up on here after switching to Mephisto, I kept running across references to the Ultraviolet gem. Some of the dependencies are a little old (Oniguruma: Gem, Library), but the output looks very nice, from the examples I’d seen.

The problem comes in, that the Oniguruma gem won’t install without you already having the Oniguruma library installed (in a standard system location). This is a pretty well documented problem, with a simple fix. Read More ›
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Unhappy with the standard Rails Authorization plugins

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Recently, I’ve decided to start learning Ruby on Rails (2.3.4). Things have been going along more-or-less smoothly (I’m still not sure whether or not I hate ActiveRecord, or can tolerate it, but that’s a post for another time.). That is, until I started looking into the various plugins/frameworks for doing Authorization in Rails. Read More ›
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