Praise for Digital Forge - a great local ISP

I’m fortunate to be able to work from home in West Cork, Ireland. This is dependent on reliable, fast internet access. The copper telephone line to the village is too long to support this. Fortunately we have a local company who have built an extensive wireless network in the area: Digital Forge. I recommend you visit their site to see the video of the van driving up Mount Gabriel and an antenna being installed.

Minimising friction for blogging with Hugo

I was pretty inspired that Levlaz was inspired by Derek Sivers’ post about OpenBSD. While I was hanging out in my terminal trying to remember how to get a blog post published with my super cool static site generating tool (Hugo), I was reminded that I needed to minimise friction for posting here. So I wrote a shell script to make it super easy to edit and publish a blog post:

A publishing workflow for teams using static site generators

If your team is semi-technical, and writes content for a static site generator such Jekyll or Hugo, you may have wondered how to approve new content before deploying it to production.

For solo writers this isn’t a problem. You can preview the site locally. But how do you share new content with your team for proof-reading and approval before publishing?

This post shows how you can do that using Hugo, GitHub and Netlify deploy previews.

Android without Google Apps

Vlad Brown has kindly published a translation of this post in Russian: Android без приложений от Google via

As part of my Keybits project I wanted to see how feasible it was to run my entire personal computing environment without being tied to a single major commercial entity. This means using as much open source software as possible on the devices I use: