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 (There was indeed a bug. That did indeed fix it.) 

I'm experiencing some anxiety re:house buying. 

See, I'm buying a house. 

This is stressful. 

The proccess is confusing. The documentation unclear. I spend long periods of time waiting on people who are not particularly good at their jobs to respond to my emails or phone calls. There are a lot of unknowns, most of them around how much money and where the money comes from. 

It is stressful, because I am not in control. It is stressful becuase I must trust people I hardly know to do right by me in a situation that is critical to my life, but just a paycheck in theirs. 

Mostly, though, it's stressful because I very much want it to happen. I want to get this house, and I think we've done everything right, and I think that we will get this house, but I don't Know that we will get this house and that is stressful. 

 
 ajroach42 
Friday January 19, 2018
 Also, apprently I may have introduced a bug in to ipost that was present for about two hours. 

I think I fixed it now. 

We're about to find out.

 
 ajroach42 
Thursday January 18, 2018
 I put the source code for trade social up in a github repository last night. 

I'm not thrilled about using github, and I'll move to a self hosted option eventually, but it works for now. 

It did highlight how many things that should be configrable are currently hardcoded, so I'll have to fix that at some point. 

At any rate, this is all in pursuit of a larger goal, which is to set up a personal profile page on the web that hosts my social streams (here, mastodon, that's about it) and my writing from various blogs. I want to display them all in a kind of "This is who I am" page. 

And in order to do that, I had to learn how to parse XML in PHP, so here we are. 

 
 ajroach42 
Thursday January 18, 2018
 New Post

 
 ajroach42 
Thursday January 18, 2018
 My boss, drunk, is sitting behind me complaining about our sales team. 

It's 11:30pm.

Fun times.

 
 ajroach42 
Wednesday January 17, 2018
 I got cold, so I wrapped a mylar emergency blanket around my shoulders. 

Now it looks like I have a cape on. 

A shiny, super noisy silver cape. 

I am the emperor of space. 

 
 ajroach42 
Wednesday January 17, 2018
 Looks like I've managed to set the whole server to use ANSI line drawing characters. 

That was clearly a mistake. 

I just want the BBS to use ANSI line drawing characters. 

Time to fix that. 

 
 ajroach42 
Wednesday January 17, 2018
 Welcome to all the new users! Let me know if you have any questions! 

 
 ajroach42 
Wednesday January 17, 2018
 I'm posting to TradeSocial from DOS. 

Still got some fiddly bits to work out, but this is working well so far, and that's exciting. 



 
 ajroach42 
Sunday January 14, 2018
 I've just started the new Animal Crossing Game. Surprisingly, it's not garbage yet? 

I'm worried it's going to get kind of Grindy. 

We'll see. 



 
 ajroach42 
Tuesday November 21, 2017
 Installing the new Animal Crossing game right now, and it better not be garbage! 

 
 ajroach42 
Tuesday November 21, 2017
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      | |I'm using my pocket chip again.              | |  
      | |                                             | |  
      | |ofmanytrades and tradesocial work well.      | |  
      | |                                             | |  
      | |retrosocial does not.                        | |  
      | |                                             | |  
      | |time to build a bridge?                       | |  
      | |                       

 
 ajroach42 
Friday November 10, 2017
 I am still fairly upset with myself for leaving this system not working well for so long.

It is time to be a better sysadmin. 

 
 ajroach42 
Sunday November 05, 2017
 Okay! 

The BBS is still working (astoundingly, because that thing is POORLY written.) 

TradeSocial is still working well. 

All user posts go in to the main feed. If you want to configure a personal page as well, I can help. Just email me. 

Email still works. 

IRC still works. 

The MUD doesn't work, never worked. 

I'll work on that. 

I'm going to start logging in at least once a day, and trying to attract new users again. 

 
 ajroach42 
Sunday November 05, 2017
 This is what TradeSocial looks like on iOS.

 
 ajroach42 
Sunday November 05, 2017
 Okay, I'm going to do a couple of things. 

This is mostly a note to remind myself. 

1)   I'm going to back up all this code in 6 locations, instead of just the two where I have it now. 
1.5) I'm going to clean up the code and get it in to a repository. 
2)   I'm going to actually build a profile page template
3)   I'm going to write a setup script for new users to build their profile page, and to add them to the cron-job that has to run to keep this thing working.

 
 ajroach42 
Saturday November 04, 2017
 It looks like everything related to tradesocial is fully functional again. 

I can even upload images and stuff, which seems ridiculous to me. 

Whatever, check out the cool post editor! 

 
 ajroach42 
Saturday November 04, 2017
 I'm so angry that this works. 

Everything works. 

Links work. 

I bet I could even include images. (Bracing for this to not work at all, and actually break everything.)  

 

Okay, so let's explain. 

Tradesocial worked okay ~1 year ago when I first started using it. 

Then, one day, I accidentally deleted all the files that made it work. 

Then, two days later, I re-wrote the entire thing to be RSS based and way more robust and I'm much happier with it. It still needed a little TLC, but it was like 82% functional. 

Then I joined Mastodon ( here's me!) and forgot about tradesocial completely. 

Like, I forgot that I ever fixed most of it. 

I thought it was still completely broken. 

And I logged on today and discovered that, not only is it not completely broken, but it litterally just needed for me to connect a few wires and everything was good to go. 

All the code was done. 

I basically just had to turn it on. 

And I'm irritated by this. 


so now I'm stress testing the system, to see how well stuff works. I'm trying to feed it images and crazy long posts and all manner of ridiculousness to see what it does. 

If it all works lik I'm expecting it to all work then I'll continue to polish it up a little bit, maybe add an edit function, and then get all this ugly mess up on github so someone else can make fun of my ugly PHP (and, lets be honest, my PHP is *ugly*) 

 
 ajroach42 
Saturday November 04, 2017
 This is a new test post for tradesocial. 

Everything is in cron. 

This post has line breaks

If this shows up on the main feed and on my personal feed, then I've fixed all the problems. 

Which, honestly, is astounding to me! 

So, did I every figure out if I could include links and stuff in here? 

 a link 

 
 ajroach42 
Saturday November 04, 2017
 This is a test post for Trade Social. Is trade social broken? 

 
 ajroach42 
Saturday November 04, 2017
 This is a test post. (Sorry for the test posts.) 

 
 ajroach42 
Friday March 24, 2017
 Automatic creation? 

 
 ajroach42 - 03/23/17	06:34:08 PM
Thursday March 23, 2017
 This is a test post for trade social. 

Again. 

This time without unicode? 

 ajroach42 - 03/23/17	06:29:14 PM
Thursday March 23, 2017
 


Hi 

 
 ajroach42 - 03/23/17	06:30:49 PM
Thursday March 23, 2017
This is a sample with 

Line Breaks

How 

Will 
We 

HANDLE 

These line breaks? 

What about special characters? <><><>
Thursday March 23, 2017
Hi!
Thursday March 23, 2017