My name is Ken Gutkowski, I’m a 43 year old husband and father of 3. I am an Apprentice Toolmaker and Machinist for The L.S. Starrett Company in Athol, MA. I ride a 2006 Harley Davidson Softail Standard. I like to build and fix things as well. I’m also a woodworker and enjoy welding and metal fabrication too. I like to hack hardware from time to time, wireless routers, small embedded devices etc. I currently own and run over 20+ wireless routers that I hack around with installing different 3rd part firmware such as DD-WRT and OpenWrt. However, I use DD-WRT on everything right now. I also enjoy hacking my cell phones with custom Android ROM’s. My favorite currently is CyanogenMod version 10.1. I run it on one tablets and my current phone as well as my backup phone.
I’m also a Linux user. I started with it in 1998 after growing insanely tired of Windows 98’s multitude of problems. I began with Redhat 5.1 and slowly learned the ways of the force. I mean Linux and in early 2004 I made the switch to Linux exclusively using SuSE and Slackware. In 2006 I switched to Kubuntu and shortly after Ubuntu and Xubuntu. I used to be a big fan of KDE but no longer. Now I’m more a fan of lighter and faster desktop environments and managers. I mostly use Debian based systems like Ubuntu right now for “apt-get” and all the other goodness that comes with them. However lately, Ubuntu seems to be heading in a different direction so I have been enjoying Linux Mint and plain old Debian. I really just like stuff to work.
I have test systems that I install other versions on and I like Debian, CrunchBang, Mint, and Lubuntu. I recently started to learn computer programming with Python and since I’ve never programmed before other than an occasional Bash script, I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’m not sure what I’ll do with these skills but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.