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Husain is a Mechanical Engineer working in Saudi Arabia who is
badly addicted to computers. When he is not trying to build his own
distribution he can be found reading up on Quantum Mechanics or experimenting
with Mathematica. He can be reached on
email@example.com (all flames
happily collected in ~/nsmail/Funny).
Jim is the proprietor of
Starshine Technical Services and is now working for LinuxCare.
His professional experience includes work in the technical
support, quality assurance, and information services (MIS)
departments of software companies like
Quarterdeck, Symantec/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.
David Fauthoux (22 ans) est un étudiant français en DEA d'intelligence
artificielle (Bac+5), spécialisé en logique par actions. Il a quatre
passions : la logique en IA, la programmation "out-of-algorithm", les
jeux de rôle avec les enfants et lire (et relire) les dessins de Quino.
David Fauthoux (22 year old) is a French student in DEA of Artificial
Intelligence (5 years after Baccalauréat), specializing in Action Modal
Logic. He has four passions : AI logic, "out-of-algorithm" programming,
role playing games with kids, and reading (and reading again) the
Jay is a UNIX/Linux systems administrator for "Ipsos-Asi The
Advertising Research Company". He contributes to a variety of webzines and
sites, and is the Editor of the UNIX & LINUX Computing Journal, which
he hosts on his site www.diverge.org. His
hobbies include delving into the Linux kernel internels, surfing (as in ocean
surfing, not web surfing), and hiking (mainly to get away from computers every
now and then).
Michael J. Hammel
A Computer Science graduate of Texas Tech University, Michael J. Hammel,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Brian has been a software developer in Calgary's oil and gas industry
since 1981. He is deeply into C++ and object-oriented design. His
career began vowing never to learn Cobol; it progressed to never
learning VB and now involves never learning MFC. Brian first got into
unix in 1991 but he has only been using Linux for a few months.
Bill is the Technical Support Services manager for a multi-billion dollar
publishing company and is responsible for providing 1st and 2nd level
support services to their 500+ roadwarrior sales force as well as their
3,500 workstation and laptop users. He was introduced to Linux by a good
friend in 1996 and thought Slackware was the end-all-be-all of the OS world
... until he found Mandrake in early 1999. Since then he's used his
documentation skills to help those new to Linux find their way.
Mark founded The Computer Underground, Inc. in June of 1998. Since then,
he has been working on Linux solutions for his customers ranging from custom
computer hardware sales to programming and networking. Mark specializes in Perl,
SQL, and HTML programming along with Beowulf clusters. Mark believes in the
concept of contributing back to the Linux community which helped to start his
company. Mark and his employees are always looking for exciting projects to do.
nod - (no capital "n") is a real name due to being born a love child of the
seventies. nod, did study physics and French to degree level but wanted to
become a windsurfing instructor, so became a freelance photographer. This proves
that nod also moves in mysterious ways. He enjoys playing with computers and
seeing what happens if you "click that" or "unscrew that".
Mike is the Editor of the Linux Gazette. You can read what he has to
say in the Back Page column in this issue. He has been a Linux enthusiast
since 1991 and a Debian user since 1995. He is SSC's Webmaster. He also
enjoys the Python programming language. Non-computer interests include
ska/oi! music and the international language Esperanto.
I have been playing with linux since kernel 1.0.59. I spend way too much
time at the keyboard and even let my day job - the military - interfere once in
a while. My biggest concern about linux is the lack of documentation for the
intermediate user. There is already too much beginner's stuff, and the
professional material is often beyond the new enthusiast.
The author is a professor at ISCTE, a Portuguese public University
specilized in Management and Computer Science, teaching subjects like IT
Management and E-Commerce. The author is also IT Research and Development
Consultant at ADETTI, a Portuguese R&D institution, where he is specialized
in information security, colaborating in several European Community IT
projects: OKAPI, OCTALIS and OCCAM.
Martin is a former archaeologist who now does system
administration for a 3rd world aid organisation. He also does web
design and has been playing with computers since 1982 and Linux since
Dan recently joined the staff of
LinuxCare, to work full-time on
developing the Linux Professional Institute certification program. He has been
working with the Internet and UNIX systems for 13 years and PCs since the early
Apple computers in 1977 . While his passion is with Linux, he has also spent
the past three years working with Windows NT. Dan has written numerous articles
for technical magazines, and has also spoken at various conferences within the
training industry. He is now a member of the Certification committee of the
Systems Administrators Guild (SAGE - a division of USENIX).
And now for the inaguration of the Linux Gazette Spam Count
. This month, the Gazette received 284 letters. Of these,
79 were spam. October's SPAM COUNT is thus 28%.
Aside from the usual get-rich-quick schemes, thigh creams, Viagra stuff,
hardware/peripheral ads in Spanish and Japanese [note: the characters all turn
into $##$% symbols in Latin-1], and investment opportunities "accidentally"
sent to the wrong person, the most hilarious piece was:
We offer Web Hosting for the following server platform: NT 4.0 Running
IIS4 as low as $9.95/month, paid quarterly or annually, plus a $19.95
Did they think this was the NT Gazette?
Doesn't the fact that we already have a web page show that we don't need
web hosting services?
P.S. They do offer "FrontPage 2000 extensions FREE!!!" (Yawn.)
Linux Gazette Issue 46, October 1999,
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