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From 2007 - 2013 I edited the English editions (grammar, spelling, and wiki appearance) of KubuntuGuide and UbuntuGuide, with the help of the excellent contributions by the users who added them. In 2012 I merged / with During the same period I also ran a website called Ubuntu Doctors Guild. In early 2012 I moved some of my systems to Debian (with a KDE desktop) while maintaining multiple Kubuntu installations.

As of early 2014 I am only intermittently involved with the maintenance of this website.

I have been 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-sized 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 have served on a national standards committee regarding Health Information Technology in the US. A few years ago I created the (K)Ubuntu-derived Ubuntu-Med system (which is no longer maintained in its original form) and have now decided to focus on the Debian-Med toolset instead, incorporating generic server functions into it.



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 several 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 Debian/Ubuntu servers with Kolab for groupware, Kubuntu desktops, 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 several advanced medical certifications, as well as several other degrees. I regularly collaborate with state and national governmental agencies (in the US) regarding health information technology.

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. I currently live and work in Northern California.


My e-mail is .

My involvement with this website is intermittent; my response time may be slow. Please contact one of the other Administrators if you need immediate attention. However, I will respond to sponsorship requests. Also, if you are having trouble making a submission to the 'guide, send it to me by email and I'll put it in for you (in a few days).


From that fateful day when stinking bits of slime first crawled from the sea and shouted to the cold stars, "I am man!," our greatest dread has always been the knowledge of our mortality. But tonight, we shall hurl the gauntlet of science into the frightful face of death itself. Tonight, we shall ascend into the heavens. We shall mock the earthquake. We shall command the thunders, and penetrate into the very womb of impervious nature herself.

Until the Case is Sol-ved!


Police Chief Lundallah: He pulled himself across the floor using this wire. How else could he have avoided our radar field?
Inspector Clouseau: Yes, how else? Hmm. Of course, he would have needed a very slippery floor to do that...
Police Chief Lundallah: Therefore the wax.
Inspector Clouseau: The wax? ... AGHH! [Clouseau slips on the waxed floor and falls to the ground]
Col. Sharky: Are you all right, Inspector?
Inspector Clouseau: [on his knees] Of course I'm alright. I'm... examining the wax. [sniffs the wax on the floor] Have you taken a sample of this wax?
Police Chief Lundallah: Wax is wax!
Inspector Clouseau: See, this is where you are wrong. Wax is NOT just wax. In this case it is a clue. Domestic wax, Belgian Wax, French Wax, English Wax...
Col. Sharky: Ah, the Inspector is right. Have the wax tested immediately.


A secluded beach on Palau... or the desert of Black Rock City during Burning Man... sand is not just sand.

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