I take the road less traveled by. And I fall down a lot.

I’m Charles Hawley, (Chuck is fine), and I’m a computer geek. My passion is Linux.

My first exposure to Linux was in 1998 when I got a Debian 1.3.1 (Bo) CD and tried for an entire summer to get it online with my Packard Bell and it’s 56K modem and Permedia video card. Never got it online or got X configured. But it was a start.

I was on and off from there, finally getting Debian 3.0 (Woody) online with my modem (but still no X11) and exploring newsgroups and the command-line world just as the web was coming online.

Years later I refused to upgrade our home computer to Windows Vista because my current machine couldn’t run it. I was determined to not let Microsoft dictate when I needed to buy another computer. I installed Ubuntu (Breezy Badger) and never looked back.

By then I was able to get a working system up and online pretty quickly.

I spent the next few years tweaking, breaking and fixing several versions of Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandrake and Debian.

As of 2007 I had no Microsoft Windows machines in the house.

Today, I remain proudly Microsoft-free at home, but diplomatically Microsoft-friendly in the office.


I’ve also got a soft spot for hardware.

You know that one friend that has too many pets because they can’t stand to see an animal without a home?

Yeah, well, I’m that guy, but with computers.

At last count I had parts of more than 10 machines in assorted boxes and desk drawers waiting for a chance to live again! I enjoy repairing, restoring and re-purposing broken or out-dated computers and hardware and at any time have three or four machines in various states of (dis)repair.


I was once told that I am a new incarnation. As in, no previous incarnations. A first-timer on earth (or anywhere, I suppose).

I guess that would explain why I try so many things and excel in so few.

But I think the point is to always keep learning and always keep trying. So I will.


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