Welcome to my web!
This site is a combination of resources for my family,
a place for me to post things I'm thinking about or doing, and a test bed to
try different web technologies.
Meanwhile, here's some stuff about me. I was born on Friday, October 13th,
1961. I'm married (to Deirdre Bray Root) with no children, but we do have
three cats: Auric Goldfinger,
Domino and Pyewacket.
A 1983 graduate of the University of
Dayton in Computer Science, I currently work as the IT Supervisor for
the Dayton-Phoenix Group, Inc.,
a small manufacturing company. In more than twenty five years in the computer
field, I've been an operator, systems analyst, mainframe programmer, PC hardware
tech, user support tech, network administrator, web designer / programmer,
and technical manager.
I'm currently most interested in web technology and design, and I program
in PHP using
MySQL databases. I also do a little with
Perl, which is my favorite "fun" language,
to get me into trouble. I own and operate a freelance web design business called
I'm an avid Open Source user in general, and have set up several
Linux web servers, such as this one that is
running on my home DSL line. Debian is my
current favorite distro for using on servers, and I'm running
Kubuntu on home desktop and
Ubuntu on my netbook.
I have quite a variety of hobbies and interests. I spend much of my time
in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group
that studies and re-creates medieval culture. I'm known in the Society as
Lancelin Peregrinus, and I've held a number of offices
since joining the group in 1982.
I also belong to the
Dayton Microcomputer Association (DMA) and
several of its SIGs, along with various other computer user groups. I'm working at
learning the guitar, and I do a bit of brewing,
woodworking, leatherwork, role-playing games and (though not lately) medieval
armored combat and archery.
Thanks for visiting!
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