Today’s Bible Quote Examined : Kings 2:23-25

If you've every wondered whether God and his prophets have a sense of humour, wonder no further. Harken to the word . . .  23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. 24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children …

Jesus and the Parable of “The Good Samaritan”

The parable of the "the Good Samaritan" was always one of those stories that stuck out as being 'wrong', precisely because it sounded like a racist slur or stereotyping a country and its people. You know what I'm talking about. The cheap Jew. The drunk Irishman. Here in Canada, we used to have stupid Newfie jokes. In that way, the parable of the Good Samaritan is much like telling the story of the Sober Irishman, which is worth mentioning only because, well . . . can you really imagine a sober Irishman? How about the story of the rich Jew …

Moving to Free Software

This is my sixth book, and a radical departure in that it's about free software. Okay, that's not radical. But the platform it's written for is Windows! From the blurb: Stop paying for Windows software! There are free alternatives that are just as good . . . even better! In Moving to Free Software, world-renowned open source software expert Marcel Gagne tours the little-known world of free Windows software, uncovering today's best packages for everything you'll ever want to do with your PC! You'll discover amazing tools for everything from Web browsing to instant messaging, office productivity to gaming, and …

Moving to Ubuntu Linux

My fifth book, and the fourth in the "Moving to" series. It's the only book, fo far, that covers the GNOME desktop environment.  From the book description: Discover Ubuntu, Today’s Hottest Linux Everyone’s talking about Ubuntu–it’s not just 100% free, it’s the most useful, practical desktop Linux ever! Now, Linux expert Marcel Gagné reveals Ubuntu’s amazing power and helps you migrate from Windows faster than you ever thought possible. Moving to Ubuntu Linux will teach you how to do virtually anything with Ubuntu–write documents, create spreadsheets, surf the Web, use email, listen to music, watch movies, and play games. Install Ubuntu …

Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! (2nd Edition)

The much anticipated sequel to the best-selling "Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!" There was/is even a special limited edition printing created for "Barnes and Noble" that included bonus content covering Linux gaming. From the back cover! Today, Linux is more powerful, useful, and practical than ever before! Moving to Linux, Second Edition, can help you migrate from Windows to the latest and best versions of Linux in just hours. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be able to do virtually anything in Linux—without the aggravation, crashes, security risks, or high costs of running Windows! This …

Moving to the Linux Business Desktop

My third book blends the server side knowledge of "Linux System Administration" and introduces the Linux desktop as a complete business solution. It is, in many ways, the sequel to "Linux System Administration" though it was never marketed that way. From the back cover: Switch your business to Linux: proven techniques for working IT Professionals This is the complete technical resource for migrating your business desktops to Linux, administering them efficiently, and using them to drive cost savings throughout your organization. Respected Linux Journal columnist Marcel Gagné walks you step-by-step through planning and managing the transition, getting users up and …

Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!

"Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!" was my second book, and a huge hit. It went on to inspire another four "Moving to" books. From the book description: This book is a user guide for the Linux desktop, specifically geared toward the KDE desktop, and covering the most popular desktop tools. It covers getting on the Internet, e-mail, Web browsers, office applications (word processors, spreadsheets, presentations — primarily the OpenOffice.org suite), playing and ripping songs, burning CDs, watching movies, playing games, and so on. The author provides the perfect way to really check out and get …

Linux System Administration: A User’s Guide

My first book, published in 2001. As of 2013, it is still being used as a teaching guide in several college and university computer science courses. From the jacket: "Respected Linux Journal and Sys Admin columnist Marcel Gagne has written the definitive guide to Linux system administration: a book that will be invaluable for sys admins at all levels of experience, using any leading distribution. Linux System Administration offers hands-on, results-focused coverage of every key Linux configuration and management task. Gagne offers detailed coverage of installation, Linux file management tools and file naming conventions; disks and file systems; users and …

Getting and Staying Creative

I ran across this little video while checking into some Drupal themes for a customer. The video was embedded into a slider to show that you could do cool slidery things. While my customer passed on this theme and will be using something else, I did get to take away a cool little collection of creativity tips. And no, I don't do all of these . . . well, not always. Hey, some things I'm great at, other things, not so much. 29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.