Mike McCallister is devoted to the idea that technology need not be feared, and can be mastered by anyone. After all, he grew up in the days when computers filled entire rooms, and spent 13 years as a
Mike McCallister is devoted to the idea that technology need not be feared, and can be mastered by anyone. After all, he grew up in the days when computers filled entire rooms, and spent 13 years as a civil service clerk doing nothing more technical than recording WordPerfect macros.
He is devoted to making computing easier for the full spectrum of user levels and experience. As a technical writing consultant, freelance computer magazine writer, and book author, he understands that ordinary people can and should make the most of their tools.
Besides Linux and open source software, interests include tools for communicating via the Web (blogs, social networks, wikis, and the like) and bridging the digital divide.
My Computer Certification Handbook was published in 2000 by Arco Press (IDG Books). openSUSE Linux Unleashed was published in 2007 by Sams. WordPress in Depth (with Bud Smith) was published in 2011 by QUE. Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules (with Carole Jelen) was published in 2014 by BenBella Books.
I've been a journalist for 20+ years, and have covered technology issues for weeklies in Milwaukee, Madison (WI) and Boulder for half that time.
Contributor to WPMUDev blog, with tutorials and news for WordPress users building sites for clients, friends and family. I also write Internet and Linux software reviews, and cover the world of open source software and the Open Web at "Notes from the Metaverse."