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What is your name/username?
KS4UA is the username on the PCLinuxOS forum. I won't explain where it comes from, but some other folks could probably figure it out rather quickly.
How old are you?
Old enough. Seriously...I was born in the 1950's and grew up (allegedly) in the 1960s-70s. If you are good with arithmetic, you would be able to figure out my chronological age. So that's about all I want to say about that.
Seriously, I am still alive and kicking and grateful for every day that I can get up and move around without additional assistance.
Are you married, single?
Been married a while. Over 30 years now. And very happy to be married to a wonderful woman. She is the exact opposite of me in many ways, which makes it a challenge in some ways and other ways very complimentary, to be in this relationship. I guess that's what you call it!
How about Kids, Grandkids (names and ages)?
We have two kids, who are now in their late 20s and early 30s. No grandkids yet, but we are hopeful someday.
Do you have pets, what is your favorite?
No pets currently living with us. There are two neighbor's dogs that we are step-parents to, but that's about it.
Are you retired, still working and if working, what do you do?
Unfortunately, I am not yet re-tired. Just tired.
I tell people that I am part of "Generation W". We are the generation that has to work until we expire.
What do I do? Hmm...that's a good question. Too hard to explain in a short form, so let it just be said I am involved with "government work" and it's very interesting. Keeps me busy and is a challenge. It involves engineering, software and hardware, and it's "high visibility". So I think I will stop right there.
Where do you call home? What is it like? IE: weather, scenery
Home....hmmm...that's a good question. We have lived in many parts of the USA, but we are living in N. Alabama at the present time, which is "robust" in the weather department. It's "wild weather" in the springtime (Dixie Tornado Alley), "hot and humid" in the Summer (this is the Deep South after all), pleasant in the Fall (lots of tree colors...close to Appalachia), and "relatively mild" in the Winter...at least compared to "Up North."
Where did you go to school and what is your education level?
I have a BA degree, and almost an MA degree (long story) for what they are worth. I went to college in Iowa at two different schools back in the 1980s. One college is closed now and the other one was a state university.
As far as "education level", I have been "getting educated" for many years. There is always some new course, some certification, etc. that I am involved with. Not going to go into more details, but let's just say...I have had "enough" formal education....and have learned how to "learn on my own" for many of the important lessons in life.
What kind of things you like doing? hobbies, travel, fishing, camping?
Oh I wish I had more time for things like that. Travel, fishing, camping all sounds like fun. Honestly, my work life and other responsibilities take up so much of my life, I don't have time to do much of any of that. I get out to hiking occasionally, when the weather is nice. Also, my wife and I are avid birdwatchers. I play around with Ham Radio some. Other than than, I am rather boring.
Why and when did you start using Linux?
It was probably in 1998....Red Hat....whatever version they were pushing at the time. I had a job as a webmaster for a small company and we put Red Hat on a Dell machine, setup Apache, Perl, etc. and it ended up on the "World Wide Web!". I did HTML and Perl scripts for them, got them a decent "Web Face" (especially for 1998-1999 time frame), then ended up taking another job with a different company.
I had previous experience with a much larger company, where we used SYS V *nix for a long time, so the move to Linux was not a hard one. In fact, I was very impressed at how mature Red Hat was clear back then, compared to the "commercial" Unix that we sold with our hardware and software!
Over the next few years, I went from Red Hat, to Mandrake, and then somehow found PCLinuxOS. That was it...I have been using PCLInuxOS ever since.
What specific equipment do currently use with PCLOS?
My signature has two of the systems I use at home. I try to put PCLinuxOS on every laptop or desktop that comes my way.
Do you feel that your use of Linux influences the reactions you receive from your computer peers or family? If so, how?
My "family" probably could care less what I use, because they have their own systems (IOS and Android mainly). My "peers" are kind of like me. They use Windows when forced, and otherwise like MacOS or Linux. Of course, all the peers on the PCLinuxOS forum would be using PCLinuxOS, so we get along fine.
What would you like to see happen within PCLOS that would make it a better place. What are your feelings?
I think Texstar and all of the others do a great job with PCLinuxOS. I have no complaints!
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