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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.

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 »

Commenting fixed for blog.bigsmoke.us

To my great surprise, thanks to Tobias Sjösten, I found out that commenting was broken on blog.bigsmoke.us. I couldn't pinpoint the exact problem, but it must have been introduced with some WordPress upgrade somewhere along the line. I never noticed it because it did work for logged in users. (If I must really guess, I suspect a silent ReCaptcha version compatibility problem.) Read More »

Psychopathic Saturday

I'm trying to pump up myself to write a piece of text about psychopathy. All three other group members already wrote their part. We're making a scientific poster titled “Is there a psychopath hidden in your brain?” But, do I even want to know? It's all very close to home, with a mother who's been accusing her ex-husband (my dad) of being a psychopath for, like, forever, and, simultaneously, this monkey in my brain, pointing it's accusative little finger straight at me. Read More »

I am naked and feeling very vulnerable

There are many clever ways to tell you this. There are many ways to deceive. But in the end I feel that more often than not the deception merely serves to reinforce that image of a very vulnerable naked man. Read More »

MediaWiki ConfirmEdit/QuestyCaptcha extension

Since I moved my LDAP wiki over from DokuWiki to MediaWiki, I've been burried by a daily torrent of spam. Just like with my tropical timber investments wiki, the ReCaptcha extension (with pretty intrusive settings) doesn't seem to do much to stop this shitstream. Read More »

Safari: don’t give gzipped content a .gz extension

Yesterday, while helping Caloe with the website for her company De Buitenkok, I came across the mother of all stupid bugs in Safari. Me having recently announced payformystay.com, I loaded it up in Apple's hipster browser only to notice that the CSS wasn't loaded. Oops! Read More »

Announcing payformystay.com

Januari the first, a very good day to announce a new project that I've been working on this past year. Which I did, on Facebook and Twitter. Now, five days later, it's time te repeat the announcement to give it some much-needed link-juice. I know that normal people don't follow this blog. (I don't even follow this blog!) But it does have PageRank. And it does have 4000 monthly visitors. Time for some link-whoring! Read More »

Ubuntu Desktop Linux and Acer TravelMate 7513WSMi

My youngest sister has retired her big-ass (17") Acer TravelMate (model 7513WSMi 7510) with a more modern offering from Sony. That was last year. Now, she thought it'd be a good idea to donate it to our oldest sister. But since the thing has always “run” like a pig with Windows Vista, her girl-geek instincts thought it better if I'd equip the old monster with Ubuntu Linux instead. Read More »

Making a shell-script run with setuid root

If you want to run a process with root privileges that you can invoke as a less unprivileged user, you can make the program setuid root. This can be very useful, for example, when you want a PHP or CGI script to call a backup process, or to create a new site or irrevocably delete you whole system. The latter example points to a serious security problem: if anyone can figure out a way to make your program do something you don't want, you're screwed, because you just gave them root privileges to wreak maximum havoc. That's why, normally, scripts (anything executed by an interpreter by the kernel because of a shebang) won't get elevated privileges when you set their setuid bit. Read More »