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January 6, 2011

Free Book - Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies

This is a free online book at google books, titled Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies. All but 6 chapters are available. It discusses and covers how to do a social media campaign using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other web tools that are today's hottest marketing tools. You can learn some creative new ways to use these and leverage them for yourself or your business. This social marketing ebook can help your business develop and manage a strategy, engage influencers, and evaluate results. You'll learn more about and how to create a strategy, write and post blogs, develop podcasts, do vlogging; write successful tweets; establishing a Facebook presence; use MySpace; and market  using LinkedIn. Also, take a look at the related books, they all have freely available chapters on these same topics, and I've included one below in this post.

Table of Contents of Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies ebook:
 - Making the Business Case for Social Media
 - Plotting Your Social Media Marketing Strategy 
 - Setting Up Your Social Marketing Worksheet 
 - Managing Your Cybersocial Campaign
 - Building Your Social Media Marketing Dream Team
 - Joining the Conversation
 - Discovering Helpful Tech Tools
 - Leveraging Search Engine Optimization SEO
 - Using Facebook Features
 - Creating a Custom URL for Your Business Page
 - Analyzing Facebook Metrics
 - Getting Started with LinkedIn
 - LinkedIn Nuts and Bolts
 - Maximizing LinkedIn
 - Measuring Your Results
 - Using Social Bookmarks and Social News
 - Developing Your Strategic Mix
 - Building Your Blog
 - Creating a Podcast
 - Recording Your Podcast
 - Producing Your Videocast
 - Measuring Blogging Podcasting and Vlogging Metrics
 - Getting to Know Twitter
 - Communing with LikeMinded People
 - Twitter Applications and Other Delights
 - Using Twitter with Other Social Media Marketing
 - Measuring Twitter Metrics
 - Getting to Know Facebook
 - Getting Around on Facebook
 - MySpace
 - Protecting Your Photos on Flickr
 - Maximizing Stratified Social Communities
 - Tallying the Bottom Line
 - Multiplying Your Impact
 - Staying Ahead of the Curve

Here is another social media book: Blogging and Other Social Media: exploiting the technology and protecting the enterprise. This book contains detailed and practical advice on the various forms of social media - their applications, advantages and disadvantages, how these technologies are evolving, and whether or not their use will benefit your business.

Table of Contents for Blogging and Other Social Media:
 - Introduction to Blogs
 - Creating a Blog
 - Writing a Blog
 - Enhancing the Blogging Experience
 - Is Blogging Worthwhile for a Business?
 - Introduction to Social Media
 - Professional Networks for Businesses
 - Social Bookmarking and the Online Content Democracy
 - Forerunners to Social Media
 - Social Tools Inside the Enterprise
 - Elements of Enterprise
 - The Law of Social Media
 - Online Reputation
 - Consumeroriented Media
 - Wikis
 - Online Office Applications

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January 5, 2011

Free PHP Reference and Programming eBook

This free PHP programming ebook, PHP Reference: Beginner to Intermediate PHP5, provides you with a collection of over 250 PHP functions with clear explanations in language anyone can understand. I contains many examples to make it easy to understand what the function does and how it works. This book includes numerous additional tips, the basics of PHP, MySQL query examples, and regular expressions syntax, along with a majority of PHP functions that are appropriate for beginner to intermediate programmers. The most comment or effective functions are included, and some aliases are left out to reduce confusion. Also included are two indexes to help you find information faster: a common language index and a function index. Click on the Contents link to jump to any of the book's chapters, they are all available.

Here is the page to download this whole PHP ebook in pdf format (166 pages, 1.6mb, pdf format). And here is this ebook's home page on google books, the linked contents are available here also, and you can link to other PHP ebooks on google books and access many of their chapters for free.

Table of Contents of PHP Reference ebook:
 - Miscellaneous Things You Should Know
 - Operators
 - Control Structures
 - Global Variables
 - Variable Functions
 - String Functions
 - Array Functions
 - Date/Time Functions
 - Mathematical Functions
 - MySQL Functions
 - Directory and File System Functions
 - Output Control (Output Buffer)
 - Sessions
 - Regular Expressions
 - Common Language Index
 - Function Index

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Internet and Networking Tutorial Seminars

Here are some excellent Internet and Networking Tutorial Seminars, hosted by the University of Nebraska. These were originally broadcast as part of the EXCITE series (EXtending your Communications and Information Technology Experience). For each networking/Internet seminar you can play the online video and also download the original handout in pdf format. You will need the free RealPlayer to view the video.

Each seminar includes a list of resources, put together by the presenter, that provides a mix of materials from college courses to company pages. Resources vary from lecture notes to index resource pages to HTML versions of PowerPoint slide shows. (The links were current at time of seminar.)


Introduction to Networking: how networks work - topologies, protocols, bandwidth, equipment (routers, gateway, bridge, etc.), Internet 1 & 2, and more.
Presenter: Cliff Ritz | View seminar (52:58 minutes) | Seminar Handout (PDF - 1 page, 27KB).


How TCP/IP Networks Work: TCP/IP, Protocols, Addressing, Routing, ISPs/Network Providers.
Presenter: Ron Roeber | View seminar (58:34 minutes) | Seminar Handout (PDF - 2 pages, 36KB)

  • TCP/IP Network Administration, 3rd Edition, April 2002. By Craig Hunt. Available from O'Reilly Online Catalog.
  • Computer Networks and Internets: Introduction
    This "Introduction" Web page provides information on how to use the website. The website is a collection of the support materials for the Computer Networks and Internets book (third edition). The book, written by Dr. Douglas Comer, gives an introduction to networking and internetworking. Professor Comer uses Computer Networks and Internets in his course CS 422, Computer Networks, at Purdue University.

Connectivity / Media Options: IP Service/ bandwidth services, Terrestrial/ Wireless, Backbone, DSL, Cable, Wireless options.
Presenter: Dan Cotton | View seminar (56:55 minutes) | Seminar Handout (PDF - 2 pages, 16KB)


Home and Small Office Computing Solutions: LANs and Networking options / issues.
Presenter: Terry Bockstadter | View seminar (45:57 minutes) | Seminar Handout (PDF - 2 pages, 48KB)

  • Network Magazine - provides news, Buyer's Guide, product reviews, tutorials, Case Studies, and more
  • ExtremeTech - provides technology news, opinion articles, tips, and more
  • PC Magazine - provides hardware and networking reviews, news and analysis, how-to information under the "Solutions" category, and more
  • Network Tutorial by Robert Brian Brown, D & M Electronics Inc.

Security, Part 1: Services, Ports, Opportunities for Exploitation, and Protection (Firewall, Viruses, Worms).
Presenters: Mark Hendricks & Ron Roeber | View seminar (51:10 minutes) | Seminar Handout (PDF - 2 pages, 36KB)

  • Internet Storm Center - information on what's happening on the net: status of attacks and links to Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS) news
  • CERT® Coordination Center - Internet security expertise clearinghouse located at the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University
  • - virus protection information and software updates for UNL staff
  • Security advisories from Symantec - Symantec is a leading Internet security technology company.

Security, Part 2: Commerce, Encryption, Transmission of data, Password, SSH, and Authentication and authorization.
Presenters: Mark Hendricks & Ron Roeber | View seminar (52:26 minutes) | Seminar Handout (PDF - 2 pages, 39KB)

  • OpenSSH
    FREE version of the SSH protocol suite of network connectivity tools. OpenSSH encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other network-level attacks and it provides a variety of authentication methods
  • SSH
    SSH Communications Security is a supplier of Internet security software for demanding network security solutions. SSH provides cryptography and authentication technologies and products for secure Internet communications.
  • F-Secure SSH
    F-Secure Corporation is a provider of centrally managed security solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company's products include anti-virus, file encryption and network security solutions for all major platforms from desktops to servers and from laptops to handhelds.
  • PuTTY
    PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator.
  • NiftyTelnet
    NiftyTelnet 1.1 SSH r3 is an enhanced version of Chris Newman's NiftyTelnet 1.1 application which adds support for encrypted terminal sessions using the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol.
  • OpenSSL Project
    The OpenSSL Project is a collaborative effort to develop a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured, and Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library. The project is managed by a worldwide community of volunteers.
  • VeriSign
    VeriSign's Site Trust Services offer e-commerce businesses tools to secure and e-commerce-enable websites to that customers can be certain the website is genuine, and that the information they send via Web browsers, and other devices stays private and confidential.
  • Covalent
    Covalent is one of the industry's leading providers of enterprise solutions for the Apache Web server. The Apache Web server software's market share exceeds 60 percent for all Web servers--more than Microsoft and Netscape combined.

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