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Acronymically, I am wmat as my full name is William McBride Aderson Traynor, which is how I am most commonly known online. On the street, I am Bill. I am an avid user and hobbyist within the electronics, open source software, and Linux tribes ever since discovering I could cut a notch in a 5 1/2" floppy disk to make it double-sided. I particularly enjoy and am interested in the gregarious nature of the open source community, the sharing of knowledge and the extreme levels of intelligence I encounter both in person and online. I appreciate the pragmatic nature at the core of most open source projects and work to foster communication between highly technical people, advocate for programmers to be allowed to create, and build bridges between the business and technical worlds.

For most of my career I've been a Business Systems Analyst in the Financial Services/Insurance software world. I've written more requirements documentation and technical specifications then I care to remember. While making a living at the latter, my basement office has filled with gadgets, development kits, odd hardware, and stuffed penguins. I've specifically interested in Embedded Linux and the SuperH architecture Linux port due (mostly) to an inherited Sega Dreamcast and a friend who happens to maintain the SuperH Linux code base. In addition to a passion for code, I found myself writing more and more about technical topics, in particular on wikis. Sometime around 1996 I took on the task of moving the Consumer Embedded Linux Forum's wiki to a MediaWiki-based server and have served as the administrator and editor of it ever since.

I am currently in the process of moving away from my Business Systems Analysis career toward fulltime community management, technical writing and programming within the Linux ecosystem. I'm no zealot and believe that corporate involvement with Open Source Software is critical to its growth and success and am working to foster participation of corporate partners within the Open Source Software world.

For a detailed profile of my work history please see my LinkedIn profile].

To contact me, you can email:

wmat (at) alphatroop.com
btraynor (at) gmail.com
wmat (at) naoi.ca