About Me

Hi. Thank you for being curious about me. I am an ordinary human traveling through an ordinary life.

In my first computer science class I typed on a big clunky teletype and saved the program on punch cards. In 1982 I wrote lesson plans and job aids on an Apple IIe with dual floppy drives.

My first personal computer was a Commodore 64 with a 1541 floppy disk drive in 1982. My monitor was the living room TV through an A/B switch. I taught myself BASIC and delved into the underground world of Zork. My final Zork map was about a dozen sheets of paper taped together and I scored all 300 points.

My second computer was an Amiga 1000 in 1986, one of the original press runs with the Mitch paw print. I added an external 10 MB (yes, MB!) SCSI disk drive with a case as big as a shoe box. I managed a local user group newsletter using Professional Page, Professional Draw, WordPerfect, Deluxe Paint III, and a Pacific Page PostScript emulator on an HP IIP laser printer. I connected to online bulletin board systems (BBSs).

My first Unix exposure was in 1986 using vi in a C programming class.

In 1990 came an Amiga 3000. I added a PC Bridgeboard and an A-Max II classic Mac emulator.

In 1991 I bought an 80486 PC with 16 MB of RAM. I had a CompuServe account. I installed Windows for Workgroups and the Norton Desktop. I added copies of FrameMaker and WordPerfect for DOS. With FrameMaker I managed another newsletter. I began my journey into technical writing. For more than two decades my primary professional background was technical writing, mostly procedure writing.

I taught personal computer classes at a local tech college. Along the way I became “the person” who is asked for computer help. Between the Amiga and 486 I was familiar with the command line.

My first network was using a crossover cable to link the 486 to a new Pentium I running NT4. The new system was an Internet gateway for the 486. Some years later came routers, switches, and additional computers on the network.

I became aware of Linux in the late 1990s and have been using Linux based systems since 2001. In 2008 I migrated fully to Slackware Linux. Personally I use Slackware and professionally I use Debian, Proxmox, and CentOS.

Pretty much all during my computer years I have had a soft spot for non technical users.

My user name? An online alias. Privacy is important to me in this day and age of extreme data mining where too many people treat fellow humans as products. The nickname makes sense if familiar with my geographical area and some basics about language dialects.

When I am not tinkering with computers, I sit on the front porch, talk to and photograph wildlife, read, watch movies, and do most of the domestic things other humans do.

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