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About the Author

Mark Edward Soper is president of Select Systems and Associates, Inc., a technical writing and training organization located in Evansville, Indiana. Get more information at the Select Systems Web site at www.selectsystems.com. Mark is a 20-year veteran of the computer industry whose first technical articles appeared in the late 1980s. Mark has written more than 140 articles on topics ranging from computer upgrades and memory technologies to laser printer tips and tricks, Internet access, and new features in Windows and Linux for publications such as Maximum PC, PCNovice/SmartComputing Guides, PCNovice, SmartComputing, the PCNovice/SmartComputing Learning Series, WordPerfect Magazine, The WordPerfectionist, and PCToday.

Mark has been a serious amateur photographer since 1971, so he brings more than 30 years' experience to this book. In addition to working as a high school and college newspaper and yearbook photographer, he has also worked as a church directory photographer. His work has been published in the Durand (Michigan) Express newspaper and Passenger Train Journal magazine. In recent years he has used his photographic and computer skills to create image archives for several libraries in southwestern Indiana.

Mark has taught computer troubleshooting and other technical subjects to thousands of students from Maine to Hawaii since the early 1990s. He is an A+ Certified hardware technician and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Mark is the author of Absolute Beginner's Guide to A+ Certification, Absolute Beginner's Guide to Cable Internet Connections, and PC Help Desk in a Book. Mark has also written for other publishers in the Pearson Education family, including the recent TechTV's Upgrading Your PC, Second Edition for Peachpit/TechTV Press (http://www.peachpit.com) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to High-Speed Internet Connections for Alpha Books.

Mark is the coauthor of Que's Upgrading and Repairing PCs: Field Guide and its predecessors (the Technician's Portable Reference series), and he has also contributed to many other Que books in this series, including Upgrading and Repairing PCs from the 11th Edition to the current 15th Anniversary Edition; Upgrading and Repairing Laptops; Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Second Edition; and Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 12th Edition, Academic Edition.

Mark has also contributed to several volumes in Que's Special Edition series, including Special Edition Using Windows Millennium; Special Edition Using Windows XP Home Edition; Special Edition Using Windows XP Home Edition, Bestseller Edition; Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional; and Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional, Bestseller Edition. Mark is also a contributor to Platinum Edition Using Microsoft Windows XP.

Watch for details about these and other book projects at the Que Web site at http://www.quepublishing.com.

Mark welcomes comments at mesoper@selectsystems.com.

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