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Author: Rowan Rodrik

http://www.payformystay.com/

My day job is at YTEC, where I build tailor-made software (“maatwerk software“) for clients in logistics, healthcare and printing.

I like my day job, but I would like it even more to not have (and need!) a day job, which is why I built payformystay.com, an index of job offers for people looking for temporary work abroad. We feature job offers in many countries. Whether you want to polish your Spanish by working in Costa Rica or working in Honduras, or whether you rather go grape picking in France, we may have wat you’re looking for.

winepath

I have all these little scripts in my $HOME/bin directory to ease the execution of Windows programs. For instance, I don't like to type the full path to Excel Viewer every time when I need to view an Excel sheet in Linux: Read More »

Native execution of Windows programs on Linux

When I installed this laptop last year, I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of vanilla Wine (and Gentoo's default Wine configuration). At that time, my only memory of Wine was that getting anything useful to work took work and that your best bet to get anything working was to install CrossOver Office. Things change and in the meantime Wine has even come to version 1.0. Read More »

Gentoo update: WiFi drivers (iwl4965)

When I got the Wireless working on this laptop (a Lenovo T61), I was using Linux kernel 2.6.25. I remember that it was quite a pain, because the iwlwifi stuff had only just stabilized enough to replace the (now deprecated) ipw stuff. One of the things I didn't get working at the time was Monitor mode. Read More »

Customizing Google AdSense alternate ads

When AdSense runs out of inspiration (i.e.: no targeted ads are available), it displays public service ads by default. You can choose to replace this with a custom ad of your own choosing. To do this, you have to put a HTML page somewhere and change the alternate ads settings for the appropriate ad unit: Read More »

Complete WordPress Atom feed: an XSLT transformation

Previously, I tried obtaining a full Atom feed without pagination from WordPress. I didn't succeed, so I ended up writing an XSL transformation which merges all the pages of this Atom feed into one valid Atom XML stream. Read More »

Enforcing Drupal URL aliases

I hate modules, especially core modules. I prefer code to be tightly integrated. I want it to work together. Is that too much to ask? In Drupal, most functionality has been stuffed in modules. There's a Locale module, a Content Translation module and a Path module. What's missing is a Working Together module. Read More »

Gentoo update: system

This Gentoo box needs upgrading badly. I started this in February, so perhaps it's time to continue. Read More »

With Vimperator it almost feels as if I can control Firefox

Wednesday, after returning to Groningen from Barcelona, I saw Ying using Vimperator. I was sold immediately. Read More »

Drupal 5 image management

Today, I have to face the task of finding reliable Drupal 6 modules for image uploading and WYSIWYG editing, so I dug into my drafts bin and found an old unfinished post dated March 24, 2008 about a similar quest for Drupal 5: Read More »

100th post!

I just published the 100th post here on blog.bigsmoke.us. Who would have thought that when I published my first post? Read More »