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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #21 - May, 2002


Newsletter for Computer IT Education,
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In This Issue:

1)... Editor's Greeting

2)... The Best New Free I.T. Training & Tutorial Sites

3)... New Free I.T. Books & Book Sites

4)... University Computer Science Course Sites

5)... The Best Suggested Sites from Website Users

6)... New I.T. Training & Tutorial Link Sites

7)... New Desktop and Office Application Training Sites

8)... I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning

9)... Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training

10)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission


1) Editor's Greeting:

Hello, everyone and welcome to our new subscribers! This is the 21st issue of our free monthly email newsletter for Computer IT Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources, giving you the latest Free online IT Training Resources that we have recently discovered and researched. This newsletter is free to anyone subscribing (instructions at bottom, no username/password is needed). To access our member site, however, you do need a user name and password - registering as a member of costs $10 for six months, for more information please see below 'Become a Member of'.

My desire is that these free resources will help you with your computer education and training and are tools to advance your IT career. Our main mission is the training of those less fortunate who are seeking to become computer literate, both technically and from a user's perspective.

In this issue we describe and link to a total of 58 computer, IT and programming learning and tutorial web sites. By means of this email newsletter, you have knowledge of and access to these sites before our web site visitors do.

*** Current News ***

I have restructured the important sections of the site, creating several more pages in each of these sections:
Free IT Training & Courses:
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Free Computer IT Books:

I have put together a new e-book, "Understanding Computer Security", extracting the best information from U.S. government agency computer security papers and guides and presenting it in a coherent and understandable manner. My hope is that this e-book will make computer security easier to learn. As an newsletter subscriber, you can receive your Free Copy by downloading it from here: (550 kb) -when unzipped the file is a windows executable.

Please take a minute to fill out our new website feedback form to give me your impressions about Here it is:
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I'd like to personally wish you the best of luck with your computer studies and learning.

Warm Regards,
Jeff Love
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2) The Best New Free I.T. Training & Tutorial Sites:

This section of our newsletter contains the best new free IT training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks. These resources will be added to our Free IT Training & Courses page at, our Free IT Tutorials and Guides page at, or to our members' site.

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InfoSource Technical Training:

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The Art of Unix Programming:

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- Computer Associates Certification:

- Cisco CCNA certification:

- Cisco specialization certification:

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- CCIE Lab:

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- Compaq certification:

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- Microsoft certification:

- Nokia certification:

- Novell certification:

- Unix / Linux certification:


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Tech Guides from

The following hardware related guides are available for free at this site:
- FAT32 and Hard disk Guide
- Mystery Behind Windows Registry - A Guide
- The Hardware Guide
- Mystery Behind Overclocking - A Guide
- Tweaking Guide to PC



Free five minute samples of their audio courses can be downloaded for Windows 2000 Server, Cisco CCNA, Network+ and Visual Basic.


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3) New Free Computer IT Books, Publications & Book Sites

Some of these web resources will be added to our Free IT Books page at and some will be added to our members site.

Introduction to Networking and Data Communications:

Many technical networking topics are discussed in this freely available book.


330 Java Tips:

This free e-book of Java tips was collected from real daily Java experience. This book covers most areas of Java programming and was written for programmers with up to three years of experience. Beginners will find answers that are not in usual Java FAQs.


Hardcore Visual Basic:

Microsoft Visual Basic makes it easy to write 95 percent of your application, but when you reach that last 5 percent, it seems to be fighting you every step of the way. This book helps you become a better VB programmer.



Books, guides and tutorials covering HTML, DHTML, XML, Shockwave, Perl, Java, CGI and ActiveX.


Advanced Bash - Scripting Guide : (290k)

This document is both a tutorial and a reference on shell scripting with Bash. It assumes no previous knowledge of scripting or programming, but progresses rapidly toward an intermediate/advanced level of instruction.


New Free E-Book on Basic Network Setup (562k):

Free E-Book on PC Basics for the Beginner (572k):


Bucaro TecHelp Downloads:

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to Design a Web Site and Make Money on the Web (free registration required).



An online dictionary about the Internet. It contains thousands of words and definitions that describe the technology and community of the World Wide Web.


Cisco makes available copies of some of their books and chapters of books online for free. If you thinking about getting Cisco certified or are currently in the process of doing so, you'll want to check these out. Here's a sampling of what's currently available:

Internetworking Technology Handbook:

Cisco Integrated Networking Solutions:

Internetworking Case Studies:

Internetwork Design Guide:

Internetwork Troubleshooting Guide:


4) University Computer Science Course Sites
Free to Browse and Study:

These web sites will be added to our Free University IT Course Webs page at

Courses at Rensselaer Computer Science Department:

Lecture Notes for Object Oriented Programming:

Programming XML in Java:

Computer Science II:

Web Technologies (CSS, XML, Servlets, JSP, Security):


Information Systems in Society:

Excellent class notes and links, based on a diverse body of research which fall under the rubric of 'social informatics'. These include communications, computer science, information systems and science and some social sciences.


Foundations of Information Technology, UQI108s1:

Very well done Powerpoint slides covering Data Representation and Computer Systems Hardware, and Data Communications and Software.


CS513 Computer Security - Lecture Annex:

Excellent course notes with graphics covering computer security.


University of British Columbia Computer Science Dept.:

Advanced Software Engineering:

Client/Server Architecture Lecture:

Design Patterns Lectures:

Slides from a lecture on Source Code Comprehension Tools:


5) The Best Suggested Sites from our Website Users - Every month we feature the best suggested IT training and tutorial sites from our website visitors. Here are this month's sites:

A Computer Programming Resource - A beginner's source for computer programming tutorials in Perl, Java, C, C++ Languages.


A Guide On Computer Hardware:

A decent guide on computer hardware, with tips on assembling, maintenance, fault finding, and diagnostics.


Flash Circle Tutorials:

Flash circle is a online resource for Macromedia Flash development. Browse their tutorial archives and download free FLAs, SWFs and sound loops.


Srikanth Technologies:

A good Oracle8i and also Java tutorial site. Articles are here: Here is their free Oracle8i book: Here is their free on-line examination allowing you to assess your skills in C/C++, Java, Oracle8i and Visual Basic 6.0:


Dreamweaver Help Pages:

Dreamweaver HTML Help Pages provide comprehensive information about all Dreamweaver features.


3 Free CIW Courses:

CIW E-Commerce Designer, CIW Site Designer and CIW Foundations courses are available for free, log on with user: ciwdemo and password: ciwdemo.


6) New Computer & IT Training & Tutorial Link & Resource Sites:

These web sites will be added to our IT Links and Resources page at

Many subwebs available here covering Microsoft technologies.


The DotNetJunkies Tutorial Index:

Lists DotNetJunkies tutorials by topic to help you find the tutorial that suits your needs.


7) New Desktop and Office Application Training Sites:

These web sites will be added to of Free Office and Desktop Training page at . Also, check out our expanded MS Office 2000 Free Training page here:

Microsoft Office Demo Course Chapters:

- Access 97:

- Excel 97:

- Powerpoint 2000:


Free Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 quick reference card:


NPower Training's Top Ten Tips:

These tipsheets are in PDF format for you to download and share with your staff orpost over your desk.


Excel 2000 Tutorial:

11 topic Excel tutorial with several pages per topic.


Free Excel Lessons:

Getting Started with Excel 2000 and Building and Editing Worksheets.


Free QuickBooks Tutorials:

Includes Introduction, Data Base for new and existing businesses, Plan for introduction of QuickBooks PRO into the classroom, QuickBooks and the GST, and Budgeting in QuickBooks.


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

Advanced Registry Tracer (ART):

This is a utility designed for analyzing changes made to Windows Registry - by making the "snapshots" of it and keeping them in the browsable database. It takes 2 snapshots of selected parts of the registry and then lets you compare the "before" and "after" versions. ART also compares any key of the Registry.


9) Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer one of the frequently asked questions we receive about computer and IT training and career development.

May 2002 FAQ: Where can I learn more about viruses and how to defend my computer against them?

Answer: Here are some good sites where you can learn more about what virus do, how they do it, and how to be prepared and avoid becoming a victim.
Anti-Virus FAQ's and Introductory Articles - 25 tutorial articles about viruses.
Tons of virus information and resources from the Computer Security Resources Center.
Computer Knowledge Virus Tutorial - Discusses what they are, give you some history, discuss protection from viruses, and mentions some of the characteristics of a virus hoax.
The F-Secure computer virus information center - Considered the industry standard source for up-to-date information on new viruses and hoax alerts.
Trend Micro Virus Information page - they also have free anti-virus tools here:
Tutorial Index from Symantec - Many shockwave formatted tutorials covering Norton Antivirus and other Norton products.
Here are the top antivirus tools to download and install from ZDNet Downloads.

I hope this information helps you.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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