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Author: Rowan Rodrik

MediaWiki problems with MySQL VARBINARY padding

I have been wanting to protect a certain page on my Dutch 15Monkeys wiki for weeks. I could install the ReCaptcha extension already (the best Captcha there is), but it's just that one page that's being spammed. So far, I've been unsuccessful in regaining my Sysop right for that wiki. I need these rights if I'm going to protect these pages. Read More »

Wget one-liner

Earlier today, I wanted to download all songs by this totally kick-ass rap outfit: Read More »

WordPress feed pagination

Wiebe uses his author Atom feed to generate a list of his blog posts here on his own website. WordPress feeds only display the latest 10 entries. He has written 16 so far. What he needs is a feed with all his entries. Read More »

Jock itch: my cock itch

Ok, so according to the family doctor it was never a fungal infection (which a jock itch is), but really eczema. Nobody knows what that is. Whatever. I'm not a doctor. It itches and it affects my cock, so I am just going to refer to it as my cock itch. Read More »

Using ROT13 to circumvent Gmail’s .exe filter

Wiebe reminded me by mail to send him a Windows executable. I use Gmail. Gmail doesn't allow me to send archives containing .exe files. Something to do with viruses on Windows. Wiebe doesn't use Windows. He uses Wine. I just want to send the damn executable. Read More »

xwd, the best X11 screen grabbing tool

xwd (1) is my favorite screen capture program for X Windows. Usage is simple: "xwd|xwdtopnm|pnmtopng>/tmp/screen.png" Read More »

WordPress 2.7 administration panel changes

I really, really liked the new style of administration panel that was introduced in WordPress 2.5. In all the time since I've upgraded (and increasingly with every update), I've started to like it more and more. I hadn't thought it possible but everything just felt at exactly the right place, while before 2.5, the whole always felt like it had been thrown together by a blind child. Had I written it myself, it would have at least felt as being thrown together by an adult (chimpanzee). Read More »

Gentoo update: Portage configuration confusion

During the first gentoo update session for this machine, I didn't get very far. I already mentioned the problem I had with e2fsprogs, but this was not the first or the last problem that I had. Read More »

Tracking /etc/ updates with Git

During my recent Gentoo update session, I was once again confronted with the inconvenience of not having my /etc/ directory under version management. This time, I thought I had the ideal SCM for this job: Git. Read More »

Lost my Sysop rights in the 15Monkeys wikis

I am constantly bugged by spammers in my 15 Monkeys wiki farm[1, 2], but I wasn't allowed to protect the victim pages anymore. So, I wondered where my Sysop rights had gone. Read More »