I apologize in advance for a bit of a long post for a "Hi"

I've been a computer freq since my first Vic20 as a kid 20 yrs ago (followed by a used Altair, TRS-80 model 3, then Amiga 1500) and a netizen since shortly thereafter (when it was basically Compuserve on 300 baud external modems for $50/mo and 5 hr access....

I don't consider myself a PC or *nix expert even though I've been running a 6 machine home network using a Linux server for over 2 yrs now. Although, I guess I do know a little bit .