been ... first thread
Where I've been ..
Linux server development
developed skills in linux systems and s/w development on home
server .. perl/squirrelmail/fetchmail/mysql .. while building tools
such as a family tree database shared amongst our families
developed a server for the Ottawa Outing Club to get them off
of dbaseIII and into a web-based intranet solution that would be
scalable and supportable for years to come independent of Microsoft OS
migration and supportable remotely.
brought in some of the first Linux boxes at Zarlink to speed up
simulations in algorithm group
What I find interesting ...
problem solving .. and it can be any problem .. I just like
writing software .. and creating solutions that surprise and
please my friends and customers.
focusing in on methodologies
working with people .. leading them in problem solving and
helping them focus for success.
taking people cross-country skiing in the Gatineau swamps on a
sunny day in February and helping them see what's important in life.
NOAH ... my ark
- Everyone thinks they can do it better .. me too! .. so off I went re-inventing the ubiquious 'Document Management System'!
- actually sold some licenses .. thanks guys for the support!
- actually realized that the only way to make money is to charge for support .. but I'm retired! .. so no support .. so now it's opensource!
- I'm amazed at the downloads I still get for NOAH .. hope it is meeting your needs!
Live-Debian ... I'm hooked!
- bought a VIA low power fanless motherboard (fanless power block too!)
- installed Live-Debian (the old casper version) on IDE flash with the usual fetchmail, apache2,exim4, bunch of perl modules, imap-courier, squirrelmail etc.
- setup data on hard disk and setup a spin-down timeout to save power
- bought a power meter .. measured around 20watts .. can't remember exactly now!
This server is still running and about once every 6 months I come up with a reason to reboot it. Well, ok, a few times it has run into trouble .. probably a /tmp/ overflow or some syslog issue I'm guessing.
I liked this Live Debian approach so much, that I started setting up the same arrangement
on my desktop .. i.e. running a live debian os booting from hard disk but running mostly in ram except for /home directory. See www.tailwind-live.org.
Then my MOM said she wanted a computer .. so I gave her a similar arrangement but this time set it up to automatically re-install all her configuration files on reboot to make sure that she always
starts up in a known state .. and arranged for icedove to open up on boot.
Then along comes John and he has a project with FreeWRL and wants a Live DVD to demo
FreeWRL .. so off we go again but this time with a Live-Debian using the latest kernel/Testing release and building in Graphics Card support for Nvidia and ATI. I can't say the DVD itself was a
success but it forced me into looking at graphics cards and latest drivers and add documentation in grub.
All is good .. then my friend Zlatko says he's got a MOM too! .. and she needs something even
simpler! ... so we start with a keyboardless computer with a panel of pushbuttons .. and again
the latest version of what I now call Tailwind-Live only this
time we run the /home in ram too and download the environment from a webserver with local cache.
This is the birth of Pushbutton Linux and
the MyPlace concept after moving to an
MSI touchscreen all-in-one computer.
What's next? .. hard to say, but I'm amazed that there is notmore talk about using ram-based Live Linux systems on desktops to reduce support issues .. it works so well!
Harold Blount - info [at] nordicwind [dot] ca