Welcome to My World!

General Jul 09, 2017

Ok. I originally started a blog post a few weeks ago, and then, to cut a long story short, ended up deleting my web server to rebuild it and forgot to back up the (very) new blog site. Bah!

About Me

I live in Netherlands. I work for an oil company. I have been in IT since 1980. My first job was with Boeing supporting Rolls Royce and the UK Atomic Energy Authority using acoustic couplers on their bureau service called CTS. For those interested, the rest is on LinkedIn.

I dabble(d) in code (starting with Cobol, Fortran, Basic, Delphi, Clipper, Pascal, .NET aspx, Javascript, and now PowerShell (this is getting my coding mojo back!)

The Blog Conundrum?

I started with Wordpress, been using it for years, but its always been a bit cumbersome and I wanted something slick (I felt with Wordpress I was showing my age a bit) for blogging. So a after somewhat quick search and I found Ghost. As I was rebuilding my Ubuntu web server anyway I decided to see how this would work. And work it does. Very simple, very fast for the reader, and very simple to setup (well mostly).

Writing in Markdown is really easy. In the left hand panel of Ghost, you simply write as you normally would. Where appropriate, you can use shortcuts to style your content. This is a bit like the old eighties word editor XyWrite. Pretty quick once you get the hang of it. For example, a list:

* Item number one
* Item number two
    * A nested item
* A final item`
  • Item number one
  • Item number two
    • A nested item
  • A final item

If you paste in a URL, like http://ghost.org - it'll automatically be linked up. But you can also customise your anchor text: Here's a link to the Ghost website.

Images?

Simply paste in the URL of the image and it will be included:

#DWCAU

Quoting

SharePoint - You know it makes sense

Working with Code

.pay-attention {
    display: block;
    width: 100%;
}

You get the idea.

So I will post more here soon! Please stay tuned.

Note: [The blog cover picture is western Mongolia at sundown - I drove from London to Ulaan Baatar in 2014 (15,000km in 20 days)]