Who am I?
I am a software developer/database developer living in the North East of Scotland. I work primarily in the Oil/Gas sector and I am currently developing a Hydrocarbon allocation system.
My first computer was a Sinclair ZX spectrum which I was given as a Christmas present at the age of 10. I learned how to write games using Spectrum Basic.
My next computer was a Commodore Amiga 600. On this computer I learned how to write Turbo C.
I am very nostalgic about old computers and games consoles and I have built up quite a collection including an Atari 2600, Spectrum 48k and +2, Commodore Amiga 500, 500+, 600 and 1200s, a Sega Megadrive/MegaCD, Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 1. I love playing classic games. My favourite game of all time is still Manic Miner but honourable mentions go out to Sensible Soccer, Road Rash, Cannon Fodder and Nighttrap.
At college I did a HND in Computer Science and I have worked for a number of large companies and I have developed a number of large systems including Unit Trust Dealing Systems and Financial applications.
Most of my working life has been in Windows but I have had a number of years exposure to UNIX.
I use LINUX at home and have been Windows free at home since 2006. I am not an expert. I am someone who has a good general technical knowledge and a solid development background.
So what is this blog about?
This blog is written by an average LINUX user for average LINUX users. I do not intend to review the more difficult to use LINUX operating systems because I don't expect the average LINUX user to want to use them.