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I'm an ancient Linux user (been using it a lot since 1991). I also have a fair amount of Unix experience (Ultrix, DEC/Unix, SunOS/Solaris, ...) and VMS and TOPS-10/20 experience that spans back to the 1970s, but that experience is realtively old and crusty.

I helped a friend in High School build a computer from old IBM 1410 parts (1973), where I learned the first things about system architecture and components. I then eventually grew into a systems programmer.

Nowadays, I'm mostly retired, but I "come out" to help in the Linux community and the occasional non-profit and old client.

Between then and now I was an employee at Digital Equipment Corporation, ran a few consulting companies (Professional Systems and Technologies, then CodeMeta, Inc.) and had the proverbial boat-load of clients.

Vital Stats


My journal of GNHLUG activities is:

Moved old TWiki from to GNHLUG's new server (Thanks BenScott) on 11/12 March, 2006.

-- BruceDawson - 18 Mar 2006 gave a workaround that appears to work.

-- BruceDawson - 08 Nov 2005

Spent the last several hours updating the BlackListPlugin (and undo-ing the work of some spammers yesterday).

Then I discovered what appears to be a bug in the plugin (reported it at But I turned off Spam-word filtering until I hear back on the bug.

-- BruceDawson - 07 Nov 2005

Spent the last several days (about 3 hours total) diagnosing and fixing a problem that was preventing WebNotify messages to go out from the TWiki. Turns out the problem was in some file permissions, and then having the site's webmaster in the gnhlug-org mailman's database.

-- BruceDawson - 14 Oct 2005

Action Items


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The action items that have been completed within the last 30 days.

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Personal Preferences for this web site

Personal Preferences (details in TWikiVariables)

  • Horizontal size of text edit box:
    • Set EDITBOXWIDTH = 70
  • Vertical size of text edit box:
    • Set EDITBOXHEIGHT = 17
  • Default state of the link check box in the attach file page:
  • Optionally write protect your home page: (set it to your WikiName)

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If this link produces a file with anything other than a plain php and html script, then we have security problems on this site. In other words, if that script is rendered, then we have the security problem. TWiki should not be running scripts from the pub/... area.
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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
phpinfo.php.txt manage 0.1 K 05 Jul 2006 - 09:37 BruceDawson PhpInfo file - if this works, then we have a security problem on this site.
foo.txt manage 0.1 K 08 Aug 2007 - 08:32 BruceDawson A test file

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