Personal Page of ratcheer

A Brief introduction

After a 34-year IT career with several large corporations, I am now retired and love playing around with FOSS at home. During my career, I worked with large IBM s/370 to 390 mainframe systems, with most of my work revolving around the IMS and DB2 database systems. I programmed in COBOL, MVS Assembler, and other languages. I also worked with DEC and AT&T minicomputers and some of the earliest production BellCore UNIX systems. Later, I became a MS Windows application programmer, using Visual BASIC and VisualWorks Smalltalk. Then, I became an Oracle Database Administrator on the HP-UX, Solaris, and AIX UNIX platforms. I was an Oracle DBA for the last 14 years of my career.

My main distribution is Ubuntu, but I enjoy playing with other distros to see how they do. I am currently using Sabayon 8 with FluxBox on a testing partition.

Contact Info

Name: Tim Cuthbertson
Email: <ratcheer AT SPAMFREE gmail DOT com>
IRC nick (irc.freenode.net): ratcheer
Blog: http://tcuthbertson.com
Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~ratcheer



I have been a member of the forums since 2009. I try to contribute on the forums on a daily basis. My ID on Ubuntuforums.org is ratcheer


  1. I am currently helping on Ubuntu Forums 2 Ubuntu Wiki

  2. I also formerly participated on some of the release testing teams for Xorg Proprietary Drivers
  3. Member of Alabama LoCo team and Ubuntu Users team


  1. Regular participant on Google Plus (Tim Cuthbertson)
  2. Regular participant on dslreports.com (timcuth)
  3. Early adopter of IPv6 using tunnel provider Hurricane Electric



ratcheer (last edited 2012-04-13 14:09:00 by ratcheer)