From Disqus to Giscus

Wait, why change? The initial choice of Disqus as a comment backend was a hasty one; it was chosen on a whim simply because I had heard of it. It had some clear drawbacks: Not terribly configurable to meet the theme I was going for External site for configuration and management Free tier supported by Ads (the biggest one) Not wanting to pony up cash for a premium tier I decided I would stick with this for now to just have some comments before migrating elsewhere....

February 5, 2023 · 6 min · Nicholas Gilbert

What Do You Say?

Say Anything While pondering the limits of github pages, I wondered if a comments provider would work. Turns out it does, out of the box, really easily, down to the provider (in this case, Hugo and PaperMod). Comments I think will become useful as I start to write about non-blog topics like PowerShell specifics, where folks can contribute questions or suggestions to fix the content I’ve written. It would also allow me to track engagement to some degree (which I’m guessing is next to zero for now....

February 3, 2023 · 3 min · Nicholas Gilbert

Favicons

Tiny barely-a-post today, was using a hacked together in MS Paint Favicon, decided to spruce up the effort ever so slightly, so went with a generated one through https://favicon.io/. I used the Text -> ICO generator with the Monoton font and my initials. It looks maybe less good in the tiny browser version but it’s neat enough for now. Neat! It looks better blown up so I may keep it in some degree within the blog itself (maybe a header?...

January 31, 2023 · 1 min · Nicholas Gilbert

What About About?

Something Missing This Way Comes The blog is starting to take form, and I’m realizing that blindly creating a blog without referencing other blogs / portfolios is showing that I really don’t know what needs to go into a blogfolio. So I started looking at other blogs. The blog part is largely there, thanks to the Hugo framework and the PaperMod theme. I’ve got entries that are easy to spin up in Markdown, an archive page to view old stuff by year and month, and a tags system that allows for filtering posts by general content....

January 28, 2023 · 4 min · Nicholas Gilbert

Observe the Colors

Colors Nearing the end of the main customization train as I get settled, but I discovered the recommended way to customize the theme of papermod enough to change element colors. Thanks to this post on the PaperMod Repository, I was able to use the answer from danielfdickinson to make the customization file. It turns out with Hugo that you can override theme variables by generating a file at assets/css/extended called theme-vars-override....

January 26, 2023 · 2 min · Nicholas Gilbert