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About This Month's Authors

Wayde Allen

Wayde Allen is an Electrical Engineer involved with the maintenance and development of the U.S. primary rf power standards at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has been using Linux as his primary computing platform for about three years, and was instrumental in the formation of the Boulder Linux Users Group.

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.

André D. Balsa

André Balsa lives in France, 80 miles south of Lyon. He currently runs a small Internet consulting business. When not busy exploring Linux performance issues, Andrew likes to spend his time with his 1-year old daughter, or else try different French recipes on his friends. He also helped set up the Linux Benchmarking Project pages at and a web site at, about the use of Cyrix 6x86 processors with Linux, which has had more than 9,000 visitors in less than two months uptime.

Chris Baron

Chris is employeed as IBM Mainframe COBOL Programmer at Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale, California. His e-mail is He works as an IBM Mainframe COBOL Programmer and use an Application under linux called x3270. Perhaps others might be interested in using this program because IBM 3270 terminals are hard to come by.

Jim Dennis

Jim Dennis 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.

Carlie Fairchild

Carlie Fairchild is an Advertising Representative and Marketing expert for Linux Journal.

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.

Mike List

Mike List is a father of four teenagers, musician, printer (not laserjet), and recently reformed technophobe, who has been into computers since April,1996, and Linux since July.

Giampaolo Montaletti

The old Monty is living in Italy and is a 36 years old guy, working as an economist at the Regional association of the Chamber of Commerce in Bologna (do you know Rimini?). The old Monty is manager for many projects involving networks, intranets, electronic commerce and so on, many of them granted by European and national foundations. He like to eat, drink red wine and apple distilled calvados.

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.

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.

While I'm passing out thanks I must include Amy Kukuk and Margie Richardson, who have done much of the work to get this issue out. Margie has been working hard to get me up to speed on this task, but I've still a ways to go. My professional background has been in the oil business as a geophysicist, where I usually worked on dumb terminals connected to IBM mainframes or Digital minicomputers. At home I've been a Macintosh man for many years, so learning Linux/Unix, vi and HTML all at once has been, shall we say, exciting.

As Margie has indicated in the past, we share a passion for the outdoors which we satisfy via camping and motorcycling. With winter close upon us now my adult son, Keith, and I will likely turn to cross country skiing in favor of motorcycling. Although I've not done so lately, I also fly as a private pilot and am rated for both single engine land and sea planes.

Turkey This last week of the month of November Margie and I indulged in that most American of pastimes--eating too much at the Thanksgiving table. We split cooking duties with my sister, Roxanne, who also hosted. The afternoon was grand, the food great, and we even came home with enough leftover turkey meat for several days worth of sandwiches.

As a final note, Margie and I will be out of town for the Christmas holidays, so expect the next issue of Linux Gazette to be a little late coming out.

Have fun!

Riley P. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette

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