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Computer & Internet

General Computer Information

Hardware

For further information pertaining to a specific hardware platform, try searching on one of the Search Engines.

  • PC Mechanic (http://pcmech.pair.com) Hardware is the focus here, with sections on modems, motherboards, power supplies, disk drives, monitors and more.
  • Tom’s Hardware Guide (http://www.tomshardware.com/) An excellent compendium of news, reviews, and technical guides pertaining to PC hardware. The hardware news includes product releases, roadmaps, and computer conference news. The reviews focus on motherboards, CPUs, and graphics cards. Testing results are graphed, evaluated, and compared.

Computer News/Magazines

  • CNET (http://www.cnet.com/) CNET presents computer and Internet news as well as reviews of hardware and software products.
  • COMPUTERWORLD (http://www.computerworld.com/) The online connection for information technology leaders includes news, features, a resource center, IT careers, and a great deal more.
  • InfoWorld (http://www.infoworld.com/) Product and book reviews, news, links, and this week in print.
  • Mobile Tech Today (http://www.wirelessnewsfactor.com/) News and product reviews for mobile tech users.
  • New York Times: Technology (http://www.nytimes.com/pages/technology/) From the New York Times comes this special online-only section devoted to technology issues. Requires free registration with The New York Times on the Web.
  • News.Cnet.Com (http://news.com.com/) Constantly updated news from the world of computers and the Internet. From C|NET.
  • ZDNet (http://www.zdnet.com/) Online versions of their top-selling computer magazines including MacUser, PC Magazine, PC Week, and Computer Shopper.

Programming

  • MVS Help (http://mvshelp.com/) A site for mainframe programmers with information on COBOL, CICS, JCL, VSAM and other mainframe languages.
  • Perl Programming Language (http://www.perl.org/) Perl is a highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 20 years of development. Perl 5 runs on over 100 platforms from portables to mainframes. Perl is suitable for both rapid prototyping and large scale development projects.
  • Programming and Development (http://dir.yahoo.com/Computers_and_Internet/Programming_and_Development/) From Yahoo, a collection of links to programming resources, arranged alphabetically by language.

Software

  • Beginners Learning Resource (http://www.beginners.co.uk/) Software tutorials online (pdf format) for free. For an annual fee, you can take more extensive courses.
  • Compu-KISS (http://www.compukiss.com/) Compu-KISS is a computer, technology, and health news site created especially for baby boomers and seniors. Sandy Berger and her computer experts bring you computer help including tutorials, tips, how-tos, news, reviews, and safe free software.
  • Home & Learn (http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/) Home & Learn offers free computer classes and tutorials. All the courses are aimed at complete beginners, so you don’t need experience to get started.
  • Nerd’s Heaven: The Software Directory Directory (http://boole.stanford.edu/nerdsheaven.html) Links to software directories in ten categories.

General Internet Information

  • Break the Chain (http://www.breakthechain.org/) Do your part to stop junk email hoaxes and chain letters. If you receive an email that seems questionnable, stop by Break the Chain and check it out. This large collection of information about email hoaxes and chain letters can be browsed by subject or searched by keyword. Try Hoaxbusters, too.
  • Free Email Providers Guide (http://www.fepg.net/) The definitive source on free email services, with a searchable database containing information on over 1,400 providers in more than 85 countries, free email news and commentary, and links to various other free e-communications services, including free ISPs, fax and long-distance calling, voicemail, online storage, and more.
  • Urban Legends and Folklore (http://www.urbanlegends.about.com/) From About.com a collection of Internet urban legends and hoaxes — check here before passing that email on to 25 (or 100) of your closest friends and associates.
  • TRUSTe (http://www.truste.com/) You’ve probably seen their graphics as you shop or participate in communities on the Web, but who are they? Among other things, they certify companies’ privacy policies and provide a wealth of information for both consumers and Web designers on issues of privacy, identity theft, and those pesky little cookies.

Internet News

  • InternetNews.com (http://www.internetnews.com/) Daily updates on Internet-related news.
  • Wired (http://www.wired.com/) From the publishers of the print version, an online news source.

Internet Training/Education

  • BareBones 101: A Basic Tutorial on Searching the Web (http://www.sc.edu/beaufort/library/pages/bones/bones.shtml) For those with neither the time nor the inclination to read lengthy dissertations on search engines, here are the basics on some of the most popular and powerful. From the University of South Carolina.
  • Finding Information on the Internet: a Tutorial (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/teachinglib/guides/internet/findinfo.html) Prepared by librarians at the University of California at Berkeley, this guide will show you how to select search tools, evaluate your information needs before you begin, and evaluate results.
  • Internet Tutorials (http://library.albany.edu/internet/) These 17 tutorials from librarians at SUNY Albany present information about various browsers, background on the Internet, using online research guides and search engines, and formulating search strategies.
  • Learn the Net (http://www.learnthenet.com) Basics, WWW, e-mail, newsgroups, publishing, searching for information, and more.

Web Page Design

  • CGI Resource Index (http://www.cgi.resourceindex.com) A collection of tested and rated CGI scripts (many available free) for those wishing to add interactivity to a Web site. Also has links to documentation, tutorials and books on using CGI. [For more experienced users.]
  • CSS Basics (http://www.cssbasics.com/) You’ve heard the buzz about the seperation of style from content, but you are stuck in the world of nested tables and deprecated markup. If so, you have come to the right place! Using CSS to style your (X)HTML files, will benefit you and your visitors in many ways.
  • Reallybig.com (http://reallybig.com/default.php3) This gateway offers links to over 5,000 resources for Web page developers. Some of the resource categories include HTML editors, HTML tutorials, log analyzers, hit counters, graphics tools, CGI scripts, truetype fonts, icons, and site promotion. [For all skill levels.]
  • RSS Articles (http://www.webreference.com/authoring/languages/xml/rss/index.html) RSS (Rich Site Summary) is the current dominant format for distributing news headlines and other timely resources over the web. This collection of articles from WebReference.com introduces RSS and shows web developers how to exploit its power. [For more experienced users.]
  • SiteExperts.Community (http://www.siteexperts.com/) Provided by Scott Isaacs, a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation and author of Inside Dynamic HTML. It emphasizes the use of HTML, CSS, XML, and other “cutting edge” technologies to build and design low-bandwidth Web pages. [For power builders.]
  • Top Fifteen Mistakes of First-Time Web Design (http://doghause.com/top15.asp) Learn the don’ts before they become habits.
  • Usability.gov (http://www.usability.gov/) Resources and tips for improving your web site’s usablility from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • WDG: Web Design Group (http://www.htmlhelp.com/) Helpful material on a wide range of HTML-related topics aimed at creating browser-independent Web pages anyone can view. [For all skill levels.]
  • Website Setup Guide (http://www.websitesetupguide.com/) Website Setup Guide will show you exactly how to set up a proper, normal website with a .com domain name, from start to finish. Everything you don’t need to know has been omitted, so you can publish your site as fast as possible.
  • Webmonkey (http://webmonkey.wired.com/) Tutorials and articles on every aspect of web design. [For all skill levels.]
  • XML Pitstop (http://www.xmlpitstop.com/) Examples of applications, tutorials, developers, tools, books, and more. [For advanced users.]