Matthew Sherer has been fixated with computers for years, starting with a Laser128 back when Apple-compatible machines were all the rage. This fixation resulted in a degree in computer science from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, and a discovery of UNIX and Linux along the way. Upon graduation, he spent some time in the government contracting world for a while before succumbing to the lure of commercial work. He recently co-authored Linux Tuning and Capacity Planning (Sams, 2001), and he now works on RTLinux for FSMLabs in Socorro, New Mexico. He can usually be found behind his monitors, either hacking or catching up on news about the latest code. If he's not at his machine, chances are good that he's off traveling to some distant corner of the world.