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When Sharon Zardetto Aker wrote her first computer book, her sons were not even in preschool; now they’re both out of college. She has a long Mac history, starting with a 1984 Mac (128K of memory, 400K floppy disks), and articles in the earliest issues of Macworld and the premiere issue (and every one thereafter, for many years) of MacUser. Her nearly a thousand magazine articles over the years include a regular MacUser column on portable computing. Her 20 or so books include many editions of The Macintosh Bible, as well as The Mac Almanac—whose especial claim to fame is having been part of an answer on the Jeopardy board—on TV, not the play-at-home version. (The correct question was: “What is a computer?” Really!)
After an almost 5-year hiatus from writing, during which she designed and programmed databases, and created online educational material for pharmaceutical firms, she decided to dive back in with Take Control ebooks. You can send her email about this title at email@example.com; she can’t promise a response to every email, but does promise to read every one.
On the personal side of things, Sharon notes that she met her husband in an Apple Computer store. (Double-sided floppies had also just been introduced.)
First, I’d like to blame—no, no, I mean thank—Tonya and Adam Engst, who convinced me to write a book about fonts when what I really wanted to do was write about FileMaker.
Thanks to all the Control Freaks for their time and efforts, with extra to Joe Kissell and especially to Tom Gewecke for his above-and-beyond correspondence; Andy Baird for the flowchart graphic; Lea Galanter for her professional nitpickiness; and, as usual and always, Rich.
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Thanks to Chris and Elaine, and to Jane Bruce-Robertson, for helping with childcare.