MacMania 7 Speakers

Panama Canal / So. Caribbean • November 3rd – 10th, 2007


Richard Dreyfuss recorded the voiceover to Apple's famous 1999 "Think Different" ad campaign which began, "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels ...". Prior and subsequent to this iconic cultural role, Mr. Dreyfuss has created a fabric of performance which has been celebrated with an Oscar for Best Actor for "The Goodbye Girl", Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in "Mr. Holland's Opus", and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A representative list of Mr. Dreyfuss' performances can be found at

Social and civic action are an element of Dreyfuss' accomplishments. He speaks and writes on "the issues of media informing policy, legislation, and public opinion in recent years; privacy, freedom of speech, democracy, individual accountability and the importance of teaching Civics in schools". [wikipedia]


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.

Janet's interest in teaching people how to utilize technology stems from her experience in the classroom as well as growing up in a family of educators. Janet's goal is to help other people find ways to make technology an invisible tool with which to explore the world.


Complete Bio for David found here


Jason Snell is editorial director at Mac Publishing, the publishers of Macworld,,,, and Through the years he's written dozens of Macworld cover stories and reviews of key Mac products, and he writes the magazine's monthly "From the Editor's Desk" column. He started writing about the Mac in 1993 at MacUser, and has worked at Macworld since 1997. He was the founder of one of the first Internet-based magazines, InterText, and in his spare time he edits He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and two children.


Randal L. Schwartz is a two-decade veteran of the software industry — skilled in software design, system administration, security, technical writing, and training. He has coauthored the "must-have" standards: Intermediate Perl, Learning Perl, Learning Perl for Win32 Systems, and Effective Perl Programming, as well as writing regular columns for PerformanceComputing, SysAdmin, and Linux magazines. He's also a frequent contributor to the Perl newsgroups and the "Perl Monastery" community (, and has moderated comp.lang.perl.announce since its inception. His offbeat humor and technical mastery have reached legendary proportions worldwide (but he probably started some of those legends himself). Randal's desire to give back to the Perl community inspired him to help create and provide initial funding for The Perl Institute. He is also a founding board member of the Perl Mongers (, the worldwide Perl grassroots advocacy organization. Since 1985, Randal has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc.

Since 1992, Randal has been developing Perl courseware and providing training to Fortune 500 companies across the United States, and training other trainers to do likewise.


Sal Soghoian 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.


Derrick Story is the managing editor of the O'Reilly Network, Mac DevCenter, and O'Reilly Digital Media. Derrick's experience includes more than 20 years as a photojournalist, a stint as the managing editor for Web Review, and a speaker for CMP, IDG, and O'Reilly conferences. He is the author of Digital Photography Hacks, Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed., and the PowerBook and iBook Fan Books. He coauthored iPhoto: The Missing Manual which is now in its fourth edition. Derrick likes to keep his shooting skills sharp by running his photography business, Story Photography. You can listen to his photo podcasts and read his tips at The Digital Story.

»» See Some of Derrick's Images From MacMania 4»»


Robin is the author of dozens of best-selling and award-winning books, including Mac OS X Tiger and Mac OS X Leopard, The Little Mac Book, The Non-Designer's Design Book, and co-author with John Tollett of Cool Mac Apps. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has educated and influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of graphic design, typography, the Mac, and the web.

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