I’ve found myself thinking quite a bit about collaborative documents and wikis recently. I wrote a bit a few months ago about my new love for GitHub and while I’d heard of people throwing out the idea of collaborative writing using GitHub I hadn’t seen that actually done too well (or much at all really) in practice. After all, at it’s core, GitHub is a versioning system with a focus on software development with a bit of project management/bug tracking thrown in. Could one shoehorn the idea of collaborative writing into the platform? Sure. And I found at least a few examples of how that could work. - Read More -
I have to confess I’ve been vaguely following the GitHub scene for awhile now but always considered it a place for hardcore programmers. I had heard that people were using it for other interesting things, most recently last year when App Dot Net put their Terms of Service out there and encouraged folks to fork it and offer their suggestions for modifications. When Alan posted recently about moving Feed2JS over there I decided to follow his lead and start actively using my account to explore the space. I’ll second his recommendation to go through the free CodeSchool lesson on Git to get a general feel for the terminology and how things work. - Read More -
In my last post I outlined a bit of what our vision is for syndicating all of the work happening in disaggregate spaces through Domain of One’s Own. When you use WordPress Multisite it’s pretty easy to get a unified feed of all the work that is happening since everything is in your database and can be called pretty easily alongside approaches like Sitewide Tags. With our new setup on UMW Domains each individual has their own self-hosted WordPress install in their own space. In fact many have 2-3 installs in a variety of subdomains, and it’s not even guaranteed that they’re using WordPress (although the majority do). So how can we syndicate all that work into a central hub that could allow us to parse that data by a variety of factors like course, category/tag, content type, etc? I spent the last two days hacking away at this and I’ve got the first step to a solution.
I have to admit I feel a little bit like an amateur cook that has a lot of really fancy ingredients in front of him and no idea how to make them sing. I’ve been playing with a lot of different tools lately and they all seem very powerful in their own way. And yet for my specific need I can’t seem to put them together in a way that works, yet. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to put all this into a blog post and shop it around to people much smarter than I am for further insight. I’ll break it down into three sections: The Scenario, The Tools, and The Duct Tape. - Read More -
I do some of my best work on the weekend. That’s not to say that DTLT isn’t a great place to work or that we don’t get a lot done during the week. In fact I’m sure my wife has wished on more than one occasion that I’d leave my work there and not be glued to the laptop so much on evenings and weekends. But the reality is that the work I do during the day is often very different from the work I feel free to do on the weekend. And it’s got me thinking and wondering what it would look like to flip some of that. - Read More -
Ever since we replaced the built-in app installer in Plesk that we use for the Domain of One’s Own hosting panel with Installatron there’s one piece of software I’ve been meaning to play around with, ownCloud. The elevator pitch is that ownCloud installs on your hosted space and functions exactly like Dropbox (including desktop and mobile apps) for file sharing and storage. But in reality there a lot more to it than that, hence this post. - Read More -