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About the Contributing Authors

About the Contributing Authors

Patricia Cardoza didn't plan on spending her life working with computers. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Environmental Sciences, but every job she has ever had has involved computers. Finally, in 1996, she stopped fighting the inevitable and took a job as an IT manager for a telecommunications company in Sacramento, California. For the past five years, she's been working as the co-network administrator, Exchange administrator, programmer, and resident Outlook expert for a box company in central California. In 2001, Microsoft awarded Patricia Most Valuable Professional status for Microsoft Outlook.

For the past four years, Patricia has been writing about Exchange and Outlook for various online technical journals, including TechRepublic, .NET Magazine, and Microsoft's Office Communities page. She takes on small independent consulting projects in her spare time, mostly related to programming Outlook forms and Access databases. Patricia is also a gadget geek and loves playing with the latest wireless devices. She is currently implementing an 802.11g network in her home and has a Pocket PC Phone Edition that goes everywhere with her. Patricia wrote Chapter 27 and revised Chapters 30 and 32.

J. Boyd Nolan is a senior software developer working for NetIQ Corporation. Boyd has been in the computing industry for over 15 years, with experience including system/network administration, database administration and development, and general application development. He has experience architecting and developing security and auditing applications, as well as large-scale n-tier Web applications for business and engineering uses. He holds bachelor and master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!). Boyd currently lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with the two loves of his life: his wife, Lisa, and son, Justin. Boyd wrote Chapter 25 and revised Chapter 35.

Faithe Wempen, M.A., is a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor and an A+ certified PC technician. A 12-year veteran in the computer book publishing industry, she is the author of more than 70 books on computer operating systems, office applications, and hardware/A+ certification. She teaches Computer Information Technology and Technical Communications courses at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis and is in the process of developing a graduate-level course in writing effective software documentation. She also co-owns Sycamore Knoll Bed and Breakfast (www.sycamoreknoll.com) in Noblesville, Indiana. Faithe revised Chapters 24 and 34.

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