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LXF108 - Cock-ups galore, prizes to be won!

Every cloud has a silver lining, right? Right? I know a lot of you really hate it when LXF's built-in spelling system goes awry, so I wanted to come clean: LXF108 may well make your blood boil. In fact, if even the occasional error makes your head hurt, then LXF108 may cause you to self-destruct. Thanks to a small series of production mistakes - namely a number of wrong pages being sent to press by accident - there are some mistakes in LXF108 that are comically bad, and I apologise for that.

Rather than navel gaze and promise to do better (although we'll do our best to ensure it won't happen again), I figured you could all at least have a little fun at our expense. So: if you spot any error in LXF108 (that includes typos, bad captions, incorrect straplines, etc), post it in the comments here. The first person to spot each mistake wins a book. Don't post it in the forums; don't bother pointing out errors that other people have already found; don't point out typos if it's just us using British English rather than Merkan English; and make sure you email Andrew.Gregory@futurenet.com to claim your book if you find a legitimate error and claim it here first.

Once again: apologies for the mistakes - I hope they'll make you laugh rather than make you email us in rage!


Your comments

Bah! I read this post at

Bah! I read this post at work, so at 5pm zoomed home to scour my LXF for book-winning stuff ups. But my latest issue is only 107 and according to that issue's last-but-one page, 108 isn't even due out 'til 26th June. Can that count as an issue 108 mistake?! There's a sentence starting with a lowercase letter in the virtualisation article on page 7, if that helps make my case. :-)

Well, I think we'll limit it

Well, I think we'll limit it to one book per person, so as long as you receive your 108 on time (subscribers do have more of a chance here, admittedly!) you've got a good chance of winning :)

Isn't that spelt 'Merkin'?

Isn't that spelt 'Merkin'?

"there are some mistakes in

"there are some mistakes in LXF108 that are comically bad, and I apologise for that"

I take it Mike's picture made it in again!

AH

Yes, AH, we seem to have

Yes, AH, we seem to have been making that mistake for the last 70-ish issues :-)

M

Woohoo, free books! You guys

Woohoo, free books! You guys should make more mistakes more often! ;)

Mikes referred to as a

Mikes referred to as a journalist, thats wrong for a start. Now wheres me prize?

Dndrew, I'm sure you won a

Dndrew, I'm sure you won a book on MythTV in a previous blog-related competition, but when I explained what it was about, you lost interest after about five words...

M

While converting some of the

While converting some of the interviews for the wiki I found the repetition of the last two questions and the responses in LXF98.iview.pdf

That is indeed an error that

That is indeed an error that made us, er, laugh, Towy; but for the sake of this competition, we're looking for errors in LXF108 :)

I suppose you'd have to have

I suppose you'd have to have a huge library to give away if you went back through the issues :P ;-)

My subscription copy of LXF

My subscription copy of LXF arrived today and so I couldn't resist having a quick look for errors... It didn't take long to find one!
In Chris Brown's "Administeria" section (page 62) I was met with the subheading: "Two lines of nonsense to go in here please" which brought a smile to my face :)
This is fun, can we do this for every issue (although for that you'd need an *awful* lot of books)!
Is this abusing my subscriber privileges? :D

Great, you're talking about

Great, you're talking about LXF108 and I've only had LXF107 for a week - and I'm a subscriber too!

Why it takes four weeks to get a magazine from the UK to Australia is beyond me :(

Enough here to make any

Enough here to make any proofreader or copy editor chortle (or wince remembering 'the ones that got away' - there always are some) but let's start with p.68, para 1 sentence 1, where we find 'After the installation has finished, you can log in with your the username and password you created...' where the 'your' appears to be superfluous.

What about all the fuzzy

What about all the fuzzy images? Almost every single image you use in the magazine, LXF108 just delivered today, is fuzzy. Even some of your formatting like title boxes are fuzzy. What gives?

Jon: no, I'm afraid that

Jon: no, I'm afraid that sounds like a printing error in that copy. Email me (paul.hudson@futurenet.co.uk) with your address and I'll send a fresh copy out to you.

Mike, Xithium: well spotted! Make sure you email Andrew for your prize.

I found one! Page 45, top

I found one!

Page 45, top header text "IInstall Linux on a Nintendo DS". Obviously the first word shouldn't have a double "I" at the beginning.

Found one! p7, "More

Found one!

p7, "More Eee-competition on the way", para 2. "To his the sub-£100 price point, though, ..."

Two lines of nonsense to go

Two lines of nonsense to go in here please Two lines of
nonesense to go in here please Two lines to go in here

Alex, Xithium already

Alex, Xithium already spotted that one :-)

M

Hudzilla, I've got a similar

Hudzilla,
I've got a similar issue to Jon, but it's not every single image. In my copy I'd say about 15% of the images are blurry. The Administeria column is a good example, also the entire page 15 is blurry and faint.
It doesn't affect reabability for me, just a bit odd that's all!

BTW, Thanks for the prize :D

I think I found one. On page

I think I found one. On page 7 there is an article titled "More EEE-competition on the way". Below the picture of the Dell sub notebook there is a picture of a Via processor (titled "via is poitioning itself to compete against intel...". The picture should not be on page 7 because the articles on page 7 don't specifically discuss processors, it should be on page 6.

Haha, A minor one on page

Haha,

A minor one on page 18 (mailserver section). There is a heading of "Can'tbridge" instead of "Can't Bridge".

Can'tbridge is a little

Can'tbridge is a little village in Cumbria, so I'm not sure if there is more of a pun there tan a mistake ;-)

"Can’tbridge is a little

"Can’tbridge is a little village in Cumbria, so I’m not sure if there is more of a pun there tan a mistake"

Oh, I didn't know that one.

On page 40, the sub heading

"Control your world by installing Linux on your video game consoles, set-top boxes, wireless router, and just about anything that has an LCD screen, a"

should be

"Control your world by installing Linux on your video game consoles, set-top boxes, wireless router, and just about anything that has an LCD screen."

There is an extra comma and an "a" that doesn't need to be there and no full stop.

I've done my fair share of error spotting, (whilst I was supposedly working). I am off to bed.

Hi! Thanks for good magazin,

Hi! Thanks for good magazin, and may be I win the book?
Here some mistakes:
1) page 80 and 83: bottom heads are same, that were in LXF107
2) pages 90-91: The order of numbered text frame is 5-6-9-10-7-8

That is all, for a while.
Bye!

Hi Alexander, if you read

Hi Alexander, if you read the pages across the centre they're in order. :)

Here's mine btw, Page 87: Footer states a distro swap for the Eee... I guess that was last month's footer for this month's tutorial.

External Floppy, The footer

External Floppy,

The footer on page 87 isn't a mistake -- issue 108's tutorial is about adding an extra distro via the SD card, whereas 109's is about swapping the supplied (Xandros) distro for something else :-)

M

Page 59, in the box headed

Page 59, in the box headed 'What would you do?' the word consumers has been split into 'con sumers'

Damn..! :D

Damn..! :D

Found one! Page 82,

Found one! Page 82, underneath the main headline, is an incomplete sentence. "Now, Andy Channelle,"

I have another one but I'll keep quiet unless this one is rejected.

Page 109 Advert for Linux

Page 109

Advert for Linux format advertising

"Linux Format is the UK's biggest magazine!"

Either delusions of grandeur, or there is one too few "Linux"es in that sentence :)
Should I call trading standards?

Also page 47
The tablet PC shown in the photo at the bottom is not actually a PC, but an iLiad ebook reader, (Picture from my review in LXF 102), and it already runs Linux, anyway.

or is that "artistic license"?

Oh, and my copy of LXF is

Oh, and my copy of LXF is badly misprinted on most pages, too.

In "Problem Solving: ..." in

In "Problem Solving: ..." in "change only one thing at a time, third sentence has a non-italicised "T", a space then "hen". All that time learning to proof read my thesis, finally paying off!

Good mag this month too- but a lot of my pictures are blurry as well.

"xithium Says: I’ve got a

"xithium Says:
I’ve got a similar issue to Jon, but it’s not every single image. In my copy I’d say about 15% of the images are blurry. The Administeria column is a good example, also the entire page 15 is blurry and faint.
It doesn’t affect reabability for me, just a bit odd that’s all!"

Exactly the same here with my copy. I thought it was my eyes!! And are the front and back covers supposed to be matt, when they are normally glossy, or is that a mistake as well?

p10, Facebook article. First

p10, Facebook article. First para should be "open source developers", not "open sources developers"

Same page, Michael Meeks column has a random italicised "eg" where it should say "with"

p14, the pic with the caption "Creating a local info page......". The pic is blurry and appears to be a screenshot of a blank page with "Holding page" on it.

Page 37, Mike's review of

Page 37, Mike's review of Threat Analysis.

The 2nd paragraph finishes with, "The book explains how different types of botnets work and highlights suspicious activity to look for if."

:)

P58, Section 2,000,000

P58, Section 2,000,000 Emails, the first sentence reads:

'.So, how would actually deal with that demand from the head of marketing and his two million emails?'

The leading . is a pretty obvious error. There may be another one, but let's maximise the gift-giving, right?

Also on P58, Section

Also on P58, Section 2,000,000 Emails, the first sentence reads:

'.So, how would actually deal with that demand from the head of marketing and his two million emails?'

I believe 'how would actually' should read 'how would you actually'.

Please send a different book from TT Mooney. :)

I'm pretty sure that most of

I'm pretty sure that most of page 40 shouldn't be in bold. Unless of course its to emphasize that installing Linux on non-standard hardware is really dangerous :-)

I think that I have found

I think that I have found another one!

page 62, ther is a box in the bottom right hand corner with this in it:

>The table below shows a few of these capabilities to give you the idea. and user accounts.

a) it is to the right of the box not above it
b) the bit on the end 'and user accounts.' has really nothing to do with the article and the sentence starts with a small letter not a capital.

Page 113 has a

Page 113 has a classic

"Overseas Editor Basil Brush"
"Glove Puppetry Matt Nailon"

;)

Very small one, but on page

Very small one, but on page 8, the sub-title for OLPC doesnt end in any punctuation, yet the rest of them throughout the newsdesk do.

Page 47, Linux on a

Page 47, Linux on a motorcycle. Last sentence incomplete: "Anyway, in the last couple of years I've started paying attention to Linux and it's like slipping back into a ....... "

Gah, Marrea, you beat me to

Gah, Marrea, you beat me to it!

Found another, but small again - Page 93 - paragraph titled "Change only one thing at a time" - the word "Then" is italic, except for the 'T'.

Has anybody heard back from

Has anybody heard back from Andrew Gregory after emailing him to claim a book?

Carl if you're that

Carl if you're that desperate for a book head on over to the [url=http://www.linuxformat.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Community_Conversion_PDFs]Conversion_PDFs[/url] and work your fingers to the bone :P

Hoorah, my LXF108 finally

Hoorah, my LXF108 finally arrived (here in New Zealand). Didn't take long to spot a winner: page 5, 'Regulars at a glance' section. First sentence is missing an 'of': 'All the latest happenings in the world Linux'. Also, the blurb under 'The Sysadmin Area' is missing a full stop after 'Black Hole'.

I have another one! Page 5,

I have another one!

Page 5, Tutorials contents list: The Troubleshooting tutorial is headed Vector Graphics, which has nothing to do with the troubleshooting article.



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