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location Akron, OH
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seen Nov 11 '13 at 18:39

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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comment Adding “--” to a command within xinit?
xinit's first parameter (and the first parameter after --) must be full pathnames; otherwise the default xinitrc/xserverrc respectively will be used and all the parameters will be passed on as parameters to it. I would also exec /usr/bin/xfreerdp ...` there.
May
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revised Adding “--” to a command within xinit?
first parameter must be full pathname
May
11
answered changing directory in bash script
May
11
answered Not killing background processes when exiting an xming / xlaunch gnome-session
May
4
comment Forward DHCP assignment to my ISP rather than have router's DHCP server assign IPs
This probably belongs on Super User.
May
4
answered Forward DHCP assignment to my ISP rather than have router's DHCP server assign IPs
Apr
27
comment postfix - verify identity/email of a sender
They do it in some cases; they can't do it in the general case. They require that you list valid sender addresses beforehand, and they do vet for some obvious spoofs, but they can't verify in general that you listed accounts that belong to you.
Apr
25
comment Double NS record “redirect”
Per RFC 1035, the NS RR points to an authoritative name server; being authoritative, it is not expected to have NS RRs that point anywhere else.
Apr
23
answered remove files starting with dash
Apr
22
comment what is SSH, how to learn it's syntax and
What research have you done, aside from asking here?
Apr
22
comment need to my server's ip changes when it needs to connect port 'x' on ip 'y'
Just cutting and pasting your question back in when it's rejected doesn't accomplish anything but annoying people. Figure out why it was rejected and fix it.
Apr
16
answered Recursively apply ACL permissions on Mac OS X (Server)?
Apr
15
answered SSH Interactive mode not working