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bio website silanna.com
location Sydney, Australia
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seen Jul 27 '11 at 21:58

I began programming as an Electrical Engineer in the microelectronics industry more than 30 years ago.

I have always used very specialised automatic test equipment, which gives me an unusual perspective on how to solve software problems (usually by myself without recourse to libraries and frameworks). This is definitely not mainstream, but I don't create commercial software: my user-base is my fellow employees.

My contributions to SO probably seem other-worldly, but the programming environments I've used have never been Windows-based and only vaguely Unix-like.

HOWEVER — In late February 2010, I was admitted to hospital with a suspected stroke. Tests showed it wasn't a stroke, it is Multiple Sclerosis. Thus begins an inevitable slide into disability.

While I'm now back at work, hopefully for a few more years, I think the effort of engaging in SO (after a lull of over 12 months) might be too much for me. Besides, I can't type as fast as I used to.

Maybe hanging around SO would be some kind of therapy, and expose me to new ideas. I may even ask the occasional question, but after the sabbatical I had, I notice far more low-quality questions left by drive-by posters who typically leave poorly-worded questions and don't stay around to answer comments asking for clarification.


Jul
24
comment What are the common causes of CPU failure?
I wouldn't call random crashes and bugs 'failure'. If the problem goes away with cooling - great - but it sounds like the equipment was being operated outside its design specs.
Jul
24
revised What are the common causes of CPU failure?
more specific detail
Jul
24
answered What are the common causes of CPU failure?
Jul
23
revised Sharings stopped working on Lion
fix grammar
Jul
23
comment What does terminal refer to when using Linux?
I've never used the expression 'virtual console' but it sounds like a terminal giving access to a virtual machine.
Jul
23
comment What is the difference between mlocate and slocate in Linux?
I think so ... as Stephania said, 'mlocate is slowly replacing slocate.
Jul
23
comment What does terminal refer to when using Linux?
A terminal is an application which gives you a command-line interface.
Jul
23
comment What is the difference between mlocate and slocate in Linux?
Yes ... and not having to recalculate all the old data. That's where time is saved.
Jul
23
comment What is the difference between mlocate and slocate in Linux?
@peanuts, no, the databases are merged:- the new data generated when the mlocate.cron runs is merged with the old data from the last time it ran. It doesn't mean we need multiple mlocate.cron files.
Jul
23
revised How do I restore the start menu after killing explorer.exe?
corrected spelling
Jul
23
comment What is the difference between mlocate and slocate in Linux?
@Peanuts, looking at the link provided by Stephanie, it seems that mlocate (which makes a database of file locations) reuses a previous database each time it runs, so any new information is merged with the old information, to save time and give a performance speedup.
Jul
23
comment Why does ls-l not display locate as a symbolic link?
It's just a difference in implementation between distros. The functionality should be the same.
Jul
22
comment what is the command for listing files/dirs recursively of specific directories
If I remember correctly, Solaris is a BSD variant, so find will need the -print option.
Jul
22
comment Bootable Linux on CF Card
Well, yes CF to IDE is a little old-fashioned. IDE is not going to be in a laptop, but it might be worth looking at the Puppy Linux website.
Jul
22
answered Bootable Linux on CF Card
Jul
20
comment Does Laptop's Battery Condition Power When On AC?
Power frequency generally doesn't fluctuate, but the conversion from 50/60Hz to DC always produces a little ripple. A good UPS will have good filtering, and regulation of output voltage but its main task is to provide DC from a battery if the AC power fails. Batteries can't produce ripple. AC power is converted to DC with very little ripple. The conversion in the UPS should be comparable to a PSU in a desktop as RedGrittyBrick said.
Jul
20
comment How to prevent Chrome 12 trying to use Helvetica Neue when it isn't installed
It seems the problem is not preventing Helvetica Neue (because it isn't installed, anyway) but making IE9 and FF5 use the same font instead. Doesn't the font stack apply to both?
Jul
20
comment How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data?
Difficult to say. If the data you need to recover was on the disk before the partition, it's gone now. Maybe (with more details) this would be a good subject for another Question. Asking more than one question at a time is frowned upon.
Jul
20
comment How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data?
Should be fine.
Jul
20
answered How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data?