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About This Month's Authors
Larry 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.
Randolph's first UNIX experience was booting a BSD VAX system on
July 3, 1981--the whole town had a celebration the next day.
He began contributing to the Linux kernel in May 1994, and his book
Inside Linux: A Look at Operating System Development describes
how many modern operating system features have evolved and become essential
parts of Linux.
Ken O. Burtch
Ken has been using Linux since kernel 0.97. During
the early 1990's he wrote software for the Apple IIgs computer, including
Pegasus Pascal (an Ada-Turing hybrid language) and the award winning shareware
game "Quest for the Hoard". His hobbies include reading and writing fantasy
literature and collecting cartoons. He is currently the president of PegaSoft
Canada, a Linux development company based in southern Ontario. He can be
reached via the PegaSoft web site at http://www.vaxxine.com/pegasoft.
Jason is an Analyst/programmer in financial company (Y2K and
He became interested in microprocessors 18 years ago, when my eyes saw
the TRS-80 in the
Tandy (Radio Shack) catalog.
I read all I could find about microprocessors, which was
then mostly confined to 8080/8088/Z80. The only thing he could do back
then was write
programs in assembler without even having a computer.
When he was 18, he gathered enough money to buy his first computer,
the Sinclair ZX
Spectrum. He studied electronics and learned programming mostly
on his own. He worked with
several languages (C, C++, xBase/Clipper, Cobol, FORTH) and several
different systems in
different areas: programming of test equipment, single- and
multi-user databases in
quality control and customer support, and PLCs in an aluminium
Jim is the proprietor of
Starshine Technical Services.
His professional experience includes work in the technical
support, quality assurance, and information services (MIS)
departments of software companies like
Peter Norton Group, and
McAfee Associates -- as well as
positions (field service rep) with smaller VAR's.
He's been using Linux since version 0.99p10 and is an active
participant on an ever-changing list of mailing lists and
newsgroups. He's just started collaborating on the 2nd Edition
for a book on Unix systems administration.
Jim is an avid science fiction fan -- and was
married at the World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim.
Michael J. Hammel
A Computer Science graduate of Texas Tech University, Michael J. Hammel
, is an software developer specializing in X/Motif
living in Dallas, Texas (but calls Boulder, CO home for some reason).
His background includes everything from data
communications to GUI development to Interactive Cable systems, all based in
Unix. He has worked for companies such as Nortel, Dell Computer, and
Michael writes the monthly Graphics Muse column in the Linux Gazette,
maintains the Graphics Muse Web site and theLinux Graphics mini-Howto, helps
administer the Internet Ray Tracing Competition (http://irtc.org) and
recently completed work on his new book "The Artist's Guide to the Gimp",
published by SSC, Inc. His outside interests include running, basketball,
Thai food, gardening, and dogs.
Andrew is currently a full-time student working on his Ph.D. in
Physical Anthropology and a part-time programmer and
technical writer. He resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his
wife and two sons and enjoys a good dark ale whenever he can.
John has a degree in Fine Arts and Russian. After two years
in the former Soviet Union and two years in Germany, he has returned to Canada
to pursue a second degree in Computer Science and rediscover his love
of computer programming.
Damir is a mechanical Engineer, working as a Manager of Special Projects with
Brampton Engineering Inc. in Ontario, Canada. During the day he tries to
figure out how to make special machinery for plastic extrusion, and he
splits his spare
time between his own small business, L&D Technologies (specializing in
machine design and project management), tinkering with Linux, and mountain
David manages scientific research at the U.S. Department
of Energy. Before that he earned his living as a theoretical plasma physicist.
He started programming on the IBM 650 using absolute machine language and
later graduated to CDC, DEC and Cray machines for his research. But Linux
is the most fun. He and his wife, Kathy, enjoy tennis, skiing, sailing,
music, theater, and good food.
Having variously worked an academia and industry, Mike is now a
self-employed programmer and general-purpose computer dogsbody.
Mostly he writes C and C++ for Linux (good) and Windows (bad).
In his spare time he crawls
down holes in the ground, and is fixing up a house that the
surveyor described as "not so much neglected as
Jim is currently a Consultant in web site administration and design. He is the
author of an on-line textbook about Computer and Internet use and is an
Instructor of English at several universities in Western Japan. His
main hobby is being the Webmaster for the Tokyo Linux Users Group.
Alex is a Lead Software Engineer at Motorola and has his ows consulting
business. He is always taking some sort of class.
He just finished the class work toward a Ph.D.
in computer science, but only time will tell if it goes any further.
His wife, Diane, is certainly his best friend and biggest fan. He enjoys his
two Schnauzers, Brutus and Cleo, and his dozens of African Ciclids, too. He
is a licensed amateur radio operator, as is Diane, and they spend more than
a few nights together observing the skies through their 5-inch telescope.
They like to get out and stay active, to enjoy life together.
Colin C. Wilson
Colin has been programming and administering UNIX systems
since 1985. He has been happily playing with Linux for the past four
years while employed at the University of Washington, developing DNA
analysis software and keeping the systems up at the Human Genome Center.
Dan York is a
technical instructor and author who has been working with UNIX systems
and the Internet for 13 years. He will, under questioning, also confess
to being a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and Microsoft Certified
Trainer. He currently teaches Windows NT and Microsoft BackOffice
classes but would really like to be teaching people how to use
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. And of course, thanks to Ellen Dahl for her help with
About a month ago, my doctor diagnosed me as having diabetes. Since then, I
have found I am becoming quite self-absorbed. I've had to go back to
always thinking about what I am going to eat and when--a habit I had
given up years ago. For a time, I've decided to become essentially vegan
(though not fanatic about it--I ate one piece of bacon this morning). I'm
quite amazed at the difference giving up meat and dairy products has made
in my energy level. Of course, getting my blood sugar down has certainly
been the best help in that area. At any rate, I'm feeling better than I
have in at least 6 months if not longer, and that's good!
I will be going to San Diego this weekend to visit my grandchildren there.
Haven't seen them in quite a while, so I am looking forward to it.
Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette, firstname.lastname@example.org
Linux Gazette Issue 33, October 1998,
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