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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 ...]


Dec
13
awarded  Revival
Dec
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
4
comment How is PNG lossless given that it has a compression parameter?
@Nolonar: for PNG's zlib compression? Indeed, no. For other types of compression which might need larger buffers to decompress, it could cause slowdowns if those buffers get large enough that they thrash the cache/RAM on the machine doing the decompression, but e.g. 7zip's compression technique requires FAR bigger buffers during compression than during decompression, so buffer sized during decompression is probably only a big deal on very low-memory systems or if you have many decompressions running at once...
Dec
4
comment Google Drive status icons not appearing in Windows Explorer
possible duplicate of Why are Icon Overlays (from 3rdParty-Apps) not showing up in the Win8 Explorer?
Dec
4
comment Why are Icon Overlays (from 3rdParty-Apps) not showing up in the Win8 Explorer?
That is almost certain to confuse the relevant apps or their [un]installers ...
Nov
28
suggested rejected edit on Is there a name for the text that shows up at the front of each command in a CLI?
Nov
27
comment Windows 7 Aero theme when on battery
Not quite word-for-word what I wanted, but contained enough of the same words to find it on my battery icon's menu. Which enabled me to turn the feature off, so I wouldn't have to wait so long for Windows to toss out all those textures every time I unplugged my laptop.
Nov
22
comment Is there a way to disable LocalizedResourceName (desktop.ini) globally?
almost certainly in any configuration that includes bash, yes. Which for Cygwin or MSYS would be any configuration.
Nov
21
comment Is there a way to disable LocalizedResourceName (desktop.ini) globally?
Note that sed is not actually part of bash. However, I doubt there are many ways to instal bash that don't also get you sed installed ...
Nov
21
comment Can you make Windows 7 not localize folder names?
Wouldn't it be even better to comment the line out with ;?
Nov
18
revised How do I tell Windows to shut up about Silverlight?
highlight a key phrase
Nov
18
suggested approved edit on How do I tell Windows to shut up about Silverlight?
Sep
18
awarded  Yearling
Sep
12
suggested rejected 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 approved 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 approved 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