Ron Hawkins is a former technical editor for Midrange Computing magazine. He is head of Research & Development at Computer Processing Unlimited, Inc., in San Diego, California. Ron's association with the magazine began in 1983, when the magazine was a small technical newsletter named DataNetwork. His career in software dates back to the late 1970s. Together with Doug Pence, Ron has designed dozens of systems and has had the privilege of working on every IBM midrange system from the System/3 to the AS/400. Ron and Doug have worked together off and on since 1979 and currently share the research and development duties at Computer Processing Unlimited, Inc.