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About This Month's Authors

Steve Adler

Steve was born in Mexico City and received his education in the U. S. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from the State University of NY. His first job was working with a medical imaging group at the University of Texas medical school, writing software in the development effort to build a positron emission tomography camera. Since 1995 he has been a staff scientist for the physics department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is currently moving out of high energy physics into nuclear physics by joining the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, where he'll be working on the data acquisition system. Besides physics and computing, he engages in roller blading, cycling, camping and travel.

Paul Anderson

Paul is a computer hobbyist primarily, working on the FreeWorld BBS software( for Linux in his off-time and setting up networks with some system administration for a web-hosting service.

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.

Howard Cokl

Howard is a PC Technician and ad-hoc UNIX Administrator. He has used Linux in a number of different applications including ISP, DHCP, etc. He is working on building a Beowulf style computer. He implemented this CD-ROM server and can be reached at

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.

Scott Field

Scott has been programming and administering mainframes and PCs for 15 years professionally. He has used C++ for about 5 years, and did COBOL prior to that. He is currently working as a C++ contractor in Sydney. Outside work he enjoys spending time with his wife and three year old daughter. He is now looking for an STL algorithm that likes renovating houses.

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 Xi Graphics. 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 ( 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.

Michael Holve

Michael has been working with Linux for about five years now and works for Cablevision Systems in New York as a Web/Tech Administrator. In his spare time (ha!) he works on Everything Linux, a premiere Linux site on the Internet (, writes software, hacks until 3am and enjoys creating all manners of computer graphics.

Manuel Arturo Izquierdo

Manuel is an archaeologist graduated at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Currently he is working at the National Astronomical Observatory at the same university. There he has two research fields: the Archaeoastronomy and the Digital Astronomical Image Processing. He has been a Linux fan for three years using it for software development with the Tcl/Tk package and recently the GTK toolkit. The Observatory's network runs only under two platforms: Linux and Macintosh. The Observatory is very interested in promoting the use of Linux in the campus.

Ron Jachim

Ron is Manager of Systems for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute where he is responsible for the systems half of the Information Systems Group. He has fourteen years of networking experience and both a BA and an MS in Computer Science. His thesis was on fuzzy queries. He can be reached at

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.

Eberhard Lisse

Dr. Lisse is a Senior Medical Officer at the Swakopmund State Hospital on the Namibian coast. He is the founding Vice Chairman of the Namibian Internet Development Foundation (NAMIDEF) which has connected Namibia to the Internet in 1994 (using linux) and the country top level Domain Administrator for NA. He has been using Linux exclusively since 0.99.something. He is married to Martha and has two children, who prefer their mother's Mac LCIII to Linux (even with KDE).

Mike List

Mike is a father of four teenagers, musician, and recently reformed technophobe, who has been into computers since April,1996, and Linux since July, 1997.

Kevin O'Malley

Kevin is currently working at the University of Michigan Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as a System Research Programmer. He specializes in network programming and network security. His background includes GUI development, embedded systems development for medical products and programming visualization tools for vehicle simulations. He is currently working on the Michigan Adaptive Resource eXchange project (MARX), a dynamic computational market designed to enable adaptive allocation of resources in large-scale distributed information systems. The project is part of DARPA/ITO's Information Survivability Program. He is co-author of the paper "An API for Internet Auctions" appearing in the September 1998 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal.

Dean Staff

Deanis a computer technician for Inly Systems and member of OCLUG. When not at work Dean enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and playing with his aquarium.

Peter Vertes

Peter has a degree in Computer Security from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently is employed at BigFoot Partners in New York City.

Dan York

Dan York is a technical instructor and the training manager for a technology training company located in central New Hampshire. He has been working with the Internet and UNIX systems for 13 years. While his passion is with Linux, he has also spent the past two-and-a-half years working with Windows NT. He is both a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and Microsoft Certified Trainer and has also written a book for QUE on one of the MCSE certification exams.

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. Thanks also to Ellen Dahl and Amy Kukuk for their help with News Bytes.

PBS has been showing a mystery series called "Jonathan Creek" that I have been enjoying quite a bit. The show can be quite intellectually challenging as each mystery is of the "locked door" variety. No car chases, no sirens, no explosions -- just a dead body in a locked room with all the accompanying questions. Quite a lot of fun, actually.

I've never been quite sure why the makers of American T.V. shows feel that their audience doesn't want or know how to use their brains.

Another interesting difference between American and British entertainment is the actors. The British don't require that everyone be uniformly beautiful. It's quite refreshing to see a show where the stars look like you and your neighbors rather than high-fashion models or movie stars.

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,

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