David N. Blank-Edelman is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science and the author of the O'Reilly book Automating System Administration with Perl. He has spent the last 25 years as a system/network administrator in large multi- platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He was the program chair of the LISA 2005 conference and one of the LISA 2006 Invited Talks co-chairs. He delights in finding how creativity
can further the field as demonstrated in his off-the-beaten-path invited talks and tutorials at various conferences and speaking engagements.
"This is one of those books that make me wish I had a time machine, so I could go back and give it to my past self. I think back to the hours and hours I spent gritting my teeth and picking through all sorts of documentation, whimper- ing, 'Why will nobody tell me just the basics of this stuff, nicely and clearly? Surely if I had a basic understanding and maybe an example, I could beat this to death with a Perl program smoothly and elegantly,' and I hope that the next person stuck in this situation has a copy of this book."
--Elizabeth Zwicky, ;login: The Usenix Magazine, October 2009