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Author: Rowan Rodrik

Dubai as an example for us all

Some Oct 2 2012 wisdom from SlashDot user fuzzyfuzzyfungus: “Dubai is an example of the glorious harmony between (middle) east and west! A city that wraps the middle east's robust traditions of rule of law and enlightenment liberalism and the west's values of sober financial honesty in the civic-planning expertise of Vegas developers on PCP... Truly, an example for us all.” Read More »

Learning to ‘hack’ with Security Override

In August 2011, probably while procrastinating learning for my university admission exams, with one mouldy foot still in my IT-past, I signed up for Security Override, an online game designed to turn network security n00bs such as myself into novices. Read More »

How to learn anything, according to Josh Kaufman

Judging by the following notes in my ~/jot directory, I was inspired two years ago (Oct 23, 2013) by a TEDx talk by Josh Kaufman on learning: Read More »

The Architecture of Open Source Applications book

This link to The Architecture of Open Source Applications book was gathering dust somewhere in my ~/jot directory. In true free software spirit, it is released under a Creative Commons licence and the individual chapters are readable online. Each chapter about the architecture of a particular open source software project is written by the (co-)author of that respective project. Read More »

Keeping an unsupported Mint/Ubuntu installation ‘up-to-date’

When a Linux Mint release goes out of support, together with the Ubuntu release on which it is based, the Ubuntu packages become unavailable. This can be annoying for old fossils like me who stubbornly contue to use a release that has gone out of support, as I'm doing with Mint 14 (Nadia), based on Ubuntu 12.10, (Quantal Quetzal). (“Yeah, yeah; I'll upgrade soon; I promise.”) Luckily, the out-of-support packages remain available in a different location. Read More »

Fixed annoying pagination issue

In July 2013, I noticed that somehow the settings of the wp-page-numbers plugin for this blog had reset, which sucked donkey balls. I had fixed it then, but a while ago, the problem again raised its ugly head, so I had to fix it again. Weird. Read More »

G.B.D. Calamari Joomla and phpBB upgrade

As the chairman of G.B.D. Calamari, a Dutch student diving association, it falls to me to upgrade an aging Joomla configuration that is a relict of the last time that the board was chaired by somebody with web-development expertise (Joris van Alphen). This happened to be during a time when Joomla 1.5.20 was cutting-edge. It no longer is, so, although the website still looks nifty enough for this day and age (in my ageing eyes, at least), a software upgrade is long overdue. Read More »

Readline shortcuts: Ctrl-s and XOFF

And another contribution to my list of Readline keyboard shortcuts. This time it's a note by Joo Matos, pointing me to problems with the Ctrl-s shortcut. (It acts as a flow control character that pauses transmission on some terminals.) Read More »

Increasing the number of reps on my pull-ups

I'm growing increasingly frustrated with my inability to increase the number of pull-ups I can do in one set. And, after so many years, I'm still not even close to doing a single one-hand pull-up or one of those muscle-ups all the niggers on YouTube seem to be doing these days. That's why I'm going to let one of those black dudes guide me and my puny, little white frame: Read More »

Converting a Subversion repository to Git

I just used the instructions in this article by John Albin to archive an old svn project on my private machine. Read More »