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 rbianco
18xp

Last login: 2016-10-05 06:43:10
 


Microsoft free since 9/16
 United States
Sarah
Cinnamon Edition
Biography:

RBianco's Biography

Immediate Family

Husband, Father with two amazing Daughters, a Registered Nurse working and studying to achieve her Masters degree, and Student at the top of her class preparing for a career in Dental Assistance.

Career

Information Technology

Systems Analysis & Design & Computer Programming of Mainframe, Client-Server & Web based corporate applications. Experience spans several Fortune 100 companies and numerous business areas.

Communications, Banking & Finance

  • Bank of America
  • GE Capital
  • AT&T
  • Time Warner Cable

Military, Government & Utility

  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Dyncorp International
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Power & Light
  • State of Wisconsin

Transportation,

  • Siemens Power Generation
  • Original Software, Inc.
  • Express Scripts
  • Walt Disney World

Programming Languages & Scripts

  • PowerBuilder 3-12.5
  • Microsoft .NET with C#
  • JavaScript
  • Java
  • C

Databases

  • Oracle 6 - 12
  • Sybase SQL Server
  • Sybase ASE
  • Informix
  • MySQL
  • DB2

Have designed databases from the ground up and worked on databases of extremely large legacy systems having mutliple schemas and thousands of objects. Understand data normalization design processes and have used tools such as PL*SQL Developer, Power Designer, Toad and SQL Management Studio.

Written code on the back-end in PL*SQL, T*SQL as procedures, packages and triggers. Have used many database managment utility programs like SQL*Loader or built in packages for sending mail or creating files on the host operating system.

Interests & Hobbies

Enjoy learning new things, electronics, microprocessor development, riding all terrain vehicles, target shooting with various firearms, camping and recently politics in supporting Donald Trump for president.

Learning Linux & Open Source

Have wanted to free myself from Windows for a long time but the need to use Microsoft .NET and sometimes SQL server kept me tied, also my lack of expertise in Linux made it difficult. After several serious PC problems caused by Windows 10, I made the committment to switch to Linux. I started with Zorin OS and loved it but I got careless with partitions and lost everything. I decided to use a more vanilla distro and now using Linux Mint Cinnamon ("Sarah") and cannot say enough good things about it. It's a masterpiece that is visually appealing and a solid base to build a powerful desktop / server setup for a software developer.

I've installed SAP PowerBuilder on the Windows VM and the host and client extensions making the windows experience as good as a dual boot scenario without the need to leave Linux!

Suggestion for Microsoft Users

I higly recommend others thinking of leaving MS to just do it- give yourself two weeks to get comfortable. I have a Virtualbox installed for Windows 7 Ultimate Edition but did not start using it until about a month after switching to Linux.

Running Windows in a virtual machine works flawlessly- mine is allocated to use just 2 Gb ram and 2 processors with 90% max. My windows installation gets impressive readings on the Windows experience ratings except for the graphics which gets the lowest of "1" because I haven't figured out how to pass my NVIDIA through and use the mobo graphics card for Linux.

My system is a home built 8-CPU AMD Athlon 9 series with 8 GB RAM and an NVIDIA 740 graphics along with built in GeForce graphics card.

Friends:

No friends found.

Ideas:

No ideas found.

Tutorials:
Hardware:
GT 740
Nvidia AMD Phenom(TM) 9560 Quad-Core Processor X4, Works perfectly on Sarah
Favorite software:
vlc
"The best video player by far.. no codec headaches"
opera
"I've always liked Opera and it's just as awesome on Linux"