Janet Hill has extensive experience in the educational technology field. Formerly a math and science teacher, Janet has a strong tie to education.
Janet received her education degree from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. She has Masters Degrees in Biology, Instructional Technology and Gifted Education. Janet is an avid ornithologist and enjoys yearly trips to South America to study birds and ecology.
Lesa Snider King is on a mission to teach the world to create (and use!) beautiful images. An honors graduate of the Art Institute of Dallas, she's been speaking at conferences and writing easy to follow, step-by-step tutorials at GraphicReporter.com since 2001. She is also a stock photographer and chief evangelist for iStockphoto.com and works with David Pogue on many projects. Lesa is the coauthor of Photoshop CS3: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, 2007), and writes regularly for NAPP, Macworld Magazine, Elements Techniques, and Layers.
Merlin Mann is the creator of and primary contributor for 43 Folders, a family of websites about personal productivity, "life hacks," and simple ways to make your life a little better.
Merlin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised on Florida's humid Suncoast. In his senior year of high school, Merlin dropped his 1st period BASIC class so he could strum Major7 chords in the school's stage band. Somewhere in this is a story that should tell you much of what you need to know about him.
In 1990 — despite turning in a wildly mediocre thesis on the ideological hegemony of television — Merlin was kindly awarded a B.A. from the most excellent New College of Florida.
Past lives have found Merlin toiling as a web developer, project manager, hardware store remodeler, reluctant telemarketer, and enthusiastic but unprofitable indie rock musician.
More recently, Merlin's writing has been carried in fine periodicals like WIRED, Make, Popular Science, and MacWorld, while 43 Folders has been featured favorably in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Time, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. 43F is enjoyed by over 100,000 unique (and very good-looking) visitors each month and is read each day by over 50,000 people via its oddly popular RSS feed. There's just no accounting for taste, is there?
Aside from writing for 43 Folders, Merlin is also the creator of The Merlin Show, 5ives, and 30 Seconds with Phone Guy. And, in addition to doing an occasional podcast for 43 Folders, Merlin is a host on the popular MacBreak video podcast as well as appearing as a regular guest on the MacBreak Weekly and This Week in Tech audio roundtables (both on Leo Laporte's TWiT network). Additionally, Merlin's a sought-after speaker and presenter who's delivered productivity talks at Apple, Google, Yahoo!, Adobe, Xerox PARC, as well as many other cool companies and organizations.
Since his origin as interstellar dust 15 billion years ago, Bebo White's interests have included computational physics, high energy physics, networked information retrieval, and programming languages, high performance computing, grid computing, and physics event visualization.
White has been described as "a historical Web artifact" because of his seminal involvement with World Wide Web technology and the introduction of the first website in the United States at the Stanford (University) Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). More precisely White is an information specialist who spent two decades addressing the computing challenges of the SLAC physics community.
Mr. White is internationally recognized as one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web. He was introduced to Web technology during a sabbatical at Geneva's European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in 1989. His 1991 team participation in implementing SLAC's website, early advocacy for the Web, and his intense and ongoing involvement in Web technology have earned him the tag "the first U.S. Webmaster."
The 1996 MicroTimes 100 listed Bebo White in the ranks fof those making outstanding contributions to personal computing. He is a member of the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2), and has been cited by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as having made significant contributions to the development of WWW. White became a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in April 2002.
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