When people look around for reasons to say that Linux is just too hard, they will invariably arrive at software installations. The classic refrains include the difficulty of building from source, the problems with dependencies, and so on. Although there is some truth hidden in there somewhere, building from source is rarely necessary for mainstream packages because precompiled applications exist for most major distributions. Again, on the issue of package dependencies, most distributions use software installation tools that take care of the whole dependency issue for you, such as SUSE’s YaST, Debian’s apt-GUI, Synaptic, or Mandriva’s urpmi to name just a few.


Tonight, Live on Computer America.

It's not my usual slot and it's amazingly short notice but I've been asked to appear on the Computer America radio show, tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern time (8:00 PM Pacific). Now, this is a really a tough time for the father of a 16 month old with a penchant for getting up in the middle of the night, but I promise to do my best to stay awake (coffee!). Tonight, we're going to be talking about Linux desktops for the holidays, getting people to try Linux, Linux as stocking stuffers [ insert appropriate smiley here ], and Linux desktop stuff in general.


Two, Two, Two New Articles Online!

Today, I'm going to alert you to two different articles of mine that have just been published online. I'm actually a little late posting this, but I've been a little overwhelmed lately. My apologies. One of these columns is very business oriented and the other is, well . . . not [ insert appropriate smiley here ]. On to the details.


The Occasional Blogger

Let's start with an up front confession. I pretty much suck at this blogging thing since I can't seem to find the discipline to update this thing on anything resembling a regular basis. In fact, the only reason I'm updating my blog today is that this has been an amazingly busy week with tons happening and I feel like I have to get some of it down. Hmm . . . maybe I should call my blog "MOB" (Marcel's Occasional Blog). On the other hand, I do have an excuse which is that I write constantly. I'm currently working on two new books and I write another four magazine columns each month. My 16 month old son, Sebastian, has also been getting into the nasty habit of waking up some time after 1:00 AM and staying up for an hour or two so I suppose you could add sleep-deprived (shell-shocked?) to my list of excuses. But, as I so often do, I digress. On to the details of this week.


Slashdotted! My faith in humanity questioned.

On Wednesday, October 27th, I discovered for the first time what happened to my Web server when it was hit by the Slashdot effect. The server stayed up and mail kept being processed, but everything was happening pretty darn slowly. The reason my server encountered the Slashdot effect is that on Tuesday, October 26th, Christian Einfeldt published a review of my book, "Moving to Linux : Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!, 2nd edition".


Logo Contest Winner

And the winner is . . . Lew Pitcher with his winning "LUG Nuts" entry! On Wednesday, October 19th, I met Lew for lunch and gave him his copy of the new second edition of "Moving to Linux : Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!". To see the full sized winning logo, click the little logo icon at the top left of this paragraph. Lew's logo will, from this day forward, adorn all pages related to the WFTL-LUG virtual Linux User Group.


A Call for Help episode list

Every once in a while, one of you asks me to tell them what happened on the Call for Help show, when it will air, and what the episode number is/was (presumably so you can program your TiVo). Well, I can't seem to know when my Call for Help appearances happen, but I now have a list with that information. To view what shows I've been on, and what they were about, click here.


Two more Call for Help shows today

This morning (Friday, October 14th, 2005), I was in the G4TechTV studio taping two more episodes of Call for Help with Leo Laporte, Amber MacArthur, Sean Carruthers, Mike, Lazazzera, and all the gang. As usual, I had a great time which says a lot about the great people I get to work with up (down?) there.


Podcast of Marcel's Computer America appearance

Just a quick entry to say that I had a great time on Computer America last night (Tuesday, October 12th, if you are curious). If you missed it, just click right here for a podcast of the show.

-- Enjoy


Call for Help taping today

This morning I drove into Toronto to tape a couple of episodes of Call for Help (speaking of which, there's a surprise at the end of the blog entry for all you WFTL-LUG members).

As usual, I had a lot of fun there with Leo, Amber, Sean, Mikey, and the rest of the gang. It's a good crowd that likes tech and it shows. I even got to meet Mr. Excel. But I digress . . . you probably want to know about the shows themselves.



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