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location Akron, OH
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seen May 14 '12 at 2:50

Twitter: geekosaur

(back online although still looking...)

I'm an old-time Unix/Usenet geek; you can get a good idea of my checkered past by searching for my name in Google Groups. (Include the first name, though, or you'll get my cousin Russ (http://www.eyrie.org/~rra)....)

Presently I am unemployed and looking at jobs in the Toronto area. Most recently I was a senior system administrator for Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a department of the Carnegie Institute of Technology half of CMU. Most of my work is infrastructure — the stuff most people don't notice unless it's broken. My job is to make sure people continue to not notice it.

I have been suffering from gradually worsening sinus problems for the past 10 years, and I was recently diagnosed with dysphoric bipolar syndrome. A fair amount of this journal is about the latter. More recent items are tagged so they can be avoided. I may at some point go back and fix the earlier ones.

In the 90s (that is, before the dysphoric bipolar got bad enough that I had trouble focusing in projects) I was involved with a number of open source projects. I'm starting to find my way back into the open source world now that I'm regaining reliable control of my faculties.


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May
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answered Exit Firefox from Shell Script
May
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comment keep getting an annoying aw snap! on ubuntu 12.04 google chrome why is this happening can it be fixed please?
How about just a little detail on what you're doing, what URLs, etc.?
May
11
comment rc.local runs .sh file in wrong directory
Why would you assume that?
May
11
comment “rm” doesn't accept internal command as a paramter
@Izkata, that (and a number of similar issues) is what I meant by the comment about looking at the actual output and bulletproofing.
May
11
comment When automount ntfs partition, all file were marked “Allow executing file as program”
Is there something to "fix"? NTFS has no conception of execute bit; nevertheless it is entirely possible for executable files (scripts, Unix executables, even Windows EXEs if you have Wine configured properly) to be present.
May
11
answered “rm” doesn't accept internal command as a paramter
May
5
comment Route all traffic through SSH tunnel or equivalent?
Did you follow the link on "VPN"? The Ubuntu Wiki gives example installation recipes for a number of configurations and versions; for your setup you probably want OpenVPN (VPNC), not PPTP or Cisco.
May
5
comment Is there a way I can record when the stderr is printed to a log file?
stackoverflow.com/questions/1507674/…
May
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answered Route all traffic through SSH tunnel or equivalent?
May
4
comment ~/.bashrc changes have no effect?
If that's what it looks like, you changed the middle of an unrelated variable expansion in a way that won't do anything visible to normal accounts. Do you normally change random stuff in random ways in your dotfiles, ignoring the possibility that the wrong random thing might leave you unable to log in or unable to open a terminal?
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revised Grep for contents between two markers with newlines
unescaped tags/code