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Authors Ellen Rony and Peter Rony are siblings who have been writing about microcomputer technology since its inception. This collaborative effort combines Peter's extensive technical expertise with Ellen's business background, using the newest communications tools of the twenty-first century. The writing team has produced a book distilled from material retrieved off the Internet and shared electronically between cross-country work sites. The Domain Name Handbook culminates two years of research on DNS issues.


Ellen Rony has worked in and written about the computer industry since 1981. Her writing portfolio includes documentation of sophisticated database and property management systems, software reviews in national publications, award-winning newsletters, ad copy, corporate profiles, product brochures, marketing collateral and computer news scripts. In "Discovering the Source," published by PC Magazine in 1982, she described the early marriage of technology, information and communication in a predecessor to the Internet. She monitors the evolution of the domain name system through active participation on numerous electronic mailing lists, Internet governance panels at trade shows, and presentations to decision-makers. She has testified as a domain name expert witness in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of California, the Southern District of Texas, and the District of Connecticut. She locally operates the Alexander Works, specializing in Internet and domain name research and consultation. She is co-author of a college textbook, Understanding Public Relations, which has not yet been published. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College. She has appeared as a speaker at various industry symposia and has written several domain-related articles published in online media:
At Large Membership: ICANN's Ultimate Tar Baby (ICANN At-Large Study Committee - August 2001)
Whither .ORG? (Matrix News - June 2001)
Procter & Gamble Bids Adieu to SINUS, THIRST and FLU (Domain Notes - June 2000)
Clicks or Mortar: Are Domain Names Property? (Domain Notes - February 2000)
More. . . on Viewpoint
On May 16, 2000, she appeared on a segment of the Today show discussing celebrity domain names. Ellen is available for consulting and expert witness services on domain name issues. Websites designed, developed, and/or maintained by Alexander Works:
Domain Name Handbook
Marin County School to Career Partnership
Marin County Office of Education - Emergency Preparedness
Marin County Office of Education - Walker Creek Ranch
The Rony Family (under construction)


Dr. Rony is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he has taught since 1972. He is a pioneering author on the subject of microcomputer interfacing and the author/originator of the popular series of Bugbooks at the beginning of the personal computer revolution. These landmark textbooks taught a wide range of individuals &endash; college students, high-school students, scientists, engineers, hobbyists, and medical doctors -- how to use digital electronic integrated circuits, and both the 8080A and Z80 microprocessors. Several editions were translated into Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, bringing the total worldwide sales of the Bugbooks to more than 350,000 books.

Dr. Rony is a trustee of Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering Education (CACHE). He is editor of CAST Communications, a divisional newsletter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In addition to authoring numerous scientific articles and teaching short courses worldwide, he has written and edited many monthly columns on computer and microcomputer interfacing. Dr. Rony earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.


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Ellen Rony
Tiburon, California
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Peter Rony
Blacksburg, Virginia
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R&D Books (now CMP Books) provides practical development titles for working programmers and systems administrators. R&D Books is an imprint of Miller-Freeman, Inc. and is located at 1601 West 23rd Street, Suite 200, Lawrence, Kansas 66046. R&D Books was acquired by CMP Books.


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