Formerly Hants-LUG Chairman - see also CurrentCommittee
I started computing with a Commodore-64, then downgraded to DOS & Windows 3.1 while at university Leeds University. My simulation work ran too slowly in Turbo Pascal on DOS, so I was let loose on the University's big-iron Sun and SGI systems, my first introduction to Unix.
I then worked at UCR in the US for a few years, and it was there that I started to use RedHat Linux. After returning to the UK I got a job for the now defunct Inso Corporation, working with NT and Solaris systems.
I currently work in Basingstoke for a medical devices manufacturing company. I do a mix of things:
- Mostly SAP ECC ABAP development
- SAP PI Middleware development
- SAP ECC SAP-Script development
- Some Linux sysadmin for the web and SAP/web interface boxes
I use to do:
- Sysadmin of Linux and AIX boxes
- SAP BASIS administration
- Lots of web development in Perl/SAP/XML/XHTML/CSS
At home I switched from NT to Debian GNU/Linux in 2003. Since switching to Debian Linux full time I've found it to be very stable and reliable. At work I use Red Hat Linux/Enterprise Linux and Debian for web servers and SAP application servers. I've been working on the course material for the vendor neutral LPIC-I exams.
Over four years ago I set my father up with a Debian Sarge based system (since upgraded to Lenny). During the process I also discovered a lot about desktop configuration for less able users - see LinuxHints/DesktopAdaptedDad. I've also become a bit of a Linux and open source advocate at work, converting a few colleagues to Firefox and Debian/ubuntu.
My better half has now migrated from Windows 98 to Debian Lenny/AMD64 and I learnt a lot more about KDE than I thought possible...
I'm a bit of jack of all trades, and master of none.
I do web stuff too, xhtml/css, CGI/mod_Perl and Apache admin. I know how it all works, and I can make W3C standard pages, and CGI/mod_Perl dynamic stuff, but I'm no expert.
On the Unix side, I've used Sun kit for over a decade, I currently have a SPARC station 5 at home but I've only really been a user and I'm no Solaris expert. I currently trying to learn more with OpenSolaris in a VirtualBox VM. I've used Linux since Red Hat 5.x. At work we run SAP on IBM AIX System-P servers on which I've been formally trained.
I do a lot of work with XML at work mostly using the Perl bindings to the libxml2 and libxslt libraries. We have mostly migrated away from a Java middlware application to using Perl and the SAP RFC library to talk directly to the SAP system.
I've given a number of talks to this LUG and other similar groups. I'm prepared to given them again and you are more than welcome to download my talk materials and recorded presentations:
Desktop Virtualisaton 6February2010
How-To Impress: An introduction to giving talks - TechTalks/14thMarch2009
DAD: Desktop Adapted for Dad (revised repeat) - TechTalks/1stNovember2008 and again on 13 December 2008
rsnapshot: A Simple Backup Solution - TechTalks/4thOctober2008
Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (repeat) - TechTalks/8thMarch2008
Perl: A Beginner's Guide to CPAN - TechTalks/8thDecember2007
udev - TechTalks/4thAugust2007
DIY Web Design - TechTalks/2ndDecember2006
Introduction to Perl: The friendly programming language - TechTalks/3rdJune2006
DAD: Desktop Adapted for Dad - TechTalks/1stApril2006
"What Goes Where" - Introduction to the Filesystem - TechTalks/10thDecember2005
- See also:
- "My" Stuff:
- My Perl Links:
ajt my Debian-Administration home (good site btw)
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