Known

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I’m excited to try out a new publishing platform called Known. Known is a new social publishing platform for sharing content and discussing ideas. I saw the creators on one of my fave podcasts, This Week in Google on the TWiT network, so I thought I’d give it a go. I like it’s simplicity so far, and it was pretty easy to set up. I did run into a snag with my .htaccess file, but I compared it to what I used with this current WordPress install and Dreamhost.  The known site will be at  known.binarydigit.org. Let’s see how it goes!

19. September 2014 by Liz
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Gamma Ray Computer Glasses

Gamma_Ray_GR801

I use the computer all the time, and I mean ALL the time. At work, at home, when I’m relaxing, etc.  I’ve read about Gunnar glasses and their ability to help relieve eye strain for prolonged computer use.  I always cringed at the price, knowing that no matter how good they might be, after all they are just some tinted glasses with plastic or *insert material here*. You are better off buying prescription frames at that price!

Along comes a post by fellow Gadgeteer, Janet Cloninger, I found out about Gamma Ray computer glasses.  I browsed around the Amazon link provided and found these puppies for only $15!  I love Amazon and since I had a prime membership, went ahead and bought the GR801 model in black.  I received them two days later, and luckily they fit perfectly!  They are super comfortable and fit my face shape quite well.Gamma_Ray_Selfie

What do you think?

I will wear them around work and the house for a couple of weeks to see how I feel. Will I have less eye strain than usual?  Worst comes to worst, I can fit them into a pair of prescription lenses. :)

30. May 2014 by Liz
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Open Source RSS Reader – Selfoss

selfossIn my constant search for a good RSS reader, I bounce back and forth between Feedly and InoReader.  I really like Feedly’s UI, but like Inoreader’s functionality and social app sharing features. Both have premium options which don’t interest me too much since I only have about ~50 websites that I subscribe to, and don’t share that much content.  Since I like to tinker with web hosting/installs, I did a search for another open source RSS web-based reader. Previously I gave another self-hosted app Tiny Tiny RSS a try, and liked it for a while, but then fell back to the other readers due to ease of use and UI.   How does Selfoss stack up?  I decided to give it a try with my Dreamhost webspace.  Requirements are as follows:

  • PHP 5.3 or higher
  • MySQL, PostgreSQL or Sqlite
  • Apache Webserver (ngnix and lighttpd also possible)

Installation was super easy, but instructions were a bit unclear.  After downloading the  selfoss zip file onto my Mac, I extracted the files, and dumped them into a newly created subdomain.  I visited my site, but noticed how “odd” it looked. No database or anything is needed for a simple install (although you could use your database of choice).  After much googling, I realized that the .htaccess file was invisible via my Cyberduck FTP application (and therefore not “visible” to Dreamhost)! It appears that when you unzip a file with “.htaccess”, OS X doesn’t see it as a file:

No htaccess

Hmm?

So, in Cyberduck, I went to View, Show Hidden FilesShow hidden and sure enough, the .htaccess file was there.  I had to rename it to “htaccess”, then back to “.htaccess”. (This is the configuration file that allows  control to override any other global settings for that directory and sub directories, so it was needed to view proper CSS and other attributes.) edited htaccess I was then able to see my self hosted RSS site! I imported my OPML file, and boom, all done: selfoss complete Note, you must run a cron job to have the RSS feeds update manually, but there is plenty of help on the selfoss forums.   There is also tons of other configurations that you can adjust, so give it a try yourself and see how you like it!   I’ll also check out the Android app.

27. May 2014 by Liz
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