Interview with Coffeecat

Coffeecat is someone I know from the Ubuntu Forums, where he sits with me on the Forum Council.  He has kindly taken some time out to answer the dreaded 9 simple questions…
1. Tell as much as you’re willing about your “real life” like name, age, gender, location, family, religion, profession, education, hobbies, etc.
I am male and old enough to have some grey hair and to be retired from an active profession. I live in the UK.
I was educated to post-degree level, but have little real formal training in IT. My other interests include reading, music (mostly classical), gardening and cooking.
2. When and how did you become interested in computers? in Linux? in Ubuntu?
My first contact with a computer was in the early 80s with a Sinclair Spectrum, after which I managed to inveigle myself onto an employer-sponsored 3-week course in basic computer programming and systems design, using a mainframe computer from the 70s. My first serious work desktop computer ran MS-DOS 3 and had a hard drive with the amazingly large capacity of 10 megabytes. Over the next many years I progressed through a number of PCs, at first with MS-DOS and then with a series of Windows versions from

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