This site was alive from late 2003 to the end of 2006 due to his passing. It was a discussion/forum-type site mostly about Linux, hardware, software and a few other services that I never even heard of like Bircd, Asuka, and windows IRC services. Below I have posted some of the content, about Jake, which I had found on wayback machine…
- Name – Jake James Orpin
- Age – 19
- Date of Birth – 13/01/1986
- Location – Worthing, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
- Employment – Currently Unemployed, However i do volunteer work for inx-network
- Interests – Playing the drums and the guitar, Going out with friends, Using computers, Listening to music. e.t.c
Most people think I’m a nice, generous and funny person, I like to think that I am all of them. I’m currently in a band called Borrowed Time which is formed of Me, Sam Strotten, Tom Randall, Kerry Boone, Lauren Mersion and Nathan, and its coming along really well! You can find me on irc.quakenet.org #jake0 – I normally hang in there. Anyway that’s all folks.
I couldn’t find much else that had to do with what was on this website in the past, so I decided to post some interesting links below about stories of individuals who had experienced Linux, Bircd, Asuka, and windows IRC services.
Growing up, I had always been fascinated with computers. I grew up in the 90’s when major tech giants were in their infancy. The idea that one day I could write computer programs or design websites would drive me mad. Computers were the ‘in thing’ everyone was talking about them and Microsoft had just released its new operating system to the masses. Back then owning a computer was quite prestigious. Fortunately, my parents noted the burning desire I had with computers and decided to get me one on my birthday. This was the greatest gift that they ever got me.
I would spend hours in my room just playing games. Games weren’t as great as they currently are. I guess this is where my career in the I.T field started. With computers now becoming more affordable most of my friends at school had computers back in their homes. We formed a computer club where we would share software and ideas on projects that we could do. The computer club had an idea that we form pacts with other clubs and produce a school magazine. Back then we had only familiarized ourselves with only word processing software. Microsoft word was the in thing and being part of the editorial team would mean that I enhance my word skills.
We launched the magazine during the fall of 1997, and it was a success. At first we had fun with the magazine, the school decided to fund the project. Being a part of the editorial raised my curiosity about image editing. Paint was the only image editing software that we knew at the time. The release of Windows 98 meant that we would have more powerful machines that could accomplish more. The advanced computing capabilities that were offered by windows meant that I would now venture into video processing and web design. I was pretty serious with computers and would spend hours in the library trying to learn more on computers.
I then enrolled for a web design class as I was interested in creating websites. From there I was landing part-time gigs involving web design. I must say our principal was fascinated by the computer club. He gave use the go-ahead to construct the school’s website. This was after the massive success of the school’s magazine. We were doing a pretty good job, and he knew that we would fail him. The computer club was now handling video processing, and we were digitizing the school’s records.
I was in bad shape due to the lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Spending all my time behind a computer screen meant that I wasn’t getting any physical exercises. My skin had changed to a pale white color, and I look sickly. That’s when my friend suggest that I should try out dieting. The idea of sticking to a strict diet sent shivers down my spine. Contrary to popular belief, my earlier fast food diet hadn’t increased my weight that much.
I researched for a healthy diet that I would stick to. There were many suggestions from my family and friends. I discovered that the pale skin color was due to lack of vitamins. I stuck to my healthy diet and did some home exercises. Every morning I would do 50 push ups and sit ups. This would help my body gain some muscle. People could note some weight loss, especially around my gut.
Late in college, I was introduced to the Linux operating system. I was intrigued by how Linus Torvalds had dedicated his time to develop an open source software. Linux was lighter than Windows meaning that one didn’t need to have the latest hardware to enjoy the full capabilities of the software. We were now chatting with users internationally using IRC. I could chat anonymously with users outside my country. During my final year in college, I received sad news that my aunt had been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer.
Lucky for her it was caught in its early stages, and it could be cured. I shared the sad news with my friends. The treatment was successful. She has always advised us that we should go for cancer screening. This will help detect the disease in its early stages. I have continued with my passion in software development, but sometimes I get jobs involving hardware maintenance.