More About the Author
Ran Hock divides his work time between writing and teaching. On the teaching side, he specializes in customized courses teaching people how to use the Internet effectively (through his one-person company, Online Strategies). His courses have been offered--in the U.S. and eleven other countries -- to companies, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, schools, universities, and associations. On the writing side, he has written The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook (now in its Third Edition, CyberAge Books, 2010), The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines (CyberAge Books, 1999, 2001), Yahoo! to the Max (CyberAge Books, 2005), and The Traveler's Web (CyberAge Books, 2007). He has also been a chemistry teacher, a librarian at two universities, and has held training and management positions with DIALOG Information Services and Knight-Ridder Information. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, and they have two sons, Matthew and Stephen, and one daughter, Elizabeth. One of Ran's passions is travel, and he hopes to someday also have time to return to his hobby of genealogy.