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Back in '77 I worked with Steve Bourne on /bin/sh (little known fact: like awk, sh was named for its inventors, 'S' for Steve and 'H' for Humbert) and was responsible for the 'done' keyword. Following that I alternately pursued computer programming, field anthropology, and general philology; I currently work for an organization that has no name in the field of complex system obfuscation.

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comment Vim: searching upward/downward in file from specific point/position
Yeah, but I upvoted you first :p
Sep
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answered Vim: searching upward/downward in file from specific point/position
Sep
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comment How can dmesg content be logged into a file?
+1 It is probably worth mention that dmesg uses a ring buffer so that it doesn't grow without bound and is held within the kernel so that messages can be logged prior to things like the filesystem is even up.
Sep
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revised strange problems on cd-rom writers
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Sep
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comment strange problems on cd-rom writers
Almost certainly not malware under the "hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras" principle. See the answers.
Sep
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answered strange problems on cd-rom writers
Sep
2
comment How to do multiple brace expansions without combinatorial explosion?
Brace expansion just isn't as expressive as you want it to be; it was designed for a single, interactive purpose. There are other mechanisms that have the power you want.
Sep
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comment Access VirtualBox Debian Apache Guest on Windows Host
@geoderek I'm sorry, your question and that article have exceeded my knowledge of Windows networking. It does appear that you'd only need a bridged interface and if I was trying to hack this together, I'd probably grab the IP off the guest machine and add it to %sysdir%/etc/hosts but even if that works, its a kludge.
Sep
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answered Notifications and notification daemon not working on window manager
Sep
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comment File permissions and saving
But note that's an artifact of how most editors are designed (using temporary files until write). If I have a file descriptor open and you change the mode of the i-node while I have it open, the permissions at my time of open() will not change until I close it. You can even unlink the file I have open and it won't affect my open descriptor.
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answered Access VirtualBox Debian Apache Guest on Windows Host
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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comment Notifications and notification daemon not working on window manager
You've given far too little information to properly answer this question. Based on the only error message you gave, I suspect that DBus is not running and thus there is nothing for notify-send to connect to. If you gave your "trivial notification" code and the exact error, we might be able to get closer to an answer.
Sep
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comment Access VirtualBox Debian Apache Guest on Windows Host
What's the IP address of the address of the Windows host? If it is on the 192.168.1.x network, your ping and browser might not be hitting the VirtualBox. Easy test: power down the VirtualBox and try your ping again.
Sep
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comment What file systems support taking snapshot backups from a live system?
It is usually best to use database intrinsic mechanisms to backup a database as it knows its own consistency requirements. For example, even if I were to make a perfect, instantaneous snapshot of the backing files for a DBM, I could still wind up with inconsistent state because there was something the DBM had in core at that instant and the file system has no knowledge of what it has not been told.
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answered /proc/sys vs /sys/modules/mod/parameter
Aug
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comment How can I delete all english lines from a textfile?
Danke (using stop words as diagnostic of a language came from a part of my mind I didn't know was there ;)
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