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About the Authors

About the Authors

Ed Bott is a best-selling author and award-winning computer journalist with more than 10 years experience in the personal computer industry. As senior contributing editor of PC Computing, he is responsible for the magazine's extensive coverage of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Microsoft Office. From 1991 until 1993, he was editor of PC Computing, and for three years before that he was managing editor of PC World magazine. Ed has written numerous books for Que Publishing, including the "User Friendly" editions of Using Windows 95 and Using Microsoft Office 97.

Ed is a two-time winner of the Computer Press Award, most recently for PC Computing's annual Windows SuperGuide, a collection of tips, tricks, and advice for users of Windows 95 and Windows NT. He lives in Redmond, Washington, with his wife, Judy Merrill, and two incredibly smart and affectionate cats, Katy and Bianca.

Ron Person has written more than 18 books for Que Corporation, including Special Edition Using Excel for Windows 95, Web Publishing with Word for Windows, and Special Edition Using Windows 3.11. He has an M.S. in physics from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Hardin-Simmons University. Ron was one of Microsoft's original twelve Consulting Partners and is a Microsoft Solutions Partner.

Jim Boyce, the lead author for Windows NT Installation and Configuration Handbook, is a Contributing Editor and columnist for WINDOWS Magazine and a regular contributor to other computer publications. He has been involved with computers since the late seventies, and has worked with computers as a user, programmer, and systems manager in a variety of capacities. He has a wide range of experience in the DOS, Windows, and UNIX environments. Jim has authored and co-authored over two dozen books on computers and software.

Jerry Cox has been involved in computers since 1982. He has worked the last 10 years as a computer sales consultant for MicroAge Computer Center of Fort Wayne. He has received certifications from Apple, IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq. He has tech edited Upgrading and Troubleshooting PC's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions; Upgrading and Troubleshooting PC's Workbook; Winn Rosch's Hardware Bible; Peter Norton's Inside the PC Premiere Edition; Easy Troubleshooting and Upgrading PC's; Using the PS/1; and several other Prentice Hall/Macmillan titles.

Dick Cravens lives and works in Columbia, MO, where he is a product manager designing the Next Big Thing from DATASTORM TECHNOLOGIES, Inc., a publisher of fax, data and TCP/IP communications software for Windows PCs. In previous lives he designed training programs for support technicians, answered a gazillion questions about modems, worked as production manager for an advertising agency, sold television programming to evil cable TV empires, managed a chain of one-hour photo shops, ran a commercial photographic studio, and chased Angus cows, kind of in that order. Since he just bought the classic fixer-upper bungalow and has an addiction to way-cool-wicked-fast computer stuff, he writes the occasional computer book, too. His son Jesse, budding MUD freak, abuses the hand-me-down computers, slops the cats and orders the pizzas.

Michael Desmond is Senior Editor of News at PC World magazine, the world's largest computer publication with a circulation rate base of over 1.1 million readers. He is also vice-president of the Computer Press Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the computer press and its writers and editors. In 1996, Michael earned a Jesse H. Neal award from the American Business Press for runner up in the best investigative article category. Previously executive editor at Multimedia World magazine, Michael has an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and a B.A. in Soviet Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont. Michael has also written for other publications, including Working Woman and Video magazines, and is a contributing author to Platinum Edition Using Windows 95 from Que Publishing. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael is an inveterate Cleveland Indians fan, and will never ever forgive Art Modell for moving the Cleveland Browns football team to Baltimore.

Glenn Fincher has worked in the Computer Industry for the last 12 years. Working in the fast moving electronic manufacturing industry, the early years were spent in Test Engineering at SCI Systems, Inc., the world's largest computer contract manufacturer. Spending the bulk of the SCI years in component, board, and unit testing he became intimately familiar with the building blocks of today's computer technology. Joining Intergraph Corporation in 1991 as a Customer Support Analyst, he has applied his wealth of computer knowledge to providing Intergraph's customers with quality, timely and accurate support for the MicroSation CAD product. Leading the software certification efforts for the successful release of MicroSation 5.0, he continues to be involved in the day-to-day world of Intergraph's partner Bentley Systems' MicroStation product. Sharing the knowledge gained in the experience of these years in the industry has always been a priority, so it is no surprise that he is in demand as a speaker, writer, and presenter throughout Intergraph. With his present involvement in Intergraph's WWW effort as Webmaster for Intergraphs Software Solutions, Glenn continues to remain at the leading edge of this industry. Continually seeking to stay on this edge has required both the support and understanding of wife Jan and their three children—Ashely, Will, and Aimee—without whom this and all his other endeavors would have been a lonely journey indeed. Glenn can be reached by electronic mail at gtfinche@ingr.com.

William S. Holderby is a computer engineering graduate from the University of Central Florida. He has 20 years of experience in systems design and applications development for the federal government and commercial markets. Mr. Holderby frequently contributes magazine articles covering computer systems technology. He is a network systems developer and integrator and is currently working with the Naval Computer Telecommunications Station based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Gerald "Jerry" Paul Honeycutt, Jr. provides business-oriented technical leadership to the Internet community and software development industry. He has served companies such as The Travelers, IBM, Nielsen North America, IRM, Howard Systems International, and NCR. Jerry has participated in the industry since before the days of Microsoft Windows 1.0, and is completely hooked on Windows 95 and the Internet.

Jerry is the author of Using Microsoft Plus!, Using the Internet with Windows 95, Windows 95 Registry & Customization Handbook, Special Edition Using the Windows 95 Registry, VBScript by Example, Special Edition Using the Internet 3E, Using the Internet 2E, and Windows NT and Windows 95 Registry and Customization Handbook published by Que. He is also a contributing author on Special Edition Using Netscape 2, Platinum Edition Using Windows 95, Visual Basic for Applications Database Solutions, Special Edition Using Netscape 3, Windows 95 Exam Guide, Netscape Navigator 3 Starter Kit, Using Java Workshop, Using JScript, and Internet Explorer ActiveX and Plugins Companion published by Que. His articles have been printed in Computer Language magazine and he is a regular speaker at the Windows World and Comdex trade shows on topics related to software development, Windows 95, and the Internet.

Jerry graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Computer Science. He currently lives in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas with Becky, two Westies, Corky and Turbo, and a cat called Scratches. Jerry is an avid golfer with a passion for fine photography. Feel free to contact Jerry on the Internet at jerry@honeycutt.com or visit his Web site at http://rampages.onramp.net/~jerry.

Peter Kent lives in Lakewood, Colorado. He has spent the last 14 years training users, documenting software, and designing user interfaces. Working as an independent consultant for the last nine years, Peter has worked for companies such as MasterCard, Amgen, Data General, and Dvorak Development and Publishing. Much of his consulting work has been in the telecommunications business.

Peter is the author of the best-selling Internet book The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Internet (QUE). He has also written another six Internet-related books—including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the World Wide Web— and a variety of other works, such as The Technical Writer's Freelancing Guide and books on Windows NT and Windows 3.1. His articles have appeared in many periodicals, including Internet World, Windows Magazine, Windows User, The Dallas Times Herald, and Computerworld. Peter can be reached electronically at PeterKent@msn.com, 71601.1266@compuserve.com, pkent@lab-press.com.

Doug Kilarski is a freelance writer and an accomplished computer industry analyst. Doug is a former technical editor for Computer Shopper magazine and former editor-in-chief for Computer Monthly and Reselle World magazines. He is currently developing global marketing and distribution strategies for the internetworking and telephony industries. Doug can be reached on the Internet at dkilarski@mcimail.com.

Bradley Lindaas is a project consultant for Follett Software Company, a library automation solutions provider based outside of Chicago. Brad started his career working in a computer lab while attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received his B.A. in English Literature. After graduating he took a job with Softmart, an outsourcer of software technical support and Microsoft Windows 95 Launch Partner, working with MS-DOS, Windows 3.1 and then Windows 95.

After Softmart, Brad worked for Wingra Technologies of Madison, Wisconsin supporting their UNIX- and VAX-based email integration product called Missive. Currently he consults K-12 schools on the implementation of district-wide technology plans involving Follett's NetWare- based LANs and WANs. Brad is a Microsoft Certified Professional and can be reached at lindaas@fsc.follett.com.

Gordon Meltzer has been teaching himself about computers since they were made with vacuum tubes. Recently, Gordon had designed and built workgroup networks for a music marketing division of Time-Warner and several New York City law firms. He is a consultant on computing issues to NBC Post Production, also in Manhattan.

Gordon has produced a number of jazz records for people like Miles Davis, Michel LeGrand, Al Di Meola, and Wallace Roney, and has a special interest in using computers in the business side of the music business.

Brady P. Merkel is a Senior Software Consultant and Technical Webmaster for Intergraph Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama. He has co-authored popular internet books such as Web Publishing with Word for Windows and Building Integrated Office Applications. One of his ongoing projects includes the development of Intergraph Online, Intergraph Corporation's World-Wide Web server at http://www.intergraph.com. Brady can be reached by email at bpmerkel@ingr.com.

Francis Moss has been involved with computers for 12 years, a Microsoft beta tester for five years, and a writer—primarily in television but more recently, books—for fifteen years. With his writing partner, he is co-author of Internet for Kids from Price Stern Sloan. He likes computers because he enjoys cursing at unarmed inanimate objects. With his wife and two children, he lives in North Hollywood, California. He can be reached at fcmoss@directnet.com.

Michael O'Mara is a freelance author and technical writer. Previously, he was a staff author with The Cobb Group where he wrote innumerable articles about leading computer software programs and served as Editor-in-Chief of several monthly software journals. He has co-authored or contributed to other Que books including Using DOS; Using Windows 3.11; Special Edition Using CompuServe; Special Edition Using Windows 95; Special Edition Using Windows NT Workstation 3.51; 10 Minute Guide to Freelance Graphics 96 for Windows 95; and Using Your PC. He can be reached at 76376.3441@compuserve.com.

Sue Plumley has owned and operated her own business for eight years; Humble Opinions provides training, consulting, and network installation, management, and maintenance to banking, education, medical, and industrial facilities. In addition, Sue has authored and co-authored over fifty books for Que Corporation and its sister imprints, including 10 Minute Guide to Lotus Notes 4, Special Edition Using Windows NT Workstation, and Easy Windows 95. You can reach Sue via the Internet at splumley@citynet.net or on CompuServe at 76470.2526@compuserve.com.

Kenneth W. Poore is a marketing consultant for the Technical Information Management and Delivery division of Intergraph Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama. He currently develops strategic product plans, but has written technology white papers, conducted customer training, and worked in pre-sales and marketing roles over the past 10 years. Ken lives with his wife Molly in Harvest, Alabama and can be reached at kwpoore@ingr.com.

Paul Robichaux, who has been an Internet user since 1986 and a software developer since 1983, is currently a software developer for LJL Enterprises (http://www.ljl.com), where he writes data security and cryptography software for Win32 and MacOS platforms. In his spare time, he writes computer books and develops Macintosh applications; he still manages to spend plenty of time with his wife and young son. He can be reached via e-mail at paulr@hiwaay.net.

Rob Tidrow has been using computers for the past six years and has used Windows for the past four years. Mr. Tidrow is a technical writer and recently was the Manager of Product Development for New Riders Publishing, a division of Macmillan Computer Publishing. Rob is co-author of the best-selling Windows for Non-Nerds, and has co-authored several other books including Inside the World Wide Web, New Riders'Official CompuServe Yellow Pages, Inside Microsoft Office Professional, Inside WordPerfect 6 for Windows, Riding the Internet Highway, Deluxe Edition, and the AutoCAD Student Workbook. In the past, Mr. Tidrow created technical documentation and instructional programs for use in a variety of industrial settings. He has a degree in English from Indiana University. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Tammy, and two boys, Adam and Wesley. You can reach him on the Internet at rtidrow@iquest.net.

Robert Voss, Ph.D., deserves special thanks for his help in bringing this book together. Beyond applying his writing and training skills to the original writing, Bob made a significant contribution to this book and many of Que's best-selling books, including Using Word Version 6 for Windows, Special Edition. Bob is a senior trainer in Microsoft Excel and Word for Windows for Ron Person & Co.

Craig Zacker has been employed as a network administrator, a technical writer and editor, a Webmaster, a technical support engineer and supervisor, a courseware developer, and a freelance network consultant. He now spends most of his time tinkering with computers and writing about them. His previous credits for Que include Special Edition Using NetWare 4.1, Platinum Edition Using Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation Advanced Technical Reference, and Upgrading and Repairing Networks, among others. He can be reached at craigz@tiac.net.

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