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About This Month's Authors

Hassan Ali

Hassan is a Ph.D. degree holder in numerical techniques applied to electromagnetics from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is presently working with NORTEL NETWORKS in Ottawa, Canada, as a specialist in software tools used to predict signal integrity, and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) on printed circuit boards. Having been introduced to Linux by a friend about 2 years ago, he has never stopped having fun with it. Hassan loves to write about whatever little he knows about for others to learn or to correct him.

Larry Ayers

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.

Bill Bennet

Bill, the ComputerHelperGuy, lives in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada; the "Catfish Capitol of North America" if not the world. He is on the Internet at He tells us "I have been a PC user since 1983 when I got my start as a Radio Shack manager. After five years in the trenches, I went into business for myself. Now happily divorced from reality, I live next to my Linux box and sell and support GPL distributions of all major Linux flavours. I was a beta tester for the PC version of Playmaker Football and I play `pentium-required' games on the i486. I want to help Linux become a great success in the gaming world, since that will be how Linux will take over the desktop from DOS." It is hard to believe that his five years of university was only good for fostering creative writing skills.

John Blair

John currently works as a software engineer at Cobalt Microserver. When he's not hacking Cobalt's cute blue Qube, he's hanging out with his wife Rachel and newborn son Ethan. John is also the author of Samba: Integrating UNIX and Windows, published by SSC.

Bryan Patrick Coleman

Bryan attends the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he is persuing a B.S. in both Computer Science and Anthropology. He has been involved with Linux since 1994 kernel?, and helped found the Triad Linux Users Group located in central North Carolina. His future plans are for a PhD in computer science and a career where he can use Linux.

Paul Cooper

Paul is a Ph.D. student at the Mathematics Institute Warwick university. To help finance his studies he also works in the dept. computer support team, mostly writing documentation. His main interest outside of Maths and Linux, is American Football, in particular playing for the university team, the Warwick Wolves.

Jurgen Defurne

Jurgen is an Analyst/programmer in financial company (Y2K and Euro). 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 foundry/milling factory.

Jim Dennis

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 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.

Vivek Haldar

Vivek is a third year BTech student at the Indian Institute of Technology, and has been using Linux for the past two years, both at home and college.

Ron Jenkins

Ron has over 20 years experience in RF design, satellite systems, and UNIX/NT administration. He currently resides in Central Missouri where he will be spending the next 6 to 8 months recovering from knee surgery and looking for some telecommuting work. Ron is married and has two stepchildren.

Chris Kuethe

Chris is a system administrator at the University of Alberta's Mathematics Department. A little on the paranoid side, his main interests are in security and cryptography. Still a student, his plans include graduate work in Computing Science and moving to warmer lands.

Gustavo Larriera

Gustavo teachs database courses at Universitario Autonomo del Sur (Montevideo, Uruguay). He is also the webmaster of the only official mirror site of Linux Gazette in his country []. He is a Linux average user and also a Microsoft Certified Professional in NT. He hopes that is not considered a great disadvantage :-)

Joe Merlino

Joe Merlino is a library assistant at Georgia Tech. He lives with his wife in Athens, Georgia. Consequently, he spends a lot of time in the car, where he thinks up projects to try on his linux box.

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.

With the Holidays, I took a week vacation to go back to Houston and visit family and friends. I had a wonderful time. My grandchildren are smarter and more beautiful each time I see them. I have a new picture of Sarah and Rebecca on my home page.

My best friend, Benegene, had arranged for a get together with three friends from our university (Baylor) days. We had a lot of fun catching up and talking about old times. It was amazing how different the memories were that stood out in each of our minds. Only goes to prove that what one person finds remarkable may be quite "ho hum" to the next. Ah well, it was a good evening and one I hope will be repeated.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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