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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #20 - April, 2002


Newsletter for Computer 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

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! This is the 20th issue of our free monthly email newsletter for Computer 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 56 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 ***

Our newsletter subscriber list is now well over 10,000. I would like to personally welcome all of our new subscribers.

I have created a new website feedback form for our visitors to communicate back to me their impressions about Please take a minute to fill it out here:
I will let you know the results of this feedback survey in a future newsletter.

I have also posted a new special request form that our site members can use to communicate to me what their training needs are. Non-members may also use it, but members will get priority in our time spent researching and finding free computer and IT training. Here it is:

Just to let you know, we are still in the process of updating all of the links on all pages of the site. All the popular pages have been updated. Eventually we will move to an automated database.

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.

A free Web site that teaches you how to use the C programming language in embedded systems and in control applications. The courses teach you how PCs store and move information, how switches work, the basics of PC hardware, and how to read a schematic.


C++??: A Critique of C++ (3rd Ed.):

Gives a critique on the flaws of C++ versus other programming languages.


Three C/C++ Tutorial Downloads:
- Hypertext-based tutorial on using C++. (52 kb)
- C language tutorial, style, and quiz program. (892 kb)
- Text tutorial on C pointers (ASCII). (27 kb)


XML Articles and Tutorials:

These learning and teaching XML related documents are from the faculty and students at


ProFusion - Search Technology:

Use this search engine to find IT tutorials and learning materialsm, search for "tutorial".


Cisco - Packet Magazine - Archives:

Cisco has published current and back issues of their Packet Magazine for download as Adobe Acrobat files. Click on the links below to subscribe to the print version, download the current issue, or view past issues.

Packet Magazine - Fourth Quarter 2001:
Several Demo learning courses and materials from Cisco


Uncanny Programming:

This page contains various programming tutorials that the other pages never teach you. CSS, Active Channels, IE HTML, and Dynamic Fonts are some of the many cool programming tips that you will learn here.


Novell Support Knowledgebase:

Search Novell for technical documents and manuals for various Novell programs.


The Programmer's Lair- Programs :

This site offers C++, Visual Basic, Delphi programs, source codes, tutorials, forums and more


Computer Training Schools:

Some well written guides to help you in your IT career and certification goals.


Design Harbor:

Web Design, Coding and Server Tutorials. Learn HTML, CSS, PHP and the GIMP.


Two free practice tests here for Win2000 70-215 Practice Test (91 questions) and CCIE 350-001 Practice Test (159 questions). They give you the correct answers at the end.


Programming tutorials covering the following:




Visual Basic:


Oracle, Windows and Linux Command References, a guide to Oracle, Windows NT and Linux BASH operating system commands.


Object Orientation Tips:

Keep up-to-date with object oriented technologies, without having to read through high volume, low signal-to-noise sources. About one new article per week.


Tutorial Online Homepage:
T.O.L. Tutorial On-Line Home Page

This is a great tutorial download site for many IT areas. Included is a seven chapter, 122 page Visual Basic Tutorial in doc format. (294 kb)


Five Stars for Effort:

This excellent free support site currently has 53 technicians available to help you with your problems. There's also a very good collection of tips, tricks and FAQs online to search.



This site is a favorite of tech support people and developers, and a great way to find the answer to your current IT problems, covers Visual Basic and Repairs/Troubleshooting, among others.

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A comprehensive source of computer information on the Internet, covering everything from product information and prices to tutorials. The site is well organized content is accessible via multiple number of indexing schemes.


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Free Brainstorming Training:
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AMBAI Online Business Management Course:
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Viveks Programming World:

Free email courses in SQL, Java, Linux and a Basic Computer Course.


Aries Curricula & Assessment Demo:

Free online training covering4A+ units, 3 Net+ chapters, 3 Windows NT chapters, and 2 computer literacy units. Each lesson contains content, summary, exercises, and a practice quiz, and is designed to be completed in one 50 minutesetting.Register here:

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For IT students and educators - free IT and MS technology learning resources. For some you need to register.

Featured Curriculum, Projects, Tutorials:

C+ search results:

Programming search results:


Microsoft's VB Articles:

Technical Articles for Visual Basic 6 by Microsoft covering technical development, data, server-side technologies, client-side technologies and internet technologies.

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Free Learning IT Events from Microsoft:
- Free Microsoft TechNet Briefings provide you with in-depth, how-to information on deploying, managing, supporting, and optimizing your Microsoft products.

Product Documentation:
- This page lets you access the complete online help for all versions of the Windows 2000 operating system as well as Internet Information Services (IIS). Get all the most current documentation here.

How It Works:
- These resources provide in-depth technical information to help you better understand and optimize the Windows 2000 operating system.


Microsoft Windows XP Quick Reference:

Windows XP is a lot different from previous versions of Windows. To make things easier for you here's a Microsoft Windows quick reference free of charge.


3) New Free I.T. 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.

Network World NetSmart:

NetSmart has numerous sample chapters from a number of Cisco Press books including several CCNA, CCDA, & CCNP titles.


Java Bookshelf:

Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages - two free chapters.


Linux From Scratch:

Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system. The instructions how to create an LFS system are provided in this LFS book. Beyond Linux From Scratch is also available::


SQL : A Practical Introduction:

You can download a PDF copy of the book "SQL: A Practical Introduction" by Akeel Din. You need to supply an email address before you are allowed to download it.


MemoWare: Computer Category:

The PDA Document Repository. Many free computer related docs and books. Here are the Document Conversion Utilities:


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

Pace University:

Has some project and technical papers on subjects including Java, Extreme Programming, C++ and Object Oriented Programming. Here are a couple:

Rules for C++ Programmers:

Java vs. C++:


IT Courses from University of Western Ontario:

Operating Systems:

Networking Fundamentals:


University of California - Berkeley:

INFOSYS 206: Distributed Computing Applications & Infrastructure, online notes and Slides directory


University of Edinburgh:

Computer Security - Documents are PDF or HTML


Virginia Tech:

ECPE 2504 - Introduction to Computer Engineering -Fall 2000, Dr. Scott F. Midkiff - great online lecture notes.


University of Washington:

Operating System lecture notes, very good.


Christopher Newport University:

Networking and Communications Courses with good, online lecture notes.


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:

Free Tutorials and Guides from Penn State University:

Software Learning Guides:

Handouts on various applications:

C&IS Seminar Notes and Handouts:
- Here you will find some of the handouts, notes and links to many of their hands-on seminars.


Information Systems Services:

Tutorial Workbooks covering Unix, SPSS, Excel, Word, Access, HTML .


Getting Started with Excel:

Time Value on Excel:

Valuation on Excel:


St. Philips College Technology Training Center:

MS Word 2000 Online Course:

PowerPoint 2000 Online Course:


Unitek Information Systems:

Get a free, no-obligation, 1 day access to MS WORD 2000 course.


8) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

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.


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.

April 2002 FAQ:

What is your new "Understanding Computer Security" e-book all about? How do I get a copy?


This is a new computer security e-book that I have put together from U.S. government agency computer security papers and guides. I have attempted to extract the most relevant information and present it in a coherent and understandable manner. It is a complex area encompassing many topics that can be difficult to understand and bring together. My hope is that this e-book will make computer security easier to learn. You can receive your free copy by downloading it from here: (550 kb). When unzipped the file is a windows .exe executable. For those not able to use this format, please email me (), at a later date I'll have an alternate format ready.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


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