Regarding Podcasts

I’ve been busy this evening working on my new book, something my editor will surely be glad to hear. After a few hours at it, I took a much needed break. That’s when I remembered that I had mentioned podcasting in a recent Monday night chat. In fact, the current poll question asks about podcasts. The bottom line appears to be that most people don’t know what a podcast is. If I enter the word “podcasting” into Wikipedia, I get some interesting information. “Podcasting” is making audio files (most commonly in mp3 format) online in a way that allows software …

Processor trivia revealed by your Linux system

Do you sometoimes feel like really getting to know the processor in your computer? You know, getting up close and personal? Then try this at home (or work, or wherever). Open up a shell prompt and type the following. cat /proc/cpuinfo Lots of cool information related to your processor will appear, such as your processor’s speed, the model, who makes it, and the ever popular bogomips, to name a few. Another way to see this information is to run kinfocenter and click on the Processor item in the sidebar (see image below). http://www.marcelgagne.com/images/kinfocenter_processor.jpg Look at the “flags” though and the …

Call for Help . . . the show, that is.

As many of you know, I’ve been doing a couple of shows a month on Call for Help (with Leo Laporte and company) talking about, wait for it, Linux. As I was prepping the segment for the next show I’m taping (taking place on Tuesday), I remembered something Leo said on air at my last taping. He specifically made a point of asking people if they would like to see more Linux content in general and to call with Linux questions — the show is called “Call for Help”, after all. So, if you would like to see more Linux …

New server, at last!

Hurrah! It has finally happened. After what seems like forever, the new server is finally online. About three weeks ago, I tried replacing my old Web server with something bigger, faster, and stronger (insert theme from Six Million Dollar Man here) but that quickly became a nightmare. After a great deal of head banging, I discovered that the BIOS was flaky when it came to supporting more than one network card. My new machine was crashing hard every few hours without any kind of message or warning . . . just plain dead. Eventually, I discovered that there was a …

Linux and the WFTL-LUG . . . truly international.

I run a mailing list called the WFTL-LUG. It is made up of readers, fans, and other Linux enthusiasts. On a whim, I decided to list the member e-mail addresses and look up any top level domain codes (.com, .br, .uk, etc) that I didn’t immediately know. The majority of members are from the United States with Canadian members being the second largest group. That said, we also have representative members from a number of contries around the world. Here’s the list in no particular order (well, the US and Canada are first only because I mentioned them a second …

Connecting to the Internet with Kppp

by Marcel Gagné Note : This article is an excerpt from chapter 9 of my book, “Moving to the Linux Business Desktop”. Most ISPs provide dial-up access through the Point-to-Point Protocol, or PPP. The KDE program that gets you connected to the Internet with a modem is called kppp. On a standard KDE setup, you’ll find it under Kicker’s big K by choosing the Internet menu, then clicking Internet Dialer. On Mandrake, look under Networking, then Remote Access; and Red Hat has it under Extras and Internet. You can always just start the application with the command kppp & from …

Cooking with Linux : It’s a Cross Platform, Alright!

By Marcel Gagné This article was originally published in the July 2004 issue of Linux Journal. It’s A Cross Platform Alright! Note : Images have been scaled down to fit the pages. To see the full sized version, click on any of the images. Yes, I admit it, François. That’s very funny. When I told you that this month’s theme was cross-platform development, I didn’t mean platforms that make you cross, though I can understand thinking of Windows as a cross platform. As amusing as those images are, I think the artwork you chose for the menus tonight might raise …

Cooking with Linux : François, Can You Keep A Secret?

By Marcel Gagné This article was first published in the April 2004 issue of Linux Journal. François, can you keep a secret? Images have been scaled down. Click each one to see the full sized version. It really is a shame François, but we will just have to make sure it is available for next time. Everything else looks perfect, mon ami; all the workstations booted up and at a login. Wonderful! Ah, I see that our guests are already here! François, head down to the east wing of the wine cellar. There a small cache of 1999 Côte-Rôtie next …

Cooking with Linux : Lights . . . Camera . . . Action!

By Marcel Gagné This article was originally published in the December 2004 issue of Linux Journal Lights . . . Camera . . . Action! Images have been scaled down. Click each one to see the full sized version. I’m afraid it’s true, François. The camera does not lie. That’s what you look like when you are serving wine. Of course, mon amis. I have no intention of putting this little video on our restaurant’s website. Why am I doing this? Ah, you have not yet looked at the feature for today’s menu. Multimedia and Entertainment is the ticket, mon …

Cooking with Linux : Performing at the Speed of Light.

By Marcel Gagné This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Linux Journal Performing at the Speed of Light Note : Images have been scaled down. Click each one to see the full sized version. You are right, François, computers and operating systems have come a long way. Not only do we have the good fortune to be running the operating system of the future today, but we can take advantage of faster machines than ever before. I remember with some . . . well, I hesitate to call it fondness, but I do remember my first x86 …