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March 28, 2013 - 3 minute read - farmdog indie paragraphs

Scout Beta 2

So, quite a bit has changed in the past week or so. I got a lot of great feedback from a few beta testers, and stomped out a few bugs. A bigger deal though came from a couple of people who noted that they got confused in some of the views on how they were meant to proceed. Confusing the customer is absolutely the last thing I want to do with Scout, so I took off my developer hat and put on my HCI hat and tore Scout apart.

March 20, 2013 - 3 minute read - farmdog indie paragraphs

Updates on Farmdog, Scout, and Go2

Last week I sent in the certificate of organization to recreate Farmdog as an LLC in the state of Iowa. I have the domain name, twitter account, and a test site built. Assuming everything goes through with the state without problem, Farmdog Co. will be ready to launch very soon.

March 17, 2013 - 3 minute read - farmdog paragraphs indie go2

More Scout Tips

Eventually I’m going to need to compile this into a proper help doc, but for now, documenting Scout with Scout will do.

March 13, 2013 - 3 minute read - farmdog paragraphs indie

Beta Testing Scout

Well, as much as I’d love to procrastinate for the rest of eternity, the time has come for Scout to take it’s first baby steps out of it’s private testing ground and out to a few interested folks who would be brave enough to beta test.

March 12, 2013 - 2 minute read - farmdog paragraphs indie

Scout and FTP

Building a desktop application that manages creating your site is great, but only publishing to a local folder is for the birds. After only a few posts using Scout, I can say that the process of publishing to a folder, switching to Terminal, and running rsync will not fly for any potential customers I may have. It’s a pain.

January 19, 2013 - 3 minute read - farmdog paragraphs indie

Footnotes and Other Scripts

I’d like a really simple way to insert footnotes in the text. However, I’m not sure how much of that I can do with the Markdown parser that I have now, which means inserting ugly HTML, which I’d really rather not have. I could do something in the generation of the site, inserting my own marker in the text and parsing through that later, but that seems like reinventing the wheel. Surely there are better ways to go about this.

January 16, 2013 - 2 minute read - farmdog paragraphs indie


I would like to introduce you to Scout, my desktop, baked blogging engine. I’d like to, but Scout is not quite ready yet, so I’m keeping him under wraps till I’m sure. There is only one way to be really sure, and that’s to use Scout to publish my own blog, every day.

January 15, 2013 - 3 minute read - paragraphs blogging