I have always believed that the measure of an individual and their success in their chosen profession are down to the people around them that helped them to become who they are. I am pleased with my progress in this rather wacky industry, and the road from when I first fired up Slackware 96 has been unconventional, raucous, strange and unpredictable to say the least.

I am heading to my 10 year anniversary when I first discovered free software and my life changed distinctively, and some key people have been instrumental in helping me to achieve what I have wanted to achieve. Of this group of incredible individuals, there is one guy though who was critical in all of this, but the sands of time have erased his surname from my brain. So, using the magic of the Internet, I am hoping either he will be reading this or someone will know him. Let me lay out the evidence:

  • His name is John something.
  • When I started linuxuk.co.uk back in the day (not the current site which has new owners), Mystery John purchased and registered the domain for me. I was 17, wore a Megadeth t-shirt, had long hair, wore a axe pendent (hence my early nickname of AxeManiac) and he put a surprising amount of trust in me after seeing the website and seeing its potential. The domain was registered around 1998.
  • Back then he lived in Hinckly in England.
  • I seem to remember him working for an ISP, but I may have invented this in my head.
  • Back then he bought in Red Hat box sets at trade price and we concocted the rather devious scheme of selling them at trade price to the community so the community could get Red Hat sets without paying a chunk of mark up on them. Cunning, I know. 😛

Anyone know who Mystery John is?

On a different note, some other little bits of information:

  • I discovered in Germany that Mind The Gap, a common uttering on the London Underground, translates in German to Beim Aussteigen bitte die Luecke zwischen Zug und Bahnsteinkante beachten. Crazy!
  • Thanks to Domenico Marozzi for sending me some photos of me delivering Growing Ubuntu at LinuxTag. I added them to the end of my LinuxTag Flickr set.

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