Mark L. Chambers has been an author, computer consultant, BBS sysop, programmer, and hardware technician for more than 20 years — pushing computers and their uses far beyond “normal” performance limits for decades now. His first love affair with a computer peripheral blossomed in 1984 when he bought his lightning‐fast 300 BPS modem for his Atari 400. Now he spends entirely too much time on the Internet and drinks far too much caffeine‐laden soda.
With a degree in journalism and creative writing from Louisiana State University, Mark took the logical career choice: programming computers. However, after five years as a COBOL programmer for a hospital system, he decided there must be a better way to earn a living, and he became the Documentation Manager for Datastorm Technologies, a well‐known communications software developer. Somewhere in between writing software manuals, Mark began writing computer how‐to books. His first book, Running a Perfect BBS, was published in 1994 — and after a short decade or so of fun (disguised as hard work), Mark is one of the most productive and best‐selling technology authors on the planet.
Along with writing several books a year and editing whatever his publishers throw at him, Mark has also branched out into Web‐based education, designing and teaching a number of online classes — called WebClinics — for Hewlett‐Packard.
His favorite pastimes include collecting gargoyles, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, playing his three pinball ...