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Hi All, I am a new member here so I thought it time to raise my head above the parapet and take the plunge. My name is Gary and I ...
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- 02-06-2013 #1
Time to lift my head up!
I am a new member here so I thought it time to raise my head above the parapet and take the plunge.
My name is Gary and I am semi-retired. I am a former Police Inspector having served 28 years before medical retirement 10 years ago (Crikey, is it that long?) I will be 60 next birthday.
My computing history started in the days of the ZX80/ZX81 and Sinclair Spectrum era and, because I could type, I plumped for a Dragon 32 with a full size qwerty keyboard and a Motorola 6809 CPU. My first game for it being Donkey Kong!
In the following years I cut my computing teeth so to speak by upgrading the Dragon with a home built RS232 Interface (thanks Maplin), additional memory, re-programmed the EEPROM with an updated OS, built a HDD interface for the cartridge port and eventually bought my first 20Mb HDD for about £200!
My force supported me in doing an HNC in computer studies and I used the Dragon and an enormous 300 baud BT modem to upload my assignments to the college computer.
I then used my 'talents'?? to teach our Command & Control system, introduce people to the wonders of Microsoft Office whilst at the same time ditching my Dragon for an Atari ST. I remained a 'PC phobe' for many years until the Atari died a death and was no longer supported. PC's were the flavour at work so a home PC was inevitable.
Over the years I have become more of a user than a tinkerer and thanks to an ageing desktop PC and a chance conversation with a Red Hat qualified engineer, I installed Linux Mint on my old AMD desktop PC. I still only 'tinkered' with Linux until recently, when another chance conversation with a friend made me sit up and take notice. He was running Puppy Linux on an ageing 1996 IBM Thinkpad which booted up in seconds and I listened as he told me what he could do on this 'past it' machine.
I came home, Installed Ubuntu 12.04 on the desktop and here I am! I am like a kid with a new toy, just like in the Dragon days, looking forward to getting my hands dirty or seeing what this OS can do.
So, life begins at nearly 60!
- 02-06-2013 #2
Dragon 32 eh? Very swish! I started on VIC20 and also migrated to an Atari ST (which I still think is the best computer I ever had). You have wandered into a friendly community here so enjoy your new toy. Unlike some other toys, you can break this one and learn by fixing it"I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
It'll happen to you too."
The Fifth Continent
- 02-06-2013 #3
- Join Date
- May 2004
- arch linux
Welcome aboard, Gary!
We're glad you've joined us and hope that you'll have lots of fun with Linux.oz
- 02-06-2013 #4
- 02-06-2013 #5
Thanks Oz. I sure hope so - it's looking good so far.
- 02-06-2013 #6
Hello and Welcome!
Sounds like you're a long-time computer tinkerer. Linux is just the right toy for those who like to fiddle around with their system.
Have fun with it.
- 02-06-2013 #7
- Join Date
- Jul 2008
Howdy and Welcome. Hold yer head up high. You got more experience than me with computers though we are the same age. It's fun breaking computers for me. But I am a bull in a china cabinet mostly
compared to other members here. You'll like it here.
Happy trails, Rok
- 02-07-2013 #8
Welcome to the forum. Glad to have another gray haired user. Hope you enjoy your time here.Registered Linux user #526930
- 02-11-2013 #9
Thanks all for your kind words. I will do my best not to ask too many dumb questions!!
As for my grey hair, I'm afraid there is very little of it left! What there is, is hardly worth cutting!! AND, before I am through with this Linux thing I am sure my hair will be even greyer!
- 02-11-2013 #10