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. 

Internet Speeds, Real vs Advertised

This is a story about Internet speed, real vs advertised. After I dropped the kids off at school this morning, I listened to a CBC Spark podcast.

Anthropomorphizing Spirit

This morning,  I  was telling Sally about an xkcd cartoon where the Spirit rover is doing its  work on Mars,  counting down the days until its mission is over. The rover is seen thinking about the day when it can come home, then starts to question what it did wrong as the days and months pass. Eventually, humans return to Mars, long after Spirit had "died".

A Little Jolt of Energy

This morning, I had a dentist appointment. One of my fillings had fallen out and it was being replaced. This involved the ever popular needle which, as you all know, is always fun. The reason for me mentioning this at all is that I was very tired when I went in there this morning. My son had woken me up at 4:50 am and I was groggy to say the least.

LibreOffice Calc : Tables You Can Count On

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 "LibreOffice Calc: Tables You Can Count On" is a gentle introduction to the spreadsheet component of the LibreOffice suite of tools. LibreOffice is a free and open source (FOSS) application that works as a replacement for commercial tools like Microsoft Office. In fact, LibreOffice can read and write Microsoft Office document. 

In this eBook, Marcel Gagne takes you on a introductory tour of LibreOffice Calc. It's easy. It's fun. It's free software!
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Who's Your Avatar, Baby?

After I have my lunch, I usually exercise for a few minutes while watching something on Netflix that Sally isn't going to watch with me anyhow; like The Guild which, as it turns out, is completely awesome. Kind of makes me wonder how I've never watched it before. But, as I often do, I digress . . .

Flying Zombies!

Want to see a zombie fly?

Well now you can! I have a Pocketmine server running on a Linux server where, from time to time, I've seen the "not yet implemented" zombies take to the air. In this video, I try, successfully, to create the conditions that set them moving.

You will believe a zombie can fly!

#JeSuisCharlie -- #JeSuisAhmed

We need to consider that there were Muslims killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack. One was a police officer and the other a copy editor on the staff of Charlie Hebdo, named Mustapha Ourrad. Along with the trending hashtag of "#JeSuisCharlie", there's a "#JeSuisAhmed" to show that a Muslim died in the attack.

#OneWordToOffend

Words have power. Or so we're told. It's an old expression and with the passage of time, the expression must have increased in value so that it is now undeniably true, having, with said passage of time, acquired some amount of wisdom along the way.  In much the same way that dirt builds up on your car as you drive it.  

Words have power.

Traditions Worth Keeping

Hot pizza

Android and the Need for root

I picked up an ASUS ME176C MeMO Pad 16GB Android tablet for my son at the local Future Shop. It's a great little tablet and awesome value at $149 with a beautiful screen and super peppy performance courtesy of the new Intel Atom BayTrail-T Z3745 Quad Core processor with 1GB RAM. Overall, I think it's awesome and yet, I'm not 100% happy, even it it *his tablet*.

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