This site was changed over to
almost two years ago, but the back end
always was a bit sluggish. Naturally I cache the converted data, so
this wasn't a big issue until now.
Yesterday I reworked everything with a new css base
(purecss.io, quite nice, and a few silly glyphicons from
fontawesome.io, just because I can).
Now the site should almost work properly for mobile kit, and it's still
all pure CSS and no Eczemascript whatsoever.
While experimenting and hacking that stuff up I saw that some pages
really really took time to prime. As it turns out, good old
standard Text::Markdown is horribly slow. A number of my source
articles took 5+ seconds to convert, each, and these are mostly very simple
files. Can't have that.
So, today I completely reworked the back end with redis as
an optional cache across processes /and/ a better markdown renderer.
markdown is not exactly strictly "standardized", and there's only
a practical alternative (for me), but that's primarily a C library and
a command line tool. There's a perl wrapper for the library,
that thing is utter garbage (no access to the options, internal gotchas
in the code etc.).
And discount is weird; it's got all those 'useful extensions'
the markdown syntax, most of which suck and many of which are on
by default. yay!
So, in the end I resorted to
execing a discount process for every conversion, but that still takes only 4 milliseconds on average...not 5+ seconds
Anyway, long story short, now it works properly. Still, I have to say it: ASS. A_NonStandardStandards_S, too - but then most of the Standard Standards are
no much better.
(And should you be unfamiliar with the phrase "down, not across" -
that's the ASR motto, being the effective way to slit your wrists.)
[ published on Sun 15.03.2015 22:03 | filed in about/site
why? well, i've just rebuilt my blog engine to
use markdown instead of
raw html and homegrown hacks. (i had to rework surprisingly few articles,
xargs and of course
perl took care of that pretty quickly
what, you thought i meant having tw*itter, freakbook, gargle and
sundry 'social' garbage buttons on my site? YGTBK: in my book
all that stuff belongs to the category 'naughties' and i'm not naughty.
Update (Mon 10.03.2014 20:55):
another evolutionary change:
i've just finished the rebuil the site's engine using mojolicious instead of HTML::Mason 1.x.
i did it mostly for the fun of it, partially because i needed more mojo mojo
for work anyway, and last but not least because HTML::Mason and
mod_perl2 are somewhat uneasy neighbours.
[ published on Thu 18.04.2013 13:04 | filed in about/site
If you're situated somewhere near the Gold Coast and need a
Unix/Linux sysadmin/netadmin/security person/software geek for
some Unix-related magic, then you might like to know
that I'm for hire (casual/hourly or long-term).
I'm likely not the cheapest around (cf. 'pay peanuts, get monkeys') but
then I'm quite good at what I'm doing and have a fair amount of experience
(22+ years various Unixes, C, Assembler, Lisp, 19+ years Linux, 15+ years
Perl, 10+ years as Debian Developer - thus quite familiar with
Debian and its derivatives like Ubuntu - and so on...)
[ published on Tue 16.08.2011 11:42 | filed in about/me
born sometime in 1972
Austrian by chance, now
living in Australia by choice
classic hacker in
appearance and habit
graduate of the Technical
University of Vienna (with the degree of
"Dipl.-Ing. Tech. Math." which is somewhere between a "masters"
degree in computer science and/or mathematics and a full PhD) and
more recently of Bond Uni
(with a PhD).
unix/linux sysadmin, security consultant, developer etc.
clearly not my full resume; if you need one
and lots of other things no one cares about to know...but if you do,
have a look in the interests section.
Update (Fri 06.08.2010 15:23):
I suppose it was time for a new photo, and Conny delivered a nice one :-)
[ published on Thu 01.01.2004 14:15 | filed in about/me
I finally decided to get rid of Blosxom as the formatting engine for this
website: there were some nice ideas but the plug-in system never
matured properly, the internals were rather ugly and overall it was
way too cranky to make it DWIM.
click here for the rest of the story...
[ published on Wed 28.04.2010 02:11 | filed in about/site
Last week I wanted to show something on this site to my mother,
who just recently got herself fast(ish) Internet access. And I couldn't
find what I was looking for -- at least not as fast as I'd
Now there is a search function (the form is on the left below the links).
Crude, ht://Dig-based but sufficient.
[ published on Mon 19.02.2007 18:32 | filed in about/site
If you want to contact me, and you're not using the Internet Exploder
or MS Outhouse, then simply clicking on the comment link at the
lower right edge of any post will connect you to an email address that works.
Mind you, both the URL as well as the email are close to the edge of what the standards allow. So far none of the spammer scraping engines has had
sufficient clue to use these links. The same is true for Outhouse, I'm being
told by friends. Well, that's GOOD: get yourself a Real Mail Program if you
need to communicate with me!
[ published on Sat 17.02.2007 00:28 | filed in about/me
My sister complained about "not finding old stuff" on this site, so
I changed things around slightly: the newest 30 posts stay on the main index
page. If its not on the main page, look in either of the archives: by date or
by topic. Let's see if that helps.
[ published on Sat 17.09.2005 22:29 | filed in about/site
I'm not going to implement even the most minimal comment functionality
for this blog: I detest webfora and their ilk. First such an eyecandy
excuse for a discussion board would get spammed dead, and second it's
plain stupid to reimplement Usenet on top of the web of crap.
Usenet exists! Long Live Usenet! ahem
If there ever happen to be enough people wanting to "discuss"
(snort) my posts, I'll set up a private hierarchy on my newsbox
and off we go.
For now there's this shiny comment link in the right bottom corner
of every post.
It serves as a RFC-stress test for your web browser / email client
installation, which is a Very Good Thing; think of Darwin at work
in the IT arena.
This is a valid, RFC2822-compliant email address:
It also exists and leads to me, which is the sole point of email.
I've tried hard to trample on all the badly programmed dataminers' buttons
- hard, but without breaking the RFCs. Sneaking this thing
through the shell's quoting for something like
/usr/lib/sendmail -bv is lotsa fun...
My other, similarly built email addy for usenet use doesn't get spammed ever,
so chances are good that this will keep out some of the idiots.
Then there is this; a valid and possible but not existing email address,
which happens to be what the HTML quoting rules require/allow to be the
representation of the above in a mailto url:
And finally, there's the way mailto: urls can be built. Nobody says that
the target address has to be the first thing in there.
Which leads us to this contact thing (wrapped):
It's legal. It works. It's ugly. I'm happy. (I won't tell you how much time
I've wasted concocting this abomination, though. exmh, btw, barfs on
that thing; ah, another bug to fix...)
In general and because it's true: HTML stinks. Its excuse for quoting reeks
of puke. XML and SGML fester by design. Still, even a
piece of rotting garbage can be good for a laugh at times.
Update (Sun 06.03.2005 21:43):
Works like a treat. Lotsa comment spammers are busy getting blacklisted
on mailing to email@example.com,
which - yes, you guessed it! 10 points!- doesnt't exist (FAVO something).
[ published on Tue 01.03.2005 22:16 | filed in about/site
For friends I've recently produced a website for a paragliding competition
with a dark green theme.
Which doesn't look too bad (for me being not a design person), so I
added it as an optional stylesheet to the main site. Enjoy.
[ published on Fri 18.06.2004 01:00 | filed in about/site
not much work for me, but easier to read for some people in aggregated form.
blosxom does support RSS/RDF pretty much out of the box; in fact, every
category and every single posting are available as rss thingies: just use
bla.rss instead of bla.html. still todo: setting things up so that all
html pages display links to the RSS counterparts..
[ published on Sat 24.04.2004 01:07 | filed in about/site
What I write is decidedly, rabidly, never ever politically correct.
political correctness and similar doublethink is for lying pollies,
marketdroids and other pond scum.
[ published on Thu 15.01.2004 22:21 | filed in about/site
this site is not under construction, it's under
- gaining a bit here, losing stuff there.
After this switch over to a weblog-based environment
updates might happen a bit more often now.
[ published on Thu 15.01.2004 22:19 | filed in about/site
often you'll see me inconsistently switching between capitalising words
and all-lowercase. although i'm a perfectionist about too many other things,
i'm often too lazy to bother about this particular nicety.
whenever you see me using proper capitalisation, it means that i thought
of that topic as being important (or wanted to make a good impression).
[ published on Thu 15.01.2004 22:19 | filed in about/site
I hate Spam.
If you think about selling me something, forget it!
I'll remember you and will never ever buy from you.
If you need to contact me, send me an email.
My address consists of the local component
the domain-part should be
snafu.priv.at. No idea what I'm talking
about? Read the relevant standards document, then.
If possible use GnuPG and encrypt+sign
your message; see my crypto comms page for details.
What only stupid spammers do is to try
this mail link.
[ published on Thu 15.01.2004 22:08 | filed in about/me
Well, maybe: a test of whether a blog-like web environment is acceptable
for me to work with. I'm not certain of that yet, but here goes.
click here for the rest of the story...
[ published on Wed 14.01.2004 23:45 | filed in about/site
SNAFU is an acronym from the WWII-era that stands for "Situation Normal, All
Fucked Up". I think this describes my life and the computers around me way too
often to be a coincidence.
More about SNAFU & co can be found in
the Jargon File.
[ published on Tue 30.12.2003 00:28 | filed in about/site