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Ed Hurst is Associate Editor of Open for Business. Born in 1956, Ed has spent his entire adult life in the Gospel Ministry. However, that seldom paid the bills, so he took a large variety of secular jobs. Aside from a stint in the US Army Military Police and another in Field Artillery, Ed has worked in the trucking industry, public education, agriculture, and numerous semi-skilled jobs. As a disabled veteran, he is now semi-retired and pursues a ministry offering computer assistance to elderly folks in his area, and leads a house church. Currently residing in Choctaw, OK, he's been married to Veloyce since 1978 and has two adult children.

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Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 8

By Ed Ed | Sep 15, 2009 at 0:19

The ultimate step in DIY Linux for the home PC user is building a piece of software for yourself.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 7: Making Adjustments

By Ed Ed | Aug 12, 2009 at 20:56
Even if you were quite active in reconfiguring the ways Windows looked and acted, you'll probably be surprised at the number of things Linux allows you to configure. Our first item is something under the hood, as it were, which should make the system automate things you need, and shut off stuff you aren't likely to ever use.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 6

By Ed Ed | Jul 15, 2009 at 23:19

Let's add another repo. A repository, or repo, is a place where additional software packages are available for download. Out of the box, most Linux distributions are preconfigured with standard repos for downloading additional features, as well as receiving updates to the system.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 5

By Ed Ed | Jul 2, 2009 at 22:49

Be careful using the Linux command line — it can be very addictive. You don't have to be a Linux hobby fanatic to enjoy the power of what's often called “pure computing.”

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 4

By Ed Ed | Jun 3, 2009 at 0:06

In three parts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) so far, Ed Hurst has worked through using CentOS as a home computer operating system. Now he dives deeper to look at important administrative tasks and how one performs them.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 3

By Ed Ed | May 19, 2009 at 21:34

At this point, after Part 1 and Part 2, if you have experienced help on hand, or you are willing to study the issues for yourself, you really don't need any more help from me. What follows are simply my personal suggestions which should allow you to get from here to there the quickest way possible.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 2

By Ed Ed | Apr 29, 2009 at 21:10

For most people, “easy” in computers means “familiar.” When I tell them and show them Linux is different — unfamiliar — that's usually the end of the discussion. If the price of change is too high, this is not for you. If the price of learning something new is just another of the costs of having a computer in your home, you'll accept the relatively small price you pay up front for something which gets a lot easier later. If you are still trying to find the “ANY” key, Linux is not for you, especially CentOS. If you have the time and inclination to learn enough to get by, you have come to the right place. The primary advantage of using CentOS in particular, among other types and brand of Linux, is you install it once, and it tends to work exceedingly well until the hardware breaks, as “stability and security” are the primary selling points.

Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 1

By Ed Ed | Apr 21, 2009 at 23:33

You use PCs, but don't particularly love them. They are just a basic convenience, on a par with telephones, washer and dryer, refrigerator, etc. You are easily the majority of Americans who own a PC, and perhaps a big part of the rest of the world. Or perhaps you are a small business owner who has workstations for pretty much the same reasons — an asset which improves the profit margin, may even be critical to operations, but is not the primary nature of the business. Could Linux on the desktop be right for you?

The Fifth Day

By Ed Ed | Apr 8, 2009 at 22:51

In this short story, Ed Hurst introduces us to an semi-apocalyptic army training scene. Our protagonist faces a difficult question: what does one do when one is required to train a new group of enlisted men for a cause that seems hopeless?

Not Our Problem

By Ed Ed | Mar 4, 2009 at 22:30

At the Last Supper, Jesus demonstrated how the Kingdom faces her enemies. He could easily have exposed Judas. Even as soon as Judas began embezzling from the treasury shared by the group, Jesus could have acted, because He knew. He did not act.

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