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SPS&C napkin sketchIn late 2002 I founded South Pacific Software & Consulting with a just a simple concept in mind.  I wanted to build a technology company that I could some day run remotely from a laptop on a beach in the South Pacific, with my 44 foot sailboat anchored nearby relaying the The first real company logosignal to an overhead satellite. So there you have it; that is where the name originates. The hailing port on the stern of the boat actually says Seattle, and currently the office is moored to Bainbridge Island in Washington State. But in reality, the world is becoming smaller every day.  I have been routinely administering UNIX systems remotely (via a network or the Internet) for nearly 20 years. So this is a living dream that is actually becoming more of a reality every day.

While the actual departure to the beaches of the South Pacific is still a ways off, back in 2002 I started building the network and the company, --one that would be so robust, so bullet-proof, that I actually would feel like I would be able to cast off the lines and run it all remotely someday.  That is partially why I chose OpenBSD, widely regarded as the most one of the most secure and stable Operating Systems available.  But that's just the foundation, the kicks-butt (sorry, Mom) performance that follows is a natural by-product.  Our approach is simple, but it is also a different sort of thinking going on here. First and foremost is that bullet-proof security is priority number One. The rest is sophisticated yet practical applications of appropriate technology. You see my motivation is this... If I do my job right here, pretty soon I am running this thing from the beach.

Still further back.... I have been a computer nerd since 1984 and my first Apple IIc computer. By the early 1990's, it was PC's, of course, and my hobby/obsession was now a career. Professionally, I began on the bottom rungs doing hardware PC and printer field support for a company called Vanstar. Over the years I've held quite a number of positions in the IT field. Tech writer. Systems Administrator. Systems Analyst. Instructor. A couple more Systems Administrator positions. The companies all well known; AT&T, IBM, Boeing, ITT Tech, ClassMates Online.

Along the way in 1996 I discovered Linux, and a whole new rush of excitement of working with computers again. It was a lot like learning DOS had been yearsAt the office earlier, only way better! I was immediately hooked and have been a strong advocate for its virtues ever since. As a vocal member and participant of Open Source community, I know there is a vast amount of really great software available for free. The real trick though is determining the good from the not-so-good and knowing how to apply it.  As a consulting practice, SPS&CThe logo of my very first website drawn from scratch. intends to be on the leading edge of installing and supporting the various F/OSS --Free/Open Source Software solutions available to small businesses. This is my real area of passion, offering the small businessman a choice and viable alternatives to Microsoft® products without all the hype, licensing and multitude of security issues. Stuff that works and works really well.

Back in 1984, the year I bought my first computer I also bought my first serious 35mm camera and started snapping pictures. Although I primarily market my computing skills these days, I also have taken a whole lot of pictures over the years, good and bad, nd literally around the world. I have enjoyed success in recent years using digital cameras to produce images used to sell everything imaginable, --puppies to motor homes. Pictures are after all just another form of software these days. I invite you to visit another of my Web sites, www.photo4ads.com, as you never know what you might find for sale there. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Larry A. Barr - March, 2012