The following people contributed their hacks, writing, and inspiration to this book:

  • Eric Cloninger was one of the original contributors to the Palm OS, working on tools for software developers. After 15 years in the Real World, Eric decided that living in a small town in Oklahoma wasn't so bad after all. When he's not writing software, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, tinkering with his John Deere tractor, and watching tornadoes roll across the plains. While he doesn't miss the traffic in the Big City, he does occasionally yearn for a Spicy Tuna Roll.

  • Jim Foley, a.k.a. The Elder Geek (, owns and operates a small consulting and web design firm in Cambridge, NY, that specializes in the integration of Windows XP technology into home and business environments. He is also the creator and owner of The Elder Geek on Windows XP, a web site that strives to provide relevant information related to Windows XP, including a notification service andWindows XP forum to keep readers informed of the latest XP tips, troubleshooting, and update developments.

  • Scot Finnie ( is a noted book and magazine article author who has been writing about computers, technology, and other subjects since 1983. His articles have appeared in PC Magazine, PC World, Computerworld, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and a long list of other magazines. He's the author of the biweekly email newsletter Scot's Newsletter, the editor of, and one of the founding editors of and Catch up with Scot at his web site,

  • Wei-Meng Lee is an experienced author and developer specializing in .NET technologies. He was awarded the Microsoft .NET Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in 2003. Besides .NET development, Wei-Meng maintains a keen interest in wireless technologies and has coauthored many books and articles on mobile applications development and XML technologies. He is the author of Windows XP Unwired (O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.).

  • Margaret Levine Young has coauthored many books, including The Internet for Dummies, Windows XP: The Complete Reference, UNIX for Dummies, Internet: The Complete Reference, and Poor Richard's Building Online Community. She has a B.A. in Computer Science from Yale and lives in Vermont.