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bio website geekosaur.dreamwidth.org
location Akron, OH
age 50
visits member for 3 years, 8 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.


May
13
revised Adding “--” to a command within xinit?
first parameter must be full pathname
Apr
11
revised Stop LXDE from automatically starting in ubuntu
could Ubuntu please decide which display manager its using?
Apr
9
revised How \Deleted flag can be unset for all mails in cyrus-imapd mailbox?
expand on answer since I was talking in terms of IMAPv4 protocol, not necessarily something easy to do directly
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
Apr
20
revised .profile vs. .bash_profile vs. .bashrc
small clarifications
Mar
25
revised Ubuntu load average spikes but CPUs are idle
add more detail
Mar
18
revised How I can tell grep to search in file that I have permission?
more detail, including why the assumption about speed is wrong
Mar
14
revised Hosting: 1 Windows, 1 Linux, 1 Internet IP Address. How?
clarification. also, ports != addresses.
Mar
13
revised What is a relational database?
since everyone else discusses normalization, do so
Mar
12
revised How do I receive email sent to postmaster?
edited tags
Mar
9
revised RH/CentOS service & chkconfig equivalents in Ubuntu/Debian
meep. missed both service and the debian-correct invoke-rc.d
Mar
9
revised How to prevent autofs from mounting over specific directories?
missed ) in prose