Am I really the first new member since August?
I'm Chris, I was at the Open House this week, although Wayne monopolized me most of the night. Turned out we had a very interesting mutual acquaintance.
I'm basically a software / open source geek. I've done a fair bit of circuit design, but until recently, somebody else did most of the implementation. I'm hopeless with a soldering iron! Ok, I can just about splice wires together or solder a lead onto a lug, but it's usually messy.
I've worked quite a lot with microcontrollers, both PIC and AVR/Arduino. I've picked up lot of circuit design skills on the way, but there's still basic stuff that's mysterious to me. Oh, and I can't solder to save my life. Hoping to get that fixed
I've been using Linux since before version 1.0, when a distribution came on a huge stack of 3.5 inch floppies. I'm run small networks for student groups, and my main desktop at home, so I can do most administration tasks, although probably not with the facility of a real sys admin.
I'm familiar with HTML and Apache administration, but most of my web skills are stuck in the 90s, sorry. I'm playing around with some of the lighter Python-based web frameworks, but I never much cared for the web as a development target. God, what a mess!
Some other open source tools I have facility with:
Inkscape (vector graphics)
GSchem (circuit schematic capture)
Graphviz (graph visualization)
I'll be menacing the HF again this evening to try to cast off some of my clumsiness with the iron. Cheers!