Welcome! You've arrived at award-winning author Marcel Gagné's personal Website. I am the author of the "Moving to Linux" series of books, a regular columnist for several tech magazines, a public speaker, radio and television personality, and a well known voice in the Linux and open source universe. I created the famous (perhaps infamous) Cooking With Linux which ran for ten years in the Linux Journal. I'm also a published science fiction author and editor, a onetime Editor in Chief, a pilot, a former Top 40 disc jockey, and I fold a mean origami T-Rex.  This site is home to my insights, opinions, gripes, brags, tech stuff, and whatever else comes to mind when I have the time or the inclination to publish it. 

LibreOffice Calc : Tables You Can Count On

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 "LibreOffice Calc: Tables You Can Count On" is a gentle introduction to the spreadsheet component of the LibreOffice suite of tools. LibreOffice is a free and open source (FOSS) application that works as a replacement for commercial tools like Microsoft Office. In fact, LibreOffice can read and write Microsoft Office document. 

In this eBook, Marcel Gagne takes you on a introductory tour of LibreOffice Calc. It's easy. It's fun. It's free software!
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Who's Your Avatar, Baby?

After I have my lunch, I usually exercise for a few minutes while watching something on Netflix that Sally isn't going to watch with me anyhow; like The Guild which, as it turns out, is completely awesome. Kind of makes me wonder how I've never watched it before. But, as I often do, I digress . . .

Flying Zombies!

Want to see a zombie fly?

Well now you can! I have a Pocketmine server running on a Linux server where, from time to time, I've seen the "not yet implemented" zombies take to the air. In this video, I try, successfully, to create the conditions that set them moving.

You will believe a zombie can fly!

#JeSuisCharlie -- #JeSuisAhmed

We need to consider that there were Muslims killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack. One was a police officer and the other a copy editor on the staff of Charlie Hebdo, named Mustapha Ourrad. Along with the trending hashtag of "#JeSuisCharlie", there's a "#JeSuisAhmed" to show that a Muslim died in the attack.

#OneWordToOffend

Words have power. Or so we're told. It's an old expression and with the passage of time, the expression must have increased in value so that it is now undeniably true, having, with said passage of time, acquired some amount of wisdom along the way.  In much the same way that dirt builds up on your car as you drive it.  

Words have power.

Traditions Worth Keeping

Hot pizza

Android and the Need for root

I picked up an ASUS ME176C MeMO Pad 16GB Android tablet for my son at the local Future Shop. It's a great little tablet and awesome value at $149 with a beautiful screen and super peppy performance courtesy of the new Intel Atom BayTrail-T Z3745 Quad Core processor with 1GB RAM. Overall, I think it's awesome and yet, I'm not 100% happy, even it it *his tablet*.

The Idea Bank

There should be a idea bank, where you can drop off your extra ideas and get paid some small stipend for it. Like a sperm bank except for ideas which, of course, means it's just like a sperm bank only with ideas instead of sperm.

Not Quoting Mark Twain

I took a break from my morning work to stretch and add a few steps to my FitBit (have to get those 10,000 steps in, you know). I picked up my Android tablet, fired up my Kobo eBook reader app, and started walking around the house, going up and down steps, and searching for some enlightenment, or maybe just entertainment, as I walked.

LibreOffice Writer : A Hands-on Introduction

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Finding a great, full-featured, and powerful word processing package doesn't have to cost you a small fortune. Don't spend your money on Microsoft Office. Save the cash and install LibreOffice, the free office suite that includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation package, and more. It's available for Linux and Windows!

This eBook is a hands-on introduction to Writer, the free word processor from LibreOffice. 

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