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Alan Zisman is a Vancouver educator, writer, musician, and computer specialist who wrote some of the fine educational software on this site! Alan is a Vancouver (BC, Canada) teacher, musician, and computer journalist, writing a weekly column for Business in Vancouver, and appearing regularly on LowEndMac, and elsewhere in print and online. Alan lives in Vancouver's historic Strathcona neighbourhood.Alan plays accordion, piano and other keyboards. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was active in Ad Hoc, a Vancouver 'benefit band'. Currently, he is currently playing piano with a Vancouver-based swing band and accordion with the Gram Partisans and is active with Vancouver's Squeezebox Circle. Recently, Alan joined the boards of directors of the Deep Cove Big Band, the BC Western Swing Music Society, Spartacus Books, and the Accordion Noir Society.Alan lives in Vancouver, BC, and has visited Central Europe in 2002, Cuba in 2004, London and Paris in 2005, the eastern Mediterranean in 2007, the Rhone valley and Barcelona in 2008, and Rome in 2009. (Photos online). From 1968-77, Alan lived in Montreal: mementos of that era are at Plastic Roseland.At the end of June 2010, he retired after three decades teaching - most recently helping students in grades 1-7 learn to use computers and the Internet at Vancouver's Chief Maquinna Elementary School. Most recently, he became a grandfather! Technology journalismWhile letting computers take far too much time and energy in his life, he has managed to turn this addiction into a writing career, with over 1500 articles published since 1991 including weekly High Tech Office columns for Business in Vancouver newspaper and articles appearing in other print and online business, technology, and education publications.Computer tutorials and linksAlan has developed and posted a series of workshops and tutorials. These include tutorials on Internet Security, web page creation and other topics. The Poledit tutorial comes up first on Google for this admitedly obscure topic! There is also a growing list of free software and links of interest to teachers, students, and computer-users in general.
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