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Matthias Arndt, 20 years old, I'm a Linux enthusiast, I'm from Germany and I
will start studying computer sciences in conjuction with economics in October.
I like good old Rock'n'Roll and, of course, Linux.. I love writing stories and
I have always wanted to write for a computer magazine.
Part computer programmer, part cartoonist, part Mars Bar. At night, he runs
around in a pair of colorful tights fighting criminals. During the day... well,
he just runs around. He eats when he's hungry and sleeps when he's sleepy.
Fernando is a computer analyst just about to finish his
graduation at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Now, he has built
with his staff the best
Linux portal in Brazil and have further
plans to improve services and content for their Internet users.
"pate" is a linux/unix/networking geek who enjoys playing on the
command line. When he's not puttering with or writing about computers
and networks he likes to play with his kids, cook, and read. Talk to
him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Feenberg is an economist and IT director at the National Bureau of
Economic Research, a non-profit foundation in Cambridge, where his main
work is the analysis of the behavioral effects of income taxation. He
first used Unix (Bell Labs Version 6) in the mid 1970s on a PDP-11 with 3
glass teletypes and 10 megabytes of disk storage. But it ran 'ed' fine.
I am a newbie to the Linux community, but have been following the rise of
popularity for almost two years now. I continue to learn as much as
possible about the Linux operating system in an attempt to become
proficient and knowledgeable in it's use as an internet platform. I have
volunteered on the Debian mailing list, and I continue to assist the Linux
Professional Institute(LPI) promote their agenda. I help staff the LPI
booths at events and write articles updating their achievements.
I'm a software developer by day and an artist, web developer,
big dog, gardener and wine maker by night. This all leaves very little
time for sleep, but always enough time for a nice glass of Michigan
Pinot Gris. I have a BS double major in Computer Science and
Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science. I've been using and
modifying Linux since the 0.9x days. I can be reached via email at
email@example.com or through
my website at http://www.sunpuppy.com.
Mark founded The Computer Underground, Inc. in June of 1998. Since then,
he has been working on Linux solutions for his customers ranging from custom
computer hardware sales to programming and networking. Mark specializes in Perl,
SQL, and HTML programming along with Beowulf clusters. Mark believes in the
concept of contributing back to the Linux community which helped to start his
company. Mark and his employees are always looking for exciting projects to do.
A cyberjack-of-all-trades, Ben wanders the world in his 38' sailboat, building
networks and hacking on hardware and software whenever he runs out of cruising
money. He's been playing and working with computers since the Elder Days
(anybody remember the Elf II?), and isn't about to stop any time soon.
Kapil Sharma is a Linux/Unix and Internet security consultant. He has been
working on various Linux and Unix systems for more than 2 years. He is
providing commercial support for Linux/Unix systems and writing technical
articles. His professional web site is
I live and work in Bratislava, Slovakia as a library
information worker, translator and research reader at the Institute for
Child Psychology. I published some of my poetry here and in USA, I
translated some books from English (e.g., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul
Reps). You can see some of my stories and poetry at
Computers are my hobby.
Martin is a former archaeologist who now does system
administration for a 3rd world aid organisation. He also does web
design and has been playing with computers since 1982 and Linux since
I work for Dell Computer Corporation doing "not Linux" stuff. I have been
using computers since 1979 and I started using Linux sometime in 1994,
exclusivly since 1997. My main interest is in networking implementations,
servers, security, Beowulf clusters etc. I hope someday to quit my
day job and become the Shepard of a Linux Farm.
I'm working full time for Alcatel Australia on various xDSL technologies
and writing Java based web apps. I've currently taken a year off from
studying to work, and have just sold my share in an internet cafe I
helped to found. So much to learn, so little time :)
Here are some of the more amusing spams LG received this month:
- "I am searching for only 10 elite individuals with the work
ethic necessary to generate a cash-flow for themselves of $2,000 - $5,000per
- "Somos XXXXX - COLOMBIA, ONG que trabaja en favor de
los Niños de las Calles Colombianas. Trabajamos por la infancia que ha recibido
como herencia un país destruido y roto por la violencia y la corrupción.... En
nuestra TIENDA SOLIDARIA encontrara la satisfaccion solidaria a su gusto. En
ella entre otras cosas puedes afiliarte a nuestro "Club Niños de Papel" el cual
sera nuestra gran base humana, para conseguir la recuperación de los niños de
la calle de Colombia."
[I'm not sure of this translation since I'm not a native Spanish
speaker, but here goes: "We are XXXXX - Colombia,
(NGO, Non-Governmental Organization?), who
labor for Colombia's street kids. We work for the child who has inherited a
country destroyed by violence and corruption.... In our SOLIDARITY SHOP
you'll find the means to satisfy your yearning for solidarity with them. In it
among other things you can join our "Paper Children Club", which will be our
great human base to help the street kids of Colombia to recover."
Hmm, save the children by buying a trinket. And how much of the profits go to
- "Dear Friend!
How are you today? We hope you're doing great.
We are happy to announce that our famous Secret Wealth Money-Making System
is now being released again to the general public."
- This is a legitimate business announcement, being sent in
compliance with all rules & regulations that govern internet commerce. We
respect your privacy. You received this email because we are on the same opt in
list or we've had contact in the past."
The SOFTWARE They Want BANNED In all 50 STATES.
Why? Because these secrets were never intended to reach your eyes...
Get the facts on anyone!
Locate Missing Persons, find Lost Relatives, obtain Addresses
and Phone Numbers of old school friends, even Skip Trace Dead
Beat Spouses. This is not a Private Investigator, but a
sophisticated SOFTWARE program DESIGNED to automatically
CRACK YOUR CASE with links to thousands of Public Record databases."
- "We need a bank account number to which we will wire
US$31 MILLION, of which you will keep 30% as your share...."
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Published in Issue 57 of Linux Gazette, September 2000