Ramblings of a Professional Computer Geek


I retired from the US Air Force in 1996, after over 20 years on active duty. I have held many positions in my life, from pushing broom and pumping gas, to maintaining nuclear weapons, to writing software used by US forces around the globe. I have been married for over 35 years to the same wonderful woman. We have a son and a daughter, and they have given us five beautiful grandchildren.

I started using *nix back in 1987, when I became the defacto sysadmin for a couple hundred brand new UNIX SVR2 workstations at HQ SAC.  (I was the only person in the Systems shop interested in learning “this UNIX stuff”.)  The Air Force detoured me to Windows systems for a few years in the mid-90s, but by late 96 I was back on Solaris.  I’ve have been working with *nix continuously since then.  I started dual-booting my home PC in 2001, and went pure Linux in 2004.

My online nickname is “Padma”.  No, it is not necessarily a female name.    In my case, it comes indirectly from Padma Sambhava, an important 8th century Buddhist monk.  But I am no more a Tantric Buddhist than I am a female.  Padma is directly taken from the works of Gordon Dickson, where the character Padma the outbond is a wise,  seemingly ageless, man.  Read “Soldier, Ask Not“, “Brothers“, and/or “Lost Dorsai” for more insight.


1 Comment »

  1. I was using minime 2008 on my old computer. i now have a new acer with nvidia drivers.when i try to set up an online connection my minime doesnt recognize a connection therefore i cannot update the nvidia drivers. i tried to update on the old machine but because it had realtek drivers i got a message that no nvidia card was present.do you know of a way to add the needed drivers to a boot cd?have checked on the pclinux forums with no success. thank you.

    Comment by Frank — June 30, 2009 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

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