J.D. Biersdorfer is co-author of both The Internet: The Missing Manual and the second edition of Google: The Missing Manual. She’s been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for The New York Times since 1998 and has covered everything from 17th-century Indian art to the world of female hackers for the newspaper. She’s also written articles for the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design and Rolling Stone and has contributed essays about the collision of art and technology to several graphic-design books published by Allworth Press. She studied in the Theater & Drama program at Indiana University and now spends her limited spare moments playing the banjo and watching BBC World News. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Pogue (co-author) is the weekly tech columnist for the New York Times, an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, 2006 winner of an Online News Association award (for online commentary), and the creator of the Missing Manual series. He’s the author or co-author of 42 books, including 17 in this series and six in the “For Dummies” line (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In his other life, David is a former Broadway show conductor, a magician, and a pianist.
Peter Meyers (editor) is the managing editor of the Missing Manual series. He lives with his wife and cats in New York City. Email: email@example.com.
Nellie McKesson (production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her favorite places to eat are Punjabi Dhaba and Tacos Lupita. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith McNamara (production editor) is a former Marine and graduate of the University of Connecticut. He currently works at O’Reilly wearing multiple hats, including production for the Missing Manuals series. Email: email@example.com.
I would like to thank David Pogue for suggesting this book to me way back in 2002, and then being a terrific editor through the mad scramble of the first two editions—and for providing his cheerful expertise for this edition. Also thanks to editor Peter Meyers for guiding me through the past four updates. Thanks to Ron Bilodeau, Lesley Borash, Chris Stone, and the Missing Manual folks at O’Reilly, and to Apple for courteously providing the iPod images and the assorted other iPod accessory companies who made their digital photography available. I’d also to thank all my friends and family (especially Betsy) for putting up with me every time Apple announces new iPods and I disappear into my computer for several weeks, muttering incoherently and cranking up Steve Earle to a hearty volume level.
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat without the assistance of weights or cinder blocks.
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