awfulhorrid Woof!
United States
MATE Edition
2013-11-25 19:14:53

I'm just a garden variety pansexual, poly, Pagan / agnostic, geek. Physically I'm fandom type Male #3 - bearded guy with long hair and glasses.

I'm a freelance computer programmer with a heavy background in databases. Lately, I've been doing a lot more Web-based interfaces and all the cool stuff you can do with HTML5, jQuery, and CSS3. For my 40th birthday, I returned to school to finally get my a degree with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Web Development. I'm increasingly glad I did, even if it is a lot of work!

One of the joys of programming and IT work is that there's always something new. Sometimes it feels overwhelming -- I'll never know everything! Most of the time, it satisfies a much larger priority in my Maslow's hierarchy: I learned something new today (and applied it in a useful manner.)

Yeah, I'll take that!

I've been flirting heavily with Linux for several years now, but finally took the plunge after a HD crash left me unable to restore my Windows 7 system without buying a new install disk from MS. I'd been trying a dual boot setup on my home server and liked it, so after taking a good look at what software I acutally used (and the available replacements) I installed Linux on my primary computer and I've been much happier ever since.

(Now I just need to convince my partners so we can become a Windows-free household!)

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Hardware devices
Device Release
Pavilion g series
HP 17" Laptop with iCore 3, Works fine with some minor problems
Mint (older version)
Software reviews
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"Very functional and works well. I'd give full marks if it didn't require kmail to be installed."
"I'm entirely too amused by these screensavers! An excellent collection indeed."
"I've been using Opera on the Windows side for about 10 years and I was very glad to find I could bring it over with me when I moved to Linux. I use many browsers on a regular basis, but no other browser handles bookmarks as well as Opera. It's fast, friendly and flexible."