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Netbooks: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer

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The Missing Credits

About the Author

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J.D. Biersdorfer is the author of iPod: The Missing Manual and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book, and is co-author of iPhoto ’09: The Missing Manual, The Internet: The Missing Manual and the second edition of Google: The Missing Manual. She has been the computer Q&A columnist for The New York Times since 1998 and occasionally writes about books and art for the newspaper. She studied theater at Indiana University and likes to play the banjo or watch the BBC news when not on deadline. Email: .

About the Creative Team

Nan Barber (editor) has worked with the Missing Manual series since the previous millennium. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and G4 Macintosh. Email: .

Nellie McKesson (production editor) lives in Brighton, Mass., where she spends her free time playing in her band Dr. & Mrs. Van der Trampp (http://myspace.com/drmrsvandertrampp) and making t-shirts for her friends (http://mattsaundersbynellie.etsy.com). Email: .

Carla Spoon (copy editor) is a freelance writer and copy editor. She works and feeds her tech gadget addiction from her home office in the shadow of Mount Rainier. Email: .

Bob Pfahler (indexer) is new to the O’Reilly creative team. After working in an Information Technology department managing a business support team for many years, he started his own document indexing business. When not working, he likes to take bike rides on the Denver foothills’ many trails. Bob also likes reading, writing, and has the Sudoku bug. Email: .

Adam Flaherty (technical reviewer) is from Northern California. He recently edited O’Reilly’s iPhone Hacks and has tech reviewed other O’Reilly books including Linux Unwired. He also blogs for Makezine.com.

James Turner (technical reviewer) is a freelance journalist who has written for publications as diverse as the Christian Science Monitor, Processor, Linuxworld Magazine, Developer.com, and Wired Magazine. He has also written two books on Java web development: MySQL & JSP Web Applications and Struts: Kick Start. He has spent more than 25 years as a software engineer and system administrator, and currently works as a senior software engineer for a company in the Boston area. He lives in a 200-year-old colonial farmhouse in Derry, N.H. along with his wife and son.

Acknowledgements

No matter whose name is on the cover, books are always a group effort. This one wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of many talented individuals: editor Nan Barber, technical reviewers Adam Flaherty and James Turner, copy editor Carla Spoon, and indexer Bob Pfahler. Big thanks as well to Nellie McKesson, Ron Bilodeau, and Karen Montgomery for making the book look good. I’d also like to thank Pete Meyers and Dawn Frausto of O’Reilly for getting this project rolling in the first place. On the home front, I am deeply indebted to my friends and family (especially Betsy Book) for putting up with me during those long days of writing and muttering about teeny tiny computers for six months in a row.

—J.D. Biersdorfer

The Missing Manual Series

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