The Computer Chronicles debuted as a national television program in the United States on February 5, 1984. The series was the brainchild of Stewart Cheifet, then the general manager at KCSM-TV, a public television station based in San Mateo, California, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Cheifet originally launched Chronicles as a live, local program in 1981, which was hosted by Jim Warren, the co-founder of the West Coast Computer Faire, an annual computer convention based in San Francisco.
While perusing the offerings from my local library online, a biography of Catherine the Great–the former Empress Catherine II of Russia–caught my eye. I knew next-to-nothing about Catherine. To be honest, I only recognized the name because I had played her as a character a few times in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV. But I always enjoy a good biography, so I decided to rent and read this particular book, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K.
My last post detailed the process of setting up the virtual private server (VPS) to host this blog. In this final post, I’ll go into the mechanics of actually developing the blog using Hugo. If you’re not familiar with Hugo, it is software written in the Go language to function as a static website generator. Static means the entire website is generated at once, as opposed to a dynamic content management system like WordPress, which builds a particular page upon request from a database.
In Part 1, I explained my decision to go with Hover for domain registation and Linode for the virtual private server (VPS) I use for this blog. Now, I’ll briefly review the process of setting up the VPS and getting it to work with my domain. Obviously, I relied principally on documentation prepared by others. Specifically, I used how-tos published by both Linode and one of its competitors, Digital Ocean. I actually find the Digital Ocean documentation a bit easier to read and follow.
In developing my new blog, I opted to build a static website using Hugo and other open source software tools, as opposed to using an all-in-one commercial service like Squarespace or WordPress. There are certain advantages to this DIY approach, as well as drawbacks. So in this series of posts, I’ll walk through my thought process in deciding to use Hugo and explain the steps I took in building this blog “from scratch.
A few days ago, I purchased an iPad. This is my first Apple device in awhile, so I decided to check and see if my Apple ID still worked. It did, albeit after going through the process of resetting my long-forgotten password. To my slight surprise, this was the first time I’d used my Apple ID since 2012. That was the year I moved away from OS X to Linux as my everyday operating system.