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bio website github.com/echristopherson
location Wisconsin
age 35
visits member for 2 years, 2 months
seen Jul 28 at 19:11

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.


May
21
comment Does BootCamp cause OS X shutdown to be slow?
I now have fast shutdowns at least sometimes, and I didn't get rid of BootCamp, so you must be right. (Thought it was a long shot to begin with.) I went through quite a few things, like cleaning user and system caches with OnyX; disabling and reenabling swap (this was recommended somewhere, but I don't see how it would work); and running the defaults commands. Finally it seems that booting in Safe Boot and then rebooting normally was what fixed it. I still haven't identified any significant differences in processes running under my different users.
May
21
accepted Does BootCamp cause OS X shutdown to be slow?
May
19
comment Does BootCamp cause OS X shutdown to be slow?
I can't figure out the credentials message, either. It looks like lots of people have that in their logs, but I haven't found anything about what app or service it belongs to. I went ahead and remove my Apple ID from the iCloud settings (since I don't use iCloud anyway), but I still get that same message in the logs.
May
19
comment Does BootCamp cause OS X shutdown to be slow?
Hmm. Yes, if I shut down with a dummy user logged in, or from the login window, it is quick. I've just spent an hour or so trying different things like disabling things in my own LaunchAgents/LaunchDaemons and Login Items, and also in the systemwide directories just in case, but haven't had any real luck with it. I thought I had something when I made shutdown slow with my dummy account logged in, by setting key shortcuts for changing input methods, thus causing TISwitcher to run, but taking out those shortcuts in my main user didn't help there.
May
19
comment Does BootCamp cause OS X shutdown to be slow?
Thanks, Chris. That script seems to be an updated version of the defaults commands I posted. I'm still experimenting, but strangely, it seems like running the script makes the very next shutdown fast, but subsequent ones are slow again. Also I have just noticed Chrome sometimes takes quite a while to stop, which may be related.
May
19
comment What is the reason for the slow shutdown?
Did you run those commands to see the results? They didn't work for me. Also, do you have a BootCamp partition? I'm wondering if that might be to blame in my case; see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/131205/….
May
18
asked Does BootCamp cause OS X shutdown to be slow?
Mar
24
revised how do I write a homebrew recipe?
brew *does* use Ruby 1.8.7 still!
Mar
19
comment how do I write a homebrew recipe?
That's good to know.
Mar
19
revised how do I write a homebrew recipe?
update re: system Ruby
Jan
30
revised Homebrew - Upgrading software in /usr/bin
take out reference to Spotlight; change brew -> Homebrew; capitalize Git
Jan
30
suggested suggested edit on Homebrew - Upgrading software in /usr/bin
Jan
15
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
29
comment Wine on Mac via Homebrew
What do you mean by "all of my data is missing"?
Nov
8
asked Captive portal login page not disappearing
Oct
2
comment How to fix multiple errors when installing Homebrew on OSX Lion (mainly OSXFUSE and Mono related)
Propose to move this to Ask Different.
Aug
31
comment Replacing rubber spring/cup under Tab key cap
My silicone was all dried up so I ended up using superglue again, but was careful about not using too much or pressing the spring down. It's been fine since then.
Aug
31
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
25
answered how do I write a homebrew recipe?
Jul
8
comment Does Spotlight normally index links in ~/Applications?
Nice little AppleScript.