Writer bios

August 10, 2007

Dave Parrack is a professional writer and blogger from England. He lives and breathes for writing, often publishing an article online before breakfast and after everyone else has gone to bed. He writes on a number of different subjects, all of which are passions of his. He blogs on British pop culture, and the British music scene, technology, gaming, and online media. Born in 1977, he’s a child of the computer generation, having some kind of PC or games machine in the house since as long as he can remember. He left school knowing he wanted to be a writer, it’s just taken him 10 years to get there. As well as writing articles for various outlets, he has a passion for poetry and fiction and one day aims to be published. In his spare time he enjoys loud gigs, watching funny television and frequenting a whole host of Internet forums and social networking sites.

Susan Wilson is a recovering attorney who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  She has been using computers since 1982 when CPM was the main operating system. Over the years she has owned both Macs and PCs and although she actually prefers the Macs, the PCs integrate best with both her budget and my office.  Over the last ten years she has built several computers for myself and friends, upgraded the computers she has bought, and otherwise experimented with different addons.

Of all of the gadgets that she has owned, and there have been many, Susan’s favorite is her Blackberry Curve.  She also have an AximX51v that is good for games and ereading since the screen is larger than her blackberry.

The rest of Susan’s life includes her partner of 17 years, their four dogs, four cats, son and daughter and their granddaughter.  She also has a house full of crochet projects and jewelry making supplies.

Susan looks upon her new writing career as a way to enjoy her love of technology and a cyber escape from the mounds of animal fur and yarn that seem to engulf her on a regular basis.

Mike Ferro is currently a Senior Software Engineer for one of the largest IT company in America. With extensive experience in software development and requirements analysis, he started writing freelance as a Technical Writer for various clients. Mike Ferro has written various articles for Software Quality Engineering Sticky Minds ranging from software performance tuning to white papers on agile development best practices. He is also extremely passionate about video gaming in general, practically owning every home system to hit the market. He plays on next gen systems such as the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii, but he also finds time to dust off his old Commodore 64 to play Beachhead.

John Lister (www.johnlisterwriting.com) is a freelance writer from England. Formerly the spokesman for Plain English Campaign, a pressure group aiming to improve public communication, he specialises in jargon-busting. As well as writing general news articles for national newspaper and magazines, he has written about technology for the Infopackets, Windows-Vista-Update and BrightHub websites. He also specialises in writing about the professional wrestling industry and has written two books on the subject.

Ronald O Carlson had been blogging since the before time (ie his first computer program was recorded on cassette tape) and his first hard drive cost about as much his current MacBook. His first byline was in 1993 for CompuTrade International, a rag he eventually helmed, and his last “real job” was with Shuttle, Inc, which makes those toaster oven-sized computers gamers like. Throughout it all he’s freelanced and blogged. He’s a graduate of Jamestown Community College (AS, Mathematics) and the University of Pittsburgh (BA, Chinese). He’s been married long enough to know better and has have two lovely, wonderful children. He looks forward to providing “y’all with news, views and not a little friction”.

Michael W. Jones is a writer and technologist, having spent 30 years in the software development field at all levels from code monkey to program manager, almost all of it as a consultant. Along the way, he has worked in a wide variety of industries and with an even wider variety of development technologies. Michael is a business management graduate that dove into computing immediately upon graduation and never looked back, and is primarily a self-taught geek. He has been blogging in the technical arena for two years. He lives now in Lawrence, Kansas after 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brian Liberatore is a daily newspaper reporter working in the United States. He now covers business and politics on the gulf coast of sunny Florida for the Fort Myers News-Press. Previously, Liberatore worked for daily newspapers in New York state, Pittsburgh and London. He also operates BML Content & Design, a Web design, copywriting and copyediting firm in Southwest Florida. He is an avid fan of technology and its affect on society, business and politics around the world.

Technology has forever changed the face of journalism. Success in media, Liberatore says, requires a deep understanding of technology.

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