Mucking About, Part Deux

I obviously still can’t shake this whole site redesign madness and I obviously haven’t given up on content management software. So far, I’ve installed two such systems on my server. This site, running Drupal, is one of the options I’m considering. The second site exercise is this one running Mambo. Both have their pluses and minuses and neither is perfect but I’ll likely settle on one at some point. The downside of any CMS that I can think of is one of performance. Doing database lookups to serve web pages is nowhere near as efficient at providing static pages. Maybe …

Cooking with Linux – The Wireless Kitchen

By Marcel Gagné This article was originally published in the September 2004 Linux Journal No, thank you, François, I don’t need to sit down right now. Yes, I see that the tables are free. That’s because our guests haven’t arrived yet. Quoi? Ah, I see. You’re wondering why I am wandering around with this notebook in my hands and not taking a moment to sit down. The reason is simple, mon ami. I’ve installed wireless access points in each wing of the wine cellar so we and our guests can have wireless access. I’m wandering around with my notebook to …

Mucking about with the Web site

Hello everyone, Somewhere along the way, I confess that I was bitten by the remodelling bug. Not for my house, mind you, but for my Web site. I had been looking at it for some time, trying to decide what to do with the crazy thing. Other than a little tweak here and a little tweak there, I hadn’t touched it in a while. I think I was scared of just how much work it would take. Unfortunately, I’ve coded all these pages by hand (yes, using vi among other things) and the thought of adding or removing even one …

Marcel’s Science Fiction and Fantasy

Marcel is an award-winning technical author. While most of his writing tends to lean toward computer-related stuff (okay, so the vast majority is computer-related), he has been known to write and publish (and edit) some great science fiction and fantasy. His first SF short story, titled "Paper", was published in the winter 1994 edition of ON SPEC: The Canadian Magazine of Speculative Fiction. Number two appeared in a new anthology of young adult fiction from Tundra (McLelland & Stewart).   Look for it as What if . . . ?  Amazing Stories selected by Monica Hughes. Yes, you can read that …