> You can tell us something about yourself, what do you do, where do you
> come from and how did you find out about Nuxified.org. You can be as
> extensive about yourself in your introductory post or as brief as you wish.
I am a father and husband, living in the USA, somewhat of a geek behind a keyboard most of the time, and am EXTREMELY creative. (My creativity is both a blessing and a curse.)
I have jumped over to the world of Linux after being stabbed in the back four years ago by Microsoft Consulting on a programming gig in Rhode Island. I had worked in the Microsoft world as a contractor direct at their facility in Charlotte, and then at Avanade (partially owned by them) in Manhattan, so I know a great deal about the Dark Side. Microsoft is very fraternal and has more infighting than many companies I know. If you know the careerbuilder.com commercials with the monkeys listening to the guy doing the presentation, then you know what I'm talking about.
Some thoughts entered my head then. Whether these are true or not, I may never know. But this is what I was thinking back about 4 years ago...
* Microsoft consulting people are mean. The Linux / Unix people I know are nice. (Again, that's a feeling I had 4 years ago and is largely generalizing.)
* I don't like the direction of VS.NET. It makes some things far easier to use, but other things it makes 3 times as hard and I'm left scratching my head on why Microsoft did this. I also learned that there are some things that VS.NET does that are SLOWER than ASP programming, XML parsing, etc., with older APIs and older programming languages. I also didn't like having to pay for Microsoft's programming platform every year -- it was getting my wife quite mad at me.
* Linux is getting easier and easier to use. Windows is getting more and more complex. Just chasing down places where spyware can hide, such as the Browser Helper Objects key in the registry, makes one wonder if Windows is really all that sweet anymore. Plus, Windows code is not really getting more efficient and having as large a peer review compared to Linux.
* Microsoft has a complete lack of focus on security compared to Linux.
* Microsoft got too greedy and I could even start to "feel" their greed. It was a huge turnoff when there were other alternatives out there.
Since moving to Linux, I have migrated to Ubuntu and seem to have found a very happy home. I learn Linux things with it extremely fast but am not perfect.
After the dot bomb thing, I relocated my family to a very tiny small town where people are more interested in hunting and farming than anything else. I only moved here because my wife grew up here and she could be closer to her family. Besides, the children could go to a fantastic school system here. When she inherited free land, we threw all our retirement savings into our house. We ended up with a mansion of a house. But then I got backstabbed in Rhode Island on a contracting gig and I gave up on flying around on contracting gigs. I had to settle down and take a lower paying job. I started working as an ASP programmer at a job that's an hour away, but then we had rumors at this startup company that we might be acquired. The new acquisition would mean that all our stuff would move to Linux. I decided that since the acquisition process was going to take about 4 months, and since everything was in limbo with my job, that I would take the time to learn Linux, PHP, and PostgreSQL. I was THRILLED, to say the least. I could instantly think that I was going to get quite wealthy off this stuff.
We finally were acquired by a huge global company and I've been with them for 3 years now. My pay is starting to ratchet up again, but it's still about $35K less than I made in the dot com era. Unfortunately I've had to switch from my programming to career to sysop work because of global market dynamics. I don't like the longer hours with sysop work. I think I'm also highly underutilized by not using my programming skills. Unfortunately, that's the way the company wanted to call it, so I had to play along. At least I get to type Linux commands most of the time and have the freedom to boot up on any Linux OS that I want. At least I don't have to work with Microsoft consultants or do any Visual Studio.NET programming -- ack, ack, spit, spit.
At night is where the fun begins. I want to become a millionaire and have something that actually is so productive that it pulls me away from my day job. I've been working for four years developing a great web app. I've been embarassed by my early code work and am always thinking of doing things better, so that's one reason I haven't taken a Bazaar model to development. I've also not really had the time for a lot of interaction on its development but needed to get something finished, so that's another reason why I've used a more Cathedral-style of development. Eventually I plan to sell this software because my wife doesn't understand the benefits and the concept of free software. She wants me to maximize profit quickly since I have wasted all these nights and weekends building this web app project. Perhaps I need coaching here.
Overall, I like being a nice guy to people, never accusatory, bitter, or on the attack. I would rather ignore that type of person. I like helping new people. I like pointing out ways that Linux is so much better than Microsoft without the discussion going into a futile troll war, which I avoid.