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Author: Rowan Rodrik

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 »

ImageMagick can convert PDF to anything

I encountered one of those scans which was shared as a single-page PDF. I don't want it that way, because I want to include it in a web page. I want a simple bitmap image. ImageMagick comes to the rescue: Read More »

smbmnt user needs to own the mountpoint if you want to mount rw

I just found out that it's impossible on my system to mount /mnt/smb-docs as user bigsmoke, even with the following fstab: Read More »

Google AdSense + Postbank’s name registration rules = $0.0

In November I had expected my second AdSense payment. Simply, because they told me I would get it. But, I didn't. Read More »