Monday, October 11, 2010

A change is Command & Conquer

As many of you know (or maybe you don't), I write for the Full Circle Magazine. FCM is a free community e-magazine for Ubuntu and its' derivatives. I started writing for them in January, 2009 (21 issues ago!), filling in for Command & Conquer original author, Robert Clipsham. He felt he could no longer continue it for personal reasons and I sent him an email (as he suggested anyone interested should in C&C), and lo-and-behold, here I am. Last month (Issue #41) included a link to a survey. Based on said survey results, a large percentage of our readers are more inclined to use the GUI (no real surprise there), but a large number of readers expressed a liking to my article series (some even suggested we have more like it). In an attempt to appeal to a wider audience, I will henceforth (as of Issue #43) be including both GUI and CLI applications, tips, tricks, and general know-how in Command & Conquer (and may result in a name change if I think of something catchy). This fulfils a request by readers for a larger "tips and tricks" section, while possibly giving everyone something to read in C&C.

For those of you who love the CLI as much as I do - fret not! (musical pun unintended). I will be including CLI alternatives within any GUI article I write (as long as there is an alternative), and not every article will necessarily be GUI-based. I am mainly just removing the restriction on topic choice.

On a slightly different note, I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who reads C&C, and who posted positive comments in the survey! It really means a lot to me to know that there are plenty of people out there who find my articles useful. And to those readers who point out any mistakes I make within a few hours of the magazine being online, I thank you, it's always nice to face-palm just after you lose the ability to fix any mistakes! (I jest - I always figure I have a mistake or two). I'd also like to take a moment to suggest that a few of you may want to contact Ronnie about becoming proof-readers? That way your suggestions will result in correct articles, instead of "oops" sections in the following article. I'm not sure how many of my readers are actually aware of this blog, but to those who know, here you go.

For those of you who aren't readers but enjoy reading Linux-oriented magazines, check out FCM here:

And to my regular blog readers: I apologize for the lack of updates. I'm not going to make any excuses, I'm just going to say this: I have ideas for more blogposts (a review of Ubuntu 10.10 - either the LiveCD or the actual installed version, an article on LaTeX, a "how to google efficiently" article that may or may not be useful to you, and a few others that haven't been fully developed). I'm starting university and as such I can't promise regular updates, but I felt you should be made aware of the fact that I have things in the works, and they will arrive sooner rather than later.

Also, for those musically inclined readers of mine, I have updated my Guitar post from May with my new electric guitar (no pictures of the other acoustic, sorry!).


Nick Banasihan said...

Actually I visited your site because I was checking out last month's FCM, and saw your section -- Command & Conquer. Then I suddenly remembered to visit your blog.

Glad to see you that you also play the guitar. :p

Added you at jabber, by the way. Hopefully we'll catch each other online even despite differing time zones.

Lswest said...

Nice to know people read my C&C articles :)

As for me playing guitar...not as much as I'd like since I started university!

I haven't gotten a request for authorization from my jabber account (in pidgin at least, it's the IM I use for it, it does have some issues with jabber it seems), maybe give it another shot? I seem to manage to talk to people at least once in a while from the US even though they're 8 hours behind me, so I think we should be able to catch each other online :P

Nick Banasihan said...

Ok, I just tried it again. Hope you go it this time. :D

Hayden said...

Hey!!! I'm reading your blog now!

Lswest said...

Cool! Let me know what you think.