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Author: Rowan Rodrik

Refresher on basic relational database entity terminology

Here's a couple of basic relational database concepts and their commonly used synonyms.
table=relation=class
row=record=tuple
column=field=attribute
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Anatomy of a Mashup: Definitive Daft Punk visualised

The Man in Blue created a HTML5/CSS3 visualization of his own mashup of Definite Daft Punk, a Daft Punk discography. Besides being an interesting showcase for various pieces of HTML5, it is also a pleasing way of visualizing the anatomy of his mashup. Read More »

Hobo Lobo of Hamelin

Hobo Lobo of Hamelin is worth looking at even if just for the novelty of how the story and artwork are digitally presented (something to do with a ‘parallaxer’). But, I'd much rather let the creator do the talking: Read More »

I need a Nanny for Google Chrome

I just installed Nanny for Google Chrome, which, like LeechBlock for Firefox, should help me to recoup some of the time that is now actively being stolen by YouLube and FaceLook. If I'm too weak on my own to push back technology to its proper servile place, then I might as well use technology to do some of the pushing for me. You're a tool, you damn computer, nothing more than that! Read More »

My zeroth year at university

Maybe my biggest accomplishment to date—maybe my only real accomplishment, if your glasses are so colored by society's standards—has been to be accepted to the University of Groningen as a fulltime biology student. To apply, I had to send my curriculum and a letter of motivation. Which motivation? I wasn't so sure that I'd like to be a student. Actually, I had been quite certain for most of my adult life that I really did not want to study and waste all that precious time for a few crums of knowledge. Read More »

Trying to reduce MySQL InnoDB disk usage after major reduction of data

So, two days ago, I tried to shrink my MediaWiki database and it almost worked, except the MySQL process wouldn't shrink along with it. Read More »

Shrinking/compressing a MediaWiki database

As of late, I haven't had a lot of time to chase after spammers, so – despite of anti-spam captchas and everything – a couple of my wikis have been overgrowing with spam. One after the other I've been closing them down to anonymous edits, even closing down user registration alltogether, but some a little too late. Read More »

How to test payformystay.com

I haven't got much experience when it comes to testing web applications. Instead (and more so out of apathy than belief), I've always adhered to the ad-hoc test approach. However, the usage of pure Posgres unit tests back when I worked on a complicated investment database with Halfgaar did teach me the advantages of test-driven development. Read More »

Internet Explorer in VirtualBox 4.1 in Ubuntu 10.10

I've been needing IE for testing payformystay.com for some time now, but now I'm studying and I need it to work with some interactive Silverlight stuff. Read More »

Why doesn’t he just…

You know the conversation. You had the conversation: “Why doesn't he just …” Read More »