Knowledge is Power. A little knowledge is dangerous thing.
So it goes that people with a lot of knowledge on a subject are powerful, whereas those with a little knowledge on a subject are walking time bombs.
Guess which category I belong to?
I started off with computers at the British Council, playing around on a BBC Micro and playing Sherlock Holmes on what was an IBM PC.
I later would have my own BBC Micro, being totally awestruck at the incredible 32 Kilobytes of RAM and running at a staggering 2MHz.
The things it could do with those resources?
Elite. ’nuff said.
I’ve assembled most of the PCs that I’ve owned since then, been responsible for a lot crashes, but also a wealth of knowledge (or so I tell myself).
So surely my decision to move to a more Business-oriented education and career path couldn’t have diminished my geek-factor? I stay in touch with what’s going on – I read ZDNet.
Ah, I am mistaken.
Fiddling around with things, where possible taking them apart to see how they work, has been something ingrained into my very being. So when I install Ubuntu, have everything running smoothly, trust me to go dabble.
Dabble, I do. As a result, gnome-panel goes berserk and I’m now running a fresh install of Ubuntu. The people at #Ubuntu on freenode have also come across the problem, but I wasn’t able to glean enough to be able to fix things.
This has been a truly humbling experience. I shall now go off to sleep while Synaptic updates everything.
There is a book in my future. Very possibly it’s called “Linux for Dummies”.