William Harrel

Writer

Expertise

Ventura College

UC Santa Barbara

Printers and Scanners

Emerging Technologies

Introduction

  • Writer covering computer technology for over 30 years.
  • Authored or coauthored 20 books—including titles in the popular Bible, Secrets, and For Dummies series.
  • Contributing editor at Computer Shopper.
  • Contributes computer technology articles to magazines such as PCWorld, Windows Magazine, and MacUser.
  • Teaches several computer technology courses offered online at over 2,500 colleges and universities.

Experience

William Harrel is a former Lifewire writer who specialized in printers and scanners. Harrel has been writing about computer technology topics for over 30 years. He has authored or coauthored over 20 books, several of which cover desktop publishing, where he included information on getting the best results from laser printers, high-end prepress imaging equipment, and typesetting machines.

Since then, he has written hundreds of articles, how-tos, round-ups, and reviews of printers, scanners, and all-in-one (multifunction) inkjet and laser-class machines, as well as several other types of hardware, including laptops, desktops, and tablets for publications like PCWorld, Windows Magazine, and MacUser. Harrel is also the author of: "Acrobat for Dummies," and "Mobile HTML, CSS and JavaScript Development for Dummies."

Harrel stresses that to understand printer and scanner technologies you also have to understand how the devices that interface with them work. 

Education

William Harrel studied writing, English journalism at Ventura College and UC Santa Barbara.

Lifewire and Dotdash

Lifewire is a Top 10 technology information website, as rated by comScore, a leading internet measurement company. We reach more than 10 million readers per month with our trusted, clear, and actionable answers to your most pressing technology questions.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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