HTTPS and HSTS with Varnish, thanks to HAProxy

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HTTPS and HSTS with Varnish, thanks to HAProxy

The unencrypted web is on the way out. We made the switch here at BigDino to all-HTTPS a few weeks ago, but doing so brought with it a problem: how can we keep using Varnish cache with HTTPS traffic? The answer turned out to be by adding another layer into the web stack—and now we're using HAProxy.

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Why leave Octopress for Ghost?

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Why leave Octopress for Ghost?

After a year of semi-regular blogging with Octopress, though, I was just kind of...bored with it. Blogging with vim and banging out a static site and pushing it via rsync was cool, but ultimately it just wasn't as convenient as I'd wanted it to be.

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Custom Twitter URL shortening and image uploading

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Custom Twitter URL shortening and image uploading

I don't know what normal people do on days off from work, but I do things that are too esoteric even to write about for Ars Technica because...because I think there's something wrong with me. So, last Friday I spent a few hours setting up a vanity URL shortening service and custom image uploading service for Twitter, so I can, I don't know, be cooler than everyone else. It was surprisingly fun!

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Working on a new comment system

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Working on a new comment system

I'm in the process of shifting this blog's comment system from Disqus, which I've never been wholly comfortable with, over to using Discourse instead. There is being done via a plug-in for Octopress currently under development by one of the posters over at the main Discourse development forum.

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