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location Akron, OH
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visits member for 3 years, 5 months
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.


Apr
6
answered How do I know I'm running inside a linux “screen” or not?
Apr
5
answered relay_domains seems to be ignored by postfix
Mar
3
awarded  Yearling
Sep
6
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
13
revised How do I reset ownership of /usr/bin/sudo on Linux?
rephrasing this since apparently it wasn't understood by some people
Jul
13
comment How do I reset ownership of /usr/bin/sudo on Linux?
_POSIX_CHOWN_RESTRICTED is the only possible "trick", except that while the chown manpage suggests it could be altered, it can't. (or if you prefer: _POSIX_CHOWN_RESTRICTED means no tricks allowed, and Linux doesn't allow that to be changed.)
Jul
13
answered How do I reset ownership of /usr/bin/sudo on Linux?
Jul
12
answered Deny SSH connection with message
Jul
9
answered Weird executable behaviour
Jul
6
comment SSH tput warning/notice (error?)
My suspicion, from seeing that, is that it's the lines where you set $LightGreen and possibly $NC that actually produce the error. Also, don't set $PS1 if it isn't interactive.
Jul
6
answered SSH tput warning/notice (error?)
Jul
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
4
comment Ordinary users are able to read /etc/passwd, is this a security hole?
@Ben: so it's reasonable that nobody can identify files that belong to someone else? It's the local store for NSS these days, not for PAM despite its name.
Jul
4
answered Ordinary users are able to read /etc/passwd, is this a security hole?
Jun
29
answered can not find a directory with find command
Jun
28
comment My new DNS change works from America but not Sweden
@JdeBP: you didn't answer me, you blew smoke. Again, why does my talking about the server make you bring up ipconfig? (This is not a side issue. If you can't distinguish DNS client from server then all your statements about DNS are suspect.)
Jun
28
comment My new DNS change works from America but not Sweden
@JdeBP: so where exactly did that claim that I told people to run ipconfig come from? Do you actually know the distinction between server and client?
Jun
27
comment My new DNS change works from America but not Sweden
@JdeBP: all resolvers (client libraries) ignore TTLs and don't forward TTL information to their callers, and those callers are allowed to cache as long as they want. It's not the best of ideas, but there it is. And notwithstanding your wishes, most versions of Microsoft's DNS implementation need to be forced to flush expired RRs — I've been involved with support requests caused by this.
Jun
26
answered My new DNS change works from America but not Sweden