Nice place that you've got here!
I'm the n00b here. The nick is usasma - it stands for United States Army Sergeants Major Academy - the last place that I worked before I retired. My real name is John.
I'm looking for a new home since my home of many years has taken a turn for the worse. What I'm looking for is a friendly place that isn't too sanitized - so that I can enjoy posting and learning from others' posts.
I've got 2 networks that I run - one at the wife's office for business, and one at home so that we don't fight over getting on the web!
I've been involved with computers since I was young (a very, very long time ago) when my dad worked for RCA as it was trying to get into the computer business (which it failed at!). I've worked for Digital Equipment Corp. assembling PDP-11's and have played (actively) with computers since 1986.
What do I do for a living? I'm retired - so I don't do anything!
I retired from the US Army about 3 years ago - I was a demolitions specialist and a paratrooper there for 25 years. I'm a bit visually handicapped from a disease that I had just before I retired (and am 100% disabled according to the Veteran's Administration). The disease is called Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (also known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome) and was like a chemical burn - but was from the inside out. It scarred my eyes so that I make no tears - gotta put drops in them constantly.
My primary system is this:
an old Addtronics case from way back when...
Asus P4P800 SE motherboard
P4 3.0 gHz Prescott
1 gB of PC3200 DDR RAM
ThermalRight SP-94 CPU cooler
Zalman Silent 450 watt PSU
WD Raptor 36 gB - primary
WD Raptor 74 gB - secondary (data and backup)
WD 120 gB USB external drive (for drive images)
an nVidia based 5700 Ultra video card
a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card
a Microtek 19" LCD monitor set at 800x600 ('cuz of my eye problems"
and a IoGear KVM switch so's I can switch over to my FTP server as required.