|I am interested in all things technical from computer hardware and
software to playing around with satellite television on Dreamboxes.
I started out as a communications engineer for the military and then
ended up in inertial system design.
During this time I devoloped an interest in personal computers.
(When I was at university, everything was done on a mainframe with
punch cards, something that put most electronic engineers off the idea
I progressed from there to taking an interest in networks and the
I decided to make a career in IT and supported and administered
Microsoft Active Directory based networks and the software a typical
firm would run.
I also supported SQL Server and as a result spent some time
designing sites running databased Internet sites - from Internet
shopping stores for Collectible World Studios to active content sites
for organisations like BETA UK.
I have always been interested in Linux since the original Slackware
A couple of years ago, after a long layoff from Linux, I decided to
give openSUSE 10.1 a try and was very impressed by the way that it
autodetected my hardware and installed perfectly on my AMD 64 system.
With WinXP-64, I had to find the correct drivers before most of my
hardware would work!
When my Exchange Server broke down and I had problems restoring it
because of all the flaws that M$ never tells you about:
- Your first AD server is the main domain controller. If it
breaks down, you will never recover it unless you use the EXACT SAME
hardware, which is impossible if it has been running for a few years.
- Your Exhange backup database has to be backed up to exactly the
same machine because it is unique to that Exchange server install.
Since the Server has crashed, you can never reinstall the server
from fresh and recreate the database from backup.
As a result, I decided that I needed a change from Microsoft and all
the viruses and trojans that are written specifically to run on its
desktop software and switched to Linux.
I have played with most Linux distributions, although I use
(open)SUSE as my distro of choice.