I enjoy quite a few hobbies, including photography. Some pictures are here.
I have a camera on my pond. Username: pond, password SeeTheFish
Some older pictures are here.
Free and Open Source Software
I am a big fan of Open Source Software; I use Linux almost exclusively at
home and at work. It isn't just the cost; the free stuff tends to just work
better, and can be fixed when something goes wrong.
Most of OSS software works about the same whether you have Windows, a Mac,
or Linux, so you can take your experience with you.
David A. Wheeler has an interesting essay on Why Open Source Software?
Software I use and recommend
- OpenOffice.org - OSS replacement
for Microsoft Office; runs on Linux, Windows, and others.
- GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
- OSS replacement for Adobe PhotoShop; runs on Linux, Windows, and
- PuTTY -
OSS secure terminal for remote access; runs on Linux, Windows, and
- GNUPG (GNU Privacy Guard) - General
purpose encryption and digital signature program. Great in conjunction
with email; runs on Linux, Windows, and others.
My GPG key ID:
2656F28B and fingerprint:
70D5 209F DCA5 D0BB B9A0 AB57 9EF2 A9A5 2656 F28B
and extensions: Adblock,
Tab Mix Plus,
Add Bookmark Here,
- Mozilla Thunderbird -
an email client like Outlook, but with better security and more features;
runs on Linux, Windows, and others.
- TightVNC - remote control of your
computers. Control just about any computer from any other (with
appropriate permission, of course); runs on Linux, Windows, and
- Spybot Search & Destroy - a spyware scanner and removal tool; for the unfortunate Windows users.
- Ad-Aware - another spyware scanner and removal tool; for the unfortunate Windows users.
- Linux Distributions
Linux is the free, open-source
operating system that I use daily. There is a vast amount of software
and support available. It's far less prone to viruses and spyware than
Windows, and the software is generally written for the user, rather than
- Debian - a very manageable
distro; excellent for security and stability.
- Ubuntu - a more up to date
distro based on Debian. Reportedly great for desktop machines, and
the fastest growing Linux distro.
is based on Debian. However, rather than install on your computer,
Knoppix boots and runs from a self-contained CD! This will give
you a chance to try Linux without committing to it, or have a
rescue disk in case your machine won't boot.
I spend a lot of time cleaning up friends' Windows boxes. Those I can wean
away from Internet Explorer and Outlook, and who run the anti-spyware
software correctly (Take the Updates!), are much happier
Setting up Debian
While Linux is very stable and easy to use day-to-day, sometimes setup can be a little tricky. Here are some configuration tips for various systems:
Personal experiences and recommendations about
various services and hardware products.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Perhaps you were looking for the other Rob Sims - the Fitness
Fashion Photographer. More info here. Strangely enough we share
an interest in photography, and even a common acquaintance -
a friend of mine who bumped into him at JFK airport a few years ago. He apparently also likes travel and cigars.
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