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[Reference Books Photo]USEFUL BOOKS (an annotated Bibliography):

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Web Site Construction & Maintenance
 

  • Castro, Elizabeth. HTML for the World Wide Web,updated 5th Edition. Berkeley, CA: Peachpit Press. 2003. ISBN:0-321-13007-3. [Biggest bang for the buck--as far as texts go. Covers HTML up to HTML 4.0, XHTML.and CSS. The text is succinct, to the point, and easy to get around in. Lots of pictures of screens too. Very highly recommended.]
     
  • Heid, Jim. HTML & Web Publishing Secrets . Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. 1997 ISBN:0-7645-4003-3.[Produced by the folks from PC World. Addresses various aspects of web site construction and maintenance. Discusses some of the more common HTML editing software and how to best use them. Talks about how to put together a highly effective web site. Discusses additional elements like conferencing, chatting, listserving, web server maintenance.]
     
  • LemayLaura. Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in 14 Days. Indiana: Sams.net. 1995 ISBN:1-57521-014-2. [comprehensive book; covers CGI scripts, HTML 3.2. Lots of pictures and diagrams. Includes CD-ROMs with HTML editing tools, web page templates, source code, and graphics]
     
  • Maran Graphics. Teach Yourself Visually: HTML. Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 1999. ISBN: 0-7645-3423-8. [Good beginner's book in HTML]
     
  • Robbins, Jennifer Niederst. Web Design in a Nutshell. newSebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media. 2006. ISBN: 978-0-596-00987-8. [Very good and complete book covering HTML, XHTML, CSS, javascript/DOM scripting, adding audio, adding video, and adding Flash movies to web pages. Very highly recommended]
     
  • Sufas, Mark; Brown, Mark; Jung, John; et al. Using Intranet HTML. Indiana: Que.1996. ISBN:0-7897-0852-3.[excellent. Covers both Web Site and Intranet Site construction. Has sections on Java, CGI, Animation, Templates, VRML tools, Validation Checkers, VBScript, Oracle Web Server, Site Security, SQL, etc. Very clear succinct explanations. Includes a CD-ROM of server software, HTML editors, examples from the book, and Que books: Using VBScript, Using Java, Using Javascript, Using CGI, Running a Perfect Netscape Site, Using BackOffice, and Using Microsoft SQL Server 6.5]
     
  • Various Sybex authors. HTML Complete . Almeda, CA: Sybex Inc. 1999. ISBN:0-7821-2467-4.[Comprehensive overview of HTML, Dynamic HTML, JavaScript, JScript, XML, cascading style sheets, building web forms using Perl and CGI. Excellent listing of HTML tags and attributes, which shows the version of HTML they are associated with and presents examples of their use. Costs about $20--a big bang for the buck book at 1000 pages.]


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Domain Name Registration

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Web Site Construction & Maintenance  

  • Latest Release! NetObjects Fusion 10 NetObjects Fusion [In my estimation, a program which is very easy to use, yet has the power of a Dreamweaver or Front Page . . . and it costs significantly less too. Highly recommended.]
     
  • Site Aid [A very useful, easy-to-use, freeware HTML editor (Version 1.2). Not WYSIWYG, though . Can view Site Aide Net Browser Buttonsource or actual screen created from within the program . . . or by calling one or more browsers from within Siteaid. Has support for applets, scripts, frames, and forms, among myriad other features. A shareware version (Version 2), which has more features, is also available.

  • Corel Paint Shop Pro [One of the best image manipulation programs. It's great for creating icons and other images too.
     
  • htmlGear [A site with lots of little "gadgets" ("gears") for your website. a link verifier, a guestbook htmlGear Logo(the Rth Dimension guestbook is one of these), a text displayer (The Rth Dimension "Here's a Thought" feature, under the site logo, on the main page is one such), an event calendar, a feedback form, a poll generator, etc. Some are free; some will cost you. Worth a look.]


  • Site Meter [a good place to obtain a free web counter which can be put on every page of your website. It´ll track visitors as well as page views, browser types accessing your site, page entry and exit points, etc.. Also offers web hosting and domain name registration. In addition, can submit your website info to all the major search engines (again, for free). Highly recommended.]

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Computer Groups/Clubs

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Interesting Computer Information Sites

  • [H]ard|OCP [A site for true computer geeks. Reviews of various hardware products and games are posted there along with some tutorials]
     
  • LockerGnome [Produces several informative, fun, and easy-to-read newsletters: Windows Daily, Windows Digest, Tech Specialist, Bits & Bytes, Digital Media, Penquin Shell (for you Linux fans), Audio Show, and Wacky Snaps. I've often gotten leads on nifty software, current virus warnings, and nifty Windows tricks from this site. LockerGnome has negotiated and offers some deals on software for "gnomies", you might also find of interest. Also, they publish a very informative Windows Tricks and Tips file which is regularly updated. Highly recommended.]
     
  • Tech Republic [A site which published an informative newsletter that keeps you informed about current IT issues and news. Also has quite a stock of informative articles dealing with various facets of IT, especially software development. Highly recommended]
     
  • PC Tech Guide: [Want to learn about PC-based technology? Then this is the site for you. Chock full of very well-presented explanations. Highly recommended]
     
  • Tom's Hardware [One of the better hardware oriented sites on the web. All sorts of game and cutting edge hardware tutorials and reviews. Highly recommended]

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Sites to Visit When You Have a Computer Hardware or Software Problem

  • Annoyances.org [Where to go to find "fixes" for the things that bug you in Windows or in Windows programs]
     
  • Black Viper's Site [Place to go to find out all about Windows XP services and which ones are essential]
     
  • Doug Knox's Site [The place to go for fixes when your core Windows XP associations get corrupted]
     
  • Kellys Korner XP [Windows XP Troubleshooting & Tweaking Site]
     
  • MajorGeeks [Software problem solving tools & support forum]
     
  • PC 911 [Another decent help site]
     
  • PCHell.com [Another post your problem and get solutions site]
     
  • PC Pitstop [Another post your problem and get solutions site]
     
  • The Software Patch [patches for all sorts of software including OSs]
     
  • Tech Support Guy [Another post your problem and get solutions site]

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Useful Computer Newsletters


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  • Lockergnome [A family of very informative newsletters. Sign up for the ones you like--use the form below. Run by Chris Pirillo of CPU Magazine. Highly recommended]
     
  • PC Mechanic [A very informative blog with tips & tricks articles as well as discussions of current PC issues. Subscribe to the newsletter; it's not as irritating or frenetic as the web site per se.]
     
  • Windows Secrets [Very informative newsletter on matters PC. Highly recommended]
     
  • WinXP Newsletter [A very useful newsletter for XP users. The same people also produce a Vista newsletter.]

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Useful Computer Magazines

  • Computer Arts: [magazine for computer artists, often provides hi-quality graphics tools for free and typically has tutorials you may find useful for some of the major drawing tools on the market]
     
  • PC Plus: [very good mainline PC magazine, lots of tutorials and free high quality software.]
  • Both of the above are probably available at your local Borders or Barnes & Noble. Note that each issue comes with various software products on CD. Price is in the neighborhood of $14/issue.

  • Maximum PC: [An excellent magazine for non-beginners. PC performance is the major focus of this magazine, both hardware or software based. Excellent articles and reviews. Each monthly issue includes a CD with interesting software and demos. Highly recommended.]
     
  • Computer Power User (CPU): [Another magazine for non-beginners. Not as good as Maximum PC, in my estimation, but almost as good. Highly recommended.]

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Where to Go for Hardware Device Drivers

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Reputable On-line Auction Sites

As a rule I don´t usually deal with auction sites unless they´re run by reputable hardware/software dealers and take credit cards. The following I can recommend; I´ve had excellent experiences with it (click on the following icon):

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Comparison Shopping Sites:

Note: Rather than restricting yourself to using any one of the above, I recommend that you use all four. They often yield different results.

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Web Sites Which Sell Special Computer-related Products

  • Cyberguys [Excellent for odds & ends gear and hard-to-find gear like specialty cables, brushes, PC cases, power supplies, splitter cables, fans, toolkits, meters, contact cleaning solutions, etc. I've ordered lots of items from them that I couldn't find easily elsewhere. Highly recommended.]
     
  • Deal News [Subscribe to their newsletter--or regularly visit their site--and you'll be privy to all sorts of good deals on computer and electronic gear. I've purchased several hardware items at rock bottom prices as a result of seeing deals on items mentioned this newsletter. Highly recommended.]
     
  • Dirt Cheap Software [Carries a lot of legacy software; but sometimes you can find a good deal on something more current. Buying an earlier version of a software product is sometimes a very cheap way to try before you buy]
     
  • eDealInfo.com [Keeps track of deals on electronics and computer gear. Very useful resource when you want to comparison shop]
     
  • ZipZoomFly [Deals in hardware and software, and other electronics]
     
  • Mwave Direct [Deals in new and refurbished hardware]
     
  • Once You Know, You Newegg [Deals in both new and refurbished PC and Mac computer peripherals and motherboards, and the prices tend to be very competitive with other vendors. Highly recommended]
     
  • Provantage [Deals in hardware, software, office supplies. Prices tend to be very good. Delivery has been quick for everything I've ordered through them.]
     
  • Shop4Tech [Deals in all sorts of electronic gear, PC accessories, media, iPod accessories, and PC cables]
     
  • TigerDirect  [All sorts of deals on computer-related items and other electronics gear can be found here. Highly recommended].

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To See If A Vendor's Safe To Purchase From

    Check the following resources:

  • The Better Business Bureau. [You can type in an URL or an US Mail address to see a report on the company.]
     
  • ResellerRatings.com [Here you can see customer ratings as well as read customer reviews of their experiences with the various vendors.]

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Good Shareware/Freeware Sites

  • Download.com [CNet's huge site--lots of good software; software is rated by downloaders]
     
  • Freeware Arena
     
  • NoNags
     
  • Pricelessware.com [programs recommended by members of the alt.comp.freeware usenet newsgroup]
     
  • Snapfiles
     
  • Source Forge [Open source software at its finest; also publishes a e-newsletter which informs you of new versions of products as they become available]]
     

Information on Spammers & Their Domains

  • Spandemic [formerly "Clueless Mailers"; describe themselves as "bringing to light clueless mailers and the unauthorized trading of your personal information." Interesting and informative.]

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Other Useful Resources

  • StartUp Programs Web Site [If you want to know what those programs are running in the background (those listed when you press Ctrl-Alt-Del once or those that are listed by Memokit and similar process monitoring programs) and what they do, this is the site to check.]
     
  • The List [Check here to find an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that meets your requirements]
     
  • Internet Traffic Report [Site monitors major nodes of the Internet and returns individual and continental composite indices of data traffic flow. Click on the Index GIF below to go to the site] 

    Here´s the Global Composite Index for today (1 = very bad, 100 = super-excellent; figures in the 50s are common during peak times):

 

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