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I'm a computer engineer, experienced with C, C++ (especially C++11), Python, Bash, z80 and PIC24 assembly, LaTeX, Java (mostly with Android), and a handful of others. I run Arch Linux and CyanogenMod, avoiding Windows whenever possible.

You can find some of my work on GitHub.


May
15
comment I'm using Chrome and Chrome Sync; does Google have access to my passwords?
@FrankThomas, what law is that? I thought the rule was that if I have the technical capability to access their plaintext, then I must comply, but that the storage of encrypted blobs that I cannot decrypt isn't illegal in any way.
May
8
comment iptables: Allowing multicast & other traffic on LAN, not to WAN
I'd rather block routable traffic to prevent misconfigured devices from sending traffic.
May
7
comment iptables: Allowing multicast & other traffic on LAN, not to WAN
Non-routable multicast is fine, although I wasn't aware of the distinction, @Spiff.
May
6
comment iptables: Allowing multicast & other traffic on LAN, not to WAN
Yes, good point. "Disallow all unsolicited inbound traffic" is better. Edited.
Feb
4
comment Can I change the size of the kde menu?
Can you not just drag the corner of the menu to the size you want it to be?
Jan
17
comment How to run program on Unix server and then close SSH?
+1 for screen. It brings tabbing and persistence to remote sessions. EDIT: actually, byobu looks really slick too!
Oct
21
comment Connections to specific websites/services is incredibly slow/erratic while using universities internet. What is going on, and what can I do about ti?
What's the latency on the pings? And when you say "upstream time" and "downstream time," do you mean the bandwidth or the latency?
Oct
15
comment Finding out if a FLAC or WAVPACK audio file is NOT originally encoded from a lossy source
+1 Clever and fun to look at!
Oct
11
comment How to convert Word (doc) to PDF in linux?
This is the best solution, it totally handles talking to LibreOffice for you.
Oct
11
comment Proper Linux-based internet usage monitor
I don't think it can filter traffic by subnet, however.
Oct
10
comment OpenVPN as a paranoid mesh network
See my comment in ultrasawblade's answer... I go into a little more detail there.
Oct
10
comment OpenVPN as a paranoid mesh network
Hey, thanks for the answer. My scenario is as follows. Basically I have a few computers behind a very strict inbound firewall that I can't control (but anything outbound is allowed). I would be using a free Amazon EC2 instance to act as the server. Bandwidth is limited, hence my desire for a peer-to-peer connection. Also, I don't entirely trust Amazon to see everything that happens on the VPN. I could have two layers, one for NAT busting and one for secure communication, but then Android, which only does one layer, can't join the party. If you have other insights, I'd appreciate them!
Apr
30
comment How do I go about getting some hosting / server space?
Minus that small problem of them getting hacked. it.slashdot.org/story/13/04/15/186248/…
Feb
3
comment Where should I store source downloads for installation?
That's correct. All package managers keep a list of files installed by the package, so you can delete the built package after you install it.
Jan
31
comment Good Text-to-Speech solution for Windows
I just listened to MaryTTS and it blows the top off of espeak and festival.
Jan
31
comment Encrypting a Dual-Boot Hard Drive
To clarify, sda1 is a ~ 40 MiB fat16 partition. The BIOS probably uses it or something. sda2 is ~20 GiB (!) and is labelled RECOVERY. Also, do you know if it would be easier to install GRUB to the boot sector of sda6 (is it safe, can it be done, will Truecrypt chainload it, etc.)?
Jan
10
comment the awful switchable graphics: which card am I using when HDMI output?
No problem. Leave other comments or modify your question if you have other questions. Don't forget to upvote/accept answers you like! ;)
Jan
10
comment How to compare two lossless audio files?
@slhck thanks. I had forgotten to make that distinction. In 99% of the cases you'll see, however, PCM is the only stream format you'll see in a WAV container.
Jan
10
comment Permanently delete files from a flash drive
"Any comments out there?" Just one. Yikes.
Jan
10
comment the awful switchable graphics: which card am I using when HDMI output?
I believe that is true, yes. I would imagine that the tools you use either A) don't run on the discrete card (due to lack of configuration) or B) they look at the card that is connected to a screen.