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Learning Exchange Online, Exchange hybrid, and Exchange Server 2013

By William Stanek
October 21, 2013

Once upon a time, Exchange administrators only needed to know how to work with physical servers that were located on site. Today's Exchange administrators need to know how to work with local and remote Exchange servers, Exchange Online, and hybrid...

Two Books, One Goal

Two Books, One Goal
By William Stanek
October 24, 2012

As the author and series editor of the Pocket Consultants, I've poured my many years of hands-on experience with advanced systems management, programming and development into every book. Currently, Microsoft Press and O'Reilly Media are preparing to release my newest...

Got Your Pocket Consultant? Hope so!

Got Your Pocket Consultant? Hope so!
By William Stanek
September 12, 2012

Pocket Consultants are the portable and precise pocket-sized guides that deliver ready answers for day-to-day administration. Pocket Consultants zero in on core operations and daily tasks using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. Inside each Pocket Consultant, you get focused information...

Where Do Digital & Printed Picture Books Come From - What's the Inspiration, the Process from Idea to Print to Digital

By William Stanek
January 9, 2012

Picture books are a misunderstood art and I want to take you behind the scenes to demystify the process by taking you from idea to print. When you're the creator, writer, and producer of an illustrated book some people think that you can sit down write, draw, revise, and poof! out comes a finished product in a few days or weeks. That's not so, the creative process for picture books and the work involved is substantial, and considerably different from traditional, non-illustrated books. To see exactly how, let's look at the creative process for one of my recent picture books: Pirates Stole My Booty.

A Look Back and a Look Ahead, My Work In Review and Independents Too

By William Stanek
November 24, 2010

I write as William Stanek and Robert Stanek. My story may help you understand writers and independents a little better. As a technology journalist, I've written for PC Magazine, Dr. Dobbs, TechNet Magazine and a variety of other leading magazines....

Beyond Tech: Racing Super Buster Learning Adventures

By William Stanek
November 18, 2010

I wrote the Bugville Critters stories as bedtime stories for my own children. The books are about life, family, friends, and our world and they're meant to instruct and entertain. My children enjoyed the stories so much they urged me...

Writing Beyond Tech: New Ruin Mist Book

By William Stanek
May 11, 2010

Rise of the Fallen, the first book in the Ruin Mist: Dawn of the Ages series, releases/released on May 11, 2010 in hardcover. Although set in the fantasy universe of Ruin Mist, the book is very different from the previously...

Writing Beyond Tech: Ruin Mist Graphic Novels

By William Stanek
March 26, 2010

A follow up to my previous posts about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my upcoming graphic novels set in the fantasy universe of Ruin Mist as I thought it might be fun to share my experiences with...

Writing Beyond Tech: Doamanse and the Magic Lands

By William Stanek
March 25, 2010

A follow up to my previous posts about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my fantasy novels set in Doamanse, the Magic Lands, which you can learn more about at If you thought the floating mountains in...

Writing Beyond Tech: Ruin Mist and the Kingdoms

By William Stanek
March 24, 2010

A follow up to my previous posts about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my fantasy novels set in Ruin Mist, the World of many Paths. The name Ruin Mist comes from an elvish saying which speaks of...

Writing Beyond Tech: Bugville Critters

By William Stanek
March 19, 2010

A fun follow up to my previous post about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my childrens picture books and a series called Bugville Critters. All 16 of my original Bugville Critters books have been published. The latest...

Writing Beyond Tech: Results Unexpected

By William Stanek
March 18, 2010

Last year Microsoft published my 100th book; it was a huge milestone in my professional writing career. When you give yourself to the craft of writing and have spent your life helping others and helping the communities you've lived in,...

Don't Click That Link! Net & Email Mistakes 101

By William Stanek
March 17, 2010

Get a strange email from an account you think you recognize? You might want to take a closer look. Recently, an email told me, I just won a cool $1,000,000 from an account with the address "". A quick look...

Inside the E-Wars: So Long Twitter You're a Fad Going Bye-Bye?

By William Stanek
March 15, 2010

Twitter has been a fun experiment for me the past few months as I take a break from tech writing and focus on my creative side. Interesting, Twitter usage study out from Barracuda Labs. This annual report follows their 2008...

Inside the E-book Wars: Sony Turns up the Heat

By William Stanek
December 9, 2009

William Stanek here, delivering a new installment in my "Inside the E-book Wars" series. As I let you know in earlier posts, Barnes & Noble began shipping the Nook and Sony began shipping the Reader Daily Edition (PRS-900) in time...

This World of E: A Look Back to Look Forward...

By William Stanek
December 8, 2009

So the Atari 2600 debuted in 1977 and remained the world's most popular video game system through 1984. I bought one around 1978 and happily shelled out pretty big bucks for the privilege of having popular arcade games available for...

So Long iPod, Hello E-Reader

By William Stanek
November 4, 2009

William Stanek here, talking about electronic paper displays (EPDs). In my earlier blog entries, I introduced EPDs, discussed how the technology works, and delved briefly into ways they're being used. Now, I'll dig in and take a closer look at...

The Changing World of Electronic Displays

By William Stanek
October 23, 2009

William here, talking about the sweeping changes taking place in the world of electronic displays. Tomorrow's displays are here today and big changes are coming sooner than you think. Displays are being built into huge sections of walls, hand-held reading...

Bringing the Paper Display to Your Door

By William Stanek
October 21, 2009

William here, talking about bringing the paper display to your door. As I wrote about in my last blog post, tomorrow's displays are here today and the technologies at the forefront of these changes are E-ink and Electronic Paper Displays...

So on With the Introductions

By William Stanek
October 13, 2009

Hi, my name is William Stanek. You probably know me as that Technology guy--and yeah if it's about Windows, servers or Internet technologies, I've probably written a book about it (or two or three or lots more). Writing's what I...

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