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bio website geekosaur.dreamwidth.org
location Akron, OH
age 49
visits member for 3 years, 1 months
seen Oct 6 '12 at 15:22

Twitter: geekosaur

(back online although still looking...)

I'm an old-time Unix/Usenet geek; you can get a good idea of my checkered past by searching for my name in Google Groups. (Include the first name, though, or you'll get my cousin Russ (http://www.eyrie.org/~rra)....)

Presently I am unemployed and looking at jobs in the Toronto area. Most recently I was a senior system administrator for Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a department of the Carnegie Institute of Technology half of CMU. Most of my work is infrastructure — the stuff most people don't notice unless it's broken. My job is to make sure people continue to not notice it.

I have been suffering from gradually worsening sinus problems for the past 10 years, and I was recently diagnosed with dysphoric bipolar syndrome. A fair amount of this journal is about the latter. More recent items are tagged so they can be avoided. I may at some point go back and fix the earlier ones.

In the 90s (that is, before the dysphoric bipolar got bad enough that I had trouble focusing in projects) I was involved with a number of open source projects. I'm starting to find my way back into the open source world now that I'm regaining reliable control of my faculties.


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answered Macports irssi & perl5 installation issues
May
13
answered What is the difference between screen-256 color and xterm-256color
May
13
comment What is the difference between screen-256 color and xterm-256color
Don't set $TERM in .bashrc; it's just asking for this kind of problem.
May
13
comment How to set permission for run a program which is installed by root permission?
I wouldn't recommend running random stuff as root/with sudo. Seems like poor application design if it requires users to have write permission in its installation area, though.
May
13
comment How do I install Xcode from a dmg file?
Expanding on this: the App Store can't use installers, it can only copy application bundles to /Applications. So if you want to install manually, you copy the application bundle yourself; there is no installer to run any more, nor does the short-lived Install Xcode.app exist any more.
May
11
comment Is iOS OpenSource? And Mac OS X/Darwin?
You can't build much of anything with what's there. Not even the base Darwin OS is usable as is; PureDarwin is the latest usable OS distribution based on it. And while there may be some UI components around, neither Display PDF nor Core Graphics are there.
May
11
answered Is iOS OpenSource? And Mac OS X/Darwin?
May
11
answered Alternative to Mac OS X Activity Monitor?
May
11
comment Bash Script for loop that is breaking lines up instead of using the whole line
It's not cat in a subshell per se, but the semantics of for.
May
11
revised Bash Script for loop that is breaking lines up instead of using the whole line
formatting