After earning a B.A. in Philosophy at UC Santa Cruz, Scot Hacker began writing reviews of jazz and improvised music for The Utne Reader and The Cadence Journal of Jazz and Blues before becoming a content manager and production editor at ZDNet. Hacker's interest in digital audio and fine computer systems evolved into a series of regular articles for PC Magazine, Byte.com, Windows Sources, ZDNet, Japan's ASCII magazine, and the CompuServe network, as well as television appearances and trade show gigs. Hacker is the author of O'Reilly's MP3: The Definitive Guide, Peachpit's "The BeOS Bible," and countless articles for print- and web-based technology publications. He is currently employed as Webmaster of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.