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bio website geekosaur.dreamwidth.org
location Akron, OH
age 49
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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.


May
11
revised Bash Script for loop that is breaking lines up instead of using the whole line
formatting
May
11
answered create alias to ssh to a server and then connect to mysql
May
11
answered What will happen when I 'cat' 'ksh'?
May
11
comment Is the X Server refresh rate same as the monitor refresh rate?
If you are developing video, either you know what tools you are using and how to use them, or you aren't going to get very far.
May
11
answered Is the X Server refresh rate same as the monitor refresh rate?
May
11
answered Mac terminal keeps using SSH key with same fingerprint when running git clone
May
6
comment How can I repair the OSX root partition without the original disk?
If you're on a Lion install (not upgrade from SL), you should have a recovery partition; hold down <kbd>Option</kbd> at boot. Otherwise, yes, you need to boot from something other than the filesystem you're trying to check.
May
5
revised Can you open a new shell with low priority in linux?
POSIX dost make fools of us all...
May
5
comment Can you open a new shell with low priority in linux?
@DragonLord: csh worked that way. Technically we're both wrong anyway; POSIX killed both of those and it's nice -n INCREMENT COMMAND ....
May
5
comment Can you open a new shell with low priority in linux?
bash instead of sh if you want bash features.
May
5
answered Can you open a new shell with low priority in linux?
Apr
27
revised Difference between “sudo su root” and “sudo su - root”
...and how `sudo su` changes that
Apr
27
answered Difference between “sudo su root” and “sudo su - root”
Apr
25
comment Compiling my own python has broken system scripts?
That I couldn't tell you, aside from the assumption being that you're doing an initial install (which is the default assummpion even though it's usually wrong for shells and fundamental scripting languages).
Apr
25
comment Compiling my own python has broken system scripts?
It doesn't say that explicitly; it's implied by the fact that overriding the system-provided Perl/Python/Ruby is almost certain to break things (as indeed it did for you). "caution: fire is hot"
Apr
25
comment Directory “Bookmarking” in Linux
The first one found wins, just as with PATH search.
Apr
25
comment Directory “Bookmarking” in Linux
CDPATH works like PATH; if you have CDPATH=$HOME/dir1/dir2 then cd tools will look for $HOME/dir1/dir2/tools.
Apr
25
answered Make and Xcode for OS X Snow Leopard
Apr
25
comment Directory “Bookmarking” in Linux
What exactly did you set CDPATH to, for that? (Beware that ~ is not always expanded in such cases; you may want to use $HOME instead.)
Apr
25
comment Directory “Bookmarking” in Linux
set doesn't do what you think it does. (Try echo $1 in the shell where you did that.) It's just CDPATH=whatever.