TRADEMARKS: SYBEX has attempted throughout this book to distinguish proprietarytrademarks from descriptive terms by following the capitalization style used by themanufacturer.The author and publisher have made their best efforts to prepare this book, and the content is based upon final release software whenever possible. Portions of the manuscript may be basedupon pre-release versions supplied by software manufacturer(s). The author and the publisher make no representation or warranties of any kind with regard to the completeness or accuracyof the contents herein and accept no liability of any kind including but not limited to performance, merchantability, fitness for any particular purpose, or any losses or damages of any kind caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly from this book.This book is dedicated to my students at FPC. Perhaps the hardest part of their education is putting up with me. I expect a lot, and they give it.
An acknowledgments section is always hard to write; there are just so many people who havehelped. An author's greatest fear is forgetting someone, so I always start off by saying thanksto everyone. If I didn't list you, please don't hate me!Thanks go to Ellen Dendy, of course, who served as acquisitions and developmental editor for this book. Ellen Dendy also helped greatly by providing critical direction whenever needed.(Of course, if you don't like this book, the blame falls on me and only me!)Thanks to the Sybex editorial staff, especially Anamary. Thanks also to Elizabeth Campbell, production editor, for her skillful work and management; to Maureen Forys, electronic publishing specialist, for her expert and speedy layout skills; and to Nanette Duffy, EmilyHsuan, Laurie O'Connell, Yariv Rabinovitch, and Nancy Riddiough, proofreaders, for their proficient proofreading of the pages.Don Fuller served well as our technical editor. It was Don's job to make sure that I told nolies, made no mistakes.Jerold Schulman (JSI, Inc.) maintains the web page athttp://www.jsiinc.com/reghack.htm. He provided a lot of expert hints for this book. If you need assistance with your Windows XPinstallation, check out Jerold's web pages for his tips, tricks, and registry hacks.Special thanks to Laura Belt at Adler & Robin Books. Laura is the person who makes this a business and not a hobby.Thanks to Barry and Marcia Press for their input on the book's contents. Barry asked for anumber of things to be covered, and I've covered as many as I could.Thanks to the ExpertZone (and my team members who put up with my slow responses), andeveryone at Microsoft who helped, too.Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't thank my family, especially my wife, Nang, who hassupported me through thick and thin, and the folks at CMC and MCH who made sure that Isurvived the experience.