Mel Beckman is the senior technical director for System iNEWS. Before that, he was a System iNEWS senior technical editor for more than 20 years. He has built two regional Internet service providers and is currently president of Beckman Software Engineering, a technical consultancy specializing in large-scale, high-bandwidth networks. His past clients include Apple Computer, the City and County of Santa Barbara, DuPont Displays, IBM, Loral Federal Systems, United Airlines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Mel has presented seminars on computer programming and network technology throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Mel's hundreds of articles about networks and software development have appeared in e-Pro, InfoWorld, System iNEWS, Macworld, PC World, and Windows IT Pro magazines. Mel has received numerous writing awards, including the Excellence and Distinguished Technical Communication awards from the Society for Technical Communication. He co-authored, with Gartner research director John Enck, the book LAN to WAN Interconnection, which has been translated into more than six languages, including Chinese. Mel's personal interests include playing the classical guitar, flying helicopters, and studying marine biology, but not all at the same time.