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I am currently interested in distributed networks ("cloud computing") using Debian/Ubuntu/Kubuntu, especially using the Logical Volume Manager, RAID, and datacenter management tools that are useful for small and medium size businesses.
I am also an advocate for open-source (GPL-licensed) software solutions in health care, as a basis for a United States national health care system. I serve on a national standards committee regarding Health Information Technology in the US.
I originally wrote software and software documentation for a large aerospace project and then for several military projects.
I was a UNIX and VMS user in the 1980s and networked two large organizations during the network protocol (TCP/IP) standardization period of the late 80s. I then made a detour to MS Windows for 10 years. Recently I have used Debian/(K)ubuntu over the past 4 years, on a network of triple boot systems (which includes multiple Windows-based boxes).
My home is wired using LinuxMCE (Media Center Edition) 7.10 running on Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy), X10 controllers, surveillance cameras and motion detectors, and distributed multimedia.
My medium-large organization (which is healthcare-related) uses Ubuntu servers with Kolab for groupware, Drupal for collaborative web content, MediaWiki as a wiki, and WorldVistA as an electronic medical record system. We have also used DAViCal as a group calendar server, with Mozilla Thunderbird/Lightning and Sunbird as clients. I have a medical degree and advanced medical certifications (I am a surgeon), as well as several other advanced degrees (biochemistry, cell biology). I regularly collaborate with state and national governmental agencies (in the US) regarding health information technology standards and certification.
I also regularly contribute to Wikipedia, especially on specialized software topics, including electronic medical records.
Most of my philosophy in life comes from Buckaroo Banzai.