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bio website softwaremonkey.org
location Seattle, WA
age 45
visits member for 4 years, 10 months
seen Aug 20 at 1:07

I have been writing code since I was 12 - I started with BASIC on a Commodore VIC-20. First computer I owned was a Sinclair ZX-81 on which I progressed to programming Z80 assembler by the time I was 13. I consider programming to be a lifetime learning experience.

Most of my professional experience has been programming in C and Java primarily in the networking and communications arena. More recently JavaScript for web and mobile applications enters into the mix. In the early professional years there was Pascal and COBOL and in the 90's a fair amount of iSeries CLP and some RPG. On the markup side of things I have had to learn a working knowledge of HTML, CSS and various dialects of XML, including SOAP (XML) web services.

My programming hobby activities are mostly in Java, but I enjoy dabbling with a variety of procedural, OOP and functional languages and the many hybrids thereof.

Of a personal nature, I am a committed Christian; I guess one would best describe me as "Evangelical", though it's tough to find a moniker that works well. I enjoy philosophical and scientific discussions and I am firmly convinced that real, practical Christianity engages the whole person, heart, mind and spirit. Christianity is a faith that involves reason and intellect, an aspect which has been neglected in the 20th century church: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-3).


Jul
30
comment Disable Drag (not drop) in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane
In my case this idea is not useful - the accidental drag/drop happens as I move my mouse rapidly up or down the long list. It's always more than any threshold value that you could set, usually a good percentage of my 1920x1600 pixel monitor.
Feb
19
comment Access is denied error, when I mklink on Windows 7
No, you don't need admin, but you do need a special permission in the security policy for non-admin users to be able to create links. See my answer.
Nov
27
comment Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning
@OliverSalzburg: Looks very much like Process Hacker is sourced from the SysInternals program - the UI has way too many similarities for it to be very likely otherwise. But I see that PH looks very much improved. Thanks again.
Nov
27
comment Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning
@OliverSalzburg: Ahh, also known as SysInternals Process Explorer. Thanks.
Nov
26
comment Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning
What is the system information app that you are running in these screenshots?
Nov
22
comment Windows-7 snap Windows-left/right doesn't work fully for console (command-prompt) in dual monitors
Works for me too, with different resolution monitors (1920x1200 and 1600x1200). What doesn't work is dragging with the mouse - that only snaps for the far left and right and next to the taskbar (which I have on the left of my rightmost monitor).
Feb
9
comment How can I clear a single site from the cache in Firefox?
To clarify what Clay is saying, the problem with CTRL+F5 is that it only forces a refresh of that particular page and the resources it links to (with <link>, not <a>). That leaves every other page on the site potentially out of step with the CSS and JS that you might just have refreshed.
Feb
9
comment Access is denied error, when I mklink on Windows 7
Yes, but beware: junctions are far more deadly than hard directory links. Deleting a link from command line or explorer simply removes the link, but deleting a junction from explorer removes everything in the directory and then deletes the junction - OOPS. Use mklink /D src tgt instead.
Dec
7
comment How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
It seems like the problem like it was a bug, since fixed by MS; I had cause to recreate the mirror the other week and on a whim I resized the original partition to consume the entire disk. Having done so, I was able to create the mirror using the other disk (all hardware identical to when this question was originally asked).
Aug
3
comment Why does Windows 7 have a seven in its name?
@TFM: Win2K absolutely was a consumer version.
Jul
1
comment Can Thunderbird and MS Outlook be made to play nice together
@Abel: I am still not sure we are talking about the same thing. I am not wanting to get an Outlook-like header between messages on reply or forwarded email. I am looking for a way to stop Outlook from completely butchering the body of any email I send.
Jun
29
comment Can Thunderbird and MS Outlook be made to play nice together
@Abel: So, using SmartTemplate, which I already have installed, where would I put the styling information, and what would that look like - do you have an example that you've used successfully?
Jun
29
comment Can Thunderbird and MS Outlook be made to play nice together
@Abel: OK, fair enough; if you edit this into your answer as a clarification I'll be able to remove my downvote.
Jun
27
comment Can Thunderbird and MS Outlook be made to play nice together
This is not at all what I am talking about. Look at the two screenshots and the complete mess that Outlook makes of the email sent from TB. In particular, you'll note that email sent by TB contains no styling information at all, but one received from Outlook is chock full of (crappy) styling and fonts.
Jun
17
comment How to find out which program a default beep is coming from in Windows 7?
Sure, and if my car is malfunctioning, I'll just put it in the garage and walk every where - sheesh!
Apr
5
comment External SATA drive does not work without the optional USB cable *also* connected
I will try this sequence (though I think I have already done so). And to the second part, I have not tried to hook it up with only USB - from the performance of it (the thing is bloody FAST) it must surely be using eSATA to transfer data.
Mar
24
comment Does any software exist for Windows XP to change the order of items in the taskbar?
Actually, no, it will switch to the previously active window. Not at all the same thing as the last window opened.
Feb
12
comment Does AMD Cool n Quiet Slow Down Your System?
@musicfreak: I was able to prove it was CnQ from both dump evidence (consistently implicating the CPU driver) and anecdotally from multiple tests enabling and disabling it, with repeatable behavior in each case.
Jan
18
comment Desktop PC Speakers are Humming/Buzzing
I just realized, also, that the sub was humming/buzzing too - it is also (not surprisingly) now silent. It's amazing to me to realize how subtly annoying the noise was, now that it's gone.
Jan
18
comment Desktop PC Speakers are Humming/Buzzing
@Moab: The system won't let me for 2 days. Then I will.