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Hi, I'm Charles. I like coffee, I regularly go through a cycle of getting thoroughly addicted to caffeine, enjoying it so much that I believe that technically its a sin, then saying to myself, Nope, thats it you like it too much, no more.  Thats a literal allegory about me strange but true.
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Hi, I'm Charles.
 
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I am annoyingly cynical, insomuch as one can be annoyingly cynical while simultaneously being cheerful & upbeat. I blame the caffeine really.
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I like to pretend that I like high brow movies & that I get them.  I am also one of the rebel scum that doesnt pay for his music, Hence I have more than I will ever listen to. I believe that I have one or two from Brittany Spears albums.  Oh the shame!
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I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to re-model train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.
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I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.
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Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.
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I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer I toured New Zealand with a travelling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat .400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.
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I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.
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I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a toaster oven. I breed prize winning clams.
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I spend my spare time talking to office plants, eating glue from supply cabinet, and attempting to exterminate the weasels who have infested my pencil drawer.
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= Okay, for real =
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I have been working with GNU/Linux and other UNIX platforms for more than 13 years. I have a background in security systems and network infrastructure (data and telephony). I've taught courses at local community colleges on Hacking, Computer Security, Computer Forensics, Establishing VPN's, and in combating fraud. I tend to work for School Districts, Hospitals, and for other businesses with a humanitarian focus.  I'm currently self-employed, and spend quite of bit of my time consulting; much of it spent working with GNU/Linux systems.
 
I have been working with GNU/Linux and other UNIX platforms for more than 13 years. I have a background in security systems and network infrastructure (data and telephony). I've taught courses at local community colleges on Hacking, Computer Security, Computer Forensics, Establishing VPN's, and in combating fraud. I tend to work for School Districts, Hospitals, and for other businesses with a humanitarian focus.  I'm currently self-employed, and spend quite of bit of my time consulting; much of it spent working with GNU/Linux systems.
  
I work with a variety of Linux distributions.  Currently, I usually tell people the following:
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= Pages on this Wiki that I've been known to doodle on =
 
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* [http://www.gentoo.org Gentoo] or [http://www.archlinux.org Arch] for Development work
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* [http://www.ubuntulinux.org Ubuntu] for Newbies
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* [http://www.debian.org Debian] for Servers
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* And never-ever Fedora, SuSE, or Mandriva.  I dont have anything against them really, except that they suck.
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= Oddmuse Hackery =
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* [http://www.oddmuse.org/cgi-bin/wiki/Inline_Backlinks InlineBacklinks] - yes, I am responsible for this atrocity.
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= Goals =
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* [[PerlCPAN_Repository]] - I maintain this repository of over many perl modules.
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* [[Perl_Background_Rotation]] - Yes, I created these scripts.
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* [[Perl_Policy]] - Hopefully, this will eventually be adopted and make us perl-hackers happier. ;)
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* [[ArchChannel]] - I created this page, someday I'll make it cool.
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* [[ArchMap]] - My version no longer in use, but [[User:brain0|brain0]] took over and uses GoogleEarth, which makes better sense.
  
* World Domination (for GNU/Linux)
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= Other related Wiki pages you should read =
* Make new Friends who want to help in my plan(s) for World Domination
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* Collect Underwear, ??, Profit!
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= HolyWar Positions =
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* [http://xtermin.us/svnhomedirs Subvert your home directory], and save your digital life!
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* [http://xtermin.us/authentication Authentication basics], what are passwords and passphrases, when to use em, and how secure are they *really*?
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* [http://xtermin.us/whysudo Why you should use sudo], dump the root user ... forever.
  
* GNU/Linux > *OS
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= Hot Button Issues =
* Bash > zsh > tcsh
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* Vim > Emacs (Nano/Pico is for wussies!)
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* Perl > Python > Ruby > PHP (yuk!)
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* GnuPG > Rot13
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* Reiserfs > Ext3
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* GPL > Evil Corps.
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* Jabber > AOL > ICQ > MSN > Yahoo
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* SIP Products > Skype
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* Wiki > Blog > MySpace (but not by much)
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= Wishlist for Christmas =
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I ocassionally get drawn into flamewars on mailing lists or web forums for a variety of reasons.  These topics have been known to get me riled up and on the warpath.
  
* Books and more Books
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* GNU and Free Software (I am a huge advocate).
* Underwear
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* Binary Blobs in the Linux Kernel are a bad thing, as are proprietary drivers.
* World Domination
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* MediaWiki is the answer to all Wiki needs. (It's overkill for 99% of wiki's)
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* Celebrity Worship (Linus, Stallman, blogger-of-the-month) - make up your own mind!
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* Newbies should never see a terminal.  (it's a culture thing)
  
= WebStuff & Contact =
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= Contact Info =
* [[Special:Contributions/Xterminus|My Changelog]] on this wiki
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* HTTP: [http://charles.mauch.name http://charles.mauch.name ] - currently offline, forgot to renew domain.name (whoops!)
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* [http://www.taclug.org/~cmauch/screenshot.png not so recent but impressive screenshot] (think EYE CANDY!)
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SMTP: [mailto:cmauch@gmail.com cmauch@gmail.com]
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* HTTP: [http://xtermin.us/ http://xtermin.us]
AIM: cmauch5, ICQ: 1696562, IRC: xterminus
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* TWIT: [http://twitter.com/xterminus http://twitter.com/xterminus]
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* SMTP: [mailto:cmauch@gmail.com cmauch@gmail.com]
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* JABBER: cmauch@gmail.com
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* AIM: cmauch5
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* ICQ: 1696562
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* IRC: on Freenode (try a /msg), I use the handle xterminus

Revision as of 14:47, 2 June 2007


Hi, I'm Charles.

I have been working with GNU/Linux and other UNIX platforms for more than 13 years. I have a background in security systems and network infrastructure (data and telephony). I've taught courses at local community colleges on Hacking, Computer Security, Computer Forensics, Establishing VPN's, and in combating fraud. I tend to work for School Districts, Hospitals, and for other businesses with a humanitarian focus. I'm currently self-employed, and spend quite of bit of my time consulting; much of it spent working with GNU/Linux systems.

Pages on this Wiki that I've been known to doodle on

  • PerlCPAN_Repository - I maintain this repository of over many perl modules.
  • Perl_Background_Rotation - Yes, I created these scripts.
  • Perl_Policy - Hopefully, this will eventually be adopted and make us perl-hackers happier. ;)
  • ArchChannel - I created this page, someday I'll make it cool.
  • ArchMap - My version no longer in use, but brain0 took over and uses GoogleEarth, which makes better sense.

Other related Wiki pages you should read

Hot Button Issues

I ocassionally get drawn into flamewars on mailing lists or web forums for a variety of reasons. These topics have been known to get me riled up and on the warpath.

  • GNU and Free Software (I am a huge advocate).
  • Binary Blobs in the Linux Kernel are a bad thing, as are proprietary drivers.
  • MediaWiki is the answer to all Wiki needs. (It's overkill for 99% of wiki's)
  • Celebrity Worship (Linus, Stallman, blogger-of-the-month) - make up your own mind!
  • Newbies should never see a terminal. (it's a culture thing)

Contact Info