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Male - based in Crosby, just to the north of Liverpool - and 39, though not for too much longer.
I work for a charity that offers a variety of IT services for other non-profit-making organizations. I stumbled across Linux a couple of years ago through my attempts to try and get to grips with Perl. Finally plucked up the courage to try and install Linux on a computer at home which was initially Caldera.
Last year I installed SUSE 7.0 and began to work with PHP and MySQL in an attempt to develop a few web sites for local charities. I think the whole ethos of the open source code community is one that should fit hand in glove with the non-profit-making sector and I hope I'm doing my bit to spread the word.
I'm not actually from a programming background - psychology has been my main interest in recent years as can be seen from the site I quote as my home page (www.oups.org.uk). I still feel like an idiot with regard to most things on a Linux system. I'm determined to try and get to the stage where I can comfortably install software - though every attempt to do so has thus far ended in dismal failure.
My objective for the next few months is to try and work my way through the LFS book and create a system on a spare computer that will hopefully give me a bit more confidence.
hahahah not sure about that one michaelegan, cool pic MasterC, i still haven't scanned mine yet, too many assesment tasks, homework, studying for tests, but yet i still seem time for LQ , and Aussie where was that pic taken ?
31/male/ Iron Mountain, Michigan(2hrs directly north of Green Bay, wisconsin). I'm originally from Grand Rapids, Mi.
IT dept for a cable tv engineering firm (we do everything from walkouts to design/drafting/construction)..Cliff Claven fact:This company is the company where "cable in the home" originally started.
Steve Mariucci and Tom Izzo are from here.
There actually is Mafia here (Al Capone's family's cabin is 5miles away, as is his "retreat"....Four Seasons....Huge mansion (it's a golf course/fine dining estab. now) that sits on an island..only way on or off is a one lane wooden bridge....kind of unnerving to see...right in the middle of the woods you see a 4 story mansion nestled on a hill on a small island.....I always wondered why there were so many cars with Illinois plates at the club, and why so many older gents with gold rings and shirts open and gold chains hanging.....then found out that the people who own it in Cicero, Illinois were busted for racketeering and tax evasion and embezzlement...(they bought the place with 10mil they filched from Ciceros treasury)......
Iron Mountain is right next to (almost one big town instead of two small ones) Kingsford....the original home of Kingsford Charcoal...
Henry Ford had a plant here where they made the "Flivver" car....
what's odd is that I used to work at the Hardware Store that sits on the old Ford plant....I had heard stories of the Mafia being involved with Ford around here but didn't believe it...Until.....I went into one of the old kiln rooms with one of the older guys that worked there and there was a trapdoor in the floor....we opened it and put a flashlight in there and saw old booze bottles and a broken revolver....I later found out that under this trapdoor was a system of tunnels that ran all the way to the airport and it also connected to one of Capone's houses, which had an elevator that ran all the way down into the tunnel.....
oh yeah...Joe Eliot (lead singer for Def Leppard) has a house on the lake here and his girlfriend is from here. So when he's not on tour, he's here riding around on his Harley.
Pretty interesting history for a small town...
Damn! You sure know your town well, I am lucky to know when McDonald's closes here I guess I know my home town fairly well, but still, that's alot of info you have up there. Sounds very cool!
When i see pics of people, I am blown away. Take Aussie for example, I had no idea. You look very cool. I guess I picture the linux geek to look a certain way, which I have never seen anyone look like a geek who is actually into computers. In fact, I would never guess most of the people I have seen to be into computers. That's why I figured I should post a pic, because I like to picture who I am replying to, and figure it might be the same on the other shoe.
Oh, and exigent, like I could tell you (but not likely since I am a pharmacy technician, not a SEAL). Here's the "album" from that same day: Me
hmmm Aussie that background looks familiar, so yeh thats why i asked. I should be posting my pic up soon, school finishes tomorrow, i don't really want to go, but i don't want to fall behind, and i have computers tomorrow !!
p.s - mara, I always had a shaky belief you were female, but like MasterC, I thought you might also have been male (until a few months ago when I saw you say in a post that you were female). It's the name. Like Pat, it could go either way.
Last edited by lackluster; 09-26-2002 at 04:22 PM.