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My name is Ronald Burnett Farrer

I am a Ph.D. student in the College of Computing and Engineering at Nova Southeastern University majoring in Cybersecurity Management. Previously, I earned a Master of Science in the College of Computing and Engineering at Nova Southeastern University majoring in Computer Science with a concentration in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity.

I am employed as a SysAdmin, Jr. DBA, Devloper, and Cybersecurity consultant/engineer/analyist - basically doing whatever is needed to get the job done!

My general interests are in technology, computer science, history, vikings, pirates, knights, gadgets, science (general), forensics, firearms, forests, ocean (anything to do with the water really,) outdoor exploring, and traveling.

I have been using PCs since the late 1980s and UNIX/*BSD-like systems since the early 1990s, Linux since late 1993/early 1994 (I forget exactly when,) I am a former Debian Developer (1999-2006,) and a long-time (since 2006) Gentoo user. Some of my interests include virtual machines, networking, security, cryptography, programming, distributed and parallel computing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and finding new ways to automate mundane tasks. I am specifically interested in Linux, PostgreSQL, distcc, ccache, nmap, metasploit, ... - actually there are too many open source projects to name. In my spare time, I like to fly drones, find new uses for embedded (nVidia Jetson, Raspberry Pi, Orange Pi, Arduino, etc.) boards, find buried "treasure" with my metal detector, software development, play video games, and spend time with my family.


Question: Why CanuteTheGreat/KnutDenMektige/Knútrinnríki/etc. ?

Answer: Canute/Knut/Cnut/Knút was one of the last viking kings. He lived from 990 to 1035 and at his death he was king of Norway, Denmark, and England. You can read more about him on Wikipedia.

Q: Are you a hacker?
A: No, I have cough drops! ;-P

Q: Are you a black, grey, or white hat?
A: I have a big head so I don't wear hats. Also, purple is a lovely color...

Q: What do you hack?
A: Mostly phlegm!

Q: What security research do you do?
A: Typically research where the human element and technical assets overlap.

Q: Are you for hire?
A: hahahahahahaha NO! I do not have time for anything extra!

Q: How old are you?
A: Old enough to know some rocks by their first names, but young enough to still kick your ass hire someone to kick your ass!

Q: What operating system do you use and which is your favorite operating system?
A: First let me say that all operating systems suck, but Linux-based ones typically suck less! So in the end I will pick a Linux-based one! As far as using goes I use various versions and flavors of Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and a few other *BSDs.

Q: What if Linux ceased to exist?
A: Then I would use one of the BSDs, probably FreeBSD.

Q: What about Mac?
A: Ew!

Q: What Linux distribution do you use?
A: Pretty much all of the major ones and some of the minor ones.

Q: What are your favorite Linux distributions?
A: Alpine, Arch, Debian, Gentoo, Kali, Rocky, blah, blah, blah, etc. - whatever works for best for the task at hand.

Q: If you had to pick one Linux distro, which one would it be?
A: Whichever annoys me the least amount at a given moment in time.

Q: What is your dream job/title?
A: Master Tinkerer.

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