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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 »

Setting max memory of a Xen Dom0

I've had some issues with Xen crashing when I wanted to create a DomU for which the Dom0 had to shrink (see bug report). Therefore, it's better to force a memory limit on the dom0. That is done with a kernel param. Read More »

Fixing a broken Xen DomU after upgrading to Ubuntu 11.4 (Natty)

My Xen DomU's that I upgraded to 11.4 no longer booted, because the xen-blkfront module is missing from the initramfs. To fix, do this when you get the initramfs prompt: Read More »

Fixing a Xen DomU’s grub config

When you use xen-create-image to bootstrap an ubuntu, it sets up a grub config file menu.lst. However, this boot config is not kept up-to-date with newer ubuntu's because they use grub2 (which uses grub.cfg and not menu.lst). And Xen's pygrub first looks at menu.lst, so if you have a stale file, it will always boot an old kernel. Read More »