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. 

Medibuntu Is No More

If you are running either any of the Buntus (e.g. ubuntu, kubuntu, lubuntu), including Linux Mint, you may have had Medibuntu in you repositories for things like the DVD decription library (libdvdcss2) and other proprietary codecs.

Dement Horizon

A twisted little tale of impossible goals and what happens when the workload exceeds your ability to cope.  
Marcel Gagné.

"I need it tomorrow. Noon."

Shell Scripting vs Programming, Part 2 - Parameters and Variables

Welcome back to my Shell Scripting vs Programming series. This is part deux.

I Am Spock. Apparently.

Back in high school, I had a CB radio. Those of you who were old enough in the 1970s will no doubt remember these babies. If you had one of these radios, you also had some kind of on-air handle. Mine was Mr Spock. And yes, I picked that handle because I loved Star Trek and, at that time, I identified most with the Vulcan science officer.

Gravity, and Reaction (a mini review)

Now that I've had a chance to sleep on it, I'll comment on the movie. First, it was absolutely beautiful to watch and downright spectacular from a cinematic perspective. The 3D wasn't overdone and seemed perfectly natural in the movie's setting.

Shell Scripting vs Programming

It's time for a new series focusing on the Linux shell. In my last series, I taught you how to work in the shell to manipulate files and directories, execute commands, find things, and work with a powerful editor. This time around, I'm going to talk about programming in the shell.

International Blasphemy Day

Today, September 30th, is International Blasphemy Day, designated to commemorate the publication of 12 editorial cartoons in the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, which depicted the Islamic prophet, Muhammad in less than favourable and deeply satirical ways.

Richard Dawkins vs. Former Pope Benedict: Who Would Win The Hugo Award?

Nestled in Rome, Italy, is a sovereign nation called Vatican City, set apart from the rest of the world. The king of this country is the King of Vatican City, also known as the Pope. This King is the head of the Catholic Church over which he presides along with a bunch of guys who like to wear red.

Does Rogers want to give customers a heart attack?

Some Rogers Communications insanity for you today. Sally is away with her mother in Germany, visiting relatives and doing a little touring. Before she left, we purchased a travel talk and messaging plan from Rogers, as well as a data plan. This was to avoid scary roaming charges. We decided, despite the price, that this would be prudent.

Snake wine and other creepy concoctions


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