Abhijit Menon-Sen

I am a programmer, but I have spent years perfecting disguises that allow me to mingle occasionally with surface-dwellers. With my pale, clammy skin and unnaturally large, light-sensitive eyes, I could never have passed for a productive member of society otherwise.

I live in a small village in the Himalayas in North India, and make a living by projecting an air of calm authority in dire circumstances, such as the imminent demise of your Postgres database.

Away from work, I dabble compulsively — and write with varying levels of expertise and enthusiasm about subjects including Unix, linguistic trivia, bureaucracy, life in the mountains, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

(There's a subject-wise index; or see everything in chronological order.)

Some recommendations

How are Unix pipes implemented?
The implementation and history of an iconic Unix feature
What is fsck up to now?
Studying the progress of a long-running filesystem check
Birds named after women
The latest in a series of articles about bird names
Understanding sudoers(5) syntax
A simple guide to sudo configuration (with no EBNF!)
Renault Duster AWD review
A long-term owner's review of a capable, no-frills vehicle


You can write to me at ams@toroid.org