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One of the best reasons to attend the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference is the unprecedented gathering of top-notch presenters, leaders, and experts. Core developers, unique users, and visionaries share their knowledge with you to help you solve your computing or programming challenges. You won't find a gathering like this at any other conference.

Chris Adamson
Chris Adamson is the Associate Online Editor for O'Reilly's Java sites ONJava and java.net, is a community manager for java.net's Mac community, and is the author of O'Reilly's upcoming QuickTime for Java: A Developer's Notebook. He also consults on Java Media projects, in the form of his Atlanta-based consulting company Subsequently and Furthermore, Inc. Scott Anguish
As a senior technical writer for Apple's Cocoa & Developer Tools group, Scott Anguish is responsible for creating and updating documentation for Apple's Cocoa APIs. Anguish joined Apple's Technical Publications department after co-writing Cocoa Programming, for SAMS. In 1994, he created Stepwise.com, a portal related to NeXT technologies. Today Stepwise serves as a community clearinghouse for the Mac OS X technology platform, as well as Cocoa and WebObjects development articles. Anguish started developing for the Macintosh in 1984. Upon seeing NeXTStep in 1992 he was hooked on the possibilities of a unified imaging model and a pure object-oriented system. Timothy Appnel
Timothy Appnel has 13 years of corporate IT and Internet systems development experience and is the Principal of Appnel Internet Solutions, a technology consultancy specializing in Movable Type and TypePad systems. In addition to being a technologist, Tim has a background in publications, which included co-founding and managing Oculus Magazine, a free indie music and arts zine, for over seven years. He is an occasional contributor to the O'Reilly Network and maintains a personal weblog of his thoughts, tima thinking outloud. Clint Bajakian
Clint Bajakian is Senior Music Supervisor at Sony Computer Entertainment America. A composer, sound designer and audio producer with over 13 years game industry experience, Bajakian is credited in over 80 game titles. From 2000-2004, he co-managed The Bay Area Sound Department with sound designer Julian Kwasneski, providing audio production services to the game industry. Prior to Bay Area Sound, Clint was Composer and Sound Design Supervisor at LucasArts Entertainment Company from 1991-2000. His score for Outlaws won the Outstanding Achievement Award from Computer Gaming World magazine in 1996. Other scores have been nominees or recipients of awards including Escape from Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and The Infernal Machine, and Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb. Bajakian is vice-president of the non-profit Game Audio Network Guild (www.audiogang.org) to promote excellence in interactive audio and has served on the steering committee of the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group (www.iasig.com). Bajakian holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Michael Bartosh
Michael Bartosh is President of 4am Media, Inc. A former Systems Engineer with Apple, he now provides technology training and consulting centering around Apple and Mac OS X. Bartosh specialized in cross platform directory services integration, enterprise infrastructures, and client management. He is an Apple Authorized Trainer and his company, 4am Media, Inc., is an Apple Professional Services provider and member of the Apple Consultants Network. David Battino
David Battino, a lifelong musician, majored in philosophy at Oberlin College but spent most of his time tormenting synthesizers in the Oberlin Conservatory's electronic music studios. He is the founding editor of Music & Computers magazine and the Desktop Music Production Guide, and has covered music technology for Electronic Musician, Keyboard, MacAddict, MacHome, Maximum PC, and Productopia.com. David was also Technology Editor for Revolution, the biggest launch in music-magazine history, where he designed and produced the monthly CD-ROM. He is on the steering committee for the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group (www.IASIG.org) and has designed sounds for Lazer-Tron arcade games and Ray Charles's album My World. His debut book, The Art of Digital Music, comes out in January 2005 from Backbeat Books. Visit batmosphere for links to David's articles, music, and more. Niel Bornstein
Niel Bornstein is a Senior Architect in Novell Consulting's Linux and Open Source practice. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, he has spent 14 years working on corporate and commercial client-server, N-tier, and web-hosted applications, in an impressively random assortment of industries. He lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and son, an array of animals, and a few glowing boxes. He is the author of .NET and XML and co-author of Mono: A Developer's Notebook. Chris Bourdon
Chris Bourdon is the Senior Product Line Manager for Mac OS X at Apple Computer Inc. where he is responsible for marketing Mac OS X and its innovative technologies.  Oliver Breidenbach
Oliver Breidenbach is a figurehead of Boinx Software, a developer based in Munich, Germany, dedicated to providing software that is fun and entertaining to the creative professionals, digital hub users, students and educators worldwide. Boinx iStopMotion, the premier stop motion animation and time lapse tool on Mac OS X, has won the O'Reilly Mac OS X Innovators Contest, international category, in 2003 and continues to wow the critics. Karl Byas
Karl Byas is currently in charge of IT operations for the School of Architecture and Design at American University of Sharjah. He has been a Mac user since 1985 and a Mac OS X user since the release of OS X Server 1.0. Karl's primary career focus since the early 90's is the integration of digital media in design education. When not messing with computers, Karl prefers to be on a river in his kayak or wadi bashing in the desert. Mike Clark
Mike Clark is an independent consultant, author, trainer, and programmer. He's the co-author of Agile Web Development with Rails, author of Pragmatic Project Automation, and co-teaches Pragmatic Studio: Ruby on Rails. He helped build one of the first commercial Rails applications and continues working on other Rails projects through his company, Clarkware Consulting.

Stewart Copeland

"I'm more fanatic, more a complete gearhead, than I ever was before," says Stewart Copeland, co-founder and drummer of The Police, about re-entering the rock world after a ten-year hiatus during which he became an acclaimed film composer. "I'm doing it for the fun of it. I even love practicing. Every time I sit at the drums now, I realize it's a gift."

Beginning with a 2000 call from Primus leader Les Claypool to join Phish's Trey Anastacio in the jam band trio Oysterhead, and most recently an invitation from Ray Manzarek to help resurrect the legendary Doors, Copeland has stepped outside the film scoring studios and returned to the rock stage.

"Film composing is a better job than rock star," says Copeland, whose upcoming credits include the feature I Am David as well as Showtime's "Dead Like Me," for which he just received an Emmy nomination. "But there's nothing like the instant gratification of 50,000 people in a stadium yelling 'Yeah!'"

Copeland has of late also probed The Police catalog with what he has dubbed "derangements." "They are Police tracks lobotomized to concoct new recordings," he explains. Mixing live and studio versions, instrumental tracks of an original with the vocals from a later version, the jam from mid-"Roxanne" with the lyrics to "So Lonely," and so on, these derangements are expected to be heard as bonus tracks on new reissues following the 2002 release of The Very Best Of...Sting & The Police.

For the member of The Police, a band that exited the stage as the world's most popular--sales of more than 60,000,000 albums and winner of five Grammy awards--a homecoming of a more unusual nature involves The Doors. "I'm in the bullseye of The Doors' fan base. 'Strange Days' transformed my life. When I sat in to rehearse, I already knew all the songs. Playing 'L.A. Woman' and 'Light My Fire,' I'm 13 again trying to master John Densmore's licks."

Even before The Police went into hibernation as a group in 1986, Copeland had begun to move beyond the rock arena by creating the memorable score to Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film, Rumblefish. Copeland thus became one of the first rockers to move into film composing. Earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Score, he has since gone on to write some of the most innovative and groundbreaking music on screen.

His adventurous style, fed by a lifelong interest in exotic music (he was raised in Egypt, Lebanon, England, and California), brought him to the attention of Oliver Stone, for whom he scored Wall Street and Talk Radio. He has enjoyed successful collaborations with other acclaimed directors as well, including Bruce Beresford (Silent Fall), John Hughes (She's Having A Baby), John Waters (Pecker), Ken Loach (Riff-Raff, Hidden Agenda, Raining Stones) and Bruno Barretto (Four Days In September). He has also been heard with cutting edge scores to Wide Sargasso Sea, Rapa Nui, and Fresh, and on recent films from Deuces Wild to She's All That to Very Bad Things. While he does studio films, Copeland notes his niche is art movies: "A Robin Hood policy of taking from the rich and giving to the poor."

Copeland has also ventured into other musical worlds--opera, ballet and orchestra. "The success of The Police was an enabler," he says, "encouraging and empowering me to explore more original music. It never bothered me that I was learning in public; perhaps that's the best way to learn because you don't fit into a box. It wasn't so much thinking outside the box," he adds with a laugh, "but 'What box?'"

He composed King Lear for the San Francisco Ballet and Holy Blood And Crescent Moon for the Cleveland Opera, performed by a 90-piece orchestra and 60-member chorus. He penned the new Horse Opera, commissioned and broadcast by the U.K.'s Channel 4, and wrote the music for the one-act opera Cask Of Amontillado, based on the short story by Edgar Allen Poe, and Ballet Oklahoma's Prey.

In 1993, Copeland made his first appearance as a Featured Guest Percussionist with a major symphony orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, performing original compositions including a world premiere entitled Solcheeka and an excerpt from The Stars That Played With Luck Joe's Cards. In 1995, a collection of his compositions was recorded with the Albany Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Alan Miller and with Miller's avant-garde ensemble The Dogs Of Desire. Between those two efforts, he headlined a national tour featuring a diverse group of musicians including UAKTI from Brazil, Percussion de Guinea, Vinx, and Ray Lema, supporting his solo album The Rhythmatist. (His other solo album, under the pseudonym Klark Kent, was 1980's eccentric Music Madness From The Kinetic Kid.)

Copeland also performs worldwide in the format called orchestrali, for which he travels on tour and to festivals where a 20-piece orchestra plays his arrangements of original opera, ballet, etc. Additionally, he has delved into interactive media by scoring the PlayStation series Spyro The Dragon.

For more than a decade, however, he put aside his rock 'n' roll drumming. "You do less and less and eventually none at all," he says. Then came Oysterhead. When they first convened, he was "completely blown away with their virtuosity and that we were all on the same musical wavelength." The 2001 album The Grand Pecking Order and a one-month tour followed.

"In film, you're no longer the artist, the director is, so you serve someone else's vision. That's fine; I'm a team player and since your collaborator is not a musician you get to do all the music yourself. But bands are intense experiences. The tour was a blast of fun, energy, and excitement. When you're a kid you have to take on the world. But with this I could just keep my head down and bang away on the drums." An album follow-up is likely in the near future, as is an album from the new Doors.

From the very beginning, says Copeland of The Police, "we assumed we would achieve world domination. We wouldn't have done it otherwise." Accomplishing that, the band's success has helped propel Stewart Copeland's own original work onto the classical stage and the silver screen, creating one of the most fascinating bodies of work of any modern musician.

mmalcolm Crawford
Malcolm Crawford works in Apple's Technical Publications Group. Prior to joining Apple, Malcolm was an Apple Certified Trainer, teaching WebObjects and Cocoa Development classes. He was a founder and principal in Cassini Division, a company specialising in content management systems, and in the construction of custom software solutions for small companies through to major corporations. He is also a contributing editor to the Stepwise website. James Duncan Davidson
James Duncan Davidson is a freelance author, software developer, and consultant focusing on Mac OS X and related technologies. He is the author of Running Mac OS X Panther, the coauthor of Mac OS X Panther Hacks (with Rael Dornfest) , the coauthor of Learning Cocoa with Objective-C (with Apple Computer, Inc.), and the coauthor of Cocoa in a Nutshell (with Michael Beam), all published by OReilly Media, as well as publisher of his own web site, x180 Francois Joseph de Kermadec
Currently a student, F.J. has been a Mac enthusiast for as long as he can remember. A full-time Mac OS X user since the 10.0.4 release, he began posting on the Apple Discussions in February 2002, where he enjoys helping fellow Mac users and writing user-contributed FAQs. An active member of many online and offline Mac communities, F.J. focuses on troubleshooting issues, switching "propaganda" and integrating Macs into educational workflows. He also contributes to various printed Mac publications, including the French magazine "MacAndCo" and the highly successful Mac OS X Panther Hacks book. More information about him can be found on his web site, FJZone.org. Steve Dekorte
Steve Dekorte is an independent shareware developer. He is the creator of SoundConverter and other shareware and free OSX applications. His side project is the Io programming language, an open source, pure object oriented scripting language which has an Objective-C bridge for OSX development. Jason Deraleau
Jason Deraleau has been a computer enthusiast since the Commodore 64. Having spent time focusing on DOS, Windows, Linux and FreeBSD, his newest passion is the Macintosh and Mac OS X. He currently works as a Systems Administrator for a small manufacturing company and moonlights as an IT consultant. Breandan Dezendorf
Breandan Dezendorf currently works as a Network Systems Engineer at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. A Macintosh user since the release of the Mac 512K, he switched full time to Max OS X with the release of the Public Beta, and has never looked back. Currently he spends his time maintaining servers, dealing with networking issues and working on perl scripts. Recently, he has started dabbling with Solaris and Linux, but usually can't be bothered to use anything but Mac OS X. Derrick Donnelly

Derrick Donnelly currently serves as the CTO of BlackBag Technologies, a leading provider of multi-platform forensic software and hardware solutions. Prior to BlackBag, he spent several years leading the IT Security Department at Apple Computer where he architected and deployed secure computer/network solutions and oversaw all technical investigations and forensic analysis. Focusing on protecting Apple's intellectual property, he played key roles in securely implementing iTunes, .Mac and the Apple online stores.

Before joining Apple, he served as a federal law enforcement officer for the Competition Bureau (Industry Canada) in Ottawa, Canada managing the computer forensics group, and lecturing at the Canadian Police College. He also worked closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police where he assisted on examinations of computers involved in many forms of crimes. Considered one of the foremost experts in Macintosh forensic analysis, he developed and delivered the first course at the Canadian Police College dedicated to Macintosh forensics. He has been a regular instructor for the FBI Computer Analysis and Response Team (CART) for the past eight years and has taught numerous other international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. He was also asked to participate in the first working groups on computer forensic training and cross border search and seizures at the United States Department of Justice.

He attended St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada where he studied Information Systems.

Steven Doyle
Steven Doyle manages IT for 3 disparate schools within Edith Cowan University's Faculty of Communications and Creative Industries - the School of Communications & Multimedia, the School of Contemporary Arts and the world-renowned West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

ECU is a multi-campus university in Perth, WA. His diverse challenges include CAD labs, recording studios, professional quality photographic facilities and balancing the IT requirements of over 4000 students from Australia and overseas!

Sean Fitzroy
Sean Fitzroy is an award-winning filmmaker, video editor and technical consultant. He is currently a member of the full-time faculty in the Multimedia and Web Design Department at The New England Institute of Art, where he designed the curriculum for the baccalaureate concentration in Digital Video. Steve Gehrman
Steve Gehrman is the president of CocoaTech. He is the creator of Path Finder, a popular software program for Mac OS X. Steve was one of the original designers of "Final Draft" screenwriting software for Macintosh, which is used extensively in the movie and TV industry. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two cats. Richard Glaser
Richard Glaser is a member of the steering committee leading the Mac OS X Lab Deployment Project (www.macosxlabs.org). He administrates the web, file, email and discussion forums servers for the project and has contributed much of the project's web documentation and content. He has presented at Macworld 2004 on Radmind, WWDC 2004 on Application Management, and numerous other topics for the Mac OS X Labs project. Currently, he is the system administrator for Student Computing Labs at the University of Utah, managing 350 Macs used by students, staff and faculty and providing support for campus managers and users. Adam Goldstein
Adam Goldstein got his programming start in Kindergarten, when he first played around with Logo on an old Apple II. Through middle school, Adam wrote useless but amusing HyperCard programs. Nowadays, he runs GoldfishSoft, a shareware company that makes games and utilities for Mac OS X. Adam was a technical editor for O'Reilly's best-selling Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, and an editor for Mac OS X Panther Power User. When he's not writing books or code, Adam attends high school in New Jersey, where he is captain of the Debate and Quizbowl teams and an editor of the school paper. Stuart Halloway
Stuart Dabbs Halloway is a co-founder of Relevance, LLC. He is the author of Component Development for the Java Platform. Halloway regularly speaks at industry events including the No Fluff, Just Stuff Java Symposiums and the Pragmatic Studio.

Kurt Heiden
Kurt Heiden has been active with computer audio since 1988. An award-winning sound designer and composer who has worked for Interplay Productions, 7th Level and Sierra, his credits include The Bard's Tale II, Battle Chess and Return to Krondor. He has been an author of monthly articles on music and audio for the webzine www.mac-nut.com. Over the last eight years, Kurt has held marketing roles for audio companies including Roland, Creative Labs and SRS Labs. Kurt was a key player in the success of EAX (Environmental Audio Extensions) at Creative Labs, and the adoption of SRS Circle Surround on hundreds of TV and radio broadcasts including the Academy Awards, Tony Awards, Frasier, Becker, Girlfriends, ESPN sports events and others. He is Co-Chairman of the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group, an organization which, since 1994, has sought to improve the tools used by audio professionals through proposals to standards bodies. Andy Hertzfeld
Andy was a principal member of the original Macintosh team, writing much of the original operating system and user interface toolbox for Apple's revolutionary computer. He left Apple in 1984 and has since co-founded three innovative companies: Radius (1986), General Magic (1990) and Eazel (1999). He is passionate about making computers easier and more fun to use, and is convinced that developing and improving free software is the best way to do that. Aaron Hillegass
Aaron Hillegass is the author of "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X" and a co-author of "Core Mac OS X and Unix Programming." As an instructor for Big Nerd Ranch, Inc., Aaron teaches fabulous Cocoa and PostgreSQL classes in a retreat-like setting. Before the Big Nerd Ranch, Aaron worked at NeXT and Apple. Wiley Hodges

Wiley Hodges is the Senior Product Line Manager for Developer Products at Apple Computer Inc., where he is responsible for marketing for Xcode, Java, WebObjects, AppleScript, and other technologies that affect developers on Mac OS X. His first Mac programming experience was writing HyperCard XCMDs in Pascal in the 1980s, which put him on a path that led eventually to UNIX and object-oriented programming.

Throughout his professional career he has stayed close to development as well as open source technologies, working at technology companies including NeXT Software, Sendmail, Inc., and Apple Computer, Inc.

Andy Ihnatko
Andy Ihnatko describes himself as America's 42nd Most-Beloved Industry Figure, because "It's vaguely credible-sounding but impossible to really prove or disprove, and thus is exactly the sort of tag I'd been looking for."

A regular columnist for Macintosh magazines for over a decade (and currently Macworld's opinion columnist), Andy has been named to the Power 25 list of the Macintosh industry's most influential people every year since the list's inception, and has written two books. He has also contributed to "Playboy," "Yahoo! Internet Life" and "too many online publications to rationally count." His writings have been incorporated into college curriculum and been licensed by NASA.

Though proud of the above accomplishments, Ihnatko is nonetheless resigned to the fact that he'll probably be best-known for creating "The Original MacQuarium," a 50-page book of plans and instructions for converting any Classic-style Macintosh into a functional 2.5-gallon aquarium. Published in 1993 as one of the Internet's first e-Books, it's provided Ihnatko with a steady stream of emails from new and happy MacQuarium builders.

Ihnatko is The Chicago Sun-Times' technology columnist. He lives in Boston with his two goldfish, Click and Drag. His website (and well-thumbed blog) can be found at www.andyi.com.

Peter Kirn
Peter Kirn is a composer, digital musician/artist, and leading writer and instructor on computer music. Specializing in making digital music techniques accessible to wide audiences, he has been a regular faculty member at Macworld and other tech conferences, has taught college-level computer music at Sarah Lawrence and Hunter Colleges, and has written for Macworld and Keyboard magazines. His work as a composer and media artist has been presented internationally, from Korea to Bulgaria and throughout the US, and televised in Canada and Europe. His upcoming book Real World Digital Music is planned for a release in early 2005 by Peachpit Press. Scott Knaster
Scott Knaster has been writing about Macs for as long as there have been Macs. His books How to Write Macintosh Software and Macintosh Programming Secrets were required reading for Mac programmers for more than a decade. He has written books for non-programmers, too, including his latest, Hacking iPod and iTunes, and Mac Toys (with John Rizzo). Scott has every issue of Mad magazine, which explains a lot about his philosophy of life. Josh Knowles
Josh Knowles runs Frescher-Southern, an organization that puts on digital music events in Austin, Texas. He has performed live electronic music around Texas and the nation for years, playing shows with many luminaries of the digital music world. In addition to performing, he has lectured about digital audio synthesis to the Austin Museum of Digital Art and as a guest lecturer at the University of Texas. He holds an honors degree in literature and creative writing from the University of Texas and works during the day as a programmer for BMC Software. Ted Landau
Ted Landau is the author of Sad Macs, Bombs, and Other Disasters and Mac OS X Disaster Relief. He is the founder and original editor of the MacFixIt website and a contributing editor for Macworld magazine. Landau has been twice listed by the MDJ as one of the twenty-five most influential people in the Mac community. Sam Levin

Sam Levin Co-Founded the Stanford Mac Users' Group in 1985, and has worked with leading Macintosh developers on business development, licensing, and strategic market development. Sam Directed licensing and business development initiatives for leading companies such as Axio, Broderbund, Chronos, Connectix, DVForge, Fathom Pictures, Mattel, IBM Multimedia, IXLA, iSkin, Jiiva, Keyspan, Microsoft, MYOB, LandWare, Nova Development, Totally Hip Software, Virgin Interactive, Y-E Data and more.

Sam has been using Macs for 20 years, as well as tied into the world of handheld and digital imaging, providing him a special angle on personal computing and consumer electronics.

Merlin Mann
Merlin Mann is a writer and technology sciolist living in San Francisco. A Mac user since 1987, Merlin has worked as a designer, web developer, project manager, and musician. Best known for the popular 5ives.com and the smash productivity site, 43Folders.com, Merlin’s work has also appeared in _WIRED_ and been heard on NPR’s _Morning Edition_. Merlin answers email faster than phone calls and is probably making coffee somewhere right now. Allan Marcus
John McDermon and Allan Marcus have been Mac users since 1985, and John a UNIX administrator since 1992. John currently leads a team of administrators responsible for Mac, Windows, and UNIX clients and servers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Allan manages a number of Linux and Mac servers at LANL, and is chairperson of the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Mac User Group. John McDermon
John McDermon and Allan Marcus have been Mac users since 1985, and John a UNIX administrator since 1992. John currently leads a team of administrators responsible for Mac, Windows, and UNIX clients and servers at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Allan manages a number of Linux and Mac servers at LANL, and is chairperson of the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Mac User Group. Vikki Merriman
Vikki Merriman is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Digital Loom, a multimedia design firm in Camrbidge, MA. She is currently directing Gone Silent, a documentary about the life and work of Gnutella pioneer Gene Kan. Vikki holds a degree in Visual Arts from Harvard University and is currently on faculty at the New England Institute of Art. Gordon Meyer
Gordon Meyer is a a software engineer, ethnographer, and author. His house in Silicon Valley is fully automated and controlled by a talking computer that wakes his family in the morning, keeps an eye on the dog during the day, and alerts him to missed phone calls and package deliveries. Jason Moore
Jason Moore is studying Computer Music and Multimedia Composition at Brown University, where he serves as the resident interface wizard for live performance. Hacking everything from old photographic equipment to military/industrial surplus, he creates musical environments which more closely resemble a madman's workshop than a professional studio. Currently, he is studying mediated surveilance technology in support of his master's thesis, which he hopes to complete next spring. Philippe Mougin
Philippe Mougin specializes in object-oriented technologies and enterprise systems. He is the creator of F-Script, an open-source object-oriented scripting language for Cocoa, and OOPAL, a high-level programming model based on the integration of array programming and object-oriented programming. Tom Negrino
Tom Negrino is an author and consultant. He began writing for Macworld in 1987, where he was a contributing editor until 2004. He has been writing books about computers since 1994, and has authored 22 books since, for Peachpit Press, O'Reilly Media, Microsoft Press, and others. Some selected titles include Mac OS X Unwired (with Dori Smith); Keynote Visual QuickStart Guide; and Microsoft Office v. X Inside Out. Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien writes about technological culture. As a consultant, he helped formulate online strategies for the Guardian, and helped launch Richard Branson's Virgin Net ISP. He's chiefly known as the editor of Need To Know http//www.ntk.net, a sarcastic British tech newsletter read by opinion formers worldwide.

Christopher Pavicich
Christopher Pavicich is a Software Engineer with the Walt Disney Internet Group. In has spare time he enjoys writing software for Mac OS X. David Pogue
David Pogue is the weekly technology columnist for the New York Times. He is also the #1 best-selling Macintosh author, having authored "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" and several other titles in the Missing Manual series, which he created. Ernest Prabhakar
As Product Line Manager for Development Platforms, Ernest Prabhakar is responsible for Open Source, Java and XML technologies at Apple. Since joining the company in 1997, Prabhakar has driven a number of new product initiatives at Apple, including the launch of Mac OS X Server and Darwin, Apple's Open Source operating system based on BSD technology. He has been developing on UNIX and Mac OS X-related technology for over fifteen years, beginning with BSD 4.2 at MIT's Project Athena.

Prabhakar received his S.B. in Physics from MIT and his Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics from Caltech.

Francis Preve
Francis Preve has worked in every area of the music and audio technology industries, from composition/production for major labels to software development and consulting for companies like NemeSys/Tascam and Antares. An award-winning producer and remixer since 1988, his credits include Salt-n-Pepa, Orbital, Utah Saints, Beborn Beton and many others. Preve is also an accomplished journalist and author. He has been a Contributing Editor for Keyboard Magazine since 2000 and has written two books on music software with an emphasis on OS X, Power Tools for Looping Software and Power Tools for GarageBand. Lenn Pryor
Lenn Pryor is the co-host of "The Engadget Podcast" with Phil Torrone on Engadget.com, a blog with a focus on bleeding edge tech, gadgetry, and the latest technology memes. During the day he toils for Microsoft running the Channel 9 video blog for developers. James Reynolds
James Reynolds is a member of the University of Utah's Student Computing Labs Mac Group. His main duty is the deployment of Mac OS X. Most of his responsibilities include the OS customizations, scripts, and security of the Mac OS X lab and kiosk computers supported by SCL. Joseph Saracino
Joseph Saracino is Manager of Plug-In Development and Developer Technical Support at Digidesign.  He is responsible for all internal signal processing and plug-in development as well as support of the more than 100 third-party plug-in developers who use Digidesign's several SDKs and plug-in formats.  He has been with Digidesign for nearly eight years and worked as a contributing engineer up until the last two (when he switched over to the dark side and began managing full-time).  Prior to Digidesign, he spent two years working at Apple Computer. Dan Shafer
Dan Shafer is a long-time computer book author, lecturer, and software developer known for his advocacy on behalf of “inventive users,” a category of technology users he defined under that rubric in the 1970’s. The author of more than 60 published computer titles, Dan is a frequent contributor to magazines on subjects such as end-user and visual programming, Web development, and online community creation and management. He was the first Webmaster and Director of Technology for Salon.com and for more than four years was CNET.com’s Master Builder. An expert at using the cross-platform development tool Runtime Revolution, Dan has authored a book on that product, spoken at international conferences, and has designed and managed the development of several projects in OS X targeted for cross-platform deployment. He and his wife, Carolyn, and their dog Einstein, live in Monterey. Scott Sheppard
Scott Sheppard is the founder and editor of the VERY popular Macintosh Web Site, OSXFAQ. He is the Executive Producer/Host of the nationally syndicated broadcast radio show "Inside Mac". Scott has been using Apple computers for more than 25 years, as well as spending many years as a Wintel user, giving him the unique perspective of having spent a lot of time on both sides of the computer fence. Brent Simmons
Brent Simmons, along with his wife Sheila, owns and runs Ranchero Software, creator of the popular Mac OS X feedreader NetNewsWire. Brent has released some components of NetNewsWire as open source, including RSS and OPML parsers and an XML-RPC client. He has been programming since he got his first computer, an Apple II Plus. Rob Simon
Optimus Rob began scoring electronic scoundscapes in 2001 after withdrawing from his final semester at UNC-Chapel Hill as a political science major. Using an educational loan, he invested nearly $6,000 in a mobile production studio with a G4 Powerbook at its heart. Over the past three years, Rob has developed techniques that can unleash the factory-installed suite of iApps into a complete production environment capable of professional grade CD manufacturing via iTunes and live video manipulation using iMovie. Using these methods, he has launched the production entity Attention Kid Deficit that relies solely on Macs for the promotion and recording of its artists while rivaling the quality of corporate labels. Doug Simons
Doug Simons has been creating software since before the dawn of the PC. In that far-distant past he created an early spreadsheet and a word-processor. He has worked with Objective-C (using Cocoa and its predecessors) since the early NeXT days, creating a HyperCard-like program for the NeXT computer. Currently his creative energies are devoted to Eggplant and the SenseTalk scripting language at Redstone Software. Dori Smith
Dori Smith is co-author of Mac OS X Unwired and JavaScript for the WWW: Visual QuickStart Guide, 5th Edition, author of Java 2 for the WWW: Visual QuickStart Guide, and a contributor to numerous online and print magazines. She is on the Steering Committee for the Web Standards Project, and is Publisher and ListMom for the Wise-Women's Web organization. Sal Soghoian
Sal Soghoian is an AppleScript Product Manager, Worldwide Product Marketing for Apple. He is widely touted as "the" AppleScript Guru and driving force behind the continued expansion and acceptance of AppleScript. He began scripting in 1992, after discovering AppleScript could automate the publishing-related tasks at his service bureau. After spending years as an early "online evangelist," Sal continued to serve the AppleScript community as the AppleScript Product Manager at Apple. Throughout his tenure, AppleScript's importance, use, and integration has grown, becoming the indispensable tool for automation and communication on the Mac. Xander Soren
As the Product Line Manager for consumer audio applications at Apple, Xander Soren is a senior member of the iLife marketing team, responsible for the product definition and worldwide marketing of GarageBand and its supporting products. In a former role, Soren was the original product manager for iTunes, participated in the planning and launch of iPod, and was one of the product designers for GarageBand, Soundtrack and Apple Loops. Soren joined Apple in 2001 after working at Sonic Foundry, where he managed the product marketing of their consumer software line. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Fraser Speirs
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Ben Stanfield is the Executive Editor and Founder of MacSlash, your daily dose of Mac News and Discussion. He founded MacSlash while studying journalism at Penn State in 2000 and has kept it running smoothly and surely since then. MacSlash is now seen by a million people each month, and covers all mac topics from A to Z and most of the letters in the middle. Except H. We're not big fans of H. Daniel Steinberg
Daniel Steinberg is the editor-in-chief of O'Reilly Media's Java publications java.net and ONJava.com. Damien Stolarz
Damien Stolarz is an entrepreneur with fifteen years of experience making computers talk to each other. He is the CEO of both Robotarmy Corp., a software/R&D consultancy, and Carbot, Inc. an in-car computer company. He authored "Mastering Internet Video" (Addison-Wesley, 2004). Stolarz holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Engineering from UCLA. Scott Tusa
Scott Tusa a.k.a Emergent is a well requested DJ/producer. He runs Soltek productions and is constantly looking for new ways to expand on Digital music, and has incorporated Computer based improvisation into his DJ'ing and composing in order to expand on the capabilities of what normal sequencing techniques can accomplish. He is a graduate of Berklee college of music has years of traditional musical experience and training under his belt, and through computer based improvisation continues to forward the ever growing creativity surrounding Digital music today. Mark Vail
Mark Vail teaches Propellerhead Reason to middle-school students at The Harker School in San Jose, California. He's the author of Vintage Synthesizers (1993, 2000) and The Hammond Organ: Beauty in the B (1998, 2002), and was a member of Keyboard magazine's editorial staff from January 1988 to April 2001. Vail holds an MFA in electronic music and the recording media (Mills College, Oakland, California, 1983). Kevin van Vechten
Kevin van Vechten is core team member of the Open Darwin project and a significant contributor to the Darwin ports project. Dan Wood
Dan Wood is the president of Karelia Software, LLC. He is the creator of Watson, a popular Mac OS X software program that accesses a variety of web services. Wood is also the creator of CURLHandle, an open source Cocoa framework that is used for transport by a number of other Mac OS X applications, including Spring, Aizai, Konfabulator, and iConquer 2. He is hard at work on his next software product.

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