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I've been a computer hobbyist since before the IBM PC, and a professional programmer not too long after that. I've had experience with electronic repair, manufacturing, and testing of professional audio.

I tutored other students in Fortran before PCs existed, built my first computer from bare circuit boards and reject parts (S-100 CP/M system), and transitioned from stereo repair, to professional audio manufacturing at Dolby Labs, where I set up the automated functional testing for Dolby professional equipment. From there, I went into programming full-time as a C programmer for Mac presentation graphics systems, then to Windows C++ video programming. My last 10 years was as a C++ Windows software engineer for a corporate source code control system.

I'm now a Linux user, doing part time website development using all open source tools like Vim, PHP, Javascript/jQuery, etc for local businesses. I'm semi-retired, so I only do jobs that I want to do.


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comment Can I adjust my blinds for both ventilation and privacy?
Why do you need to go outside at all? It seems to me that if you put your head at the levels you are concerned about, in various parts of the room, and look outside, then if you can see the areas where neighbors would be, then they can see you.
Nov
20
comment Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?
You are probably right; troubleshooting a problem (something I'm pretty good at, in general) is often a matter of eliminating possibilities until there is only one or a manageable few possibilities, then checking those. In my experience, it's best to consider all possibilities first, as sometimes what I thought to be impossible turns out to be the answer.
Nov
20
comment Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?
I've heard 80 psi for the maximum pressure a lot. But if any devices (ie, washing machines, etc) have valves that are rated lower, then that may be too high. As for the pipe to shower part, it may or may not be an issue. You make a good point, but it would take more pressure for a bigger pipe, and also the weight of the water would create more back pressure. Anyway, it's part of the equation, and not really meant to be a real solution, just added for completeness.
Nov
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Nov
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answered Why does my shower head drip when the tub faucet is on?
Nov
20
comment Is an exhaust fan over a gas range required?
It seems to me that if the issue were CO danger rather than cooking smoke, then there would be a requirement to make the exhaust system automatic, not controlled by the user. We have an outside exhaust, but only use it when frying, etc. But I can see where it would be against code to have it exhaust into the attic, where it would eventually be a fire hazard.