Gerrit Niezen

Maker of open-source software and hardware.

This past couple of weeks I have been converting my bicycle into an e-bike using a conversion kit. This afternoon I rode my e-bike for the first time. Installing this kit was a much bigger challenge than I at first expected, so I wanted to write down my experiences.

I ordered the conversion kit from Cyclotricity on 25 February and it arrived earlier than expected, only two days later. Unfortunately there were no instruction manuals or tools included with the kit, but I found the installation instructions online.

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Before I fell asleep last night, I was mulling over the options I've been considering for writing a blog. I've been using Ghost for most of last year, but Write.as, Plume, Scuttlebutt and TiddlyWiki are starting to look like better options. The Ghost editor is not very mobile-friendly, and I'd also rather support a platform that better aligns with my values.

It seems that if I want to use my phone or iPad to write, using Write.as is a no-brainer. ScuttleButt is awesome, but the barrier of entry for non-technical users is still too high. It can take a long time to get everything installed and set up correctly. It also takes some getting used to.

Compare that with the peer-to-peer Beaker browser, which works very similar to any other web browser, even allowing you to browse regular web sites. Maybe Beaker is a better gateway drug into the P2P world? TiddlyWiki works great on Beaker browser, but cannot be accessed from a mobile device. Then again, there is nothing that prevents me from having both a blog and a personal wiki.

I guess I can just experiment with all of them for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.

Update 12 March 2019: I've decided to give write.as a try!

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