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37.2. About the Author

Who is this guy anyhow?

The author claims no credentials or special qualifications, [1] other than a compulsion to write. [2] This book is somewhat of a departure from his other major work, HOW-2 Meet Women: The Shy Man's Guide to Relationships. He has also written the Software-Building HOWTO. Of late, he has been trying his (heavy) hand at short fiction.

A Linux user since 1995 (Slackware 2.2, kernel 1.2.1), the author has emitted a few software truffles, including the cruft one-time pad encryption utility, the mcalc mortgage calculator, the judge Scrabble╝ adjudicator, the yawl word gaming list package, and the Quacky anagramming gaming package. He got off to a rather shaky start in the computer game -- programming FORTRAN IV on a CDC 3800 -- and is not the least bit nostalgic for those days.

Living in a secluded desert community with wife and orange tabby, he cherishes human frailty, especially his own. [3]



In fact, he is a school dropout and has no formal credentials or qualifications whatsoever. Aside from the ABS Guide, his main claim to fame is a First Place in the sack race at the Colfax Elementary School Field Day in June, 1958.


Those who can, do. Those who can't . . . get an MCSE.


Sometimes it seems as if he has spent his entire life flouting conventional wisdom and defying the sonorous Voice of Authority: "Hey, you can't do that!"