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bio website liketechnologies.co.uk
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Developer, Systems Admin, Geek, Gadget lover, etc. etc.

I started programming in BASIC at the age of 11 on a Sinclair ZX81, advanced to a BBC Model B, where I learned 6502 assembly language programming. I never really worked with PCs until the early 90s.

In the late 90s, I joined a higher educational institution as a desktop technician, a quickly got promoted to be a systems admin, working predominantly on Windows systems, but also had a keen interest in Linux systems. I later got involved in software development, working in C#, PHP, C.

In my current employment, I'm the manager of the company's Information Systems department. The primary focus of our business is industrial control systems (mostly legacy systems). The work isn't exclusively legacy/control systems though, as we also support modern systems for a number of business customers.

We're always on the lookout for staff who are interested in working with legacy/control systems. Experience or qualifications might help, but aren't always important. A geeky persona is essential though. If you think this would be interested please get in touch with me via our web site, or twitter.


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comment What are those white circles on the desktop in Gnome 3?
From a console use ps -u monk (replace monk with your username) to list processes running under your username. You can then use the command kill <pid> where <pid> is the PID reported by the ps command for a particular process.
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comment What are those white circles on the desktop in Gnome 3?
It looks as if it's some kind of welcome/intro application that launches as part of Gnome that perhaps isn't loading or rendering properly. I'd suggest logging on (no apps running) and then working through the list of running processes (running under your username) and killing ones that I don't recognise. If you kill the right one, the circles/dots will probably disappear. Once identified it should be relatively simple to stop it loading in future with the Gnome desktop. This might take several logons/reboots, as if you kill the wrong process, it might crash/kill your session.
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comment What are those white circles on the desktop in Gnome 3?
Sounds odd, can you provide a screenshot?
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comment Horizontal scrolling with mouse wheel/keyboard in Excel 2003?
Unfortunately the solutions provided so far are only workarounds, they don't strictly actually answer the question in its current form, although to be fair to those that have provided answers, that's probably because it's not possible in excel (I still have this issue with Excel 2013). I was hoping there might have been an option to allow holding down a modifier key (e.g. shift) whilst operating the scroll wheel.
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comment How to disable sticky corners in Windows 8?
+1; I've found that I need to disable charms bar otherwise the mouse still sticks when moving to a monitor on the right of the current monitor.
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comment Is there a way to force du to report a directory size (recursively) including only sizes of files?
...and the downvote is for what exactly?
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revised Where can I edit a calendar's working time in Microsoft Project 2010?
This feature is actually on the 'Project' ribbon in Project 2010, not the 'Format' ribbon.
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comment Force users (on a mac) to log off after inactivity
@DrorCohen I don't think it will, due to the use of stat -f %u /dev/console. It probably should be fairly trivial to fix for Ubuntu (assuming it doesn't work). If you can't get it working though, please create a new question.