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V.T. Eric Layton:
...from whence we came, and to whom we owe so much...

Scot Finnie!

Thanks Eric

SNF (as we refer to it) was founded March 8, 2003 and I registered on October 20, 2003.  I don't recall how I heard about it -- most likely having run across the actual newsletter that Scot published or, perhaps, a reference in a Computerworld article. 

V.T. Eric Layton:
I've unlocked this thread so folks from Scot's Newsletter Forums who come here can tell us their stories about how the found Scot's and other fun they've had there over the years.

V.T. Eric Layton:
My story...

I actually used to read Scot's Newsletter on his original site waaay back when. I believe I had subscribed to it, also. I used to be an email newsletter junkie at one time. ;) However, I don't know why, but I guess I didn't realize there was an associated forum back then.

In mid-2005, I was playing around with GNU/Linux for the very first time at the behest and coaching from my Real LifeĀ® best pal Gary's son, and a couple fellows (Urmas and SweetLou) from my Cabin In the Woods forum. Gary's son Jason had given me a nine-disk set of floppies to install Slackware on one of my computers. I was hesitant, to say the least. Urmas was pushing for Ubuntu, and SweetLou was harping for Debian. I was confused.

Then, something happened... MS Windows sent out three major "service packs" for Windows XP. Downloading and installing them completely trashed my Windows operating system. Ooops! I was somewhat peeved, to put it mildly. Josh (SecurityBreach) probably remembers the story of me dancing the Irish Jig on my computer in my kitchen floor. HA! Anyway, at that point, I made my decision. Simultaneously, I reinstalled my Win XP on the slightly dented and refurbished system along with a dual-boot arrangement of Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake (this is June of 2006 by now).

Yes, it was relatively easy to install and figure out the basics, but back in those days, I was a serious customizer/tweaker of my setups. My Windows XP was awesome, which is why I was so angry when it crashed and burned. By the way, that wasn't an MS Windows fault, actually. It was a brand new defective Seagate hard drive... the one and only Seagate I've ever used in a system.

So, I was having some troubles tweaking and customizing my new Ubuntu setup. I made the mistake, knowing that Ubuntu was Debian-based, of going to the Debian Support Forums for some advice. I only did that once. That place was a burning inferno of serious asshats whose favorite response to new Linux users was RTFM. Enter Mr. Urmas...

Urmas tells me one afternoon at my Cabin forum that he knows a fellow whom he thinks I would really like to get to know better. He's over at a place called Scot's Newsletter Forums. His name is Bruno. So, Urmas dragged me kicking and screaming over the Scot's to meet this fellow. This was my very first time logging in at Scots.

This story continues on the thread here titled, "There Once Was a Man Called Bruno..."


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