Open Sources blogger Simon Phipps is a well-known and respected leader in the free software community, having been involved at a strategic level in some of the world’s leading technology companies. He worked with OSI standards in the 1980s, on the first commercial collaborative conferencing software in the 1990s, helped introduce both Java and XML at IBM and was head of open source at Sun Microsystems. He was a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance. Today he's an independent open source consultant as well as pro bono president of the Open Source Initiative.
Andrew C. Oliver is a professional cat herder who moonlights as a software consultant. He started programming when he was 8 and cut his teeth on GW Basic, BASICA, and dBase III+. He is most known for founding the POI project, which is now hosted at Apache. He also was one of the early developers at JBoss before it merged with Red Hat.
Robert X. Cringely® has been covering the foibles and follies of Silicon Valley since 1986. With a fedora on his head and a keyboard in his hands, he wrangles rumors, gathers gossip, and pontificates on the stories the world's high-tech honchos don't want you to hear.
In the mid-1990s a cataclysmic event caused two Cringelys to appear. Some speculate this was the result of a momentary rift in the space/time continuum when parallel universes converged, trapping both Cringelys on the same side of the rift.