I consider myself a geek, tinker, and a hacker, but this has nothing to do with breaking into computers. I have been using Linux on and off since 1998, but the last 5+ years it has been my primary operating system of choice and Debian my preferred distribution. Whilst teaching myself how to use Linux, I have learnt how to mostly use lightweight GUI or CLI apps, and to use the Debian Net Install CD and do a base install were from there I can install the software I want with apt-get generally starting off with the window manager (Fluxbox) and the X.org GPU drivers, as I try to keep my systems small and functional as possible.
At home I have a Mini ITX (VIA Samuel 2 @533MHz with 512MB RAM) that I have set up to be my firewall/gateway/router with some extra stuff installed like Bitlee, Asterisk, lighttpd etc. Desktop, Laptop and netbook, of which all are running custom installs of Debian (testing) and a Wireless AP running Openwrt.
I have also come to be rather fond of Android, my first phone being a Huawei IDEOS of which I made a custom ROM for and got better battery life and performance out of over the default stock ROM that came with the phone. I have since upgraded to a HTC Desire and run OxygeN AOSP ROM on it.
I also have an interest in tinker with electronics which has me in to the hobby of Amateur (HAM) Radio and collecting World War Two era wireless sets. I am rather fond of the clandestine sets of the era like the ‘Type A Mk III’ and ‘Type 3 Mk II’.