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bio website silanna.com
location Sydney, Australia
age 58
visits member for 4 years, 10 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
9
comment What exactly is a binary file? Is a JPEG file (.jpeg) a binary file?
The JPEG format is a specification for encoding images as a series of bytes which don't tend to make sense when viewed with Notepad (or any text editor), as @jglouie said.
Jul
9
answered MC on Ubuntu: Save cursor in editor when leaving it
Jul
9
comment How can I dim my computer screen beyond the minimum?
Can you still buy filters for screens? They were around in the old CRT days. I suppose sunglasses would make it difficult to see the keys at night.
Jul
8
comment Windows Phone 7 - How to download SMS (text) messages to disk
I wouldn't want to second-guess a moderator's reasons -- but your question asked about exporting text messages from the phone. It sounds like a cell phone question.
Jul
7
revised Stop Cron job for a particular time interval
more detail
Jul
7
answered Stop Cron job for a particular time interval
Jul
6
revised Creating Custom Code Syntax Highlighting Color Themes
more detail
Jul
6
answered Creating Custom Code Syntax Highlighting Color Themes
Jul
6
comment Does muting computer sound improves performance in any way?
I think 'muting' really means reducing the volume to zero, but the files are still loaded.
Jul
6
answered Does muting computer sound improves performance in any way?
Jul
4
comment Can I use my Windows 7 CD to install Windows 7 on my other computer?
Oh goody -- now's my chance to actually print it out and read it.
Jul
4
revised I am using a P2P website, why is there data being uploaded?
fixed spelling, added more detail
Jul
3
answered I am using a P2P website, why is there data being uploaded?
Jul
3
answered BIOS clock still slow after battery change
Jul
3
revised Outlook 2007 starts with minimized window
fix spelling
Jul
2
comment Show Linux operating system choices
Follow Ignacio's advice
Jul
2
comment Show Linux operating system choices
You have learned the hard way, that Windows installation doesn't care about other OS.
Jul
1
answered DVD Drive Abnormally Noisy
Jul
1
comment How do I get excel to not mess around with the formatting of a .csv file
Relevant: eusprig.org/stories.htm (My favorite horror story is #39)
Jun
30
comment Why are there two sets of the CTRL, Alt, and Shift modifier keys on the keyboard?
As a member of the sinistral minority, I appreciate not having to use my right hand for everything.