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Mounting a MediaWiki installation with WikipediaFS for FUSE

Another one of those I-wish-I-had-blogged-about-this moments: I wanted to bulk-edit some pages in my Dutch Hardwood Wiki and I knew I had previously done some scripting using a FUSE filesystem for MediaWiki. However, I didn't remember the name of the filesystem I had used before. Searching for "mediawiki fuse" didn't help in any way. Read More »

Extracting the MP3 stream from a Flash Video (flv) file

I wanted to convert an Flash Video (flv) file from YouTube to MP3. The first tip I found essentially streamed the original file into a different file: Read More »

MediaWiki problems with MySQL VARBINARY padding

I have been wanting to protect a certain page on my Dutch 15Monkeys wiki for weeks. I could install the ReCaptcha extension already (the best Captcha there is), but it's just that one page that's being spammed. So far, I've been unsuccessful in regaining my Sysop right for that wiki. I need these rights if I'm going to protect these pages. Read More »

Wget one-liner

Earlier today, I wanted to download all songs by this totally kick-ass rap outfit: Read More »

Silent change in URLs of Ruby on Rails svn repository

I don't know why, but everything associated with Ruby on Rails seems to change all the time, without notice, or (in the case of URLs) without redirect. Read More »

WordPress feed pagination

Wiebe uses his author Atom feed to generate a list of his blog posts here on his own website. WordPress feeds only display the latest 10 entries. He has written 16 so far. What he needs is a feed with all his entries. 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 »

Creating a custom device node for specific hardware with udev

Sometimes you want specific hardware to get a specific device name in /dev. For example, I want my backup hard disk to have the same device name. I can't automate anything if sometimes the device is sdc and other times it's sdd. Read More »