My name is Mark Edward Soper, and I'm your blog host this session. Let's start out with some AQ (I'm omitting the 'F' because I don't know how frequently these questions have been asked).
Q. So what have you been up to the last 24 years?
A. I'm a technology survivor: I've survived the home computer/video game crash of 1983-84, the war between PC-DOS and CP/M (CP/M lost, by the way), the war between WordPerfect and MS Word (WordPerfect's still yelling 'it's only a flesh wound!'), the war between MS-DOS and DR-DOS, and the transformation of Microsoft Windows from a lousy word processing and drawing program to the most popular operating system (and biggest malware target) around.
Q. Sounds like you've had to reinvent yourself a few times.
A. Absolutely. And I don't see any signs of stopping. I spent most of the 1990's in three parts of the technology world at the same time: providing training for local and national clients (literally from Maine to Hawaii); writing several book-length training manuals (often after teaching a class all day); writing well over 125 magazine articles. I unpacked my suitcase in early 1999 and decided technology writing was a great way to get off the road.
Since then, I've authored or co-authored 18 books (number nineteen's on the way), and contributed to many more, on topics ranging from Windows Vista to broadband Internet, home networking to digital photography, and CompTIA A+ Certification to upgrading PCs. I've also written content for a major provider of online hardware and software tutorials and continue to show up on newsstands from time to time. I understand the constant need to learn, develop, grow, and change in this field because I've been doing it myself - and continue to do so.
Q. Are you still teaching?
A. Yes, I am. I teach a variety of short courses in subjects like digital photography, photo editing, and other applied technology topics for a local community college. It help keeps me in touch with users' needs and current technology.
Q. Why should I read your blog?
A. I'll keep you informed (and, sometimes, entertained) on a variety of topics: news, tips, and tricks for A+ Certification, Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista , digital imaging, PC upgrades, and wireless networking are some of the topics you can expect to see pop up here.
Q. I'm looking forward to it.
A. That was a statement, not a question...but that's all right. I am, too!
Q. One more question: what's with the three-name thing?
A. There's an actor named Mark Soper. He doesn't want to answer technology questions, and I don't want to be on Broadway. So far, it's working out pretty well.