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bio website edwinbuck.com
location Houston, TX
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Software developer, and a whole lot more.

Currently employed at Cisco Systems

Formerly employed at:

PROS Revenue Management
ABB
ABB Network Management
Elsag / Bailey (Formerly Ferranti Systems)
The City of Houston
Tarrant and Bulgherini, CPA.
The Jewish Herald Voice
The University of Houston Biology Department

Programming since the age of 8 (Logo). Mastered various languages including

Logo
Pascal
C
FORTRAN
C++
Prolog
Scheme
TCL
TK
Expect
Java

Left computing in 1993 to do research oriented genetic engineering, with emphasis on the structure-function relationships of various proteins including alleles of emb-27 (C. Elegans) , p53 (molecule of the year), and an aquaporin candidate. Left research to return to computing in 1997.

Deep knowledge of the internal workings of the JVM and related technologies. Strong skills in job scheduling, demand forecasting, build / continuous integration systems, tool building, and software architecture.


Nov
22
revised Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?
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Nov
22
comment Can I move the kitchen to the living room?
Just to get a clear picture of what Bryce is implying. You would need to destroy a channel in the slab, dig a trench, rework the existing piping. Fill the trench. Repour the slab. And that's if everything is easy and goes smoothly. If it is problematic, it is even more expensive. And that will only move a pipe, you still have the rest of the kitchen to do!
Nov
22
comment Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?
Don't use bleach. It adds water, which is the entire reason you have mildew. Yes, bleach kills mildew too, but the water will stay longer than the chlorine. If you want to kill mildew, use a professional mildew retardant. It has a lower water content. Also, don't saturate the item; remember, the less water, the higher your chance of satisfactory results.
Nov
22
answered Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?
Oct
19
comment What curtain pole for a bay window?
In our neighborhood, the three rod solution reigns supreme.
Oct
19
comment What's wrong with my painting technique?
These days I always put a coat of Kilz down first. It means that I typically only need one or two coats of paint and my job looks great. Previously, it would take two or three coats (unless something magical happened) and would only look good.
Sep
17
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Feb
4
comment How to prevent incandescent light bulbs from heating up the room, safely?
When considering the cost, yes, the incandescent has a lower up-front cost, but the Flourescent / LED solutions have a much lower operating cost. Basically you'll go from 600W to about 120W, which saves a few pennies every hour (-0.480 kW/hr * $0.12 = ~6 cents an hour savings). Flourescent / LED solutions have a number of different "warmth" ranges, pick the yellowest one to roughly match incandescent bulbs, which are really heaters that happen to give off light. Also, you'll save spending additional electric in A/C if you are in a hot climate.
Jan
28
comment How do I open a padlock after it has frozen?
+1 Always use graphite on locks. The hunting around for this "special" lock lubricant is so beneficial, in so many ways. If you can only find the squeeze tube variant. Puff it into a thawed lock a couple of times, and then run the key in and out until it moves like a knife through warm butter.
Jan
28
revised What could be causing a leaky p trap under my bathroom sink?
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Jan
28
revised How can I make wooden stairs slip-proof?
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Jan
28
revised What could be causing a leaky p trap under my bathroom sink?
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Jan
28
answered How can I make wooden stairs slip-proof?
Jan
28
answered What could be causing a leaky p trap under my bathroom sink?
Dec
17
comment Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?
Yes, I'm referring to an exhaust vent. We had one exhaust vent treated quite badly by a AC install crew (upstairs central bathroom, no window, not near any entrance), and although I can't prove anything, after fixing it we didn't seem to encounter as many bugs. If your traps aren't dry, then the plumbing vent should also be behind the water trap.
Dec
17
answered Can vermin come in through your toilet or shower drain and, if so, what can you do about it?
Nov
26
comment How can I counteract the effects of WD-40?
If applying soap, remember to apply it first to the site and then wash it off with water. Soap has a oil-loving side and a water-loving side, so there's no sense in aligning all of those oil-loving sides into protective pockets by putting the soap in water. The same goes for removing grease from hands, soap first, scrub, then water will get your hands much cleaner than water, soap, and a lot of time.
Nov
13
comment Why is my A/C unit running when the heater runs?
Don't feel bad. A heat pump is a far better solution to the heat strips you probably are used to. Marvel in your AC's ability to "air condition the great outdoors"
Nov
13
comment Can bio fuel ethanol used as a main heating source?
Note that my prices are for E85, but my energy calculations are for E100. I was trying to give the maximum benefit of a doubt, but the numbers really don't support the effort. True prices are worse than I published.
Oct
24
comment My house was hit by lightning. What should I do?
Yeah, I should have reordered the possibilities by most likely to least likely.