In the latest TR Member Spotlight, Sonja Thompson interviews IT consultant Ernest Bywater (aka Deadly Ernest), one of our most active community members. He reveals the story behind his nickname, when he started working in IT, why he thinks IT pros need both formal learning and hands-on experience, his favorite and least favorite job in IT (which, because of a bad manager, was actually at the same company), his thoughts about Linux distros, and more. His hobbies include writing and photography. Be sure to check out the TechRepublic Out Loud post about the interview; the post features links to his Web site, sites that feature his writing, and links to his photography.

Also, read Deadly Ernest’s recent post in which he talks about his growing frustration with embedded Flash in Web sites and asks other members to take a few polls about the use of Flash.