My Name is Miles Sharpe and I am 63 years old.
I am a semi disabled person due to a bad head injury. (bad enough to need a reboot in ICU) Telkom electronics background from about 40 years ago. Then diesel mechanic and stock farm manager. After years of being basically useless due to head damage I found PC's, and playing games revived the thinking process, then I discovered the interenet, whew. After having bad virii kill my xp pc a few times I asked around for an alternative and was introduced to Ubuntu where I have improved to the extent that I can help newcomers to Ubuntu, knowing that the experts that very patiently helped me are still there to back me up or correct me when I'm wrong. Having a mechanical background helps with the hardware side of computers, so I spend a fair amount of time doing drive repairs and data recoveries using the linux tools in Ubuntu of course.
freenode #ubuntu-za and using nick Kilos
Due to my handicap and lack of programming knowledge all I can contribute is my time on IRC and our mailing list.
Have done a few bug reports, mainly related with network manager and 3g auto connecting.
My goals for the foreseeable future is to stay active on IRC and help newbies and bring as many people as possible to Ubuntu. And do bug reports wherever I can.
Wikus van Dyk ( mazal )
I have known Miles ever since I started with ubuntu. His is one of the most active members in our Loco both in the irc channel and mailing list. He always helps everyone one where he can. He is totally dedicated to ubuntu and it's members. -- wikus-s 2015-01-19 12:13:21
David Rubin (drubin)
Miles has been around since I was on a member on the Loco Council as well as the loco point of contact for ZA. He has been the most active and helpful person on IRC for as long as I can remember. Every single person that ever joins our channel always gets a friendly greeting by Miles. We even replaced our bot with Miles because his AI was far better :). Really and truly I would not hesitate to give him my full recommendation. -- drubin 2015-01-19 19:17:49
Raoul Snyman (superfly)
In Ubuntu-ZA Miles is the community. Without Miles, we wouldn't have a community. He's a constant in the IRC channel, reminds everyone when the next meeting is, and tries to help folks where he can (despite his disability). He greets newcomers, makes them feel welcome, and encourages them to hang out in IRC. I'm pretty sure he's the reason our channel has grown recently. Miles is equally active on the mailing list, helping folks out and reminding everyone of when our next activity is. If it weren't for Miles, our community would probably fall apart and fade to nothing, he really is the backbone. -- raoul-snyman 2015-01-21 07:07:54
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