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bio website github.com/echristopherson
location Wisconsin
age 36
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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.


Nov
6
comment Vim: x-terminal key mapping
I'm not familiar with MobaXterm. It looks like a packaged version of some open-source things like X and xterm; but I wonder if you might have more luck just running X in the VM and running xterm (or one of the million other terminals) in it.
Nov
6
comment Vim: x-terminal key mapping
Actually, you can make the terminal ignore ^S/^Q for flow control by running stty -ixon (and preferably putting it in your shell startup file).
Oct
16
comment Select an item in vim autocomplete list without inserting line break
No, I'm not. I'd like to ask you if you're the Tyler Durden from Fight Club, but I'm guessing you wouldn't admit it if so.
Oct
16
comment Select an item in vim autocomplete list without inserting line break
The arrow keys can't open the dropdown, in the default configuration. The distinction I mentioned was about navigating the menu once it's been opened.
Oct
16
comment Select an item in vim autocomplete list without inserting line break
This behavior can be a little confusing, since it is both 1) in insert mode and 2) interpreting j and k to do things they don't do in insert mode. In particular, you can't select a menu entry and then follow it directly with something beginning with j or k.
Aug
8
comment Why is the 'if [ $1=“1” ]' branch always selected even if $1 is not 1?
Yes, the spaces are necessary, but I'm wondering why the original $1="1" syntax "works" at all (producing a true result). How does the [/test builtin actually interpret that expression?
Oct
3
comment Shortcut for adding `org-mode` environment
Sorry about that. I tried to take back my vote but it's been too long.
Oct
3
comment Shortcut for adding `org-mode` environment
-1. Duplicate of superuser.com/questions/653478/… and stackoverflow.com/questions/19145433/….
Apr
15
comment Should I be worried? Segfaults reported in syslog when merging LVM snapshot (reverting the original back to the snapshot)
It was a tough decision, but I'm awarding you the answer because yours was more thorough.
Apr
13
comment Should I be worried? Segfaults reported in syslog when merging LVM snapshot (reverting the original back to the snapshot)
I have the 2.02.95-4ubuntu1.1 version of lvm2, which seems to be standard in Ubuntu 12.10. It looks like that's still the version that will be in 13.04, so I guess I'll compile the current latest (2.02.98) from source.
Dec
24
comment Vim to print file on terminal and exit
Possible duplicate: stackoverflow.com/questions/13408134/…
Dec
8
comment How to allow Page Up in GNU Screen?
Ctrl-U and Ctrl-D only scroll a partial screen. You can use Ctrl-B and Ctrl-F for full screens.
Dec
8
comment How to allow Page Up in GNU Screen?
^u and ^d only scroll a partial screen. You can use ^b and ^f for full screens.
Sep
10
comment Comment all lines in a text file?
Sorry about the "<kbd></kbd>" -- I keep forgetting that doesn't work in comments. I meant just Esc.
Sep
9
comment Comment all lines in a text file?
@gorkypl: While in insert mode, you'll just see your edit in the first line. Once you hit <kbd>Esc</kbd>, it will apply the edit to the whole block.
Aug
3
comment Why is vim creating files with DOS line endings?
@Matt: DOS/Windows does use CR+LF, not LF+CR.