Rael Dornfest


Rael Dornfest is Founder and CEO of Portland, Oregon-based Values of n. Rael leads the Values of n charge with passion, unearthly creativity, and a repertoire of puns and jokes — some of which are actually good. Prior to founding Values of n, he was O'Reilly's Chief Technical Officer, program chair for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (which he continues to chair), series editor of the bestselling Hacks book series, and instigator of O'Reilly's Rough Cuts early access program. He built Meerkat, the first web-based feed aggregator, was champion and co-author of the RSS 1.0 specification, and has written and contributed to six O'Reilly books. Rael's programmatic pride and joy is the nimble, open source blogging application Blosxom, the principles of which you'll find in the Values of n philosophy and embodied in Stikkit: Little yellow notes that think.


Google Hacks by Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest Second Edition December 2004


“"More" is what this book delivers; it's bung-full of tutorials, tips, tricks, and tools that take you well beyond simple search to Google gurudom. As the authors Sarah Milstein, J.D. Biersdorfer,, and Matthew MacDonald note in their introductory teaser, "Most people who use Google every day have no idea why the results include links named "cached" or "similar pages"... I admit that I didn't. "Practically nobody knows what happens when you throw the term inurl into your search string - but it's a very handy trick." I couldn't wait to get to page 67 to check it out, and it indeed did prove to be something that I will use now that I know about it...If you're a serious user of Google and/or Gmail, or a Website operator, you'll find this book well worth the modest $24.95 price, which includes 45 days of free access to the O'Reilly's Safari Bookshelf electronic reference library.”
— Charles Moore, AppleLinks
“There are 100 tips, tricks, and hacks contained within these pages, and all of them are related to making the most of what Google has to offer. Since Google changes seemingly by the hour, the likelihood is very good that there are new features and toys that you didn't know existed...Even if you have the 1st or 2nd edition, don't wonder if you should go out and get #3. Yes, you should... Lots of new stuff to play with here.”
— Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings
“The latest tips and techniques to master, manipulate, and manage the wealth of services and information that is available through Google. Readers learn how to become power searchers, exploring all of Google's applications and services. Among the things that the authors explain (that you probably didn't know) are: how to convert a Google query into an RSS feed that can be monitored in any newsreader; how to use Gmail as an external hard drive for Linus, Mac, or Windows; how to build a customized Google Map and add it to your Web site; and more.”
— Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing