FriFinans got a new homepage

The Open Source accounting system FriFinans has got a new homepage. The homepage is in danish but we are working on a english version. All developer documents (where they exsist) and code comments is in english, so this shouldn’t stop non-danish speaking people to join in.

New layout for my blog

Yesterday I got an idear for a layout for my weblog, and today I actually took the time to realize it. Though it looked better inside my head, I’m satisfied with the result. Of course I used Inkscape to implement it. I have also used some time tweaking the stylesheet to look good with the html generated by markdown… no I will not stop talk about it ;)

Markdown syntax installed on weblog

YEAH!

I found a Markdown serendipity plugin, and I have now installed it!

Wiki with Markdown

After I stumbled upon the cool Markdown syntax and the Markdown text parser, some time ago. I have been looking for a wiki system which uses this cool syntax. We use a wiki system at work to document customer setups in, and a wiki with a decent syntax would be nice. A guy has made PHP Markdown an port of Markdown to PHP and I hoped it would be easy to find a wiki system using markdown syntax. So far I only found Instiki who lives up to this demand fully, which works very well under Ubuntu. Other wikis - like DokuWiki - are able to use markdown as a rendering plugin but it never feels fully integraded. With DokuWiki you need to wrap you text in tags like this:

text with markdown syntax here

… and why would I want to do that on every page I create? Another thing that turned me away from DokuWiki was the fact that I wasn’t able to make it work :-D

Thought I find Instiki really cool it has it’s drawbacks too:

  1. The first I noticed was that it is written in ruby. Not that that Ruby is a bad thing but I would have prefeered a wiki system in PHP so I would understand the code myself. This I can live with.
  2. The fact that it is written in Ruby, makes unable to run it on port 80 where my Apache server is running. Perhapes I would be able to solve this using some sort of proxy thing with Apache. Requsts on a certain domains/page gets forwarded to another port (for Instiki that would be 2500)… I think this is also the way Zope usually works. If this would endeed work I could live with that. I havn’t searched for this “problem” on their website though…
  3. I’m not able to upload files not even images and that is a thing I cannot live without.

When image (file) upload enters Instiki it will contain all I need for a great wiki. I trust they will implement it in a good way… all the other things they made is. It would be cool if I could use the syntax in my weblog… but that is only a matter of doing a little footwork.

GUADEC

I really wanted to attend GUADEC but the trip gets to expensive because I don’t have a car. I’m really interested in the GNOME development not to mention Ubuntu which uses GNOME as base for the desktop. I had planned to go with 2 friends (and colleauges) of mine, and I know the trip would have been awsome. My boss even gave me 2 free days off so I could attend the conference in worktime. I really hope the GUADEC people do something extra for all of us who wont be able to attend on location.