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Robert Cowart has written more than 40 books on computer programming and applications, with more than a dozen on Windows. His titles include Windows NT Unleashed, Mastering Windows 98, Windows NT Server Administrator's Bible, and Windows NT Server 4.0: No Experience Required. Several of his books have been best-sellers in their category and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has written on a wide range of computer-related topics for such magazines as PC Week, PC World, PC Magazine, PC Tech Journal, Mac World, and Microsoft Systems Journal. In addition to working as a freelance consultant specializing in small businesses, he has taught programming classes at the University of California Extension in San Francisco. He has also appeared as a special guest on the PBS TV series Computer Chronicles, CNN's Headline News, ZD-TV's The Screen Savers, and ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He is president and co-founder of Brainsville.com, a company specializing in creating multimedia training materials. Robert resides in Berkeley, California.

In his spare time he is involved in the music world, presenting chamber music concerts and playing classical piano. He also is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique and meditates regularly in hopes of rewiring his inner computer.

Brian Knittel has been a software developer for more than 25 years. After doing graduate work in medical imaging technologies, he began a career as an independent consultant. An eclectic mix of clients has led to long-term projects in medical documentation; workflow management; real-time industrial system control; and, most importantly, more than 15 years of real-world experience with MS-DOS, Windows, and computer networking in the business world. He has written Windows XP Under the Hood: Hardcore Scripting and Command Line Power, coauthored Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Special Edition Using Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, and contributed to several of Bob Cowart's other Windows books. Brian lives in Albany, California, halfway between the tidal wave zone and the earthquake fault. He spends his free time restoring antique computers (check out www.ibm1130.org) and trying to perfect his wood-fired pizza recipes.

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