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While not building detectors
in search of the quark gluon plasma, Steve Adler spends his time either
4 wheeling around the lab grounds or writing articles about the people
behind the open source movement.
Marius is 19 years old and a student in the first year at Politehnica
Bucharest, Romania. Besides Linux, he also loves music (from rock to dance),
dancing, having fun, spending time with friends. He is interested also in
science in general (and that quantum spooky connection :) and says, "I like
cooking (okay, maybe I don't like it a lot, but I have to cook because I live
alone while I'm at studies in Bucharest. Poor me :-) poor neighbours :-)"
Part computer programmer, part cartoonist, part Mars Bar. At night, he runs
around in a pair of colorful tights fighting criminals. During the day... well,
he just runs around. He eats when he's hungry and sleeps when he's sleepy.
Fernando is a computer analyst just about to finish his
graduation at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Now, he has built
with his staff the best
Linux portal in Brazil and have further
plans to improve services and content for their Internet users.
I am a newbie to the Linux community, but have been following the rise of
popularity for almost two years now. I continue to learn as much as
possible about the Linux operating system in an attempt to become
proficient and knowledgeable in it's use as an internet platform. I have
volunteered on the Debian mailing list, and I continue to assist the Linux
Professional Institute(LPI) promote their agenda. I help staff the LPI
booths at events and write articles updating their achievements.
I'm a software developer by day and an artist, web developer,
big dog, gardener and wine maker by night. This all leaves very little
time for sleep, but always enough time for a nice glass of Michigan
Pinot Gris. I have a BS double major in Computer Science and
Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science. I've been using and
modifying Linux since the 0.9x days. I can be reached via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or through
my website at http://www.sunpuppy.com.
Kapil is a Linux and Internet security consultant. He has been
working on various Linux/Unix systems and Internet Security for more than
2 years. He maintains a web site
(http://linux4biz.net) for providing
free as well as commercial support for web, Linux and Unix solutions.
I live and work in Bratislava, Slovakia as a library
information worker, translator and research reader at the Institute for
Child Psychology. I published some of my poetry here and in USA, I
translated some books from English (e.g., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul
Reps). You can see some of my stories and poetry at
Computers are my hobby.
Jason is a Software Architect for
McHugh Software International.
His computer related interests include: OO programming &
design, Smalltalking, the peopleware aspects of software, and noodl'n around
Penguins in Brazil
NPR had a story this month about the penguins arriving on the beaches in
Rio de Janeiro and other parts of Brazil. Usually there are five or
so penguins, but this year there are hundreds of penguins who used to stick
around the Falklands/Malvinas Islands but have now migrated to Brazil.
Scientists suspect maybe it's a long-term climactic change, and the
cold ocean currents they follow to find their food may have shifted.
Some Brazilians have adopted penguins as pets, but many don't know how
to care for them. The penguins don't do well when the weather turns hot,
so some ppl put them in the freezer. Unfortunately, this gives the
penguins hypothermia, because this variety is used to a temperate
environment. One of Brazil's zoos is building a penguin rehabilitation
center for the penguins it has acquired and the ex-pets who have been
donated to it.
Can any readers in Brazil provide any more information?
Penguins in Australia
In January, Linux Journal published a short
article about an oil spil near Australia's Phillip Island where fairy
penguins (aka little penguins, the kind that
bit Linus) live, and how hackers
(including LJ) sent money to help rehabilitate the birds. The article
describes how part of the rehabilitation included sweaters for the birds, made
apparently from socks.
pictures and whimsical drawings of penguins, and
panels from the High Tide comic
strip featuring penguins. The site features information about the Phillip
Island Nature Park.
The Spam of the Month award goes to the real estate company in Pakistan that
offers programmers and sysadmins (certified in MCSE, Oracle, VB, e-commerce,
etc.) for 240 hours per month for US$100.
[Nov 30, 3:45pm] As I write, the N30 WTO II demonstrations have started in
downtown Seattle. "Several hundred" protesters (600-800 according to the news)
are marching to Westlake Park from separate demonstrations on Capitol Hill and
the International District. The most ingenious of their plans is a giant cake
they'll be presenting to Mayor Paul Schell and booster Pat Davis, to thank them
for bringing the WTO trade ministerial last year.... so they [the activists]
could expose what bastards they [the WTO] are. In other matters, nine
Starbucks were hit yesterday and the day before.... Anyway, you'll know by the
time you read this whether news about N30 makes it outside the region.
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Published in Issue 60 of Linux Gazette, December 2000