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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steve Bass first learned about computers in 1982 with an IBM PC he bought from Computerland. When he asked them for support, they said, "Don't use it in the shower." The following day, he founded the Pasadena IBM Users Group. After 24 years, he finally closed the organization, releasing the over 2,400 former members onto the streets (http://www.pibmug.com). Be careful out there. In the late 1980s, Steve co-founded the Association of Personal Computer User Groups (http://www.apcug.org), a nationwide organization serving user groups.

Steve is a Contributing Editor to PC World, writing the "Home Office" column since 1990, the Home Office Online Newsletter, and dozens of articles including "Net Phones: Dialing Without Dollars," "The Ultimate PC Troubleshooting Guide," and "Great Windows Shareware for Under $50." His annual "How to Fix the Biggest PC Annoyances" article has won PRSA's prestigious Excellence in Technology Journalism award.

Steve has also written for Forbes, Family Circle, and Computer Currents, and once had a syndicated newspaper column that was way more work than it was worth. But wait, there's more: Steve has a regular spot on KPCC's "Airtalk," an NPR-affilate radio show, and Pacifica's KPFK's "Digital Village." He's currently producing a new computer show, "Phrenology: The New Topology." It's been a bumpy road.

In a previous life, Steve was a licensed family therapist (so watch what you say); owned PCG Seminars, a training company for mental-health professionals; and met his wife while doing magic at Hollywood's Magic Castle.

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