Retired amid the foothills of Maine and enjoying life as it comes. I'm fairly well known in a variety of communities, mostly those with a technical bent, and try to ask decent questions though I'm a bit verbose for that. I also, if I can, answer those questions that I can.
I often try to learn, to grow, and to then spread that information around. I have no wisdom to share but I do have experiences that have given me some knowledge.
I started, way back in the day, with a number of Unix systems and a few that relied on BASIC. Some of my more joyful times were spent connecting to BBS systems of yore and actually participating in the forums therein.
As time moved on, I spent my time on Unix and then moved to Windows. After Linux started gaining some momentum I tried and used a variety of flavors for a while but none really suited my needs or the needs of my company. So, I used Windows at home and continued with Unix in the workplace.
My business was traffic modeling (vehicular and then, also, pedestrian) and I was offered a fair sum which I took and retired. The parent company has done well with it and I'm impressed to see it is still alive and well. There's a small chance that some folks here will be familiar with it.
Today, I while away my time reading and commenting on a variety of sites. The ubiquity of connectivity has meant that I can be 'online' from pretty much anywhere on the planet and I tend to take advantage of this. Having an RV and a penchant for travels (I must satisfy my wanderlust) means I can have a different view out of my window and experience new things often.
I must, also, admit that I tend to flit between distributions with an alarming frequency. There are many times where I have no desire to even boot to an OS installed on the machine but, rather, simply use a Live disk (DVD/CD/Flash) and go from there. What is, after all, the point of RAM if not to use it?
As I prefer speed and utilitarian functions ahead of aesthetics, my current choice is usually Lubuntu. I have grown fond of the various Ubuntu derivatives and, at the moment, this seems to be my favorite flavor.
I am not, by any means, a Linux zealot. I do not insist on free and open software but, rather, I use what works for me and what does the job well enough for me to accomplish my goals. I have no dislike for Microsoft (or Apple) and I don't strive to advocate Linux - though I do recommend it when people ask and when they are seeking alternatives. While I use Linux, and enjoy it, I understand that there are other people with varied tastes and needs. If they are happy doing what they are doing, and this goes on to speak of other things, then who am I to try to change their minds?
So, there's a little about me. I've had some good fortune in this life and make it a point to share what I can with other people. My gratitude is best expressed by my willingness, and ability, to pay it forward.