Gaston C. Hillar is Italian and has been working with computers since he was eight. He began programming with the legendary Texas TI-99/4A and Commodore 64 home computers in the early 80s. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science, in which he graduated with honors, and an MBA, in which he graduated with an outstanding thesis. At present, Gaston is an independent IT consultant and freelance author who is always looking for new adventures around the world. He has been a senior contributing editor at Dr. Dobb's and has written more than a hundred articles on software development topics. Gaston was also a Microsoft MVP in technical computing. He has received the prestigious Intel (R) Black Belt Software Developer award seven times. He is a guest blogger at Intel (R) Software Network (http://software.intel.com). You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/gastonhillar. His blog is http://csharpmulticore.blogspot.com. He lives with his wife, Vanesa, and his two sons, Kevin and Brandon.