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About This Month's Authors

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.

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.

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.

Bob Hepple

Bob Hepple has been hacking at Unix since 1981 under a variety of excuses and has somehow been paid for it at least some of the time. It's allowed him to pursue another interest - living in warm, exotic countries including Hong Kong, Australia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lesotho and (presently) Singapore. His initial aversion to the cold was learned in the UK. Ambition - to stop working for the credit card company and taxman and to get a real job - doing this, of course!

Not Linux

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this month's issue!

I'm very excited to edit the Linux Gazette for October.
At my last job, where I fixed computers for a big company, I was talking with a woman about life in general while fixing her computer, and suddenly she blurted: "Oh my God! You're really a computer geek!" She immediately apologized and explained that she didn't mean any offense, even though I had a huge smile on my face and was trying to explain that I appreciated the compliment.

After many experiences like that, working with SSC has been a welcome change. And since Linux Gazette is one of the places where geeks come home to roost, I'm happy to be a part of it.

I just came back from the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, which was held in San Jose, California this year. To quote Bill and Ted, it was totally awesome! I got to meet the illustrious Anita Borg, the amazing Ruzena Bajcny, and the inspiring Fran Allen from IBM, as well as many many many others who came from all over the country, and from dozens of countries from around the world. It was the most incredible even that I have ever attended, and I encourage everyone to go to the next one which will be in the year 2000.

Margie Richardson will return next month as Editor-In-Chief, and I'll be helping out on the sidelines. I'm really glad that I got the chance to be the Big Cheese for a month. :)
Keep sending those articles to!

Until next month, keep reading and keep hacking!

Viktorie Navratilova
Editor, Linux Gazette

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Linux Gazette Issue 22, October 1997,
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