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. I scored all 300 points.

Soon thereafter was a course in Pascal learning structured programming and learning never again to use the goto command. I pretty much have forgotten everything about BASIC and Pascal.

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. I remember little about C and while I can still use the editors, never really liked vi(m).

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 a Society for Technical Communication (STC) chapter 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. Starting with the Amiga and 486 I became familiar with the command line.

My first home network used 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.

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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