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Q: What is John C. Dvorak's Real Name ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: What is John C. Dvorak's Real Name
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Asked by: barrytrot-ga
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Posted: 08 Jun 2006 12:56 PDT
Expires: 08 Jul 2006 12:56 PDT
Question ID: 736481
what is John C. Dvorak's real name (The "This Week In Tech"
contributor and owner of
Subject: Re: What is John C. Dvorak's Real Name
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 08 Jun 2006 13:06 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear barrytrot-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. As it
turns out, John C. Dvorak?s real name happens to be John C. Dvorak,
and he happens to be a well-known columnist and author:

?John C. Dvorak is a contributing editor of PC Magazine, for which he
has been writing two columns, including the popular Inside Track,
since 1986. Dvorak has won eight national awards from the Computer
Press Association, including Best Columnist and Best Column. Dvorak's
work appears in several magazines and newspapers, including
Boardwatch, Computer Shopper, and MicroTimes. He is the author of
several books on computing including the popular Dvorak's Guide to
Telecommunications. His radio show, "Real Computing," can be heard on
National Public Radio. He is also the host of TechTV's "Silicon Spin.
For more on John C. Dvorak, go to

PC MAGAZINE,1772,a=123,00.asp

His website, is registered in his name:


I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
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Request for Answer Clarification by barrytrot-ga on 09 Jun 2006 06:37 PDT
Yes, I was refering to "John C. Dvorak".

Are you certain his real name is "John C. Dvorak"?  You mean his
parents last name is "Dvorak"?

I ask for clarificaton because all of the sites that you quoted are
fairly RECENT INFORMATION with 2 of all 3 being sources that he (John
C. Dvorak) probably wrote!  If he changed his name, the sites you
listed would list his name as the changed version.

What I am looking for is his name "at the time of his birth".

How could it be "Dvorak" which is the name of an alternative keyboard?

Please clarify that his "name at time of birth" was in fac, "John C. Dvorak".

Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 09 Jun 2006 08:01 PDT
John C. Dvorak did not publish this source:


?and there is nothing to indicate that he actually wrote the other two. 

PC MAGAZINE,1772,a=123,00.asp


He is married to Mimi Smith-Dvorak who occasionally collaborate with
him on his columns and books, so at the very least ?Dvorak? is his
legal name. I?ve sent him an email. Let?s see if he responds.


Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 09 Jun 2006 09:41 PDT
I have spoken briefly with Mr. Dvorak via email. I wouldn't be
surprised if he appeared here and posted some information himself (I
did make that invitation). He did confirm that he was distantly
related to famous composer Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), which suggests
that his surname is indeed his birth name. If he doesn't offer more
information I suspect that we'll have to rely on that as a definitive
an answer as possible under the circumstances short of rounding up a
copy of his actual birth certificate - which I cannot do.


Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 09 Jun 2006 10:30 PDT
Mr. Dvorak just confirmed to me that John C. Dvorak is indeed his
birth name. He is the son of Walter C. Dvorak. There you have it -
straight from the source.


Special thanks to John C. Dvorak for graciously providing his personal information:


Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 10 Jun 2006 19:34 PDT
Thank you for the generous tip! By the way, Mr. Dvorak says the "C"
stands "Charles" as both his and his father's middle names.

Have a great day!
barrytrot-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Excellent answer!  You did a perfect job and I really appreciate the follow up!

I'm giving you a small tip as I think you did a stellar job!

Subject: Re: What is John C. Dvorak's Real Name
From: eiffel-ga on 08 Jun 2006 13:33 PDT
Hi barrytrot-ga,

Are you perhaps thinking of another tech pundit, Robert X Cringeley,
whose real name is Mark Stevens?

Now here's where it gets interesting. Cringeley was the name used by
InfoWorld magazine for a fictional journalist who took the blame when
things went wrong. And John C Dvorak wrote a column for InfoWorld.
When Dvorak left, InfoWorld decided that anyone else who wrote for the
column would do so as Robert X Cringeley.

Mark Stevens continued to write as Robert X Cringeley after he left
InfoWorld. This precipitated a lawsuit which was settled out of court.

Additional Reading: "Off The Beaten Track"

Subject: Re: What is John C. Dvorak's Real Name
From: tutuzdad-ga on 09 Jun 2006 06:23 PDT
Clearly, the "John C. Dvorak" mentioned above by the customer is
associated with , the same website indicated by the
customer, which is registered to and owned by John C. Dvorak. I am
certain these are one and the same.


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