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Topic # 11188 8-Jan-2007 19:52
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Hi folks,

My name is Mike Kilpatrick.

I'm originally from Scotland and immigrated to New Zealand in February 2005.  My wife is a Kiwi and we have 2 small children (4 & 2).

My wife thinks I'm a full-on geek.  I know I've got a few thing to learn.  However, I am a bit of a gadget freak.

My pride and joy is my Intel 20" iMac - my first foray into Apple and I will never buy another Windows PC.  I'm typing this on my wirelessly connected laptop running Ubuntu 6.10.  I gave up dual-booting Windows about 2 weeks ago and now don't have a Windows PC for the first time since 1995.

I'm always threatening to learn to program, and the latest target is Ruby.  But that'll have to wait as I'm just about to ditch my job (at Healtheries) in order to go back to university.  I start a post-graduate in Journalism in February at AUT.

I love reading, writing and the cinema (although I'm more likely to watch DVDs now that I've got kids).

My biggest frustration is the fact that my internet connection can only work at a maximum of 1.5Mbps.

I guess that's enough for now.  I think I could be at home here!


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  Reply # 57256 8-Jan-2007 20:00
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youll find this lot a friendly bunch, ive been around for a day and cant complain :D

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  Reply # 57262 8-Jan-2007 20:44
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Welcome Parrothead (Mike),

We have a lot of friends who have emigrated from the UK.  Most are living on lifestyle blocks (small farms) out in the country and without exception they love it in NZ.

My Great Grandfather hailed from Ipswich in Suffolk and came to NZ in 1884 on a sailing ship taking 100 days for the journey.  One of my great uncles was born during the voyage.

I guess we have it pretty easy nowadays even though travel in "Cattle Class" on a 747 can still be pretty arduous from one side of the world to the other.

Anyway, welcome to Geekzone and we look forward to your input.


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Reply # 57265 8-Jan-2007 21:10
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