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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

This book, as much as the product it covers, is the product of a team effort. We couldn’t have produced this without the great team at Que, the assistance of contributing writers, the patience and support of our friends, and so . . .

We feel privileged to be part of the consistently professional Special Edition Using family. Producing these highly technical, state-of-the art books requires a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and once again the staff at Que did an amazing job. Executive Editor Rick Kughen has provided unflagging, cheerful support and guidance through our three SE Using volumes. Our development editor, Todd Brakke, pored over every word on every page of this volume and our equally weighty Windows XP Professional book and offered invaluable direction and tuning. This is a much better book than it could have been without him.

We’d like to acknowledge the efforts of our technical editors: Mark Reddin, Doug Klippert, and David Eytchison. Special thanks to Benjamin Berg for not only his ace copy editing, but for the technical know-how and eye for detail that he brought to the project. We also would like to thank the editorial, indexing, layout, art, proofing, and other production staff at Que—Tonya Simpson, Mandie Frank, and Tim Osborn. These folks labor away largely unseen and often unthanked. You did a marvelous job.

We’d like to thank Elaine Kreston, James Michael Stewart, and Mark Soper for their come-to-the-rescue aid in helping us get this book to press ahead of schedule; Norm Aleks for advice and insight into the world of Linux; and Eric Fitzgerald at Microsoft for clarifying the intricacies of Windows network security.

No book could make it to market without the real-world personal relationships developed between booksellers on the one hand, and the sales and marketing personnel back at the publishers. We’ve had the opportunity to meet sales and marketing folks in the computer publishing world, and know what a difficult job selling and keeping up with the thousands of computer titles can be. Thanks to all of you for your pivotal role help in helping us pay our mortgages!

Finally, we should acknowledge those who made it possible for us to get through the months of writing. Bob first thanks his agent, Chris Van Buren, for standing by him with encouragement on down days and sharing his excitement after his successes. Many thanks for fighting for better contracts, keeping things in perspective, and phoning in long distance (even from Brazil!) for conference calls. And, as always, thanks to friends and family who, even though used to seeing him disappear for months on end, let him back in the fold when it’s over. This goes for Elaine, in particular, whose daily support and patience made such a difference. Also, to Baxter the cat for her companionship.

Brian adds big dittos to Chris Van Buren and special thanks to Bryce Carter for guidance, and Norm Aleks for patience and support. Life will get back to normal soon, with the books finished and the board exams passed!

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