Hi, I'm using DCFusor as a nic here (and all over the 'net) but my real name is Doug Coulter, owner/CEO of C-Lab, which did/does product design for a few major companies, we are kind of their skonk works at times.
I have extensive computer experience going back to dual triodes and magnetic core, but of course, everyone is a noob at some things. For me, right now, that would be things like SQL/Apache, and some of the details of the pi.
I've also been designing hardware since,,,,well, decades ago.
I write many languages, but kinda stuck on C, perl, and asm for whatever CPU I'm using, depending on the job at hand. I skipped over what I consider the "fad" languages (mostly starting with letter P or J)- life's too short to learn a strange new syntax every month (and all the libraries) to get the same old things done.
I do beam-collision nuclear fusion research
as my retirement hobby, off the grid on solar power, and a lot of my "solutions" have to take imperfect power availability into account one way and another. The pi seems ideal for an always-on machine (finally!) in my environment - nice low power usage. Why fire up an i7 with 1k tesla cores just to upload to youtube for 2 hours (totally connection speed limited) when a pi can do it overnight without intervention and far lower power, unattended?
I hope to be able to help as much as be helped, here. While my entire network is linux (I quit supporting windows the instant I could) - the pi is just enough different to make for some head-scratchers.