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I’m a 30 year old woman living in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. I work as the manager of a veterinary clinic, where I’m also the ad-hoc IT/hardware administrator. I’ve never had any formal training in IT/hardware/software, but I pick things up easily.

This is an off-shoot of my regular blog, where I’m chronicling my adventures in the technological world. I am a proponent of open source software. I’m not quite your average computer geek, though. I know just enough about computers to be dangerous, and can often be heard yelling “argh! What the hell?!” during installations/learning processes. I’m helped through my misadventures by my husband, who is your average computer geek.

My foray into Linux started in 2001, when I tried out Red Hat. It was an unmitigated disaster. I had no prior experience with Unix or Linux, and found the whole thing extremely frustrating. The experiment came to an end when I downloaded a kernal upgrade that broke the OS. Windows was promptly re-installed.

In 2007 I installed Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (dual booting with Windows XP). Eventually I grew confident enough to install Gusty Gibbon and got rid of Windows altogether.

I started researching netbooks in 2007, and started learning about different Linux distros. I’ve tried out the Mandriva Live CD.

Giving up on the netbook, I turned my attention to a Dell XPS laptop. But there was no way I was going to run Windows Vista.I also wanted a trip to Maui, and other things, when I came across my husband’s unused iBook G4 12″. Not content to run OSX (which I’m not fond of) I started out on a journey to get Linux running on it.

I had never heard of a PowerPC before. I had no idea the world of hurt I was getting into.

Aside from Linux, other “geeky” pursuits I enjoy are my Nintendo DS & Wii and my PSP.

In 2009, I may even play my first game of D&D.

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