Getting Started

We all start a new year with the hope and expectation of doing something a bit more differently from the previous year, and the one thing that has been on my mind has been the idea of getting back to noting and writing things online.

I had started this on Mephisto many years ago, but somehow my site stopped working and I didn’t get back to sorting it out. Thereafter, I worked on running a few technical sites based on Radiant CMS but Radiant is undergoing a massive revamp and it seemed like it was time to look for something new.

Seeing that it’s almost 2017, it’s time to start something new – I’m trying to get started with Jekyll and the wave of static blog generators.

Aim of the blog

The idea behind notepad.ONGHU is simple – capture the knowledge that we have and make it available online, first and foremost for myself to be able to refer to at a later time; and then also to help others who may be facing the same issues.

The blog stack

The blog is built using Jekyll with some support from the unofficial guide to getting it running on Windows without much trouble. I prefer to use Textile compared to Markdown (since I started with Textile earlier and find it more familiar). The syntax highlighting is currently using Rouge since it covers the languages I need (it covers 98 languages as of Christmas 2016).

The blog is hosted on IBM Bluemix in an attempt to learn more and document my experience with Bluemix on this blog.

The contents

Tough to say – I follow various things in technology and expect to write about some (or many?) of these:

  • Ruby and Ruby on Rails
  • C/C++
  • Programming
  • Web technologies – HTML5, Javascript and CSS
  • Databases, including SQLite3, PostgreSQL, dashDB and PostGIS
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
  • Embedded systems
  • T-Engine, T-Kernel and related technologies
  • Productivity/ things that I find useful
  • Palm WebOS
  • Blackberry
  • Radiant CMS
  • Embarcadero tools – C++ Builder
  • Amazon AWS
  • IBM Bluemix
  • Microsoft Office and Office 365
  • and so on!

I expect most posts to be short and to cover small tips that I would normally note down in Evernote. I will also probably migrate in content that I have in the T-Engine@Onghu website.


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