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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.


Jun
15
asked Remapping Caps Lock and Ctrl in Windows 8.1 on MacBook Pro doesn't work completely
Jun
13
answered Can I delete .dylibs in usr/lib after uninstalling Homebrew?
Jun
12
comment Can I delete .dylibs in usr/lib after uninstalling Homebrew?
Where do the aliases point? Click on one and hit Cmd-i, and it will tell you. Check a few of them. Do they all point to somewhere in /usr/local?
Jun
10
revised Shortcut in Windows 7 to switch between same application's windows, like Cmd + ` in OS X
add blurb about VistaSwitcher
May
27
accepted Precedent for terminal key bindings for Windows or Mac Cmd key
May
27
accepted Spam emails purporting to come from people I know, but with the wrong email addresses
May
22
comment Why does Google Chrome choose randomly between two profile directories?
Possibly related? superuser.com/a/309128/136969
May
22
asked Why does Google Chrome choose randomly between two profile directories?
May
3
comment change gtk-based wireshark to qt based one in homebrew
You mean without uninstalling? You could brew unlink wireshark; then you could possibly still run it by doing /usr/local/Cellar/wireshark/VERSION/bin/wireshark (using the actual path of the executable, of course).
Apr
21
awarded  Caucus
Apr
10
comment How to properly remap `<del>` to `<esc>` in vim?
Note: noremap does the same work as the combination of nnoremap, vnoremap, and onoremap. Likewise, noremap! does the work of inoremap plus cnoremap; and vnoremap does the work of xnoremap plus snoremap. If you're not listing all of them just to be super-clear about what you're doing, you could combine them into only three map commands.
Mar
14
comment What Windows shortcuts should be blocked on a kiosk-mode PC
Hmm. Maybe it's allowed in my case since my Win+L hotkey extends the normal lock screen functionality (by turning the monitor off)?
Mar
14
comment What Windows shortcuts should be blocked on a kiosk-mode PC
That's odd. I have an AHK script intercepting Win+L and it seems to work.
Mar
9
comment VIM disabling replace mode
romainl: there's an Esperanto disease?
Mar
4
comment Multiple concurrent styles in Microsoft Word
Steve, that does add to my knowledge, so thanks. But the styles I'm concerned with only involve color and normal/bold/italics; no line/paragraph-related formatting.
Feb
28
comment emacs can't handle Hyper_L modifier inside a terminal
You're right that the terminal can't send that; I don't know of any terminal that can send modifiers other than Shift, Meta, and Ctrl, unfortunately. But I hope someone will come along with an answer that proves me wrong.
Feb
28
asked Multiple concurrent styles in Microsoft Word
Feb
23
comment Create Virtualbox image of a physical partition
I'm not sure if it was ever different... That's part of why I didn't just edit the answer.
Feb
22
comment Create Virtualbox image of a physical partition
As of now (currently Feb. 22, 2014), the number of bytes goes after the output filename.
Jan
23
comment What is the djvu2pdf.rb in Homebrew?
You might want to read up on how Homebrew works, e.g. read github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/wiki. Basically Homebrew provides a bunch of formulas, which (as nodakai said) are Ruby scripts that install software from various places. The actual files belonging to each package are located in /usr/local/Cellar/<formula_name>/<version> -- or in your case, ~/homebrew/Cellar/<formula_name>/<version>. If Homebrew's installed in the default place, they then get symlinked into /usr/local/{lib,share,bin,etc.}; but since you have it in ~/homebrew I'm not sure where the links go.