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I am fascinated by computers, and have been since before I could read. My favorite programming languages are Haskell and Python, and I'm no stranger to C.

My childhood was spent on DOS and Windows 95. After learning to read, I managed to learn the basics of programming with the help of The Secret Guide to Computers, GWBASIC, UCBLogo, LADYBUG Logo, and some LOGO book(s) I can't recall the names of. I didn't much like GWBASIC, but at least it had a printed reference manual. I had also tried QBASIC, but had trouble with the online help, which I later decided was probably because all of the text was in the same font (making it hard to tell the verbatim code from the other notation).

[... Windows, VB, DJGPP, Cygwin, Mindstorms, POV-RAY ...]

Eventually I bought my own computer and installed a copy of Linux, and that's when I really began to learn how computer systems work: technical documentation for most things was available online, and if that wasn't enough to satisfy my curiosity I could look at the source code.

[... Python ... Haskell ...]


Sep
18
awarded  Yearling
Sep
12
suggested suggested edit on sudo in .desktop file when launching graphical app
Aug
29
revised Copy entire file system hierarchy from one drive to another
fix tag [copy-paste] -> [copy]
Aug
29
suggested suggested edit on Copy entire file system hierarchy from one drive to another
Aug
4
revised Removing default OS X screensavers from random rotation
Formatting + note
Aug
4
suggested suggested edit on Removing default OS X screensavers from random rotation
Aug
4
comment OSX: Is there a way to make an .app file a screensaver?
By the way, technically, a .app is a directory.
Apr
22
awarded  Caucus
Apr
14
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
5
awarded  Necromancer
Jan
21
revised Launching firefox on remote server causes local firefox to open the page instead
Only affects already-running firefox ...
Jan
21
comment EGit (Eclipse) wrongly interpreting file names with non-ASCII characters?
Which encoding are you trying to use?
Jan
21
suggested suggested edit on Launching firefox on remote server causes local firefox to open the page instead
Jan
21
answered Firefox, two Linux machines, one X-server
Jan
21
comment Firefox, two Linux machines, one X-server
Though, actually, it might work without the -no-remote ...
Jan
21
comment Firefox, two Linux machines, one X-server
The first "option" you proposed didn't make any sense at all, really, so I've proposed it be removed from your answer.
Jan
21
suggested suggested edit on Firefox, two Linux machines, one X-server
Jan
20
answered How to reuse/extend etckeeper's metadata engine for git control of non-/etc filesystems, or extend git natively with said capability?
Jan
13
reviewed Reviewed Automatic Media Server Mirror
Jan
13
revised Linux directory becoming a clear plain text file
Improve formatting, add a tag