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#14256 24-Jun-2007 06:04
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Hi Fellow Geeks :)

I've been "lurking" on the forums for a few weeks now, and figured it was about time I spoke up and introduced myself...

My name is David Young. I'm a South African Linux Geek, and I run a small consulting company over here called "Funky Penguin". For the past three years, we've been assisting clients with Open Source systems, developments, and customizations. I've joined the forums because my wife and I are giving very serious consideration to immigrating to your fine country. (South Africa is not the safest place to start a family). I'd want to ply my trade as a consultant over there, while continuing to manage my fledgling company back in SA.

I enjoy working with technology in general, specifically open-source software, and if you asked me to define my specialties, I'd have to say : mySQL / PHP development and customization ( - although it's not my favorite pastime), network and open source systems setup, wireless hotspots (working on a pay-for-play model to resell your connection to your neighbors / customers), and (really esoteric) jabber logging (

The wife and I are coming over there for a month in August, to get a "feel" for the place, before making our final, life-altering decision. I'm hoping to make friends and contacts on this list, and to establish some "street cred".

So, I'll try to make intelligent posts and comments where appropriate, will welcome questions, contact via Facebook, Skype, etc., and hope to meet some of you in August! :)

David Young

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#75751 24-Jun-2007 08:59
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Welcome to Geekzone - and welcome to New Zealand... Let me know when you are in Wellington, we might have a coffee?

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  #75756 24-Jun-2007 09:51
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funkypenguin: The wife and I are coming over there for a month in August, to get a "feel" for the place, before making our final, life-altering decision...

Bring plenty of warm clothing because August is usually the coldest month of the year.  Depending on where you go, the temperatures could range from -5 overnight minimum in Otago, South Island up to 18 degrees maximum Far North of North Island.  If you enjoy skiing, you are in for a treat as the season has started very well this year.  In that case, Queenstown, South Island is the best place to go Cool



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#75758 24-Jun-2007 10:16
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Also the most expensive place... There are plenty of other sky stations around the country, with more accessible prices though.

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