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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.


Apr
22
comment Macbook restarts when closing lid
The kernel panic isn't something that I (or, likely, anyone who isn't an OS X kernel developer) can easily diagnose; the most I could pull out of it was that it's probably something related to ACPI.
Apr
22
comment Macbook restarts when closing lid
That doesn't appear to be related (discussions.apple.com/message/15717563#15717563) although it's probably worth cleaning up per that URL.
Apr
22
comment Macbook restarts when closing lid
You'll need to check Console.app to see if anything is logged about crashes. As for restoring from backup, that gets state that's in the filesystem but not necessarily state kept elsewhere (and resetting the PMU etc. may also miss things). I don't know if Apple has documented all the details of what pmset changes anywhere.
Apr
22
answered Macbook restarts when closing lid
Apr
22
answered Can't Delete file Macbook Pro (Stuck in Trash)
Apr
22
comment X11 on CentOS VM with OS X Lion client
I am not specifically familiar with the virtualization product you're using (Vagrant) but it sounds like it may not provide a graphics mode or access to Linux virtual consoles. If that's the case, the ssh -Y I mentioned earlier is the only way you'll be able to do this.
Apr
22
comment X11 on CentOS VM with OS X Lion client
That sounds like it has started X11 in a different virtual console but not switched you over to it for some reason (the "hang" is because the server is running in the foreground). Try switching consoles with Ctrl+Alt+Fn (that is, function keys F1, F2, etc.; X11 often starts on F7) until you find the one with the X11 session; the Oracle installer should have a window open there.
Apr
22
comment X11 on CentOS VM with OS X Lion client
Okay, if that didn't configure and launch a display manager, you will then need to run startx to actually launch it; then you can run the installer from within a terminal window. (Linux is not like OS X; there is no launchd configured to autostart X11.)
Apr
22
answered X11 on CentOS VM with OS X Lion client
Apr
21
comment How can I make the linux time function prefix the output of a command insteading of placing the output after the command?
That's more complicated, as the macro doesn't have ready access to the filename you want to echo; you need to replace the make pattern rules. See gnu.org/software/make/manual/make.html#Pattern-Rules for gmake; it's similar for other versions of make although specific details will differ.
Apr
21
comment How can I make the linux time function prefix the output of a command insteading of placing the output after the command?
That's actually a rather different question, as g++ will send any output (since it only produces output on error) to stderr. It's complex enough that you would want to use a wrapper script. Also, are you thinking of wrapping the (normally nonexistent) output from g++, or the echoed command from make? The latter can't easily be done while echoing the actual command.
Apr
20
comment Mount NFS on a MAC : Could not parse file system specification
I had to use insecure in the export options here because the mount request doesn't come from a (not-really-)"secure" port (defined as one < 1024, which Unixes only allow root to bind() — no such restriction exists on Windows, which makes it largely historical and pointless).
Apr
20
answered Mount NFS on a MAC : Could not parse file system specification
Apr
20
answered How can I make the linux time function prefix the output of a command insteading of placing the output after the command?
Apr
20
comment ShellScript:dialog inputbox
Ah, ok. I wondered if I should comment on that; it is somewhat tricky.
Apr
20
comment ShellScript:dialog inputbox
sigh What you're trying to do is difficult (really, I'm serious about using zenity instead) because of needing to force stuff through the extra xterm; any problems with the command etc. are going to be lost when the xterm goes away. (Maybe try adding -hold.) Look in /tmp to see if you have some other /tmp/input.* files sitting around, is all I can think of.
Apr
20
answered ShellScript:dialog inputbox
Apr
19
answered Search for files and print their full path
Apr
16
comment sound detection accessing device node directly
@cdaaawg, it does, at some default format/bit rate that you cannot control, and using that audio as a trigger (as per the OP's question) would be difficult from the shell.
Apr
15
answered mkdir: cannot create directory 'usb': No such file or directory