Who Is "Doctor Bob" Rankin?
I'm a geek, a computer programmer, a writer, and an entrepreneur. I live in upstate New York, between NYC and Albany. My degree in Computer Science got me a job at IBM, but after spending 15 years there, the Internet literally sucked me out. Now I work at home, designing websites, writing books, and producing the Internet Tourbus newsletter. See my profile on Google+
The Internet Tourbus is a virtual tour of the best of the Internet, delivered twice weekly by e-mail to over 90,000 people in 130 countries. Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen (aka the "Click & Clack" of the online world) explain Internet technology in plain English, with a dash of humor. Since 1995, Tourbus riders have been getting the scoop on Search Engines, Spam, Viruses, Cookies, Urban Legends, and the most useful sites on the Net. TOURBUS has a very diverse audience, with people from all over the world, and every level of computer knowledge. Tourbus is read by doctors, lawyers, teachers, students and journalists. We try to present Internet tools and technology in a way that appeals to both gurus and grandmas. I think everybody with an email address should be getting Tourbus. :-)
Ahh, my first computer... it was a TI-58 programmable calculator, which I taught to bark, sit, and play yahtzee. My high school had a 300-baud dial-up line to a nearby university computer which helped me get into all sorts of mischief! So I guess it was only natural from that point that I would pursue computers as a career. I avoided getting a home computer for many years, because I spent all day working with them. I finally broke down and bought a used IBM "PC Junior" in 1990. It had 4.77 megahertz of raw processing power, no hard disk, and no modem. But I loved it, and now have a PC Jr collection in my basement.
My first contact with the Internet was in 1993 through a conferencing system internal to IBM, where I worked at the time. I was used to networking with people around the world, but it seemed that the Internet held much greater treasures in store. I became more and more fascinated with the Internet, both as an information resource and as a means of conducting business. In 1994 I wrote the "Accessing The Internet By E-Mail" guide which told how to access almost anything on the Net using simple e-mail commands, and gave it away for free. It was hugely popular, eventually being translated into 30 languages.
My book "The No BS Guide to Linux" was published by NoStarch Press, and served as the basis for this website. I hope you'll learn, enjoy and tell a friend about LowFat Linux!
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Your remarkable contribution on providing free training classes on Linux has helped so many people around the globe.
You're a special person Bob!
The interesting name of a site - lowfatlinux.com, interesting this here is very good.
I spent 9 hours searching in the network, until find your forum!
Please send me all the details,, on my email address,,,
i am very much interested to lern linux but i dont have that much money for that course.Now i got this site today,Can i lern complete linux through this site?
U R DA MAN
i want to learn more about what actually is physical volume, logical volume , partition, lvm, initialized device please add few tutorial related to explaining these and related commands. every time i read about them i get more confused and sometimes i try them to hard disk everything gets messed up and i need to reformat computer :(
I am tyro in LINUX environment and commited to do good in the field of bioinfo. So, I just googled and found your site and found it relatively more comprehensive than others.
it is really a very good
Though , I am a new comer in LINUX environment,
by the way I'am sure that your learning website is so great
you are really having a great site, where i have not found such clear description anywere on internet till date.
I have started to learn about linux when i brought my first dedicated server with following configuration:
Intel Core2Quad (a bit old processor)
i searched over internet to manage my server.
and i learnt a lots of thing.
but still i have not found good tutorial for following stuffs:
1. Installing a Red5 Flash server
2. Working with make files.
so i have a request for you, please post this kind of tutorial on your site. i like the way you describe everything.
You know this is my first Visit on your site and i found everything here. i had lots of bookmarks from different different sites for all these tutorials that you have on your site.
Now i am going to delete those bookmarks because i just need yours.
Also please please please i request you to add your contact mail on this site.
I want to implement a pgrep command how should i proceed....
thanks for this tutorial
it really helps me a lot to understand some about linux, although some are difficult for me to comprehend, i guess maybe for now...
anyway thanks a lot
WHat did you studied before the computing career?
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