A voracious open source advocate, technologist and author (at Ars Technica, opensource.com, and other well-known sites). Jim first chose open source in 1999 when he ran Apache on FreeBSD, set up his first FreeBSD server from scratch in 2001 and first installed an open source product professionally, FreeBSD 4.5 and Samba over an old Windows NT 3.5 Server, in 2002. Since 2003 he has operated his own system administration and application development company implementing hundreds of open source solutions for a wide variety of clients. Jim is the author, maintainer, and principal developer of the Sanoid snapshot management and replication project.