About The Author
I was born in 1966 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and raised in nearby Toronto. I married my wife Robyn in 1990; we now live in southern Vermont with our three sons: Ryan (17), Matthew (14) and Evan (10). Ryan will continue his transition to adulthood in August 2011, as he starts work on a computer science degree at Cornell University. Robyn and I are both rather proud of him, which helps soften the sting associated with paying for the aforementioned college. ;)
I have a technical background, my interest in the field of computers starting in my early teens: in 1980 I received my first computer, an Apple ][ that was a gift from my parents. Since that time I have worked in various computer-related fields in hardware and software before I turned to writing. In 1989 I obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I completed my formal education in 1993 with two Master’s degrees, in Management and in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), from MIT.
After a brief “conventional” technical career, I created and published The PC Guide, an extensive online reference work on personal computers. In 1998 I decided to devote myself to my writing projects full time. This led to the creation of The TCP/IP Guide a few years later, a 1,600-page treatise on Internet protocols that started out as a website and was later published as an industry-leading book. I dabbled with a few other projects after The TCP/IP Guide, including a stint where I worked exclusively as an online freelancer, leading directly to the writing and publication of the Guide you are reading now.
You may have noticed something missing here: no impressive listings of credentials. I’m not a New York Times best-selling author; I haven’t been a professor at a prestigious university for a quarter-century; neither am I a top executive at a Silicon Valley giant. In some ways, I am a student of technology and business, just like you are. My experience over the years has shown me that many of the people who know the most about a subject have the least ability to present their knowledge in a way that others can learn from. In contrast, this is where I believe I excel: not as an expert, but as an educator; in presenting complex information in a form that is sensible, digestible and enjoyable to read. My hope is that I have been able to use these abilities to help you unravel the mysteries of online freelancing.
When I am not working—all too rare these days—I spend time with my family and enjoy the peaceful quiet and natural beauty of the state of Vermont. I enjoy listening to many types of music, hiking, gardening, and engaging in various sports. I play an active role in running my family’s household and am a bit of a budding chef. I am also an avid semi-professional photographer, with particular interests in nature and landscapes; my personal photo website is DesktopScenes.com.
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