Curriculum Vitae

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Name: William Harrel

262 Lantana St.
Camarillo, California 93010



Blog: Communications Technology Watch


Journalist / Reviewer – PCMag – August, 2016 – Present

Review printers, scanners, and projectors.

Contributing Editor — Computer ShopperJune, 2009 — Present

Reviewer of tablets, laptops, desktops, convertibles, hybrids, and laser and inkjet printers, multifunction printers and all-in-one (AIO) printers, laptops, and tablets.

Technology Journalist – Digital Trends – May, 2013 – Present

Technology news and opinion writer covering a wide range computer trends and breakthroughs, with titles such as, “Could DNA be the key to passing digital data to future generations?” or “Zuckerberg is spreading the Internet across the globe, but is it only for Facebook’s gain?”

Printer & Scanner Expert – LifeWire – June, 2011 – October, 2016

Covered all things printers and scanners, including reviews, how-tos, opinion, trends–you name it.

Owner/Operator — – April, 1986 — Present

A graphics design and writing firm concentrating on marketing and technical material, such as: Flash Web and Flash applications, electronic documents, product manuals, product brochures, flyers, press releases, mass mailings, Websites, Web applications, and slide and multimedia presentations.

Educator — – February, 2011 – Present

Course creator/online instructor of “Introduction to Adobe Edge Animate,” “Mobile Web Design,” and “Introduction to CSS3,” “Introduction to HTML5,” “Introduction to Adobe Muse”, “Introduction to Adobe Muse,” and “Introduction to Microsoft Excel.”

Educator — Ed2Go – January, 2009 — September, 2017

Course creator/online instructor of four Flash courses: “Introduction to Flash CS4,” “Introduction to Flash CS5,” “Intermediate Flash CS4,” “Intermediate Flash CS5,” and “Introduction to Flash CS6,” “Intermediate Flash CS6.”

Owner/Operator – June, 1996 – June, 2008, a worldwide Internet Service Provider (ISP), offered all levels of Internet service, including dialup, broadband access (DSL, T1s, T3s, Ethernet over Fiber, and Fixed Wireless), Web Hosting, Web applications and Web design, Voice over IP (VoIP or Digital Telephone), and Hosted PBX. Company went from zero customers in June, 1996 to approximately ten thousand customers when sold in June, 2008, with annual recurring revenue in excess of four million dollars.

Owner/Operator in charge of all facets of management, including: technology purchase and implementation, hiring, firing and managing employees, marketing, sales, and day-to-day operations. Duties also included acquisition and assimilation of several competitors.

Technology Journalist – PC World1992 -1996

Many articles and reviews on a variety of subjects, including presentation software and a desktop publishing.

Technology Journalist – Windows Magazine – 1991 – 1997

Many articles and reviews on a variety of subjects, including presentation software and a desktop publishing. Articles included how-tos, opinion, investigative reporting.

Position: Contributing Editor — Compute! Magazine – May, 1992 — June, 1994

Wrote reviews, how-to’s, and round ups for magazine on a variety of subjects, including: software reviews and product comparisons of graphics, desktop publishing, word processing and presentation software; hardware reviews and product comparisons of personal computer systems, laptops, printers, scanners, and display adaptors.


High School: Buena High School, Ventura, California  –  Graduated – 1969

College: Ventura College, Ventura, California  –  A.A. in English — 1984


Certifications and Accreditations:

Writing to Sell Fiction – July 1, 1987 – Writer’s Digest School

Advanced Writer’s Workshop –  July 28, 1987 – Writer’s Digest School

Computer and Internet Skills: Computer Operating Systems and Applications:
Windows 95, 98, ME, XP, Vista and Windows Mobile. Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook. Sage Act!, Quickbooks Pro, WinZip. Windows Server, Windows Internet Information Server, Windows Remote Desktop server and client, WordPress, Premier. Android OS, iOS, Windows 8, Windows RT.

Desktop Publishing, Graphics Design and Multimedia:
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator,  Adobe Premier, prepress applications, Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe Fireworks, Microsoft  PowerPoint, blogging–Windows or Mac OS versions.

Internet, Networking and Broadband Applications
DSL, T1, T3, Ethernet over Fiber and Fixed Wireless and Office Wireless equipment and provisioning. WAN, LAN, and VPN equipment, implementation and provisioning. Telephone Company and Cable (ILEC and CLEC) product negotiation, procuring and provisioning. Remote Desktop client and server applications.

VoIP and Digital Phone:
Asterisk, Hosted PBX design and implementation, Virtual Fax, VoIP phones, ATA adaptors and gateways, VoIP vendor negotiation, procuring and provisioning for origination and termination. VoIP quality of service (QoS) and connectivity troubleshooting

Web Design, Web Hosting and Email Applications:
Adobe DreamWeaver, Adobe Flash Professional, Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Acrobat (including PDF creation and editing), Microsoft Web servers, MSSQL servers, FTP applications (client and server side), Linux Web servers. Email servers and clients.


PCMag – Range: August, 2016 – Present

Computer Shopper – Range:  2009 — Present

Data Trends – Range: 2013 – Present

LifeWire – Range: 2011 – 2016

PC World Range: 1990 — 1995

Publish Magazine Range: 1990 — 1995

Windows Magazine Range: 1987 — 1995

Compute Magazine Range:  1991 — 1994

Several other publications: Range: 1987 — 1996
Various articles on a wide range of topics in many other publications,
including Nation’s Business, Lear’s, Home PC, Home Office Computing,
and others.


Introduction to Microsoft Excel – Range: February 2013 – Present – 8-week course on creating spreadsheets and corresponding graphics with the industry-leading spreadsheet program.

Introduction to Adobe Edge Animate – Range: January 2013 – Present- 6-week course on creating Web animations and applications with Edge Animate.

Mobile Web Design – Range: December 2010 – Present – 8-week course on designing Web pages and Websites for smartphones and tablets.

Introduction to CSS3 – Range: February 2011 – Present – 8-week course on stylizing Web pages with Cascading Style Sheets 3 (CSS3).

Introduction to Adobe Flash Professional CS6 – Range: January 2013 – Present – Fully accredited 12-week Flash Web and mobile app design course at

Introduction to Adobe Flash CS4 Range: 2009 – Present – Fully accredited 12-week Flash Web Design course at

Introduction to Adobe Flash CS5Range: 2010 – Present – Fully accredited 12-week Flash Web Design course at

Intermediate Adobe Flash CS4Range: 2011 – Present – Fully accredited 12-week Flash Web Design course at

Intermediate Adobe Flash CS5Range: 2011 – Present – Fully accredited 12-week Flash Web Design course at

Web Design with DreamWeaver – Range: 2002 – 2005 – Fully accredited course at California State University at Northridge.

Introduction to Photoshop – Range: 2005 – 2007 – Learning Tree University, Thousand Oaks, CA

Page Layout with Adobe Indesign – Range: 2006 — 2008 – Graphic Traffic, Ventura, CA


HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Mobile Development for Dummies by William Harrel, 2011, Wiley Publications

CorelDRAW 8 Secretss by William Harrel, Winston Steward, IDG Books, 1998

QuarkXPress 4 in Depthby William Harrel, Elaine Betts, Coriolis Group Books, 1998

Adobe Acrobat 3 for Dummies by William Harrel, IDG Books, 1998

CorelDRAW 7 Secrets by William Harrel, Winston Steward, IDG Books, 1997

Macworld PageMaker 6.5 Bible by William Harrel, IDG Books, 1997

The Multimedia Authoring Workshop by William D. Harrel, Sybex, Inc., 1996

Freelance Graphics 96 for Windows 95 for Dummies by William Harrel, Roger Parker, IDG Books, 1996

MacWorld PageMaker 6 Bible by Craig Danuloff, William Harrel,
IDG Books, 1995

CorelDRAW 5 Revealedby William Harrel, Prima Books, 1995

Using Photoshop 3, coauthor, Que, 1995

CorelDRAW 4 Revealedby William Harrel, Prima Books, 1994

CorelDRAW for Macintosh Revealed, by William Harrel, Prima Books, 1994

Using the Macintosh, coauthor, Que, 1994

Using QuarkXPress, Que, coauthor, 1994

101 Essential WordPerfect for Windows Tips by William Harrel, Compute Books, 1993

Illustrated CorelDRAW 3.0
, by William Harrel, Wordware, 1993

Learn Ventura 4.0 in a Day by William Harrel, WordWare Publishing, 1992

Illustrated PageMaker 4 by William Harrel, Wordware Publishing, 1991


TECHNICAL WRITER – – Range: 1996 — 2008

Various websites and manuals covering the following topics: domain hosting, Web design, broadband deployment, Voice over IP end user installation and deployment, network management, deploying cell phones in VoIP environment.

WEB AND ADVERTISING COPY – Web Designer – Range: 1987 — Present

Advertising and informational Website copy for the following Websites:,,,,,, and many others.

BLOG ARTICLES – Communications Technology Watch Range: 2008 — Present

Numerous reviews, articles and videos on all facets of communications with computers, including: VoIP, Web design, Flash, DreamWeaver, Photoshop, Adobe Master Collection CS4, CS5, CS5.5 CS6, networking and broadband, WordPress and blogging, Internet.


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