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Make it so!

Posted 09-04-2011 at 03:21 AM by m3rl1n

Jean-Luc Picard: captain of star ship Enterprise. His log entries always intriged me. I guess I will be using 'my blog' as a log just like he does. It is not coincidental that I use his name. In 1985 I had an awkward experience as I was expectingly staring at my newly purhased Tandy 1000ex. I remember waiting for something bad to happen to the A:> (a-prompt) on my amber monochrome screen.

There were no programs available other than a dull calendar, at the time supplied on a 5.25" floppy disk. I took me days of reading manuals to finally discover that I needed to swap the boot floppy for the calendar one. My log entries back in '85 contained more questions than answers.

I also remember that at one point I was forced to make a decision: Windows 3.0 or Unix. 26 years later I regret that I dedicated all my prayers to Bill Gates. (Plug 'n Pray).

Oh I had great salaries as a NOC Admin, as a Windows Network Specialist, as a Sysadmin, as a developer (Visual Basic), and as WebAdmin and Web developer. Hence even as Hardware specialist, or technician I had a nice income. I however never lost that awkward feeling that I was talking about. I never was captain of the ship! I never knew what was under the hood. I never was told what exactly Microsoft coded into its Kernel.

I kept buying new equipment, better equipment, new Windows releases - servers, workstations, additional programs et al. But no matter what I did to accomplish the best of the available, I never felt that I was part of the Enterprise.

Recently I made a weird decision: I will dedicate myself to learing Linux and C-Programming. What better way to do this than to dive right into deep Linux space - full warp speed ahead!

My wife was annoyed and my 6 kids - well four of the computer literate kids, hated me for expelling Windows from our residence and for introducing Linux. It has been two weeks ago since I installed Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty's) on all our computers. My oldest son has asked me for an Ubuntu t-shirt already! I think they adapted much faster than I expected. My wife keeps playing Sudoko, and she likes the extra dollars on her side of the budget, now that Billy's expensive upgrade demands have been erased.

I am still reading myself to sleep, not grapsing the Linux 'Warp Drive', its consoles, and all them gizmo's linux has to offer.
I am expectingly staring at that A:> again telling myself: Make it so!
Time to play "ketchup"...

-m3rl1n
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