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bio website github.com/echristopherson
location Wisconsin
age 36
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I'm primarly a Ruby hacker but have played with everything from Commodore BASIC to Cocoa. I'd also like to explore Smalltalk, Go, Clojure, Scala, Haskell, OCaml, and maybe even C#.

I'm not currently a programmer by trade, but I'd like to get into it. I do write a lot of scripts to help me in my job.

My day-to-day personal computing setup is in Mac OS X, but I also use a Linux desktop as a backup server and for general tinkering; and I use Windows 7 at work.

I am also deeply interested (albeit at an amateur remove) in linguistics, especially historical. This dovetails with the fact that I am a conlanger -- someone who creates languages. (I'm not especially prolific at that, though.)

I also like science (especially cognitive science, evolution, and physics) and anthropology. My overarching interest in all these areas is the way something like a genome or language or computer language or culture changes over time and forks into unnumerable new ones.


Aug
30
comment Objective C IDE on Mac other than Xcode?
There's AppCode. But I wonder what you mean by "without messing with the main project". If you're trying something out but you're not sure it will work out, you should probably be experimenting in a branch of your version control repository.
Aug
29
comment MacVim always return focus to terminal upon leaving
MacVim's Vim can be run in a terminal, which would allow you to use sshfs there. All you need to do is find mvim in your path, and then make a symlink to the same target there but call it vim. That will override the Apple-provided Vim, giving you all of MacVim's features in the terminal.
Aug
19
comment Is there a way to copy/paste with iterm2 on osx over ssh with tmux and vim?
I don't have time to write up a full answer, but for me the combination of github.com/wincent/clipper and github.com/ChrisJohnsen/tmux-MacOSX-pasteboard plus a few tmux and vim keybindings described on those pages works wonders.
Aug
14
comment Why is ~/.vimrc not having an effect until I type “:so~/.vimrc”?
To find out what script is overriding your values, try :verbose set tabstop? shiftwidth?.
Jul
22
comment How can I make a copy of a printer in Windows 7?
@Psycogeek Hmm. Now I find that if I select a tray in my new printer icon's Printing Preferences dialog and press OK, it forgets that preference by the time I print or go back into the dialog. Any ideas?
Jul
22
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Jul
18
comment How can I make a copy of a printer in Windows 7?
@Psycogeek I finally got it; thanks. It turned out I needed to find the IP address from the original printer, and then use that IP in the new printer wizard. I had been using the UNC path of the printer instead; but that method never actually created a new printer icon.
Jul
18
comment How can I make a copy of a printer in Windows 7?
@Psycogeek I guess I'm not sure where to start with it. When I went through the wizard I was never asked for the drivers or the friendly name. Should I look at the existing printer's port, and then set up the new printer as a local printer using that port?
Jul
17
comment Virtual printer redirected to real printer but with certain options set
Thanks; perhaps this should be closed as a duplicate then. However, I tried the method given there except adjusted for a network printer (the answer only addresses local printers -- but a comment says it works for network), but no new printer was set up. I hope someone on that question can fill me in.
Jul
17
comment How can I make a copy of a printer in Windows 7?
@Psycogeek How did you set up a network printer this way? When I go through these instructions but instead of Add a local printer choose Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer, then either choose the printer from the list or enter its UNC path, it says it was set up successfully, but I'm left with only one copy of the printer.
Jul
16
asked Virtual printer redirected to real printer but with certain options set
Jul
10
comment Run a .ahk on stratup
Strange. Works for me.
Jul
9
comment Run a .ahk on stratup
What do you mean when you say "this does not work"? Is it just that you're unable to find that folder? It is tricky under Windows 8; but if you open a File Explorer and paste in the path that ISAAC gave in his comment, that should get you there.
Jun
24
comment How can I release the Win-L key combination to the underlying program?
I hadn't tried that until just now. But when I did, the hotkey fired and the system didn't get locked. (I restarted after making the registry change; maybe just logging back in would have sufficed.)
Jun
22
awarded  Tumbleweed
Jun
20
comment How is the location of .ssh determined?
I'm not sure, but I think it might look for .ssh in the directory HOME points to. HOME isn't normally set under Windows, but you can set it manually.
Jun
19
comment How can I release the Win-L key combination to the underlying program?
The same seems to be true in Windows 7. (Actually, it appears that the hotkey runs but Windows also gets locked.)
Jun
19
comment Why does Google Chrome choose randomly between two profile directories?
I ended up uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome, and deleting the C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Chrome profile altogether. The other profile remained in effect for a week or two, but today I noticed a new Chrome icon on the desktop, and when I launched it, it appeared to be a fresh new profile; looking in C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Chrome confirmed this. I guess I will just have to keep copying my good profile over when this happens.
Jun
16
answered How can I bind scrollwheel to a key in Mac OS X?
Jun
16
revised Remapping Caps Lock and Ctrl in Windows 8.1 on MacBook Pro doesn't work completely
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