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Rick Owens

A bit of personal info:

Name
Rick Owens
Occupation
Sysop
Hobbies
Programming, reading, raytracing, hiking, bicycling, occasionally writing.
Musical tastes
Celtic (e.g. Altan, Anam, Anúna, Capercaillie, Clannad, Déanta, Leahy, Lúnasa ), classical, some rock (e.g. Rush, Yes, The Alan Parsons Project ), some folk.
Reading tastes
SF&F, nonfiction; see the questions section of my reading page
Fav. authors
I don't have a particular favorite author, but some whose works I've enjoyed are listed on my reading page.
Fav. language
Perl (at the moment...)
Fav. OS
None; I haven't found one that will do everything I want (yet!).
However, FreeBSD and OpenBSD come fairly close, particularly on servers. (Linux is also worthwhile, though I still prefer *BSD for various reasons.)
Windows 9x isn't great, but it does OK as a desktop OS. It is easy to crash, and otherwise fails to live up to Micro$oft hype, but other than that....
Windows NT and 2000, OTOH... well, they have some nice features. They also have some damned annoying bugs and lack stability, esp. on servers. In a few years they might be really good--but I'm not going to hold my breath, esp. after fighting with NT for a number of years.
Update: Windows 2003 Server - Finally, MS is shipping an OS with most features OFF by default, instead of on. If you want service XYZ, turn it on and deal with it - but if you don't, there's no need to worry about hunting it down and killing it before connecting to the Big Bad Network. Life is better!
Fav. website
Depends on what I'm looking for at the moment; you can find some of 'em on the FVCC MIS link farm.
Windows Start Sound
"And so, it begins" (Kosh from Babylon 5) (all too appropriate, some mornings.)
Fav. rules/laws/principles/equations
Fav. tools
I can't really say that these are my absolute favorites, but I like 'em a lot:

[Disclaimer: Aside from being a satisfied customer, I have no relationship to any of the companies listed above. Opinions are mine alone, your mileage may vary, all trademarks belong to the trademark owners, void where prohibited by physical law.]

Note #1: In almost every case, a standard single-purpose tool will be superior to the equivalent part of a multitool. However, a good multitool costs quite a bit less than an equivalent toolbox, and it's easier to carry. More importantly, a useable tool in hand beats a perfect tool that you don't have with you.

Note #2: Over the years, I've been teased at times for carrying so much "junk" in my pockets. I just shrug and smile. Once in a while I'll even chuckle, e.g. when I lend one of my tools to someone who has earlier laughed about my carrying 'em....

In my humble opinion, most people should carry some sort of multitool with them; at least a small knife and a couple of screwdrivers. Why? Because, simply put, things break. Worse, sometimes the breakage happens at a really bad time. Having a few simple tools can make a world of difference, e.g. when the door handle breaks and leaves you trapped inside a room, or the bolt holding your glasses together works loose, or your seatbelt latch won't release after a crash. A few extra ounces of metal may seem like a lot to carry around, but it's a lot less expensive than other forms of insurance.

Some links of interest:


More later, if I have both the spare time and the inclination.


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