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Type in the computer subject you want to learn more about: - This site has excellent free software programs to download.

 The Top 20 Computer Security Risks - Working together, the FBI, the SANS Institute and the NIPC have put together a consensus list of the 20 most critical Internet security vulnerabilities.

 Decode Event IDs - Windows Events Logs are a great troubleshooting resource but decoding those Event IDs can be tedious. This free site makes it way easier.
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O'Reilly Open Source Convention Coverage - O'Reilly has posted coverage of this year's Open Source Convention
O'Reilly Open Source Convention Coverage (2001) - Articles, interviews, and audio and video coverage of select talks from last year's convention.
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference - Presentation Files - Download the presentation files from the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference.
Coverage from O'Reilly's Peer-to-Peer and Web Services Conference - Includes articles and talks by speakers. Here are the presentation files.
Best Free Software Sites on the Web - A quick reference guide to the best free software download sites on the web.
Icons to Burn - Now you can select the perfect icon rather than accept a compromise choice from the limited set offered by Windows. Here's a free collection of over 5000 quality icons, sorted into categories and downloadable in a single zip file.
Computer Security Test Sites - This site features a comprehensive set of links to other web sites that allow you to test the security of your computer. These web security resources will assist you in getting an in-depth security analysis of your computers. Their 'List of List' home page <> features 74 categories, each with many well-researched links.
2002 Salary Calculator - How is your earning potential in the current IT market? Find out with Network World's 2002 Salary Calculator. It has been updated to reflect the results of the Network World 2002 Salary Survey. Find out if you earn as much as your peers.
101 Essential Domain Name Resources - Domain Guru has just released the 2002 Edition of "101 Essential Domain Name Resources", the essential free guide to the best domain name web sites, services, and software in existence today.
Lecture Gives Unique Insight Into Linux - Video of a lecture by Alan Cox and Dick Porter. It includes a view of the history of the Linux operating system, and the free software movement behind it, plus an assessment of where Linux is now, and a look at the future needs and challenges of the operating system. 
Wireless Security Blackpaper - While many people don't know exactly what the weaknesses are, most have accepted the prevailing wisdom that wireless networks are inherently insecure and nothing can be done about it. Can wireless networks be deployed securely today? What exactly are the security holes in the current standard, and how do they work? This article attempts to shed light on these questions and others about wireless networking security in an enterprise environment.
Osborne McGraw-Hill Free Downloads - Samples and Code - At this site you can freely access all of the samples and code of Osborne McGraw-Hill's IT books. Also, download Oracle Press related source code from the Oracle Press Books Online Downloads here:

Feedroom - This video streaming portal provides live and prerecorded video stories of local, national, and international news. In upper left, click on the Tech channel, then, under Watch More Stories, click on the Next link to look at all the technology news stories.
Free Online File Format Converter - If you need to convert from one file format to another, such as an MS Word file into a PDF or a GIF file to a PNG, then this site is for you. You can do these and dozens of other file format conversions here for free. - Tweaks and Tips for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP to tune performance and stability with software configuration secrets. Easy to follow step by step instructions.
Read Oracle's latest white paper: "J2EE and Microsoft .NET
Free Windows Utilities - Find many excellent free utility programs to help you configure and get the most out of Windows. Here are some of them:
- Registry Tools: Tools to clean your registry, and a beginners guide to how it works.
- IconShop: Read & Write *.ICL icon libraries. Extract icons from Windows icons, cursors, animated cursors and more.
- MaxMem: Realtime memory manager that ensures you have the most physical RAM available to you as possible.
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.
HFNetChk 3.3 - Microsoft has released version 3.3 of its command-line tool which checks servers and reports on which security fixes are installed. This useful free tool is the easy way to ensure that your machines are running all the latest patches and that you haven't missed any.
ITtoolbox Database Code Exchange - ITtoolbox Code Exchange is a free service of ITtoolbox that allows you to publish your own source code for other IT professionals to download and use, and to access source code submitted by other code authors for your own use.
How To Understand Windows Error Messages - This is a simple helper application, type in the error number and learn what the problem is.
Karen Kenworthy's Registry Pruner v2.5 - This power tool will locate, backup, and delete orphaned entries in Windows Registry, and also delete orphaned entries from the Control Panel's Add/Remove applet. These freeware "Power Tools" are all very useful windows tools to have. Karen used to be the WinMag "Power Tools" columnist.
AnalogX Free Software Downloads
- Free Programming Utilities
- Free System Utilities
- Free Network Utilities
Access 1400 Search Engines, Worldwide - This list of search engines and directories compiled by Toyo Takakuwa has to stand as a monument to perseverance. Wow, what a list! Almost 1400 search engines from 174 countries.
Active Ports - Easy to use tool for Windows NT/2000/XP that enables you to monitor all open TCP/IP and UDP ports on the local computer. Active Ports maps ports to the owning application so you can watch which process has opened which port.
The "Belarc Advisor" - A useful and free online tool that builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware. It creates a local web page on your PC containing a rundown of all the hardware in and attached to your system, plus information on all the installed software including license and version numbers. This is definitely worth a look.
CompletePlanet - Directory Computing & Internet - Discover and search 90,000 searchable databases and specialty search engines.
Plug-in Tester Page - Check to see if you have these installed: Flash, Shockwave for Director, RealPlayer, Adobe Acrobat Reader and QuickTime. If you don't have any of these - don't worry. Just follow the directions your browser will be ready to go.
100hot List - Top 100 developer sites. Here is a linked list of their 8 technology categories.
IT Reviews - A UK Web site for independent hardware and software reviews by professional journalists, discussion forums, and price comparisons. Their reviews are free to read.
PC PitStop - Free online PC diagnostics and help to fix Windows crashes, security and improve PC performance; Anti-Virus scan, disk health and internet connection tests.
SkillsMentor - SkillsMentor is an on-line tool that helps you determine the courses and training programs you need in order to acquire the skills necessary for the career you are aspiring to. Step-by-step, it helps you to analyze your personal skills and contrast them against the skills set needed for the jobs you are interested in.
Search the CRITO Database - Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations. The CRITO publications database contains working papers, special reports, published papers resulting from CRITO's various research projects. Full Database Listing, 15 titles per page. Here are their research archives
NETGLOS - A multilingual glossary of Internet terminology currently being compiled as a voluntary, collaborative project by a number of translators and other professionals.
Computers Vertical Search Engine - Galaxy gives you a very comprehensive listing of custom Computer related vertical Internet search engines. They also have a good resource page called Galaxy Serious Searches: Computer Technology.
The Matrix Template Library - The Matrix Template Library (MTL) has had two fundamental goals from the time of its conception: To be a comprehensive, elegant, well-engineered, high-quality library of re-usable components for scientific computing and to offer vendor-tuned levels of performance. Contains good reference templates for C++.
Knowledge Management Internet Resources - This is a great site for learning more about Knowledge Management. Many good articles are here: Also freely accessible course notes are at bottom of this page in specialized web development:
Code Beach - Code Beach is your complete guide to free and open source code for ASP, C++, C#, ColdFusion, Java, JavaScript, Palm, Perl, PHP, Pocket PC, Python, and Visual Basic.
Application Development Advisor Online - This site's mission is to aid in the effectiveness of project leaders and development teams. To be their primary "how to" source in guiding them through the complexities of enterprise Web application development and integration technologies.
TECHtionary - The world's first animated technical dictionary on telecommunications, data networking and internet technology.
Volta NetGains E-Commerce Glossary - A glossary of online business terms. It's an A-to-Z of the main terms you're likely to encounter in today's world of electronic commerce (or e-commerce).
The Electronic Dictionary - Another dictionary of e-commerce terms and words.
Northern Light Special Edition: Electronic Commerce - This is a wonderful site with many eCommerce resources that are very helpful.
Multimedia File Formats on the Internet - This guide addresses the important concepts and techniques needed to use various file formats available on the Internet successfully.
Software Engineering Archives - These are the World-Wide Web archives for USENET newsgroup, including the Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) postings.
Catalog of Free Compilers and Interpreters - This list catalogues freely available compilers, compiler generators, interpreters, translators, important libraries, assemblers, etc.
Technology Administration Reports - Free Reports from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Technology Administration. - View Source Code Online - all programs found here are free for personal and commercial use, compatible with Unix and/or Windows, and are written in C/C++, Java, Perl, or Visual Basic. - Free Programming Resources: compilers, editors, installers, developer tools, libraries, debugging aids, version control, source code, etc. - A Documentation Sharing Consortium for staff members at higher education institutions dedicated to producing computer-related documentation and newsletters.
File Format Standards and more
Freebyte's Guide to Free Programming - Many free programming development tools and utilities are described and linked on this page.
Managing Standards - Provides guidance and proposes a common solution of "what-is" required to 'Manage and Control large and complex technical systems' from their concept to de-commissioning. Many templates and samples for software development projects are available here.
ResearchIndex: Computer Science Directory - This is part of the The NECI Scientific Literature Digital Library. Many categories of computer science topics to browse for technical papers.
Open Group Publications - The Open Group's publications are now available in full text on the web free of charge.
Moneywords - Information Technology Business Skills Builder on IT Project Management, Strategic and Project Planning, IT Object-Oriented Development, and Software Development Methodology., The Programmer's Search Engine - DevSearcher is a search engine dedicated to programmers and programming. Our huge database contains everything from Algorithms to ZX81 development and everything in between. Try searching for terms like 'free', 'tutorial', etc. You'll get a lot of sites to choose from and visit.
ChipCenter Knowledge Center - News, products, articles and resources for many technical areas relating to chips.
McGraw Hill's Online Encyclopedia of Science & Technology - This is their Computing & Information Technology Page. You can register for a free 4 week trial.
Java Compilers and VMs: List 1 and List 2 - Both of these sites give you a list of compilers and Virtual Machines for the Java programming language, including short descriptions, supported platform and Java version. Includes native compilers (to convert class files to executables) as well.
IBM Terminology - This Web site consolidates several of the main glossaries created for IBM products in one convenient location. Areas covered are: Glossary of Computing Terms, AS/400, AIX Glossary, DB2, CICS, DCE, and Tivoli.
Free Site Tools - A webmaster's free site to help build, promote and maintain websites. Free Java, clipart, editors, DHTML, animation, websites, perl, mp3s, CGI, logos, online tools, XML, visual basic, VRML, banners, wavs, promotion, ASP, fonts, midi and much more. 1300+ Webmaster Tools.
COMDEX Fall 2000 CyberLibrary - Community, content and commerce are what COMDEX is all about...marketplace for the information technology community. Search here for in-depth information from the leading technology vendors and analyst groups. You'll find white papers, case studies and analyst reports.
Programming Languages: Research Articles - Research Articles By Topic: Assembler, Basic/Visual Basic, C++, COBOL, FORTRAN, HTML, Java, Pascal, Perl, and Unix. Also community boards and chat rooms.
GoodGround - This site bills itself as the "ultimate IT Certification search engine", offers an impressive collection of links to thousands of knowledge bases, study sites, online tutorials and more. If you can't find the test prep material you want anywhere else, chances are it's here.
Computer Science: Standards & Specifications - This site has links to all the important Computer Science Standards and Specifications web sites.
Collected Algorithms - Software associated with papers published in the Transactions on Mathematical Software, as well as other ACM journals are incorporated in this collection of algorithms This software is refereed for originality, accuracy, robustness, completeness, portability, and lasting value. Most of these algorithms can be freely downloaded. - Free web site design templates to jump start your new web site or give your current one a new look. Free video training is also now offered for Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Frontpage, Frontpage 2000, Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, and General Site Building Skills.
Oracle on Linux - Software Downloads, Support, Technical Info, White Papers. The availability of Oracle8i on Linux enables current Linux users to deploy enterprise-class applications with unparalleled performance at the lowest possible cost. In addition, users reap the scalability and flexibility benefits of Oracle8i in Linux's open environment. - The Search Engine for Developers, free registration required. Free Code, forums, white papers, etc. covering Java programming and applets, Visual C++, Visual Basic, Artificial Intelligence, Game Programming, and Perl.
Chip Directory - This site contains numerically and functionally ordered chip lists, chip pinouts and lists of chip manufacturers, manufacturers of controller embedding tools, electronics books, web site resources and more.
WebSpawner - The Complete Code Reference Guide to HTML. HTML Alphabetical Reference List by Name or search by HTML tag. - A brand-new site that will help to prepare you for your Windows 2000 MCSE exams. All the exams on are 100% FREE and will assist you in learning the product while getting ready for Test Day. - Provides the single largest independent resource for Microsoft-related BackOffice and Windows DNA Server technologies. Here you'll find information on SQL Server, Exchange, SMS, Windows 2000 and more.
Oracle Documentation Library, Release 8.1.7 - This page contains the links to the online Oracle documentation available in HTML format on Oracle Technology Network. Documents include the Administrator's Guide, Concepts Guide, Migration, and Utilities guides. Here is the Documentation Library for Oracle 8.1.7 Server and SQL*Plus. Free registration required.
Ritter's Crypto Glossary and Dictionary of Technical Cryptography - Technical cryptographic terms are explained. Hyperlinked definitions and discussions of many cryptographic, mathematic, logic, statistics, and electronics terms used in cipher construction and analysis.
Journal of Object Oriented Programming - This site's goal is to provide you with the best, most in-depth selection of how-to articles, hands-on programming techniques, and reusable source code for Object-Oriented Programming.
The Data Administration Newsletter - This is a great site for learning about data administration. They have a comprehensive archive of online articles from past issues.
The Journal of Conceptual Modeling - The Journal of Conceptual Modeling is a free journal dedicated to data modeling, design, and implementation issues. The target audience is large: database professionals and developers, end users and business professionals, students and teachers, and anyone else using, developing, or considering development of a database system.
CBT Tape Freeware - The CBT tape is a collection of freeware almost all open-source distribution for the IBM mainframe MVS and OS/390 operating system environment. The entire collection of free software can be downloaded at the site as well as freeware for JES2, JES3, and other related S/390 material. A large repository of links to S/390 related sites on the Internet and archives of older material are also features. This site also has one of the best IBM mainframe resource link pages on the web here:
Virtual University - This online school has a simple $15 registration fee per term and you can take up to three classes concurrently. There are no "per class" tuition fees. The $15 charge is a processing fee and is non-refundable; however, if you are dissatisfied with your learning experience at VU and wish to cancel your membership, your fee will be cheerfully refunded. Courses offered this fall include: HTML 1: Web Design for Beginners, HTML 2: Enhancing Your Web Site, Build Your Free Web Site on Yahoo! Geocities, Getting Started with Microsoft Office 97/2000, Search Engine Secrets Revealed!, Introduction to HTML Forms, Javascript for Beginners, Mastering the Internet, and Exploring the World Wide Web.
The Dictionary of Programming Languages - A compendium of computer coding methods assembled to provide information and aid your appreciation for computer science history.
OO SoapBox - This site is a great collection of links covering the spectrum 
and essence of Object Technology which have been found useful in trying to gain a better understanding of OO Methods, Languages (C++, Eiffel, Java and others including Smalltalk, Objective-C, Dee, Blue and many more .. ) and their features. 
Computing.Net - A very fine technical support site. This site is devoted to centralizing technical support for all operating systems and all computer types in one location, making it very easy to get technical support. In the forums you can ask a question or offer an answer.
Encarta Encyclopedia Online Deluxe - Check out the Computer Science & Electronics Category of the Encarta Encyclopedia Online Deluxe edition. Many good I.T. articles are available on this site.
Notes From The Guru - This site offers tips, hints and how-to's for programming in C, troubleshooting Windows 95, and programming in Visual Perl.
Internet Requests for Comments - Here you will find a comprehensive list of RFCs. Includes a search feature and a glossary, this is the best web site for Internet RFCs. - This is a brand-new site from the makers of Contains information and advice for people in the technology industry. The primary focus of is preparing people for migrating to Microsoft Windows 2000. The site contain links to Windows 2000 resources, Windows 2000 book reviews, tutorials on various aspects of Windows 2000.
The Stony Brook Algorithm Repository - A comprehensive collection of algorithm implementations for over seventy of the most fundamental problems in combinatorial algorithms.
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