About Me

Hello there & welcome to this web-log!

Licence

Creative Commons License
/home/kOoLiNuS is a website created and maintained by Nicola Losito and its original contents are released and published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Who am I?

My name is Nicola Losito, and I’m a married, male, southern, Italian guy, born in 1974, who after 3 years studing Mechanical Engineering in Bari, in 1999 fell in love with Computing, and changed his life getting a Computer Science degree at Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna in 2005.

kOoLiNuS @ MarCamp, 2007
Me during the 2nd BarCamp in Italy
MarCamp, Ancona – 2007

Me & Work

the servers I manageAfter getting my degree, I begun working at first as a teacher of “applicative software” to dumb people {with the help of a Sign Language interpreter}. Closed that experience I’ve started a part-time job as ICT consultant for some local, mid-sized architectural & engineering studios.

On January 2007 I’ve started working at C.N.R. in Bari’s unit of the Institute for Biomedical Technologies (ITB) as a research fellow, later on – given some changes in the economical and normative situation – I’ve settled down ad a technical collaborator. My role is to maintain up-&-running our servers on which websites, wiki, bioinformatics applications and related web-services runs. I’m also “the help-desk” guy. A la IT Crowd (if you know what I mean).

Me & the Web

When I’m not working you can see me hanging out on the web… On-line since 1996, I’ve lived the Internet before Google. It worked flawlessly, things were just a bit … less comfortable, but worked 😉

kOoLiNuS.net

I’ve jumped on the blogging’ life since February 2003 with my Italian (self-hosted blog): kOoLiNuS.net.

/home/kOoLiNuS

In october 2005 I decided it would be fun and interesting to open a blog available to a broader, worldwide audience and got a Blogger space. A couple of months later – in january 2006 – I’ve moved here on the WordPress.com free blog hosting service platform, which I find to be perfect if you want to concentrate on contents and keep the maintenance work on the bare minimum. The initial kOoL Solutions name was born due to a trick with my nickname and the “Cool Solutions” site from Novell … at the time I was really into openSUSE and actively posting about that topic. Now my interests are wider and so the name change.

 

I Like Free Software

I’ve been an active member of Italian Linux Society, Association for the Free Software and also and a member of my local LUG: LUG Bari and of the Italian Linux Distro Network Association. I’ve also build up a collaboration with italian nanopublishing network Blogo.it on their Free and Open Source Software blog: OSSblog.it.

I follow some Linux & Free Software oriented mailing lists and collaborate to the portals, the forums and some of the projects run by the ILDN people. With them I’ve created and moderated the firsts suse & fedora mailing list available in italian.

Also I go back and forth with the Ubuntu, the CentOS, Mandriva and the openSUSE communities in my country. Currently on my servers I run CentOS and on my desktop I run Fedora starting the transition to and Ubuntu.

WordPress

I am a WordPress user since 2004. Recently I’ve begun contributing more actively to the WordPress community – mainly as a translator – and during 2016, with my friend Francesco Cozzi, we’ve founded the local WordPress meetup group in Bari, and of the WooCommerce Puglia meetup group. In 2018 we’re going to have our first WordCamp, also the first in South Italy!

Apple communities

At the end of june 2006, due to technical unavailability of any other personal pc at home (GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows-based) with the leftovers of my earnings I have brought a white Apple MacBook. Since then Macs have become my primary computers. Tevac, on of the oldest and long time running Apple-related forum & community, became my second home. From December 2012 to December 2015 I’ve stepped up to help in the co-admin duties of managing its network of (italian, WordPress-powered) blogs.

Everything Else

A summary and more up-to-date profile of all my most prominent web activities is available on the  fancy profile page on About.Me.

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