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My name is Ronald Burnett Farrer

I am a graduate student in the College of Computing and Engineering at Nova Southeastern University majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity.

I am employed at Command Prompt, Inc. as a SysAdmin, Jr. DBA, and Devloper (basically doing whatever is needed to get the job done.)

My general interests are in Computer Science, history, vikings, pirates, knights, gadgets, science (general), firearms, boating, anything to do with the water really, outdoor exploring, and traveling.

I have been using PCs since the late 1980s and UNIX/*BSD-like systems since the early 1990s, Linux since late 1993/early 1994, and I am a former Debian Developer (1999-2006.) Some of my interests include virtual machines, networking, security, cryptography, programming, distributed and parallel computing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and finding new ways to automate mundane tasks. I am specifically interested in Linux, PostgreSQL, distcc, ccache, nmap - actually there are too many open source projects to name. In my spare time, I like to fly drones, find new uses for embedded (nVidia and Raspberry Pi) boards, find buried "treasure" with my metal detector, software development, play video games, and spend time with my family.

FAQ

Question: Why CanuteTheGreat/KnutDenMektige?

Answer: Canute/Knut/Cnut was one of the last viking kings. He lived from 990 to 1035 and at his death he was king of Norway, Denmark, and England. You can read more about him on Wikipedia. The English spelling "Canute" is less common so I originally went with it back in the late 90s. Additionally, one of my grandparents was Norwegian so it felt good to pick something from that realm. Since I started using Canute many others have come along and laid claim to that name so I have started to transition to the Norwegian (modern, not old Norse) spelling of Knut Den Mektige which, as of 2022, no-one else is using that I can find.

Q: Are you a hacker?

A: No, I have cough drops!

Q: Are you a black, grey, or white hat?

A: I have a big head so I don't wear hats.

Q: Are you for hire?

A: Only if it does not conflict with my day job or violate the non-compete clause, it does not interfere with school, and does not interrupt my family.

Q: How old are you?

A: Old enough to know some rocks by their first names, but young enough to still kick your ass hire someone to kick your ass!

Q: What operating system do you use and which is your favorite operating system?

A: First let me say that all operating systems suck, but Linux-based ones typically suck less! So in the end I will pick a Linux-based one! As far as using goes I use various versions and flavors of Windows, Linux, pfSense, FreeBSD, and a few other *BSDs.

Q: What if Linux ceased to exist?

A: Then I would use FreeBSD!

Q: What Linux distribution do you use?

A: Pretty much all of the major ones and some of the minor ones!

Q: What is your favorite Linux distribution?

A: Gentoo, Kali, Alpine, Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL, CentOS Stream, blah, blah, blah, etc. - whatever works for best for the task at hand.

Q: If you had to pick one Linux distro, which one would it be?

A: Whichever works!