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bio website silanna.com
location Sydney, Australia
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visits member for 4 years, 11 months
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
18
comment How can I mount an EXT2 partition under Windows 7?
I thought it might because you asked about mounting an EXT2 partition in Windows 7. I don't use Windows myself, so I'm not speaking from experience, just trying to be helpful.
Jul
17
revised Ubuntu only boots with USB plugged in
corrected spelling
Jul
17
comment Is it possible to type a floating “c” letter?
So the solution is simple if markup can be used.
Jul
16
comment wget: convert links offline
I wouldn't try manipulating the downloaded data until wget finishes downloading it.
Jul
16
answered How can I mount an EXT2 partition under Windows 7?
Jul
16
answered PSU failed Paper Clip test, but Breadboarding test shows results. Is it dead?
Jul
16
answered Gedit on Windows - Locating a File
Jul
16
comment Software to show typed keys on the screen
I think I've seen something like this used in video lectures from cs75.tv and I think it was mac software, too.
Jul
16
answered Open unknown filetypes in text editor?
Jul
15
revised Laptop hangs when the battery is present
clarified question
Jul
13
revised What Is the best way to connect or disconnect a Laptop from power?
improved title
Jul
13
answered Which is better: using flags, or pipes?
Jul
13
revised need a bittorrent daemon
improved formatting
Jul
12
comment My dlink power supply broke, I found a similar one on old boxes. Is it going to damage my router if used (specs and pic inside)?
That's good news. I once had a lightning strike at home, and it killed all the equipment.
Jul
12
answered My dlink power supply broke, I found a similar one on old boxes. Is it going to damage my router if used (specs and pic inside)?
Jul
9
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
9
comment Connect to localhost from another computer
Jamen, @Nifle means you should ask about how to configure the server as a separate question. This question seems to have been answered because you accepted Drav Sloan's answer.
Jul
9
comment Connect to localhost from another computer
Well anyway ... the cavalry seems to have arrived.
Jul
9
comment Connect to localhost from another computer
I'm running out of ideas, but I think the situation is clearer now. Maybe this question would be answered better on ServerFault? I wonder if it could be flagged, and migrated to SF by a moderator?
Jul
9
comment Connect to localhost from another computer
From another computer localhost1 refers to the other computer. You would need to connect to 192.168.1.1:8000 from the other computer (the phone). You probably know that, but I'm just trying to make it clear. BTW 192.168.1.1 sounds like the ADSL2+ modem I use, and the various computers in my LAN have IP addresses like 192.168.1.x where x>1