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bio website geekosaur.dreamwidth.org
location Akron, OH
age 50
visits member for 3 years, 9 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.


Mar
5
comment Firefox Sync: any way to control what gets synced to my mobile device?
If all else fails, it has a mobile web interface at my.xmarks.com. But my searching seems to say that Xmarks itself doesn't work.
Mar
5
answered Firefox Sync: any way to control what gets synced to my mobile device?
Mar
5
comment How do I change default background windows color?
Yes, while there's a default, web browsers (for example) do their own thing which is usually specified by what the remote site wants you to see as its background. You could use local CSS to override that, but then you need to figure out what tricks other programs require, if they will allow you to do it at all.
Mar
5
answered USB Wireless Adapter (Belkin F7D4101) in Slackware?
Mar
5
comment USB Wireless Adapter (Belkin F7D4101) in Slackware?
Slackware hasn't improved much in that time. There's a reason the documentation you can find talks about Ubuntu, Fedora, and other modern systems with hardware autoconfiguration; Slackware expects you to do it the hard way.
Mar
5
answered How do I change default background windows color?
Mar
5
answered How can one tunnel inbound and outbound connections through SSH?
Mar
5
comment Why are USB flash drives so much slower than solid-state drives?
I on;y used to support chip fabricators; I don't know their business. But I'd imagine it involves the same basic technology but possibly with more exotic materials; as an example which may or may not actually be relevant in this case, a GaAs substrate with specific doping that must be a specific density with very high tolerance. You can look up details, but this generally means vacuum chambers and precisely controlled temperatures, and even so yields can be quite low (that is, up to 70% of the resulting material might not have the required tolerance).
Mar
5
comment Why are USB flash drives so much slower than solid-state drives?
Fast nonvolatile RAM is quite a bit more expensive to fabricate; the cost has come down quite a bit, but nowhere near enough for it to be used in cheap USB keys.
Mar
5
answered Why are USB flash drives so much slower than solid-state drives?
Mar
5
answered Can not find 'define-key' function
Mar
5
answered Wireshark can see outside of the virtual machine?
Mar
5
answered Convert an MP3 from 48000 to 44100 Hz?
Mar
5
answered Find all user-installed packages
Mar
5
awarded  Autobiographer
Mar
5
answered Is this normal Wireshark behavior?
Mar
5
answered The TLB changes whenever a program does a context switch?
Mar
5
answered 1 PC, 2 consoles (as in 2 monitors, keyboards and mice)
Mar
5
answered Ctrl-C Not working in zsh
Mar
4
answered Why does my netbook have more USB controllers than ports?