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Linde learns to fly

Linde is my niece. She was born to my sister in March of this year. I'm a very, very proud uncle. Did I mention how proud I am? I'm proud. Especially now that she is learning how to fly! Read More »

Can NeuStar be trusted to keep networks together?

Trusted to bring networks together, beams NeuStar's corporate slogan. After my previous two posts, I'm still hoping that they can be trusted to keep networks together too. Read More »

Changed the Nexus agreement for BigSmoke.US

My usage of the BigSmoke.US domain didn't get approved yet. I was hoping for a little advice to come my way by submitting an Ask Slashdot this morning, but the story didn't get past the firehose. After realizing that I should have submitted the story to my /. journal as that would allow Slashdotters to comment without the story having to make it, I just added a journal entry. I want all the exposure and feedback that I can get. Read More »

Crackdown on my .US infiltration attempt

Wether it has something to do with the current Terror Alert level or with a renewed surge of isolationism I don't know, but my foreign ass no longer seems to be welcome below the Dot-US TLD. Never mind that almost all of my visitors are American. Or that my dot-US websites are hosted at US-based NearlyFreeSpeech. Or are my ties to the states sufficient that I just need to deliver the proof? Read More »

Native PostgreSQL authentication in Rails with rails-psql-auth

A while ago, I wrote a PostgreSQL auth plugin for Rails. The plugin basically defers all authentication and authorization worries to the database layer where they are supposed to be taken care of anyway. Read More »

Efficient scanning and storing of documents

I don't like having an administration in dead-tree format, but there are those who insist on sending you all kinds of things in this format. To make this data easier to access and back up, I scan it to a digital format. I used to do this manually, with the GIMP, but I decided it was time for some automation. Therefore I wrote a script, which scans whatever you put under the lid of the scanner in lineart mode, and stores it very efficiently in a DjVu DjVuBitonal document. And here it is: Read More »

Microsoft batch file meets bash shellscript

Luca City, who already shared a nice readline keyboard shortcut with me, wrote me again on May 14 to share another unrelated, but very interesting trick: Read More »

Allowing dots in WordPress post slugs

I was once again annoyed by the fact that WordPress doesn't allow dots in post slugs. Luckily, this time I hadn't published the post with a botched URL yet. (I don't like changing permalinks because they're meant to be permanent; cool URLs don't change.) A quick googling pointed me to a post in the WordPress support forum with a reference to the Periods in Titles WordPress plugin. Read More »

Jeroen Dekker (photography) on-line

Jeroen Dekker, a friend and photographer, has recently, on May the 5th, put his website on concert photography on-line. (Go check it out! He has some great pictures there.) Read More »

Drag and drop file upload extension for Firefox

I'm not very fond of file picking dialogs. They're much too squeezy to my taste. I much prefer a full-blown file system browser to pick my files. I feel no need to suffer cute, miniature wannabe file choosers. That's why I was very pleased to come across the dragdropupload extension for Firefox today. I upload files very often, and this extension makes uploading using web forms a little less awkward!

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