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Trained in C, familiar with C++ and Java, spent the last 10 or so years mostly in scripting (perl, shell, etc) with a little php/ajax/js on the side. I've been running linux on just about all my systems for over 5 years, and at least partially using it since '95, mostly with Debian and now Ubuntu. Lately I'm getting back into a project using C, maybe Lua, front end with php/ajax/js, and who knows what else.

Outside of the techie stuff, I enjoy photography as a hobby and do a lot of home repair both on my own home and with the local Habitat chapter. For fun, I strap the bare necessities onto my back and enjoy a weekend of backpacking.


Jul
21
comment Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer for 32 or 42 inch LED TV?
-1 because this looks like it's off topic, and if I vote to close it's binding. It's approaching a product recommendation, product specific advice, electrical engineering, and small appliances. All either off topic for this site or more relevant for another site that I'm pretty sure would not accept a migration.
Jul
21
comment Lights and outlets on multiple circuits out but no circuits tripped. Power back to normal after several hours
It doesn't make sense that the 4 circuits are clustered if the problem is a failed hot, at least not on this model of breaker panel (really old panels had a hot on each side rather than alternating the way we do now). But it would make sense if the problem is a failing neutral bus on one side of the panel, or some other junction on the neutral side that is common to all of those breakers. I'd start looking there.
Jul
21
comment Lights and outlets on multiple circuits out but no circuits tripped. Power back to normal after several hours
While this may be accurate, just about every question on a DIY site can be answered "get a professional." If a project is impractical for DIY (such as requiring specialized tools or a license to handle the equipment, e.g. HVAC coolant) then be sure to explain that. Otherwise, the answers we are looking for should educate someone how to do a task and then explain when they cannot do it themselves.
Jul
20
revised How can I run a coaxial cable into an existing single gang electrical outlet?
removing product recommendation, attempting to save spam like answer
Jul
11
comment Why energy saving bulb flashes when the switch is off?
Thanks, I've removed my -1.
Jul
11
comment Is there a reasonably priced dog door that allows dogs through but stops cats?
Locking since if asked today this question would be closed closed as "shopping advice." See the meta discussion for more details about our product recommendation policy.
Jul
11
comment When hanging two layers of drywall, can the first layer be hung with the facing to the studs?
Just some late advice for anyone looking at this: when installing a second layer of drywall make sure to offset all the seams. This tends to mean that the first sheet of the first drywall layer gets cut in half so the bevel is in the middle of the next sheet. You also offset the end joints which requires some planning since you now have 3 joints to offset (two offset sheets on the bottom and one on top of those).
Jul
10
comment Why energy saving bulb flashes when the switch is off?
-1 Link only answers become useless when the link goes bad and are frequently confused with spam. Be sure to provide context around the link and quote relevant content in case the link goes bad. See how to answer for more details.
Jul
9
comment How do I reuse a fluorescent light fixture?
How was it wired before?
Jul
9
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
8
answered What do I do with a 1 11/16" gap when installing a new pre-hung door?
Jul
6
comment Block view, but allow sunlight from windows
What kind of blinds do you have, and did you try adjusting them so the slats point up towards the sun?
Jul
5
comment Smoke detector giving false alerts
See also: What besides smoke might trigger a hardwired smoke detector?
Jul
5
comment Smoke detector giving false alerts
If it's detecting CO, that's odorless and can kill you. If it's wired, it could be picking up a stray signal and reporting that it believes another detector is going off.
Jul
5
comment Smoke detector giving false alerts
Is this a combination CO/Smoke detector? Is it hard wired or have you tested placing it in other locations to see if you still get false alerts? Is it really an alert and not a low battery chirp (which tends to be more common at night when it's colder and batteries are weaker). Do you do a lot of cooking that may result in smoke from food? Do you burn fires in a fireplace that might result in smoke gathering in the house?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jul
2
comment How to install LED strip where before I had a fluorescent tube?
-1 because of the request for product specific advice in the comments below.
Jul
1
comment How do I wire a new light fixture with a red wire?
How was the previous chandelier wired?
Jul
1
revised What are the connections on this German TV socket?
removing off topic portion of the question
Jul
1
comment What are the connections on this German TV socket?
Your laptop is not a television, TV's contain tuners to tune in a channel being broadcast. You can buy these for computers, but that conversation off topic for the site.