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Hello, my name is Christopher McIntosh. I was born in 1961 in Williamson, West Virginia, which makes me a bona fide hillbilly. I am proud to have been borne1 in the Pike County, Kentucky -- Mingo County, West Virginia, region of America.
I have one ancestor who played a positive role in the ordeal of the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud of American culture; and another ancestor who played a questionable role in the events which (eventually) led to the disgraceful Trail of Tears.2
I have an alter ego, Kameaha'aweokaponia (sic), who appreciates the study of the world's indigenous cultures. It is he who has studied the Tsalagi (i.e., Cherokee), Hillbilly, Navajo, Hawaiian, and Mayan cultures extensively. He has studied several others as well and would be interested to hear of any direct experiences which the reader might have regarding these or any other indigenous culture.
Both Kam and I are nomads. Between birth and the age of 18, he and I transitioned schools approximately 30 times. We attended public school in various areas of Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio. This averages about 2.5 changes per academic year!
We attended Purdue University and earned our B.S. and A.A. degrees in Computer Science and Sociology (respectively). As a result of my involvement in academia and extra-curricular activities (e.g., founding a technology corporation, teaching robotics to high-school college-prep students), I was awarded an entry in the 1985 volume of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. We both graduated in the top 1% of our respective classes.3
After graduating University in 1986, we left the winter wonderlands of Hoosierville for the summer wanderlands -- Hawai'i! (sic)4 It was in Hawai'i that Kameaha'aweokaponia was fully born5; springing -- fully-clothed in warrior attire -- from my head (just as the goddess Athena had done so many centuries earlier6)!
I have been interested in technology since the late 1960's, when I read for the first time about children using the computer to do their homework (Weekly Reader newspaper). In 1973, I got my first calculator -- a very simple device, really, complete with functioning memory. In 1978, I got a TRS-80 computer; followed in 1979 with an Apple ][ computer. In 1981, after tiring of the Z80 and 6502 microprocessors, I discovered the 6809 when I got my Hero-1 Robotics Kit from HeathKit. I studied 8088 code (followed by 8086, 80286, 80386, etc.) beginning in 1985.
I have attempted (with varying degrees of success) to stay on the bleeding edge of technology. It is this drive which has landed me here at Apache's Technologies. I have worked with Apache's Webserver for the past five years. Ant has been my friend for the last three years. These days, I curl up next to the proverbial fireplace with Cocoon study materials.
Like the artist, "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool."7 As a technologist, however, I have been an advocate of Open Source software since before it even became "cool."8 I have plugged along on GNU tools since 1995; and remain a fan of Cygwin (for LoseDOSTM XP) and Linux (for the rest of us!).
Email: <ChristopherMcIntosh AT SPAMFREE mchsi DOT com>
1 A person is borne in the place where he emerges from the womb. Contrast with born, note 5.
2 Chief William McIntosh.
3 Neither Magna Cum Laude nor Summa Cum Laude... simply Thank You Oh Lordy! ;-))
4 "(sic)" is used here because I have not, as yet, been able to get the correct glyph,
which is actually a "reverse apostrophe" which appears here as a vertical apostrophe '.
5 Frome the adage, "Where a person is born, is not necessarily the place of his birth; but the place
where he becomes aware." Contrast with borne, note 1.
6 Albeit Athena from a lesser god. ;-))
7 Barbara Mandrell. Is country still cool?
8 Or should I ask, "Kewl?"