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delicious linkrolls

Time to revise this page. It was originally created to document the runes on how to use the delicious provided javascript linkroll generator, it then covered the slow and painful death of the service and my attempts to postpone the inevitable.  In late 2019, I found my backup copy and posted it to the blog,

https://davelevy.info/is-this-my-delicious-linkroll/

There are some problems with this, most obviously the tags are hidden. I have written some code in python, to parse the html and create a python dictionary, and also some code to build a tag index. I have some code to see if the linked sites are still active but there’s over 3000 bookmarks at it takes some time, and doesn’t distinguish between those that have gone away and those that are being resold. (I need to go through them for continued relevance also.)

The links are held in a pickle database, which could easily be converted to XML or JSON. I have code to delete a record on the basis of a numeric surrogate key. I can build two indices, on has the key and the tags, held as a string, the other has a list of key-tag pairs.

  • Document which sites no linger work and/or are no longer relevant.
  • Define the output formats, html, rss or an active query and if the latter how to host it.
  • Document the delicious date format field
  • Write some restartable HTML status checking code.
  • Amend the index generators ro  write to a file, so there is some persistence

The slow death of delicious’ rss feeds

I originally saved the javascript linkroll code as text in a page, and latterly, from Oct 2013 used Artiss Embeded Code and I located the scripts in code objects. delicious withdrew the javascript. I implemented JP’s Get RSS Feed to fix the withdrawal of the delicious javascript;

I rendered the feed using wordpress. At some time delicious changed their URL from delicious.com back to del.icio.us. At the same time, they decided to insert an advert into the first item of the feed.

This has led to all my bookmark feeds in this wiki breaking, and to asking the question as to whether one wants to fix it as I no longer control the content. I have posted to the wordpress support site to implement a “start from” parameter. I wonder if CSS display:none; properties could be used to supress the first element in the feed.

This wiki has a number of pages which used the del.icio.us feed to expand the articles and to point at my bookmarks. I haven’t decided whether to fix them or not.

I have asked that the plugin is adjusted to exclude the first element and I propose to examine planet to see if I can put a filter into the consumption code lines. See https://davelevy.info/wiki/planet-planet/ for my planet documentation.

See https://davelevy.info/wiki/rendering-rss-on-my-blog-or-wiki/ for my jp-rss-feed documentation and https://wordpress.org/plugins/jps-get-rss-feed/ for Jimmy’s documentation.

ooOOOoo

Posted by Dave on

Snipsnap Themes

Snipsnap Themes

Snipsnap offered multiple look and feels and for the advanced CSS coder, offered many opportunities to manage itl. My changes were relatively simple. In fact it might have been Snipsnap that took me to Blue Robot which influenced me a lot.

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Bioware Community Forums V1

Many of my snipsnap wiki articles are about Neverwinter Nights and refer to the author’s community site. I am copying them across to this wiki. The Bioware community forums were hacked in June 2011 and they did not put them back or preserve the permalinks. I have left the links in the articles, which means they are broken. Sorry!

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Dell Laptops, Summer 2013

Checking out another Dell for a friend.

I want a laptop and docking bay.

If a Dell, it needs to be a Latitude, they’re the only machines they ship with the old fashioned docking bay interface. We don’t want to connect a screen using USB and we want the machine to be closed while using the desktop periherals.

Here is the Dell E6530 configure page. Here is the docking station link. The laptop needs the E-Series Legacy Expansion Port added in the “Accessorize my Dell” section.

It also needs the O/S version upgraded to 64 bit. It comes without MS Office, soi this’ll need to be added. Wonder if the still do educational discounts, looks like not, since Office 365 seems about the same price.

Maybe the docking station isn’t worth it. Get a cheaper laptop, with a screen port, and buy a new screen with a newer interface standard.

How big is it, how much does it weigh?

Do Laptop Power sell docking stations?

Posted by Dave on

zbench, footer.php

When written the zbench theme’s footer text was

Copyright © 2013 wiki.davelevy.info | Powered by zBench and WordPress

This isn’t what I want.

There follows an extract from footer.php in the zbench theme.  The rest of the article discusses how to change it.

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Mac OS, about upgrades

I need to upgrade the Mac. The O/S version is getting a bit long in the tooth. I have V10.5, Leopard, I need to get to 10.6 Snow Leopard. Here are my notes and links.

Upgrading

This article, How to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard makes it seem easy, and here’s the companion article about preparing for the upgrade.

Snow Leopard is the version with the distributed upgrader, and so Snow Leopard has to be bought and installed from DVD.

Here is a web version of the man page.

Obviously, I need to back up the hard disk, and have used Time Machine. I am a bit worried since I do not know how to recover stuff using the UNIX utilities from a Time Machine Archive.

Legacy apps

The biggest augmentation I have on the Mac is macports, I still have Porticus installed but have pretty much given up on it and use the command line. The Porticus site states it is not 10.7 or Macports 2.0 compliant and points at Pallet, an ‘official’ GUI. The macports site has a Guide.

I know that I have used macports, port command to update WINE, and have used WINE to install NWN.

I have upgraded macports and it’s managed objects

$ port -v selfupdate ; port -v upgrade

 

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Liferay

Liferay is an open source, free portal server written in Java.

2022

One of the links broke, so I went to their site and checked out the developer page‘ the code is still there.

How to

They had a Quick Start page which illustrates a 4 step how to get started process. This is the link that broke and is now a web archive link.

Container Version Control

The 6.0.6 version has a .war only at Source Forge. I have downloaded this to the VM. I plan to use it to install Liferay in a version of tomcat maintained by Ubuntu’s apt-get.