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About This Month's Authors

Tom Bryant

Tom has been working with computers since 1978. Since then, I wrote my thesis (on emission lines in planetary nebulae) on an Apple II, wrote the telemetry processing program with which NASA deduced some of the early problems with the space telescope (its direct descendant is still in use today), and lately a program that fixes a serious telemetry formatting error on the EOS AM-1 satellite. I've written programs that display tesseracts, simulate a star cluster with accurate stellar motions, implement a new language (related to forth), and play the piano! My interests include (in alphabetical order) 35mm photography, the American Civil war, Astronomy, Beethoven, Chopin, Classical piano, Cryptography, Explorer post 1275, Fixing old cars, History, Mathematics, Rachmaninov, Science, Single Malt Scotch, Sports cars, Telescope making... My wife and I have 2 kids, 2 cars, 2 birds and 1 18 year old cat.

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. His wife, , is now doing the HTML for his column.

Michael Hamilton

Michael has been working as a freelance Unix C/C++ developer since 1989. More recently he's been working on web applications and Unix server administration. Michael tripped over one of Linus's postings back at the beginning of 1992 and has been hooked ever since.

Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes is the publisher of Linux Journal, and thereby Linux Gazette. He dreams of permanently telecommuting from his home on the Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula. As an employer, he is "Vicious, Evil, Mean, & Nasty, but kind of mellow" as a boss should be.

Andy Kahn

Andy works at Digital Equipment Corporation doing Digital Unix filesystems kernel development. He thinks he's just hacking away at more and more C code, and in his copious spare time, he hacks on lots of other things, including all the trees in his neighborhood. Feel free to send him .

Eric Marsden

Eric is studying computer science in Toulouse, France, and is a member of the local Linux Users Group. He enjoys programming, cycling and Led Zeppelin. He admits to once having owned a Macintosh, but denies any connection with the the Eric Conspiracy Secret Labs.

David Nelson

David manages scientific research at the U.S. Department of Energy. Before that he earned his living as a theoretical plasma physicist. He started programming on the IBM 650 using absolute machine language and later graduated to CDC, DEC and Cray machines for his research. But Linux is the most fun. He and his wife, Kathy, live near Washington DC; they enjoy tennis, skiing, sailing, music, theater and good food.

John Pate

John works part-time at Café Cyberia Edinburgh and is looking for a full-time job in Unix System Administration. John has a first degree in Psychology and has been playing on the Internet since he first discovered it in the late eighties. Having worked for a while programming for Windows 3.1x he decided Linux was the way forward. He can be contacted at and his homepage is at

Carlo Prelz

Carlo is an Italian who does not live in Italy, an architect who does not work as an architect. He spent the last decade developing software for TV audience measurement calculation but he does not watch TV. His secret wish is to become the in-house Linux expert for the Tibetan government in exile in Dharamsala. Suggestions are welcome at his e-mail address:

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. And a special thanks to Heather Stern for the great job she is doing on htmlizing "The Answer Guy". It looks good and she's saving me a lot of work. :-)

My wonderful father-in-law, Ralph Richardson, has moved to Seattle from Southern California. He's been here almost 2 weeks now and it's been fun helping him get settled in and seeing him on a much more frequent basis. I know we'll get used to him being here all the time, but right now getting to see so much of him feels like vacation. And I can use as much vacation as I can get! :-)

Have fun!

Marjorie L. Richardson
Editor, Linux Gazette,
Linux Gazette Issue 29, June 1998,


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