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bio website geekosaur.dreamwidth.org
location Akron, OH
age 50
visits member for 3 years, 5 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.


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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Apr
25
comment Directory “Bookmarking” in Linux
Many shells also have a $CDPATH; this could be combined with one or more of the other solutions, for example to reduce the clutter from links. by hiding them in a dot-directory and putting that in $CDPATH.
Apr
25
comment Compiling my own python has broken system scripts?
I'm not sure what you're asking (/usr/local/binmkvir/python looks slightly confused), but apt-get install virtualenv is fine. You do want to remove, or at least relocate, the python executable you had built and use virtualenv to install it properly so that you can use it without interfering with the system Python; see the virtualenv documentation.
Apr
25
comment Get all files created in past 24 hours - unix
Run find on the other server instead of in . on the local machine?
Apr
25
comment ubuntu shell script checking for
Did you try it?
Apr
24
comment How to make BusyBox running where my backend operating system can be xyz?
telnet as root = your system is owned by everyone who can reach it.