Long Story Short:
Tim Kissane, CEO and founder of Timbury Computer Services, has 20 years of industry experience serving large corporations (including Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs, and IBM), small businesses and home users.
An avid proponent of Free and Open Source Software since 1994, Mr. Kissane is concerned with maintaining low-cost, unregulated publishing access to the Internet for small business and individuals. Free speech and free (or at least cheap) beer!
Not As Short:
In 1983, I built my first computer, a Zilog Z80-based microprocessor with custom ADC/DAC circuitry, and programmed it with Z80 Assembly language and BASIC. The PC industry has come a long way in a quarter of a century. I’ve been fortunate to have had varied experiences as an electronics technician, a call center supervisor, tech school instructor, help desk manager, release engineer and small business owner. There never seems to be enough time to learn everything I’d like to know. But I have learned much.
Some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned:
- Everything is easy when you already know it. Patience is not just a virtue, but also a kindness and a necessity.
- Sometimes it’s best to take a break and come back to the task fresh.
- There are other things in life besides work.
- Life is short.
- With freedom comes responsibility.
I still need a lot of practice remembering these in my daily life. But I’m working on it, one day at time.
Freedom is a necessary condition for empowerment and, thereby, fulfillment. It comes in two distinct flavors, libre and gratis. Freedom in the realms of the computer world has been an important issue for me. Referring to software, Richard M. Stallman has described it this way: “Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of ‘free’ as in ‘free speech‘, not as in ‘free beer‘”.
Timbury Computer Services specializes in Free and Open Source Software. I use the term “Open Source” (not popular with Stallman) to indicate the availability of the source code as the main issue. I believe that open code is inherently better code. It can be examined by anyone, which means bugs are found and fixed quickly, security holes are plugged faster, and the code is constantly improved. It can be tailored by anyone for any purpose at any time. Software produced in a closed environment simply can’t keep up.
Timbury Computer Services is dedicated to supporting efforts by individuals, businesses and organizations to free themselves from the grip of proprietary systems. We support the use of open and standards based software such as GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Apache, Firefox, GCC, Samba, MySQL, WordPress, Perl, Php, Gnome, KDE, OpenOffice, the GIMP and much more.
I am especially passionate about the freedom to hear and be heard. The greatest value in the Internet is in the speed and ease with which we can all communicate. Ideas, feelings, videos, music, news can be published to the Net and received by millions almost instantly. It makes it harder for the public to be misled by governments or large corporations. To that end, I am offering free blogs on timbury.net to anyone who wants to participate in the global conversation.