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About This Month's Authors

Randy Appleton

Randy Appleton is a professor of Computer Science at Northern Michigan University. Randy got his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. He has been involved with Linux since before version 0.9. Current research includes high performance pre-fetching file systems, with a coming port to the 2.X version of Linux. Other interests include airplanes, especially home-built ones.

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.

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.

Andy Kahn

Andy Kahn is currently a graduate student in Computer Science at UCLA, praying to finish his Masters degree sometime in the foreseeable near future. His primary research area is in parallel I/O. On the side, Andy also does Unix System Administration at Activision, a well-known computer games company. He also has had previous jobs, including system administration and programming by masquerading as a Software Engineer. Andy has been an on and off Linux enthusiast since his first SLS v1.02 installation over 3 years ago.

Jesper Pedersen

Jesper Pedersen lives in Odense, Denmark, where he has studied computer science at Odense University since 1990. He expects to obtain his degree in a year and a half. He has a great job as a system manager at the university, and also teaches computer science two hours a week. He is very proud of his "child," The Dotfile Generator, which he wrote as part of his job at the university. The idea for it came a year and a half ago, when he had to learn how to configure Emacs by reading about 700 pages of the lisp manual. It started small, but as time went by, it expanded into a huge project. In his spare time, he does Yiu-Yitsu, listens to music, drinks beer and has fun with his girl friend. He loves pets, and has a 200 litre aquarium and two very cute rabbits.

Robert G. Savage

Robert G. "Doc" Savage received his BSE(EE) at Arizona State University in 1974 and is now a senior networking engineer working for a telecommunications consulting firm near St. Louis. An Internet veteran since the earliest days of the Arpanet, he has designed, engineered, installed, administered and consulted for a wide range of UNIX, Novell and Microsoft network systems. He enjoys listening to Garrison Keelor's radio broadcasts, reading Tom Clancy's books, acting in community theater, cruising in his 300ZX twin turbo, tinkering with a tower server in his living room (the hood is always up), and relaxing at the end of the day with his two Siamese cats and a pint of Guinness.

Manuel Soriano

Manual Soriano lives in El Perello, Valencia, Spain. He works for a Swiss based company called Dapsys S. A. that provides the Information Retrieval Imaging System called IRIS. His job calls for quite of bit of traveling. He's been in Swizterland, France, and most recently, Prince George, Canada. His FEddi-HOWTO article is the English translation of his article FEddi-COMO that appeared in the October issue.

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.

Major "Not Linux" projects on my plate these days are the repair of a quilt and Thanksgiving.

The "Sunbonnet Sue" quilt was made for my sister Gaynell when she about 5, and is turning into more work than I expected. But when I am finished, it will be beautiful again and will make a good Christmas present for her.

Thanksgiving feels like an even bigger project than the quilt repair--I get to host this year, which means I do the major part of the cooking. I will be serving traditional Southern fare, since I was raised in Texas. I feel like I should already be cooking to be ready on time. At any rate, I am looking forward to visiting with family, and eating too much. :-) I am also looking forward to the long weekend--four days off from work feels like a vacation!

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette

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