I like playing with software. The main reason I got into Linux — despite the naff penguin logos — was that I could download and install whatever software I wanted, from web servers, mail servers, databases and media servers.
Around the same time, the internet was really taking off — web traffic overtook gopher, ftp, archie and all other internet traffic combined. Apple had released OpenDoc — a document centered technology where the document would be made up of blocks or components that added the functionality. Instead of a word document, for example, linking to a spread sheet, there would be a generic document with word processing and spreadsheet components.
OpenDoc died in 1997.
Anyway — the point is, I started to get fascinated with the idea that computer power would be a utility like water and eletricity. If you needed some, you would just plug the dumb terminal into the socket and get some.
So I got interested in web based applications for everything. But I didn't want to hand all my data to someone else, so I wound up using a lot of LAMP based software. I also started using Android more, and have been using Chrome OS (well, Cloudready from Neverware. My son has a 'real' chromebook). But the basic idea that you could grab any internet connected machine and get on with what you want to do has stayed with me. The 'dumb terminals' are becomming octa-core supercomputers, and the web applications get downloaded and installed, but I still have the goal.
Which is a long, round about way of saying this section of the site is where I list a lot of the software I use and think is cool.