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I am Josh, a Systems Engineer for Amazon.com. Prior to that I was Chief Technology Officer and the senior software developer for Digital Fruition, LLC. I specialize in PHP, JavaScript, CSS, Ruby, Linux, Mac OS X, VMware and more.

I am an avid Stack Exchange user and a Moderator Pro Tempore on Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange. I sometimes stay in our chat room almost all the time, even if I'm not at my computer. To get my attention, just post a message in chat with @Josh in it, and I'll respond as soon as I can.

I can also be reached from my website or via email at stackexchange -at- josh -dot- gitlin -dot- name. If you have an any issues please don't hesitate to contact me.


Nov
16
comment How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?
This is an absolutely terrible answer and should be downvoted into oblivion. It is inaccurate, potentially dangerous, more complicated than necessary and an altogether bad idea. The computer knows what devices are attached to it -- just ask the OS.
Aug
16
comment Why does Windows think that my wireless keyboard is a toaster?
I downvoted because the answer is wrong. Kenneth L's answer is clerly the correct one
Mar
7
comment How to force a process transmit over UDP instead of TCP?
What you want is to tell FFMpeg to stream via Simple RTP, see also the "Point to point streaming" section. RTP can use UDP.
Feb
4
comment Can the Internet work without DNS?
-1: Disable your DNS server, add 198.252.206.16 stackoverflow.com to your Hosts file, and then try going to stackoverflow.com and you'll find it works even though you've just disabled DNS. Practical? No way. But the internet can function without DNS. You just won't be able to get the IP for various sites.
Feb
4
comment Can the Internet work without DNS?
@Cruncher Not exactly. To quote Wikipedia: The Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. Exchanging host files isn't the domain name system we have today.
Sep
27
comment How can I get the load average (and ONLY the load average) under Solaris?
Ug, cronjob to run every minute, no thanks, there must be a better way!
Sep
27
comment How can I get the load average (and ONLY the load average) under Solaris?
That works perfectly, thanks!
Sep
12
comment How can I create a temporary random TrueCrypt container via the command line?
@Ramhound see my answer for what I was trying to accomplish
Sep
12
comment How can I create a temporary random TrueCrypt container via the command line?
dd if=/dev/urandom of=temp_keyfile bs=1 count=2048 would work.
Aug
16
comment Force Synergy To Use My Own Covers
It's most likely a 64-bit mode issue. Switching iTunes to 32-bit mode fixes this for me.
Jul
30
comment Restore semi-formatted hdd
If it hangs when you choose "Try" on an Ubuntu LiveCD, then it might be a problem with hardware other than the hard drive as the hard drive shouldn't be used to boot off the LiveCD. That was what made me suspect some other hardware issue. I could be wrong however!
Jul
30
comment Restore semi-formatted hdd
Sounds to me like some other hardware problem... run a memtest?
Jun
21
comment Keep getting invalid IP via WiFi
You're not getting an IP of 169.254.x.x from your DHCP server. That is an "autoconf" IP address, your system generates that when DHCP fails. Check your DHCP server.
Jan
17
comment How can I get a script to run every day on Mac OS X?
Last time I used Lingon was over 2 years ago. At the time it worked fine for me, but I haven't used the recent versons. Too bad it's not as reliable as it once was.
Oct
12
comment Why does pinging 192.168.072 (only 2 dots) return a response from 192.168.0.58?
This is by far the best answer IMHO.
Aug
8
comment Why is the Dollar Sign not working?
Hm. What version of synergys are you using? I have had to use an older version on my macs, v1.3.6 to be specific...
Aug
8
comment Why is the Dollar Sign not working?
Sounds like synergy isn't working to me...
Aug
8
comment Why is the Dollar Sign not working?
Can you post your synergy.conf file from the server?
Aug
8
comment Why is the Dollar Sign not working?
What's happening is when you press shift-3, it sends ASCII code 35 (#). But when you press shift-4, it appears to send ASCII code 164, rather than 36 ($)
Aug
8
comment Why is the Dollar Sign not working?
What does the debug log for synergys say?