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Old 09-11-2019, 01:23 PM   #1
jeffreydbrown
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Salvete, amici et amicae.


Greetings,

The list continually reminds me that I have neither posted a question nor introduced myself, so here 'tis. I am a former (now disabled/retired) Linux systems and network administrator in state and local government. My approach towards technology has always been to leverage expertise to save money by avoiding off-the-shelf commercial hardware and especially software, with their ongoing licensing and support expenses. Of course, that means following best practices and using widely-used open-source software to avoid the "hit by a bus" problem.

I started out with Linux about 21 years ago, trying Red Hat, Slackware, SuSE, Mandrake, and Gentoo before falling in love with Debian, which I have used exclusively for over 18 years. My work has involved supporting Windows servers and desktops, but I haven't had Windows on a personal machine or my primary work machine in this millennium.

I am currently tinkering with several projects driven by Arduino, or more specifically ESP8266/NodeMCU. Seeing problems and solving them through know-how and the creative use of generic hardware, rather than a polished commercial product, helps keep my mind active and allows and outlet for interests I have had for years (citizen science, energy efficiency, and pollution reduction projects), but for which there was simply no time as a working sysadmin (actually,the entire IT department) for a small city government.

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Jeffrey Brown
 
Old 09-11-2019, 04:21 PM   #2
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That's the second time I've seen a Latin phrase lately and very politically correct using gender appropriate friends!
Welcome to LQ, jefferydbrown.
 
Old 09-11-2019, 06:28 PM   #3
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Hello, petelq,

I must confess that I was not trying to be politically correct (or politically incorrect), but merely grammatically correct, as that is the usage that I learned from my equally grammatically pedantic Latin professor way back when. As I recall, Latin differs from the languages arose from it in that a masculine plural does not imply the inclusion of, say, female friends. Thank you for the welcome. I have been lurking for months and lurking unregistered far longer, but my laziness finally got the best of me, and I made that admonition about not having posted go away once and for all!

Jeffrey
 
Old 09-12-2019, 01:17 AM   #4
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Third time I've seen it now, on this subforum.
I like the habit of using latin.
Although I'd have to use something.translate in 99% of all cases...
 
Old 09-12-2019, 03:35 AM   #5
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... as that is the usage that I learned from my equally grammatically pedantic Latin professor way back when.
I think Latin professors are meant to be pedantic. Latin is a pedantic language (at least the written version - who knows about the spoken version?). I do like a little education though introduced (outside of extensive linux learning) on lq.

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Old 09-12-2019, 03:12 PM   #6
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Hello and welcome to the LQ forum Jeffery.
 
Old 09-13-2019, 01:17 PM   #7
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Greetings Jeffrey.
 
Old 09-13-2019, 01:23 PM   #8
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I think Latin professors are meant to be pedantic. Latin is a pedantic language (at least the written version - who knows about the spoken version?).
beggers and dogs alike understood it, it cannot be all that fancy.
 
  


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