I aspire towards the ability to reach new scientific heights in transport, health and welfare.
I used to be interested in electrical hardware - often fixing computers and sometimes the odd interest of being an electrician, or going into construction. Most of it derives from learning by example or doing something productive - often because it allows you to create or achieve something physically - having an actual result you can show off, be proud of and remember.
My hobbies include music, gaming, movies, books as well as the occasional concert/festival and travel is always pretty fun.
I discovered Linux back in 2007 when I had accidentally corrupted my computer and the install disk was too badly scratched. After seeing screenshots of how different and cool it seemed, I knew I had to try it out. It was from then on that I used to try multiple Linux distributions for fun. Starting with Ubuntu 8.04, PCLinuxOS (2008 Mini), Linux Mint (Gloria), Feather Linux, Knoppix, Puppy Linux, and Damn Small Linux. I loved the experience of "wobbly windows" and the cool Beryl window decorations at the time when using Compiz. I used Ubuntu for a long time, first using version 10.04 and upgraded to 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10. I used to distro-hop regularly and did the same with Windows until I found OS X. I stayed on OS X until Mac OS where I found myself staying on Ubuntu more often, especially whilst I didn't need to play powerful games at the time or program in a OS-locked language (e.g. VB.NET). Since then I find myself regularly looking into the Open Source community either to contribute or to get help instead of being just a user.
My comfortable environment for development is Ubuntu however I regularly use Windows and Linux daily and I periodically use OS X (now Mac OS).