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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.

RubyGems nuisances

Because I used it successfully before, I decided to use scrAPI to scrape the entries from the old Aihato guestbook. After preprocessing the HTML a bit, I finally got beyond an endless debugging sessions (which cumulated in me discovering a whole collection of nested <html> tags, which forbad any type of sensible parsing of the page). Read More »

Some history of the HJKL motion keys

hjkl for world domination.

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Nokia N79

Two weeks ago, I acquired a shiny “new” second-hand Nokia N79, because my good old Nokia 1600 (which has served me well for over three years) died as a result of drowning in my leaky tent during a high-school hiking trip in the Czech republic. Read More »

Aihato WordPress development notes

I'm collaborating with YTEC on a new website for Aihato. I've picked WordPress to do most of the heavy lifting for this project. So far, I've spent most of my time on this project to get a good development environment in working order, with WordPress living in its own directory and some deployment recipes managed from a Makefile. Read More »

Awesome window manager

I'm officially a convert. I finally went from a floating-only window manager to a tiling window manager. And it does floating too! Awesome seems to be everything that Window Maker just couldn't be for me. Read More »

Command line mistakes

Here's a nice post by Vivek Gite about ten of his biggest command line mistakes. The comments are good too.

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Playdar

One of these days, I want to play with Playdar, a “Music Content Resolver”.

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MediaWiki Semantic Google Maps and Semantic Layers merged into one

While upgrading my MediaWiki installation, I noticed that my trusted, old Semantic Google Maps has been replaced by what seems to be the successor of what I considered the promising Semantic Layers extension. The new extension is simply called Semantic Maps.

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MediaWiki thumb.php and rewrite rules

May, last year, I created an empty draft for this post, because, around that time, I had gone through quite some effort before I got thumbnails for foreign file repos working just right. Now, I'm taking a dive into my MediaWiki working dirs in preparation of the creation of a separate development environment, so it's a good moment to rehash the past experience (almost as good as when I'd have done it right away). Read More »