As told to YouCanToo
What is your name/username?
I am Gary Williams (AKA Buffalo Cowboy). This is in remembrance of my long lost afro and love of all the Black Cowboys and Buffalo Soldiers of the American West.
How old are you?
I am sixty-one and looking forward to another click on the meter in February.
Are you married, single?
Thirty-one years married and still going strong.
How about Kids, Grandkids?
Two grown and married sons. Five grandchildren.
Do you have pets, what is your favorite?
I'm a default dog dad for my youngest son's Japanese Shibu Inu.
Are you retired, still working and if working, what do you do?
I am a Desktop Support Technician in a MS Windows environment for a Contracting Company. I am a senior technician working with a lot of Millennial and Gen X colleagues.
Where do you call home? What is it like? IE: weather, scenery
Home is Northern Virginia about thirty miles from Washington D.C. Living here is all about the commute into and around D.C. (and how to outwit or survive the legendary traffic snarls on a daily basis).
Weather in this part of the country will definitely give you four distinct seasons. Lately, with the clearly evident Global warming, the seasonal transitions have been almost non existent or lingering unusually long before abruptly switching to full out winter; or like last spring, which was shortened before jumping into full summer bake. The scenery here is still spectacular once you go out into the counties away from I-95.
Where did you go to school and what is your education level?
I'm a Technical School Graduate with some College. I am the last of a fading breed of technicians that RTFM (I'm an old school Hacker before the media misused and destroyed that term).
What kind of things you like doing? hobbies, travel, fishing, camping?
I practice Martial Art Aerobics with a mixed group of ladies, the majority of them young enough to be my daughters and conditioned enough to be in the UFC. I keep up with and routinely amaze them at every practice. Every young guy who has come to the class has not lasted more than two classes tops, so far. When not doing weekday routines, I soak up as much free Linux Knowledge as I can from all available sources. Especially the user forum.
Why and when did you start using Linux?
I wanted to keep this Dell Inspiron 6000 alive when Vista was launched back in 2009. I have never looked back. This laptop runs KDE 4.14.10 and the 4.1.7 pclos3 kernel. I make my money supporting MS in the daytime but use PCLinuxOS exclusively for personal use and have even gotten my wife very comfortable using it, too. So far, I've spread the OS to two sister-in-law's' computers with positive results all around.
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