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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.
Larry Ayers lives with his family on a small farm in Northeast
Missouri; he is a woodworker, fiddler and general
jack-of-all-trades. He can be reached at
Eugene is an Instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of
Technology in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he teaches electronics,
digital, microprocessors, data communications, and operating
systems/networking in the Novell, Windows and Unix worlds. When he is not
spending quality time with his wonderful wife and 18 month old daughter
watching Barney videos, he can be found in front of his Linux box. His
hobbies are hiking, backpacking, bicycling and chess.
Pedro Paulo Ferreira Bueno and Antonio Pires de Castro Junior
Pedro is a Science Computer Student from Catholic University
of Goiás (UCG- Brazil) and the manager of LinuxGO, the Goiás
Linux User Group and the network card moderator at Linux Knowledge Base. He is
a maniac linux user since he started with Linux in Kernel 2.0.7. When he is
not in front of his linux machine he is probability playing soccer. He can be
Antonio is a masters degree student at UNICAMP. He is co-founder of LinuxGO
and his favorite research topic is Network Communication. He can be reached
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.
Alex is a computer enthusiast living in
New Jersey. He began on UNIX mainframes at his father's company as a child in
the '70s and has worked on most varieties of desktop computers. Although most
of his experience in the past 10 years has been on Microsoft (yecch!), his
first ISP in 1994 ran Linux, and he has used and advocated Linux exclusively
for more than a year.
Peter currently works as a Security Engineer for a large Midwestern
Internet Service Provider. When he's not fighting crime on-line, he enjoys
writing and improving his golf game. He can be reached by sending mail to
Vladimir has been a member of GCC team of
Cygnus since March 1998.
He has worked in the compiler field since 1980. He has been a Linux user since
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.
Jesper lives in Odense, Denmark. He is the author of the book "Sams Teach
Yourself Emacs in 24 Hours", the program "The Dotfile Generator", the Emacs
package "Power Macros", and is the chairman of the Linux User Group on Funen in
Denmark. In his spare time, he enjoys drinking wine and listening to music
(esp. Depeche Mode) with his girlfriend Anne Helene, and walking in the nature.
For more information on Jesper, the Emacs book, The Dotfile Generator or
Power Macros, please visit
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.
Rob is doing his Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Toronto, where he
was a system administrator on the side for a while along with running his own
Linux boxes at home and school since 1995.
is a Senior at Liberty University majoring in Computer Science.
Originally from Brazil, now he works at the University's
Center. He is also a member of the
Lynchburg Linux User Group in Lynchburg, Virginia.
I've been playing with PCs since the early 80s, and got a hold of Linux about 2
years ago. For the last 7 years I have provided end-user computer support, and
written documentation mainly for other support reps. In the last year I have
begun writing for publication, including articles in Linux Gazette and
contributing some chapters for "Special Edition Using KDE" (Que Publishing, due
out November 99). I am a member of the
Madison Linux User Group and the
Open Source Writers Group. When I'm not
working or playing on my computer, I am building and operating model railroads
and attending meets of the South Central
Wisconsin Division NMRA and the
I can be reached via email at
Mark Stacey <Mark.Stacey@icl.ie>
graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 1998 with a first class
honors degree in Computer Engineering. His interests include Java programming
and Web development. He currently works for ICL in the Information Technology
Center based in Dublin, Ireland.
"Alan teaches CS in Andorra at highschool and university levels. He's
back to Unix this year after an 8-year forced interlude since he
graduated -- it makes networking so much easier. His hobbies include
science photography (both digital and traditional), trekking, rock and
This month's Gazette is again chock-full of articles --- 19 of them,
not counting the regular columns. Way to go, authors!
New features this month include the subject index for the Answer Guy, and a
new series. Slambo has begun a series of web site reviews called "LSOTM (Linux
Site O' The Month)".
Professor A Cartelli wrote in about his Italian translation of the
Gazette, so I took the opportunity to ask how long it takes to do the
translation and how many people are involved. He said, "Too much time, not
enough people. We are usually one month late after your magazine. It usually
takes 6-10 people."
The Gazette received 389 letters this month. Of these, 104 were
spam. The Linux Gazette Spam Count for November is
therefore 26%, down 2% from last month.
Here are excerpts from the more hilarious ads:
- "The information in this message is private and confidential and
is intended for the addressed recipient only.... Dear fellow investor,"
Yeah, right. "Private & confidential".
- Another "accidentally redirected" e-mail: "Hi George it's Steve.
I don't know why are you changing your e-mail adress so often ,but I hardly
keep track of your adress. I finished my site . You said you want to earn
some money easy way,and you can download that funny gift photo I toled you
- "I net over $400 my FIRST DAY selling the most sought
after product in the world. As a bonus for joining, I will give you info on a $275 free
electricity self contained unit that doesn't even need batteries.
It will run everything in your house when the power goes out.
You will never have an electric bill again... to get
fresh water right out of the ocean (with no operating costs to
make it); heat paint to keep snow and ice off the driveway;
cooling without using a refrigerant; a mug that converts junk
food into food that is good for you; a pocket device found
to protect people from all major: diseases, toxins, chemicals
and pesticides; and even more.." Sounds like ubik, the reality-enhancing
spray/ointment/salve in Philip K Dick's novel Ubik.
- "Look, we don't want to waste your time...or ours You must be
determined to earn a bare minimum of $10,000 in the next 30 - 45 days and to
develop a net worth of over 1 Million Dollars Cash in the next 24-36 months...
Don't bother to call unless you are serious."
- "TRIPPLE THE SPEED ON YOUR PC !" The web site allows you to order
by credit card (of course). Price is US$299.00, but if you order before it's
released November 15, it's a special $19.99. There's just one thing missing from the ad and the web site:
what is this product? Software? Hardware? Is it
Linux-compatible? Whatever it is, it comes with a 100% guarantee and the
promise, "The program will not change anything on your PC apar from increasing
the speed on your PC by 300%." And cows can fly, I bet.
This edition of the Linux Gazette was brought to you by the Dropkick
Murphys, Anti-Flag, H20, and Punk-O-Rama 4, which were playing in my walkman
continuously as I formatted the columns and the Table of Contents.
Linux Gazette Issue 47, November 1999,
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