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Colin McGregor's Home Page
McGregor picture Welcome to my home page.
This is Colin McGregor's home page on the Internet. In the link below you will find my resume with details about my life, in summary:
  • I am currently doing some consulting work, and am actively looking for a more challenging position.
  • I am the author of the February 2005 "Linux Journal" article "A Temporary Internet Lounge" (where I talk about what I did (to good reviews) at the 2003 World Science Fiction Convention, Torcon 3).
  • I've made presentations before the Toronto Linux User Groups and New Toronto Linux User Group.
  • I am a former President (and current member of the Board of Directors) of the Toronto Free-Net, the largest (and oldest) not for profit Internet Service Provider in Toronto.
  • I am experienced with setting up a wide range of terminal servers, modems and other remote access hardware.
  • I am an amateur radio operator (VE3ZAA).
I am also a big fan of the site, some of whose formatting elements I "borrowed" for this site.

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Home Networking project notes.
Home Net It can be crazy, but it's also good fun.
My home networking project. One of the things I quickly learned about creating a home computer network is there does not seem to be a lot of literature about home networking out on the net. Especially when your focus is computer networking (as opposed to say the ultimate in a house sound system). What follows are my notes regarding some of what I learned by doing my idea of a good home network.

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Toronto Free-Net notes.
Free-Net notes. What a long strange trip it has been.
The Toronto Free-Net has been my great pride (and on occasion pain) for quite some time now. Here is some material about the Toronto Free-Net, the origins and history.

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Other Interests.
Jasmine Little stuff...
This is where I gather the bits and pieces that I would like to mention about myself that don't really demand a section on their own. For example, I'm a siamese cat owner ("Jasmine") or I am a fan of cookbook author Todd Wilbur's recipes. This is where I gather all these little bits together.

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Fast Links
  • A Temporary Internet Lounge
  • A Temporary Internet Lounge Revisited
  • A Motherboard Upgrade HOWTO
  • A Look at the Linux World Canada Show
  • A Video Card Upgrade HOWTO
  • A Beginning Look At MythTV
  • An Evening With Jeff Waugh
  • The Linux Infrared Remote Control (LIRC) Project
  • Debian GNU/Linux
  • The 2006 LinuxWorld Canada Show
  • KDE Kontact
  • Controlling Spam with SpamAssassin
  • "Don the Red Hat : Red Hat Enterprise Linux Release 5 includes virtualization", Linux Magazine, April 2007

  • Favorite Sites:
  • Toronto Free-Net, General Info.
  • Groklaw looks at where the law and Open Source meet
  •, VA Linux Systems
  • Linux, Tux the penguin is loose and is hungry for Windows
  • MisterHouse, Home automation software for Linux, Mac OS/X, and Windows
  • Slashdot, News for Nerds.
  • The Register, Technology news from the UK with an often mean editorial slant.

  • Free OS Distributions:
  • FreeBSD, Love that sneaker wearing "daemon"!
  • Tomato Linux, A great Linux for some Linksys routers.
  • Debian GNU/Linux, Safe, stable, and boring (in a good sense). What more could you ask for?
  • Fedora Linux, Free RedHat spin-off.
  • Knoppix Linux, Linux on a bootable CD, great for trying Linux, and easily adapted for special projects.

  • Free/Shareware Software/Art:
  • Tucows, Software for many platforms, including Palm and Linux.
  • Digital Blasphemy, Great screen wallpaper.

  • Palm Stuff:
  • Memoware, Palm Books
  • PalmGear, Palm software and hardware.

  • Food:
  • Top Secret Recipes, Todd Wilbur's food clones.
  • CyberKuali, Malaysian food.
  • Alton Brown, My favorite TV cooking show's host home page.

  • Comics:
  • User Friendly, Life at a small Internet service provider.
  • The Joy of Tech. A (largely) Macintosh oriented technology cartoon.
  • Kevin and Kell, Story of a rabbit married to a wolf, and their family.
  • General Protection Fault, What can happen at a small, not quite normal software firm.

  • Other Humor:
  • The Onion, A weekly U.S. paraody newspaper.
  •   A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - from "Time Enough For Love" - by Robert A. Heinlein

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