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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
5
revised Can you open a new shell with low priority in linux?
POSIX dost make fools of us all...
Apr
27
revised Difference between “sudo su root” and “sudo su - root”
...and how `sudo su` changes that
Apr
13
revised When/Why do you use mount -a over auto?
further clarification
Apr
13
revised When/Why do you use mount -a over auto?
better (*any*) punctuation and markup
Apr
7
revised How do I parse the output of the find command when filenames have spaces in them?
typo noted in comments
Jul
1
revised Help me with my command (primarily awk)
expand and comment
Jun
9
revised how to properly use $1 in an alias with two arguments
oops. detail on function, zap history thing
Apr
6
revised Efficiently editing commands with zsh
the 0s aren't really necessary
Apr
2
revised port command of MacPorts not found when trying to install wine
add tclsh stuff since it appears to have gone awol
Mar
30
revised What's the easiest way to get text onto a Kindle?
calibre also does RIL
Mar
27
revised Switch between Google Chrome Tabs using AppleScript
more detail, pointer to UIElementInspector
Mar
16
revised Getting error code -41 when copying files to external drive
-e needs -l
Mar
16
revised Entering Chinese characters on Mac OS X
also note possible need to install added i18n
Mar
16
revised When pasting a file “over” another file with the same name, is there a brief moment during which neither file exists?
"pof"?
Mar
11
revised Open a new terminal shell in current directory
explain it's just scrollback, add link to iTerm
Mar
11
revised Why the multiple reboots installing Windows 7?
add link to MSDN tech note about WRP
Mar
9
revised Is Apple's MacBook Pro RAM simply rebranded?
dropped quote
Mar
9
revised BASH history manipulation: search replace
add more detail about bang history expansion
Mar
7
revised emacs, colors in term-mode
per commentary, promote color fixing solution to answer