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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.

Dumping a bunch of MP3s as WAV files

I just used the following command for converting a directory with a bunch of MP3s to WAV. Does someone know a command that is shorter? I find mine a bit convoluted to say the least. Read More »

XTerm configuration

I just created a gist for my XTerm configuration (separated from the rest of my X resources). Here's a snapshot of the current version: Read More »

Old Window Maker screenshot from April 2004

While cleaning up old images, I came across a screenshot of an old Window Maker configuration that I ran in 2004. It looks a bit different from my current configuration, but not that different, which just goes to say how little Window Maker has changed in the last five years. The main difference I see in terms of Window Maker capabilities is that Window Maker now has font anti-aliasing support. Read More »

Modern self-hosted, open-source web statistics software

I've been using Google Analytics for most of my websites for quite some time. Philosophically, I'd prefer a self-hosted solution though. In the past I've used Webalizer and I still use awstats for my ad-hoc, static website, but these programs are a bit primitive and limited compared to Analytics. Read More »

VIM insert mode shortcuts

A few months back, I stumbled upon a blog post with some interesting VIM shortcuts for within insert mode. Read More »

Git commit message conventions

Last month, I came across a note by Tim Pope about useful conventions for writing Git commit messages.

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Atom and REST

There's is an interesting discussion about when (not) to use the Atom protocol for your REST API. Read More »

XMLHttpRequest caching behaviour

I was suprised to learn that the caching mechanism in the web browser often behaves differently for AJAX requests than it does for regular HTTP requests. Someone has created a set of functional tests to analyze differences in browser behaviour.

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Configuring X input devices through HAL

When I went from X.org < 7.3 to X.org > 7.3, I had to make some changes to my X input configuration. Read More »

Microblogging

I've been struggling with the decision whether to start a microblog or not. Actually, I had already decided ‘yes’, but then had trouble deciding the software or on-line platform. I actually preferred a self-hosted solution (otherwise, I'd feel the need to backup or even mirror everything myself anyway). Trying to choose a solution took me so much time that I actually reconsidered the need for microblogging. What is it, after all, that attracted me to it? Read More »