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I telecommute. I'm also hopeless at talking about myself. So, get to know me if you want to know.
I have a habit of repeatedly editing my post to try make it clearer, err corrections, and be more informative.
Also, I might just start "upgrading" code I see using old Perl styles. You'll probably thank me because it appears to get you more votes.

Nov
10
comment What does load average mean in unix/linux?
I know a process running at 100% doesn't sound very "efficient", but if the process arbitrarily limited itself to use only 20%, it would take 5 times as long. So here efficiency means "optimal resource utilization".
Nov
10
comment What does load average mean in unix/linux?
@Geek Because context switching ( alternating between processes ) is not "free", so 2 processes on one CPU running at 50% each will lose a bit of efficiency due to the context switching. Which means that 1 process at 100% means that process completes as-soon-as-possible in the process of completing its task, and no additional effort is wasted other than completing the task itself.
Jul
17
comment How to boost system sound output?
"Most likely this is a hardware limitation" sometimes the problem is the source media you are playing has low signal levels, and its insane to expect fully pre-processing all media before playing it just so the volume is satisfactory. Also, a "loudness" filter at runtime could be nice on a system-wide scale.
Jul
15
comment Access a ZFS volume in Windows?
+1 just because although I haven't tried the ZFS support, I've been looking for something like this for ages. Native SFTP mount support without having to pay some nasty big company? I'm all over it like hyenas on a downed water buffalo.
Jul
2
comment How to recover file that is accidently removed in linux
Writing it from scratch will probably be the easiest approach. ( Trying to get it back from ext* is a nightmare, if not impossible )
Oct
13
comment What is a good KDE equivalent to gnome-do?
I only put things up that I could test myself and assured work. I don't use desktop search because the dependencies and overheads incurred from the neopmuk/akonadi duo ( with database et all ) make my life too interesting, and I never find a need to use it anyway =). for compare, 'locate' is often annoying enough to me that I totally disable the cron job.
Aug
22
comment What does load average mean in unix/linux?
Yes, That makes sense, ignoring IO that is ;)
Aug
16
comment What does load average mean in unix/linux?
That link is dated '03. Linux 2.6 came out since then. ( You'll note they're using 2.0 , Ouch.) The metrics appear to be now somewhat different in practice than the ones stated on that page.
Aug
9
comment Linux software for creating HDR images?
Its not your fault, 90% of the people who use the term use it wrongly :)
Aug
9
comment Does anyone know the temperature ranges one can expect on a core2 duo
If its Bailing under 60, your problems sure ain't directly overtemp related. Electrics most likely to blame imho. Please report PSU Brand name, that component has in my experience been the #1 cause of computer problems.
Aug
9
comment Does anyone know the temperature ranges one can expect on a core2 duo
my T9300 goes from 45°C to 95°C, I was scared when it got that hot, but it keeps on trucking.
Aug
9
comment Linux software for creating HDR images?
Technically, that's not HDR, that technique skips the HDR phase and goes straight to tonemapping. Images produced from Tonemapping are LDR's. Technically, we don't own screens capable of displaying HDR images, because they're 32bit floats, and we're stuck with 32bit ints, and of that, its only 24bit colour usually.
Aug
6
comment How to delete specific HTTP authentication credentials from Safari (for Windows)?
By that I mean, there is no way at all to "Log out" once logged in normally without a browser reset.
Aug
6
comment How to delete specific HTTP authentication credentials from Safari (for Windows)?
An answer to this would be nice, I get this in Firefox too and its quite bothersome. The only way I've found so far requires me to have access to the sites code to delete the authentication server-side and force re-auth :(
Aug
6
comment shell dotfiles and *rcs: what's a sane setup?
Although this answer doesn't directly help, it inspired me to think of "How about make a nonsense file that nothing recognises such as ~/.my_shell_conf and then just source it by your different shell scripts where it makes sense to "
Aug
6
comment Linux username@server disappears after login as root
also, for 'sudo' people, "sudo -i" is immensely handy
Aug
6
comment Linux username@server disappears after login as root
1) Prompt is governed by ENV variables (as above). 2) su starts a subshell and erases its parent ENV variables. 3) the child subshell inherits ENV varibles from the initialisation script for the user the shell as running as ( david ).
Aug
6
comment Utility to change desktop background based on current IP address
-1 , this answer essentially restates the problem with "and you could automate this with a shell" , 0 value add.
Aug
6
comment shell dotfiles and *rcs: what's a sane setup?
But some commands, if executed in a non-terminal holding shell, can make logging into that account impossible.
Aug
5
comment What is a good KDE equivalent to gnome-do?
KRunner is pretty powerful, it does suggestions and can do magic suff like 'spell frablous' will instantly show ( while you type it ) alternative spellings, '7 + 7 =' will show '14' as soon as you type '=', amongst other things, its only limited by its plugins.