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bio website github.com/echristopherson
location Wisconsin
age 35
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I'm primarly a Ruby hacker but have played with everything from Commodore BASIC to Cocoa. I'd also like to explore Smalltalk, Go, Clojure, Scala, Haskell, OCaml, and maybe even C#.

I'm not currently a programmer by trade, but I'd like to get into it. I do write a lot of scripts to help me in my job.

My day-to-day personal computing setup is in Mac OS X, but I also use a Linux desktop as a backup server and for general tinkering; and I use Windows 7 at work.

I am also deeply interested (albeit at an amateur remove) in linguistics, especially historical. This dovetails with the fact that I am a conlanger -- someone who creates languages. (I'm not especially prolific at that, though.)

I also like science (especially cognitive science, evolution, and physics) and anthropology. My overarching interest in all these areas is the way something like a genome or language or computer language or culture changes over time and forks into unnumerable new ones.

asked Origin of environment variables in scripts under /etc/network/if-*.d
comment Safely close virtualbox machine on host reboot
Thanks for checking. It does look related to that.
comment Safely close virtualbox machine on host reboot
Works like a charm (Windows XP guest), except it seems to throw out a VERR_INVALID_PARAMETER on the host side if I am logged in via RDC as the user given in the script, and subsequently the guest keeps running.
comment Safely close virtualbox machine on host reboot
Has reboot recently become more polite? The man page for reboot in 12.10 says "When called with --force or when in runlevel 0 or 6, this tool invokes the reboot(2) system call itself and directly reboots the system. Otherwise this simply invokes the shutdown(8) tool with the appropriate arguments."; and the man page for shutdown says "Once TIME has elapsed, shutdown sends a request to the init(8) daemon to bring the system down into the appropriate runlevel."
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