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Ed Tittel is a 17-year computer industry veteran with an interesting background. A Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate, Ed started his academic career with undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology. Then, realizing the need for gainful employment, he moved into computer science. Ed spent his first six years in the industry writing code, primarily for database-related systems and applications, at companies like Information Research Associates (now known as Scientific and Engineering Software, Inc.), Michael Leesley Consulting, and at Schlumberger's Austin Research Center.

In 1986, Ed switched from staring at a CRT to the softer side of the business, moving into management and marketing. From 1988 to 1994, he was employed in a variety of positions at Novell, initially at Excelan (acquired by Novell in June 1989). Starting as a Networking Consultant for Excelan, he became a "talking head" for Novell as a National Marketing Manager, in early 1990. In that job, he averaged over 400,000 air miles per year, briefing top Novell clients around the country on planned technologies and products. His final position at Novell, as Director of Technical Marketing, commenced in early 1993. In that position, Ed oversaw technical content for corporate strategies, publications, trade shows, and developer conferences, including curriculum planning for BrainShare in 1993 and 1994.

At present, Ed's president of LANWrights, Inc., a small research and consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. He stays busy writing books and magazine articles, teaching, and consulting. Ed is also a member of the NetWorld + Interop Program Committee, where he specializes in networking industry topics, training, and intranet technologies. LANWrights' consulting customers include Microsoft, Novell, GTE, Softbank, and International Thomson, for whom LANWrights provides research, develop ment, and writing services.

Ed's recent training activities have included classes on Web site maintenance, with co-instructor David Strom, for NetWorld + Interop in Atlanta (1996) and Las Vegas (1997). He has also taught Windows NT-related classes for the American Research Group, at a variety of locations. Current activities include a class on "Windows NT Performance Monitoring and Tuning" for Softbank's NT Intranet Show (August, 1997), on "Windows NT Security Issues and Answers" for NetWorld + Interop in Atlanta (October, 1997), and on a variety of intranet-related topics for the Intranet Society's Intranet Installation and Operation Conference in Washington, DC (November, 1997).

Since 1987, Ed has been an active computer industry writer as well. He has over forty books to his credit, ranging from the best-selling NetWare for Dummies and HTML for Dummies (both in their 3rd editions; NetWare was co- authored with Deni Connor and Earl Follis, IDG Books, 1995; HTML was co- authored with Stephen N. James, IDG Books, 1997). Ed has written a variety of texts on Java, VRML, and CGI programming (all for IDG Books Worldwide). He is also the principal author of the AP Professional "Essentials series," co-authored with Margaret Robbins, which includes titles on network design, electronic mail, Internet access, and computer telephony.

At present, Ed is a principal author, and the Series Editor, for a forthcoming "Exam Cram" series for The Coriolis Group, which targets Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs) as its primary audience. Unlike conventional study guides for the MCSE exams, these books concentrate entirely on test preparation, and are both shorter and more focused than the study guides. The first four titles of this series, which cover Networking Essentials, Windows NT Server, Server in the Enterprise, and Windows NT Workstation, are due in bookstores in early October, 1997. An additional 6 titles for this series are already planned, including Internet Information Server, Windows 95, Microsoft Exchange, and TCP/IP, among other subjects.

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