Istimsak Abdulbasir saqman2060 at
Wed May 7 21:48:00 UTC 2014

Great to meet you and nice to have you on board. That is one long
background ;-). I can relate. I became very intrigued by computers in 2004.
Most of the time, I used them for gaming purposes. Then I was taught how to
build them. I became hooked. Although, was never a programmer and did not
have the interest of becoming one, using Linux, specifically Ubuntu, might
just change that. One thing about Linux is its reliance on the community.
This is great opportunity to be part of something bigger then yourself.

Again, great to have you onboard.

Istimsak Abdulbasir

On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM, sammykur <sammykur at> wrote:

> Well I guess I will start with some of my background when i was a kid I
> had a commodore vic 20 and used to leave that thing plugged in for weeks at
> a time to get to see a ball bounce across the screen . (no tape deck) If I
> remember correctly the book that came with that thing was terrible all i
> can remember is programs written out and copying the text. When it didn’t
> get unplugged I would change the values of numbers and move things around
> within the programs and try to see the effects of each. I grew tired of not
> being able to save things and lost interest.
> My next exposure to a computer was in math class in JR high they bought
> Apple II Ecomputers and the teacher had no clue what to do with them. We
> spentj ust a few days on them in a year one of the days he spent "teaching
> " the class how to turn them on. We were paired into groups of two and he
> would give each group instructions separately and then watch each person
> turn it on.Then we spent three days doing the hello world thing At the time
> I didnt realize how ignorant or lazy he was.
> When i was in my 20's I purchased my first computer and used it for cad
> drafting ,word processing and things like that. I still remember having to
> order and put in a math coprocessor. It had windows 3.1 on it ,I really
> liked that OS. I thought when everyone was switching over to 95 they were
> nuts. Seemed to me that they just put more whistles and bells on it and
> made it harder to use.
> I really don’t remember what happened to that 386 but I really wasnt very
> enthused about computers from 95 till the last few years of XP. sometime
> around 2005-2006 my wife bought a dell and i never could get on it,so i
> went to rummage sales and would pick up computers off the side of the road
> and put together a P2 system from the parts i had found, ran XP on it. I
> was in love with the hardware end of computers from then on. There is a gov
> surplus store that sells computers near me ,sometimes I get the urge and
> just cant help myself $15 dollar coreduo why not even if there is not
> hard-drive.Ubuntu is great for checking them out as they are sold as is for
> parts. I am a computer packrat I built shelves in my computer room just to
> store the stuff. I have about 6 of any generic item you could name.,plus
> computers themselves.(not to mention a still sealed copy of windows 3.1 yea)
> I was pretty happy with the hardware end of things but i still wasnt
> satisfied with just using programs, I always was tinkering with the OS in
> some way or doing something the average windows user had never thought
> about. silly things like changing the boot screen, using xplite and other
> programs to customize windows. did a little bit from the command prompt but
> really didn’t have the support resourse like terminal does (probably there
> if you seek them out) I usually broke my OS about once a month and still do
> usually beyond the point of no return or else it gets too cluttered up and
> i just start over.
> I just love Ubuntu, wiped windows on day 2 after retrying it. I had tried
> it once before but kept the crutch and leaned on it more and more. This
> time it was an easier transition Ubuntu has become more user friendly
> (software canter helps a lot at first) for noobes and I found the forums..
> I have had nothing but positive experiences in the forums. I put together
> my first bash script to install cuda on my system about a week ago(with
> lots of help,thanks everybody) and have been slowly adding to it so next
> time i reinstall i can just run it after install.
> Sorry if this seems long winded but I thought the more you knew about me
> the better you might be able guide me to where i could do the most good.(I
> hope everyone else’s into isn’t just "hey hows it going just signed up")
> I have gotten so much out of Ubuntu I thought it time to give back,
> sammykur
> "If you are falling off a cliff you might as well try to fly"
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