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I have been playing the piano since 2nd grade (thats almost 16 years!). Nowadays, I only ever practice Debussy and Gershwin.

Computer programming/hacking since 8th grade. Thats when I installed my first linux distro completely DIY (since I had no mentor, my first distro was a purchased Red Hat Linux. I had no idea there was such a thing as FREE software!)

BS in General Engineering from UIUC. Spent a lot of time learning/building servers instead of going to classes.

Professionally, my arena is industrial automation (realtime embedded). All the major brands of PLC, Touchscreens, Drives/Servos; Lots of networking and systems automation; emphasis on electronics and technology integration. My typical job description is helping companies bridge different protocols/manufacturers/control-layers into unified control systems, with a specialty in legacy hardware adaption.

As far as my secondary computer skillz, technically I am only an enthusiastic amateur (I did some freelance web applications in college although).

At this point, I am quite comfortable on nearly all flavors of Windows and most of the popular Linux distros (debian is my favorite). I hate M$ Windows, but since I use it more than 80% of the time, I know it much better than I would like.

I can read, edit, and compile many programming languages (from Assembly/C to Java to Javascript/ECMA3), but my most fluent languages for writing applications are Python and Adobe-Flash-Actionscript (and from industrial programming: BASIC-type languages and ladder-logic, uck!)

Favorite Quote: RTFM - Read the F***ing Manual


Dec
14
comment VirtualBox CPU usage 100% on host
I had a scenario like that once, and when a tool finally showed me what VB host was hung on... it was sleeping, waiting for the guest! Turns out I over-allocated ram to guest, and for some reason my swap partion had been dropped. It was a memory deadlock, and VBhost couldnt think of anything better than to wait it out (very intensively!)
Dec
13
comment Ubuntu Server (trusty) Minimal - Options for prettier consoles with install Xorg
After realizing my graphics card is not cooperating with the framebuffer, that explains part of my problem with colors, but it also occured to me, what the fonts might be missing is expensing post-processing, such as antialiasing, and thats why they are never quite as soft on the eyes.
Dec
13
asked Ubuntu Server (trusty) Minimal - Options for prettier consoles with install Xorg
Dec
11
awarded  Scholar
Dec
11
accepted Host openVPN server on public machine or private
Dec
11
awarded  Commentator
Dec
11
comment Host openVPN server on public machine or private
Is it normal to tunnel all traffic through the server? (spoke to spoke) Is it *unwise*/painful to configure peer2peer direct after authentication?
Dec
10
asked Host openVPN server on public machine or private
Dec
9
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24
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Sep
13
answered Running Ubuntu 14.04 on Virtualbox at 1920x1080
Sep
13
asked Debian 7 vs Ubuntu Server 14.04 for 32-bit VM “network nodes”
Sep
7
answered Temperature sensors showing high CPU temps, CPU not super hot
Sep
7
comment Are my CPU temperatures too high?
You probably have not permanently damaged it yet (or you would know), but you should not let it continue at that high of a temperature for sustained periods. You will know if it was too high when you get Blue-Screen-Of-Death, instance shutoffs, or problems booting (you won't even make it through POST). I wouldn't wait, it can happen fast, and once it does, then you will have at least some permanent glitches for the rest of that CPU life.
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15
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