Hi! I’m Wayne Richardson. I’m a meta-hipster… I hate myself for how often I quit using new things because they’re getting too well known. I enjoy picking up hobbies, and this website was one of them. I’ve moved on to other things, but I’ll always call this site home.
My first introduction to Linux happened near the end of 1998. I eagerly put the borrowed Redhat 5.2 into the caddy of the 1x CD-ROM drive in my 486DX. At the time, Linux was not very friendly to new users back then. If you could get anything working at all, it felt like a miracle.
Since then, trying out new Linux distributions became a hobby of sorts, downloading and installing new distributions, and getting really frustrated when something didn’t work. Two years passed before I got my ISA SoundBlaster 16 card working to hear Linus Torvalds “pronounce Linux like Linux.”
Fast forward to not so long ago, my computer had rebooted for the nth time that night unexpectedly, and I was at my wits end with Vista. I contemplated two options: Reinstalling to XP, or jumping off the top floor of the tallest building in Salt Lake City. Lucky for you, I decided to try neither of those options. Also, there’s a chance that the tallest building in Utah may not be a lethal jump.
After taking a short break from the computer to collect my thoughts, I came back to my desk and while rifling through a spindle of CDs, the Ubuntu Feisty Fawn disc that I had burned a few months prior stuck out of the pile.
“This is it,” I thought to myself. “If my hardware works on this distro, I’ll try it for a month.”
On that fateful night, August 22nd 2007, I installed Linux on my desktop and everything was automatically detected and worked right out of the box. I sat back, grabbed a keyboard and started writing.
Here I am, years later, only occasionally writing about things I find mildly interesting, and still this damn thing is getting 6,000 daily visitors? WTF?