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Chris Ward-Johnson has been a journalist for more than 20 years, writing for most of the UK's national newspapers and many of its foremost magazines.

Since 1996 he has been writing for The Times newspaper on technology issues, particularly personal computing and communications. He is the author of the Dr Keyboard computer help column which appeared in The Times until August 2000, the most popular such column in the country read by over a million people every week. The column moved exclusively online when The Times closed its Interface technology supplement, and Chris now runs the Dr Keyboard websites and answers hundreds of questions every week.

He is also the author of the Timesavers column, published every week in the Crème de la Crème section of The Times. It offers hints and tips on getting the best out of your computer hardware and software, and has been published weekly for over three years.

In both Dr Keyboard and Timesavers, Chris has written clear, concise, easily-understandable answers designed to be comprehensible to all levels of computer user.

Before moving to The Times, Chris was a senior feature writer at Today newspaper, working there for three years prior to its closure. He began his career in Fleet Street on Today when it launched in 1986, after having completed his journalistic training in Gloucestershire and then going to university (University College, London) where he worked on and edited the London Student and then National Student newspapers.

In between the two stints on Today, Chris worked for the Daily Express, Sunday Mirror, News of the World and Mail on Sunday newspapers. He was also a columnist for several at Punch magazine, writing the very successful "Who's to blame for…?" column.

He now lives in the South of France with his wife, Wendy, and their Westie, Daisy. You can read his about his computing life in Languedoc every day in his online diary at http://www.chateaukeyboard.com/diary

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