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Larry Ayers

Larry Ayers lives on a small farm in northern Missouri, where he is currently engaged in building a timber-frame house for his family. He operates a portable band-saw mill, does general woodworking, plays the fiddle and searches for rare prairie plants, as well as growing shiitake mushrooms. He is also struggling with configuring a Usenet news server for his local ISP.

Earl Brown

Earl Brown has been involved in the Internet for 4 or 5 years, and got into Unix when he realized that Unix helped start the Internet and that it is the future of the Internet, as well. He loves LINUX as an operating system, because "The fact that it's free doesn't hurt, but the important thing is that I think it's the best OS out there." He is a computer programmer, an Internet specialist. He has fantasies/dreams about becoming a writer and a college teacher. For more of his work, see His personal web page can be found at

John M. Fisk

John Fisk is most noteworthy as the former editor of the Linux Gazette. After three years as a General Surgery resident and Research Fellow at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, John decided to "hang up the stethoscope", and pursue a career in Medical Information Management. He's currently a full time student at the Middle Tennessee State University and hopes to complete a graduate degree in Computer Science before entering a Medical Informatics Fellowship. In his dwindling free time he and his wife Faith enjoy hiking and camping in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. He has been an avid Linux fan, since his first Slackware 2.0.0 installation a year and a half ago.

Michael J. Hammel

Michael J. Hammel, is a transient software engineer with a background in everything from data communications to GUI development to Interactive Cable systems--all based in Unix. His interests outside of computers include 5K/10K races, skiing, Thai food and gardening. He suggests if you have any serious interest in finding out more about him, you visit his home pages at You'll find out more there than you really wanted to know.

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes is the publisher of Linux Journal, and thereby Linux Gazette. As an employer, Phil is "Vicious, Evil, Mean, & Nasty, but kind of mellow" as a boss should be. He dreams of permanently tele-commuting from his home on the Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula.

Not Linux

Thanks to all our authors, not just the ones above, but also those who wrote giving us their tips and tricks and making suggestions. Thanks also to our new mirror sites.

Since I've chosen to celebrate Halloween in this issue, I'll include a few Halloween and weird links in hopes that they will not disappear on November 1.

  • YABOO A YAHOO parody page with only Halloween links. Some neat links to Halloween history, ghost stories, etc.
  • Virtual Jack-0-Lantern Have fun creating your own virtual jack-o-lantern. Includes a Haunted Pumpkin Patch for those with Netscape 3.0.
  • Virtual Haunted House Looked interesting, but not open until October 31. Check it out.
  • Forest J. Ackerman of monster and "Sci Fi" movies has a very weird site indeed.
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau movie site.
  • Halloween Mystery Billed as an interactive MUD-like page, this turned out to be a game that you play following text instructions and story-line to solve a mystery.
  • Discworld is not exactly Halloween, but is definitely weird and fun. Another MUD game based on Terry Pratchett's fantasy novels.

If you would like some personal information about me, clicking on my name below will take you to my home page. It's getting jazzier by the moment.

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette

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