While looking up ways of implementing a Dead man’s switch via software I stumbled upon an option from Google for sharing your data when your account has be inactive for at least 3 months (you can set it to be longer).
While working on my new Octopress powered site I began to look at the plugins provided by default. The Github repo plugin didn’t really show what I wanted on my site so I refactored it to show my GitHub activity instead. I’ve only coded about 7 or so event types thus far but I will continue to work on this plugin and release it on GitHub of course.
Another reason I went with Octopress is to learn some basic Ruby. Most of my web development has been in PHP either through custom code, Wordpress, or Drupal. Lately most of my webdev work has been in ASP.NET/C# while updating an existing application to work on AWS as well as general refactoring. However, Ruby has a huge following in the web development world, one of my main areas of interest, so it would behoove me to learn as much as I can.