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location Vancouver, Canada
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In August of 2008 I became curious about Ruby and took up programming as a hobby. Since then I have become curious about a lot of other things, and my aspirations have quickly expanded. I very much enjoy programming, and the open source phenomenon strikes me a window into a sustainable future. I hope that in a few years I will be able to join the scene and contribute to that future.

My dreams and ambitions have been multiplied! In 2009 I decided that I would, at the age of 26, return to university and get a degree in computer science. To that end I began studying math, something I had never done before.

In summer of 2010 I enrolled in a college and began taking first year computer science courses. By this time I was completely roped in by the beauty of computer computer. At the time I hoped to be able to transfer to a university by summer of 2011 and receive my first degree by 2014.

Ultimately I would like to use computer science to help "save the world". Once I have learned enough, I hope to be able to dedicate myself to whatever desperately needs doing. Whether that be related to energy, or poverty, or space travel: I want to be there with those people computing what they need computed.


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awarded  Curious
Jan
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awarded  Notable Question
Dec
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comment How do I prevent a page from hijacking my Pentadactyl navigation keys?
What I want to know is, if there is a way to disable these webby key-board short-cuts from within firefox.
Dec
3
comment How do I prevent a page from hijacking my Pentadactyl navigation keys?
I have this problem as well, with vimperator. Sometimes when I alt+tab back to my browser, vimperator's bindings won't "kick-in" right away. If I am on a tab with github, or facebook, for example, their key-board shortcuts will be available to me. In this case, when I go to hit 't' for new tab, I will instead get some garbage I don't want.
Aug
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awarded  Popular Question
Jun
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comment How to store passwords
This is an overreaction. Maybe you could have said "never write down passwords that would hurt you if they were to fall into the wrong hands. EVER!".
Jun
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awarded  Citizen Patrol
May
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awarded  Popular Question
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awarded  Popular Question
Mar
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accepted Can we run linux in something faster than RAM?
Mar
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comment Can we run linux in something faster than RAM?
When I first read this comment I saw, "Linux, or any other OS dies not knowing how the RAM works." Your breakdown is a good one: I think I had no illusions that this would be "better". I just wondered whether it could be done.
Mar
25
comment Can we run linux in something faster than RAM?
This is insightful! Why would I clumsily stuff what I think is important into the L3 Cache when I could let an army of geniuses determine the optimal thing to do, and program a CPU to do that optimal thing. Right?
Mar
25
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
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asked Can we run linux in something faster than RAM?
Mar
11
accepted Use imagemagic to put several JPG on one page
Mar
11
comment Use imagemagic to put several JPG on one page
This was great! We used montage *.jpg -tile 3x3 -geometry 1000 assembly.pdf to get 9 high quality images per page. We tried it on a sample of 30 images or so, and it worked like a charm! Then we tried to run the full 400 images and... my computer started chirping and seizing, and it consumed 95% of the ram. Eventually we got the message "killed" in the terminal... probably we'll have to run this in batches! :) Anyway, thanks man! I'm going to read the docs in detail, because imagemagick seems like supreme command-line sorcery.
Mar
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asked Use imagemagic to put several JPG on one page
Mar
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awarded  Critic
Mar
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comment GPU overheating
Is a vacuum cleaner OK? I've heard there is a risk of static unless you use static-free compressed air.
Mar
2
comment How to 'ping' politely
Excellent and elegant.