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location Land of Eternal Sunshine, a.k.a. Southern California
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Things you may want to know about me:

  • I'm YAUG (Yet Another UNIX Guy)
  • I question authority but respect it where it is due
  • I am an EE with Bachelors and Masters degrees but in IT field by choice for the last 20+ years.
  • HPUX was my first love but nowadays it is Linux, more than anything else.
  • I love snow skiing, the alpine style
  • I will eventually end up doing something with pets, let it be a no-kill shelter, or a care facility or a combination of both. I love animals more than most of the people I know.

Sep
8
comment How to force a Google Drive sync from windows 7 command prompt
@lszi As I mentioned in my original post, I have had success stopping the googledrivesync.exe using taskkill, but this has the side effect of leaving a dos window open on my desktop, every time I start a new copy of the same process. And unfortunately, I can not run taskkill against all cmd.exe processes as I have few open dos windows on my desktop, doing other things. Killing those at the same time, defeats the purpose of my google drive syncing. I'd like to know which third party tools you came across, to help me perform this task.
Sep
5
comment How to force a Google Drive sync from windows 7 command prompt
@lszi I'm not running it as a service. I start it up on demand, mostly during the day, when I am away from home, and shut it down when I get back home.
Sep
5
comment How to force a Google Drive sync from windows 7 command prompt
No it is not a duplicate of superuser.com/questions/463801/… question. I have seen and read the answers to that but my need is for an "on-demand" update rather than an unattended one
Sep
5
asked How to force a Google Drive sync from windows 7 command prompt
May
23
comment Google Chrome has stopped working
No matter what, try to do a system restore to the latest point prior to last night, regardless how old it looks.
May
23
comment Google Chrome has stopped working
IP conflict error usually means, your machine gets its IP address from a DHCP and someone else (assuming you are on a crowded network) has "jimmied" your IP address as his or her static IP. But if you have reboot and not see that error again, you are in good shape on that end. Obviously something has changed on your system, with or without your knowledge. Best way to attack this program is to perform a system restore to the latest restore point before yesterday.
May
23
comment Google Chrome has stopped working
I am assuming you reboot this computer, at least to eliminate the chances of having a random memory leak or something. Right ? When your laptop was coming back up, did you see a screen telling you "do not power off, windows is updating" or something similar ?
May
23
comment Google Chrome has stopped working
This question begs to be asked as you didn't provide this information: What happened between last night and this morning ? Did your machine get patched ? Did an automatic process updated your drivers ? Also what kind of machine/OS/version are you using ?
May
13
comment email command not working in UNIX Linux
what does the output of command ls -l /usr/sbin/sendmail say ? In the newest Linux distributions, sendmail got replaced by other mail transfer agents (MTA), such as postfix. Depending your what your organization's preference is, sendmail may not be installed and will never be installed in some cases, in favor of other MTA's. You need to talk to your sysadmin, who holds the keys to the kingdom, i.e., the root password.
Apr
30
comment SSH hang at the end of one command
what happens if you drop the -x from that line ? Does it change behavior ?
Apr
23
awarded  Caucus
Apr
4
awarded  Tumbleweed
Mar
28
asked Tight VNC server stops accepting input from kbd and mouse (win 7)
Mar
13
comment Password procedures
I see your point but I am in this field long enough not to disclose my actual password generation algorithm in public forums. This was just a suggestion. Considering the number of irrelevant pieces of information one might have could be practically countless and the methods chosen to mush them can be even much more, anyone with half-a-brain can come up with passwords that are harder to crack by brute force.
Mar
12
comment Password procedures
I am not suggesting the use of dates and names directly. My suggestion is to mush them thru a strainer algorithm, rules of which are only known to you. Such as: take the second digit of the street number at my first address, add my college student ID transposed, add my fathers childhood nickname (converted to ascii if we are staying in numeric realm) and the add the digits in my mother's birthday date and append the result to this string. The final product will not make much sense to anyone, even if they know the intrinsic details about your life.
Mar
12
answered Password procedures
Mar
5
answered Password procedures
Mar
5
answered Does running a computer with the case open mess with the airflow/cooling?
Feb
3
asked Squid proxy on ubuntu 12.04 times out for everything
Jan
9
comment Is there a way to provide mouse/kbd input from one computer into another computer via USB cable
This one is something like what I had in mind but north of $30 price tag is a little too rich for my penny-pinching blood. I will investigate to see if I can find a cheaper alternative