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Java/C++/Perl programmer on Linux/Unix. 25+ years experience. Still learning.

My contract ended, time to find something new. Anybody hiring?

http://www.linkedin.com/in/paultomblin

Oct
24
comment Why does PuTTY & SFTP has to be logged in separately? I thought they were all based on SSH
Why does LiveJournal and Facebook has to be logged in separately? I thought they were all based on the web.
Oct
17
revised Why is my computer shutting down when under pressure?
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Oct
17
answered Why is my computer shutting down when under pressure?
Oct
11
comment Waking from sleep costs 7 seconds
Maybe your network card just needs a cup of coffee?
Oct
8
comment My Dell Latitude screen just went black
Wave your mouse around and take it out of screen saver. :-)
Oct
8
comment Home Backup Solutions
Won't protect you against lightning strike, fire or anything else that could fry all your disks at once, though. Nothing beats having your backup in another location.
Oct
1
comment How to recover Ubuntu user password
Similarly, instead of "rw init=/bin/bash", the more traditional way is to say "single" to boot in single user mode. I think that still works on Ubuntu.
Sep
25
comment Microsoft Excel Undo Only Works Twice
My god, that is the most un-user-friendly way to change the number of undos ever conceived. What maniac thought that one up?
Sep
19
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
14
comment Has anyone else experienced page fault crashes with Snow Leopard on MacBook Pro?
It doesn't belong on serverfault - it's not a server, even if it has a fault.
Sep
9
answered Should a disconnected CPU fan spin freely if I spin it with my finger?
Aug
25
accepted How to empty the trash?
Aug
25
comment How to empty the trash?
Amazing that they had almost exactly the same bogus filename too. I think there must be a bug in the Mac OS FAT32 file system driver that allows something out there to create a file that shouldn't be possible to create on a FAT32 file system.
Aug
25
answered init.d script not executing?
Aug
25
comment How to empty the trash?
Result from trying to delete it in python: Traceback (most recent call last): File "<string>", line 1, in <module> OSError: [Errno 63] File name too long: '/Volumes/NO NAME/.Trashes/501/\x04\xe2\x90\x80\xe2\x90\x80\xe2\x90\x80o\xcc\x83\x01\xe2\x90\‌​x80\xe2\x90\x80.o\xcc\x83\x01\xe2\x90\x80'
Aug
25
comment How to empty the trash?
Perl doesn't seem to do it. sudo perl -e 'opendir DIR, "."; while ($line = readdir(DIR)) { print "\n[", $line, "]\n"; unlink($line);}' ends up listing the file, but not deleting it.
Aug
25
comment How to empty the trash?
That works, (returns ['\x04\xe2\x90\x80\xe2\x90\x80\xe2\x90\x80o\xcc\x83\x01\xe2\x90\x80\xe2\x90\x80.‌​o\xcc\x83\x01\xe2\x90\x80']) but I don't know python so I don't know how to use it to unlink the file. I guess I'll have to try it in perl.
Aug
25
revised How to empty the trash?
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Aug
25
comment How to empty the trash?
Unfortunately, "ls -i" has the same problem: ls -i ls: \004␀␀␀õ\001␀␀.õ\001␀: File name too long
Aug
25
revised How to empty the trash?
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