gNulife Technology
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(John 5:24)
1. Who is gNulife Technology?     gNulife Technology (at the time of this writing) is really just one person right now. That's me, Paul Watkins. I've been in the computer support business for over 27 years now. I love helping people learn to use their computers and fixing their computer problems.
2. My History     After graduating from Moody Bible Institute in 1973 I married my wife, Lois, in the summer of '74. I was a Youth Pastor for two years before going into construction. My construction career lasted about 14 years before a back injury brought it to an end. During my recovery period I developed an interest in personal computers.
    My first job in the IT world (July 1990) was selling computers over the phone for a computer reseller. It didn't take me long to find out I wasn't a salesman, but the company had a tech support department. As soon as I got the chance I transferred into tech support. For a short time after this job, I had my own computer training and repair business. Then I got a job at a computer manufacturer and worked in their tech support department for a couple of years before transferring to a position designing the software loads on all their different computer models. After three years there I spent a year in downtown Chicago supporting an office of about 30 people in a position that is typically called "Desktop Support". I enjoyed being "the" IT guy there, but didn't like the commute, so I found another Desktop Support position closer to home. I spent the next ten years on a team of 5 or 6 techs supporting around 1500 end users. That job ended in 2005 and and between then and now I have been in a number of different IT Support roles at various companies. I have been on a couple of help desks, in desktop support roles, and one job as an assistant Windows and Linux administrator along with Desktop Support.
    Throughout the years I have been in numerous teaching/training positions. Some of those have been in our church and some have been as part of my employment. I love helping folks learn to use their computers better and, of course, helping people know Jesus better.

3. What's my purpose?     I'm not trying to get rich. But I would like to make a living doing what I love to do. I love fixing computer problems and love constantly learning more and more about technology.
    Computers are great tools for helping us in our lives. And I love sharing what I know to help others use them productively. I love seeing a person's face light up when they learn something they didn't know before, that is going to help them in the future. And I like to show people how to save time and money with their computers. So if I could make a living this way, that's what I wanted to do.

4. What's with the name "gNulife"?     The "gnu" (pronounced "new") is the mascot for Gnu Linux. "Gnu" stands for "GNU is Not Unix". Since I like Linux so much and promote it as an alternative to Microsoft Windows, and since if you pronounce it properly, you're saying "new life", I thought it would be an appropriate name for my business. So you can pronounce my business name like "new life technology" or pronounce it "g'nu life technology". I hope that my training and service will give your computer and your computing, new life, so to speak.
    Along with that, the phrase "new life" is also a reminder of what Jesus Christ offers to us all. The Bible tells us that "anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)
    Since Jesus is my Saviour and Lord, I want to honor him in everything I do, including this website. So that's how I arrived at the name "gNulife Technology". (Hope I didn't lose you in all that. ;-) )