On Library Closures

Our local library, a short walk from our house, is closing. The local council is soliciting feedback, and at the end of a long series of questions there was a comments box. I thought I’d take the opportunity to write something. I imagine my words went into the void, so I’m sharing them here. My … [Read more…]

Let’s Encrypt & iTunes podcasts

Update (April 2018): Apple appear to have fixed this in late 2016 – see this article from feed.press. Two podcasts I run have disappeared from the iTunes podcast store. After a few baffling evenings spent debugging a rather frustrating “Can’t read feed” error, it turns out the problem is fairly simple.

Managing nginx configuration files

I run quite a few websites now, and I decided it was probably time I stopped editing nginx configuration files on the server, reloading nginx, and seeing what happened. I came across a post from Tyler Gaw, which explained a setup fairly close to what I wanted. My setup’s a little different, so I thought I’d … [Read more…]

nginx & letsencrypt.sh

I’ve started using Let’s Encrypt a lot, for all my domains in fact. Previously, I’ve been using letsencrypt-auto, and stopping my webserver every time I want to renew a certificate. This is probably fine (all the sites and domains I run are low traffic, and can afford to be down for 30s or so when certificates … [Read more…]

Setting up Digital Ocean to run WordPress

I’ve recently started launching WordPress sites – starting with Talitha, and now this site. In my haste to move a few sites that seemed like they’d work better as WordPress sites, I appear to have over-loaded my single Digital Ocean droplet, so it’s time to spin up a new one.

Moving away from Cloudflare

I was a very happy user of Cloudflare for a year or so, primarily after hearing about Universal SSL, following a failed attempt to get an SSL setup which SSL Labs approved of. I felt uneasy about it – it seemed like I was intentionally MITM’ing all my sites by passing them through Cloudflare’s network.

Travis and tox revisited

Two years on, and I still love the combination of tox and Travis. I still write changes to my tox.ini and .travis.yml files separately, despite having written a tool for this. It occurred to me yesterday that there was a better way of writing this now – since tox now has a command for listing out … [Read more…]

Prototyping with staticjinja

I’ve started building a website for a friend of mine, who works for an organisation called Talitha. I wanted to get something up and running quickly (since I figured a website was better than no website), so I just started playing with Bootstrap. From there, I had an idea of what I wanted the site … [Read more…]

Firefox & Bootstrap 3 Glyphicons

I’m currently working on a site which uses Bootstrap 3, and makes significant use of glyphicons. As of Bootstrap 3, glyphicons are back to being web-font based. They look fine in Chrome (which is my main desktop browser), and in Safari on iOS, but I recently noticed they didn’t work on my Android phone.

Easy testing with Travis and tox

I love tox – it’s a great tool for checking that your Python packages are installable, and that you support all the various configurations of Python versions and other package versions that you think you do.