Birthplace Alexandria VA. Grew up in Richmond VA. Made my carrer as a technician for the Associated Press, started out rebuilding smashed Teletypes, ended up working on computers. Retired April 2006. Bought parts, built the computer I'm using now. Nice adventure, you get to put exactly what you want in it, and see how well it works. Mine works great. Been using Linux probably for 8-10 years now, beats the stuffing out of Windows. Only gripe-it's hard finding peripherals that will work well with Linux, and some Klutz sites [webinars for example] insist on using communications protocols that only work with Windows. Wish such people would learn Windows isn't the only game in town.