About The Author

Mark L. Chambers


Mark and James

Mark and good friend James behind the wheel of his 1964 Cadillac “Princess Grace”


Mark L. Chambers has been an author, computer consultant, BBS sysop, programmer, and hardware technician for almost 40 years - pushing computers and their uses far beyond "normal" performance limits for decades now. His first love affair with a computer peripheral blossomed in 1983 when he bought his lightning-fast 300 BPS modem for his Atari 400. Now he spends entirely too much time on the Internet and drinks far too much caffeine-laden soda.


With a degree in journalism and creative writing from Louisiana State University, Mark took the logical career choice: programming computers. However, after five years as a COBOL programmer for the Louisiana state hospital system, he decided there must be a better way to earn a living, and he became the Documentation Manager for Datastorm Technologies, a well-known communications software developer. Somewhere in between writing software manuals, Mark began writing computer how-to books. His first book, Running a Perfect BBS, was published in 1994 - and after a few short decades of fun (disguised as hard work!), Mark is one of the most productive and best-selling technology authors on the planet.


Along with writing several books a year and editing whatever his publishers throw at him, Mark has also branched out into Web-based education, designing and teaching a number of online classes. His favorite pastimes include collecting gargoyles, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, playing his three pinball machines and the latest computer games, supercharging computers, and rendering 3-D flights of fancy - and during all that, he listens to just about every type of music imaginable.


Mark’s world-wide Internet radio station, MLC Radio (at www.mlcbooks.com), plays only CD-quality classics from 1970 to 1979, including everything from Rush to Billy Joel to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Mark’s rapidly expanding list of books includes MacBook For Dummies, 9th Edition; iMac For Dummies, 10th Edition; OS X Yosemite All-In-One For Dummies; Building a PC For Dummies Do-it-Yourself; Building a PC For Dummies, 5th Edition; Macs for Seniors for Dummies, 4th Edition; MacBook All-in-One For Dummies; Scanners For Dummies, 2nd Edition; CD & DVD Recording For Dummies, 2nd Edition; PCs All-In-One For Dummies, 5th Edition; Mac OS X Tiger: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks; Microsoft Office v. X Power User’s Guide; BURN IT! Creating Your Own Great DVDs and CDs; The Hewlett-Packard Official Printer Handbook; The Hewlett-Packard Official Recordable CD Handbook; The Hewlett-Packard Official Digital Photography Handbook; Computer Gamer’s Bible; Recordable CD Bible; Teach Yourself the iMac Visually; Running a Perfect BBS; Official Netscape Guide to Web Animation; and the Windows 98 Troubleshooting and Optimizing Little Black Book.


His books have been translated into 14 different languages so far - his favorites are German, Polish, Dutch, and French. Although he can't read them, he enjoys the pictures a great deal.


Last revised: 02/09/21


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