Les Bell has a long, varied and distinguished background in the computer industry as a consultant, writer, software developer, educator and international seminar presenter.
His interests have covered a wide range of topics including operating systems, programming languages, software development, and the Internet. In the past few years Les has specialised strongly in the area of TCP/IP internetworking, Linux, web-based development, the design and implementation of intranets and web sites, programming and development in Java, OO analysis and design, and Internet-based marketing.
As a consultant Les has worked on a variety of projects on intranets, web servers and email gateways. His client list covers a broad base including major banks and insurance companies, telecommunications agencies, government departments and computer multinationals.
In addition to his consultancy Les is very much involved as an educator. He has developed and personally presented, both on a public and in-house basis, a range of high-level seminars on topics such as Linux, TCP/IP, Java and e-commerce in addition to his well-known courses on operating systems. His seminars have been presented to outstanding reviews in several countries around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Beijing, the UK, and Ireland.
As a technical journalist Les has written many series of articles covering a wide range of topics including operating systems, programming languages and software development. He has been Founding Editor of Your Computer, Founding Editor of the international journal PC Support Advisor and writes a monthly Linux column to PC User magazine. He also contributes occasional pieces on Linux and security to other leading IT publications.
In all his work Les brings to bear a hard-hitting and practical perspective. Rather than getting bogged down in theory for it's own sake, Les's objective and skill is to take a complex subject and explain it in such a way as to make it both understandable and useful.
Les is renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge and has no spare time. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Red Hat Certified Engineer.