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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
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.
Jun
29
answered Software to switch between OS
Jun
29
comment How does voltage fluctuation affect a laptop
I think you should be wary of a laptop repairer who is reluctant to describe what exactly he did. You wouldn't tolerate that from a car repairer.
Jun
29
answered What is the Linux command to find out hardware info?
Jun
29
revised Accidentally moved Desktop folder ingo /usr/local/bin
more detail
Jun
29
answered Accidentally moved Desktop folder ingo /usr/local/bin
Jun
27
comment How to install regexp enabled 'rename' on fedora?
Noted, thanks @Patches.
Jun
27
comment Intel Pentium D 830. CPU usage 0%
The computer can't be completely halted if the Task Manager still works.
Jun
26
answered How to install regexp enabled 'rename' on fedora?
Jun
24
reviewed Approve Unmount unnecessary drives
Jun
24
comment Windows 7 Regional wallpaper packs: Where in the world?
It's not exactly the list you want, but InterfaceLIFT has wallpapers from many geographical locations, and each is accompanied by a brief description.
Jun
23
answered How much gold is in a CPU?
Jun
20
comment RSync Backup Strategy for home computer does not recurse into all directories
That's a better explanation @Ignacio
Jun
20
answered Linux: Compressing all .pdf files recursively (.tar)
Jun
19
comment iPad USB Charging Utility for Dell Optiplex
It may be that the USB ports on the Gigabyte motherboard can supply more current than whatever you used previously. It could be just a coincidence that you noticed the faster charging at about the same time as you installed the driver.
Jun
19
comment iPad USB Charging Utility for Dell Optiplex
This looks like marketing hype. The USB standard requires USB ports provide a fixed voltage of 5V. How could a driver change either the voltage or the current compliance? If the voltage is fixed (as it must be) the speed of charging is determined by the device being charged.
Jun
19
comment iPad USB Charging Utility for Dell Optiplex
How can you adjust the USB power?
Jun
19
comment Opening CSV file in Excel corrupts telephone number column
It may well be enough - I'm not an expert on International telephone standards. But using a number rather than a string might be problematic as @SpliFF pointed out, because numbers with leading zeroes (used where I am, for international calls and mobiles) will lose those leading zeroes. I think it's better to use a string to represent a telephone number.