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PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight - NoIBnds

What is your name/username?
Jim / NoIBnds

How old are you?

Are you married, single?
Married 33yrs - Current one (a couple before current one - took me a couple to get it right)

How about Kids, Grandkids (names and ages)?
1 Son w/wife and 2 Grandkids - a Girl 13 and a Boy 10

Do you have pets, what is your favorite?
Not any longer -- 3 previous Cats -- and Numerous Dogs, mostly hunting bird dogs. The last 3 were Vizsla's, a yellow lab, German short-hair pointer, Brittany spaniel, a couple of boxers when I was young. Vizsla was the favorite!

Are you retired, still working and if working, what do you do?
Worked in factories for 11yrs, before becoming the Chicago Police. Retired from the Chicago Police Department with 30yrs - 22yrs street as a PO, Last 8 as a Sgt, also was a Firearms Instructor. Currently an Instructor for citizens to get their Concealed Carry permits.

Where do you call home? What is it like? IE: weather, scenery
Was living in Chicago for 58yrs, Now very Rural in West Central Illinois, USA House on 10 acres - hills-woods-stream -- weather all 4 seasons - cold in winter - hot in summer.
Own another 74 acres of farmland and wooded and prairie lands within walking distance of house. Lots of wildlife around the house and property.

Where did you go to school and what is your education level?
Chicago area schools and City Colleges
College and numerous Law Enforcement certifications

What kind of things do you like doing? hobbies, travel, fishing, camping?
Travel, (use to camp when younger), Hunting, Shooting and Fishing (Currently on my property only)
Drove most of USA, Mexico, Ontario & Quebec Canada
TV & Movies, Binge watching on streaming services now, Computers, Local Politics

Why and when did you start using Linux?
I was a Computer geek at work starting with Win 3.1 - by the time of WinXP and all the problems I was always working fixing other peoples computers. I had a friend that thought computers were only for Guns & Porn, so he would trash XP every month or so. So then I went looking for an OS he could use and not trash. Tried Red Hat, Mepis, and then PCLinuxOS around the end of 2003 with Preview 4. I had a question and emailed Tex and he answered back. I was hooked and I have been using PCLinuxOS since then. Even my friend has been using it since then and has never trashed a computer since.

What specific equipment do currently use with PCLOS?
I have several desktops (mostly Cyberpower now), and laptops (Assorted brands) in the house I use it on. I used to build my own, but haven't in years.

Do you feel that your use of Linux influences the reactions you receive from your computer peers or family? If so, how?
In this I am a loner, as I don't know anyone else that does Linux locally except for the ones, I have put it on their computers and I help them with it.

What would you like to see happen within PCLOS that would make it a better place. What are your feelings?
For Tex to remain involved and HEALTHY and to outlive me.

PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight is an exclusive, monthly column by YouCanToo, featuring PCLinuxOS forum members. This column will allow "the rest of us" to get to know our forum family members better, and will give those featured an opportunity to share their PCLinuxOS story with the rest of the world.

If you would like to be featured in PCLinuxOS Family Member Spotlight, please send a private message to youcantoo, parnote or Meemaw in the PCLinuxOS forum expressing your interest.

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