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Newsletter for Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources: Issue #30-1 - Feb, 2003 #1


Newsletter for Computer IT Education,
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*** ISSUE #30-1 - February 2003 ***

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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)... I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning

8)... Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training

9)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission

1) Editor's Greeting:

Hello everyone, and welcome to our new subscribers!

This is the 1st edition for our February 2003 issue of our free semimonthly newsletter for Computer IT Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources providing you with 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 two 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 32 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. This newsletter is also available to subscribers in HTML format at this special url:

*** Current News ***

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I wish you the best with your computer studies and learning.

Warm Regards,
Jeff Love
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The total price to join as a member is only $15.00 total for 2 months, $25.00 for 4 months or $34.00 for 6 months. The funds generated will assist us to help all those seeking IT education and application development training. Here's the link to see what's available on our member's site and to sign up:

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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.

USQ Mathematics and Computing CDROM:

This site has a lot of great free teaching and learning material available. These are actual course lessons with step-by-step teaching modules, each having exercises. Here are some of them:

System Administration: Provides practical, appropriate experience and knowledge of procedures for computer system and network administration.

Programming in C:

Advanced Programming in C:

Object-Oriented Programming in C++:

Software Development Tools:

Computer Graphics:

White CD: This contains windows software required for various courses.

Green CD: This contains information on installing Redhat Linux, extra software for Linux, and Linux Documentation.

"An Introduction to Linux", 2003: This booklet is designed to be read before and during RedHat Linux installation.

New Order - the computer and networking security portal:

This is a very resourceful site for compouter security related information. Here are some of the areas it covers:

Books and Papers on Unix/Linux Security:

Amateur Fortress Building in Linux: Part1:

Amateur Fortress Building in Linux: Part 2:
These two articles look at how to secure your Linux system in some interesting ways.

Armoring Linux:
This article presents a systematic method to prepare your system for the Internet

Networking Articles:

Programming Articles:

Hardware Articles:

TechHowTo Free Tech Tutorials and Computer Resource Center:

Windows, HTML, Java and Networking tutorials. Also offers pages for Tips & Tricks and Help & HowTos.

J2EE Best Practices Training Video with slides:

Teaches you all about J2EE Best Practices. This video is a taste of The Middleware Company's training classes in which one of its architects, Owen Taylor, is shown teaching actual courseware.

GNU C Programming Tutorial (Edition 4.1):

Several download formats are offered for this tutorial. The previous edition of this tutorial is found at: The original author, Mark Burgess, also has some other Free computer books and lecture notes here:

The GNU C Library 2.2.5 Reference Manual is available at

For more Free Documentation check out GNU Manuals Online at

A+ Certification Practice Exams from Aplus Omega Enterprises:

Practice and pass the CompTIA Core Hardware and OS Technologies A+ Certification Exams with ten free A+ certification practice tests containing twenty questions in each exam.

SystemExperts - Technical Tutorials:

Technical security tutorials in several areas, including Wireless, Network Security Profiles, Hardening Windows 2000, and IDS. Also, here are their security related white papers: and here is the directory of tutorials and papers:

Computerworld IT Reports:

Provides additional research, white papers and analysis from industry vendors and leading market research firms. You can also check out the Computerworld Case Studies here: was the very first large-scale question and answer service on the net. They have thousands of volunteers, including top computer scientists, waiting to answer your questions. All answers are free and most come within a day. Areas covered are Communication/Networks, Hardware, O.S., Programming, Software, and Technical Careers.

One Month's Free Online Trial Access to Wiley's Computer Science Journals:

You can now receive a month's Free online access to selected special issue articles published in Wiley's journals below for 2001-2002: 

* Software: Practice & Experience
* Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution 
* Software: Testing, Verification & Reliability 
* Software Process: Improvement and Practice 
* Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience 
* The Journal of Visualization and Computer Animation

Free registration is required.

Programming Windows Tutorials:

This site provides a number of tutorials, articles and projects related to Windows programming in various forms.

Windows API tutorial introduces basic aspects of Windows GUI programming:

DirectX tutorial introduces the various aspects of DirectX:

DirectX .NET framework: THis is a large tutorial in intermediate and advanced .NET programming, using DirectX. It provides a thorough advanced-level introduction to the C++ .NET programming language, developing a powerful class library. It also provides some intermediate-level C#.NET and VB.NET sample programs.

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.


130 free online computer books, tutorials, lecture notes, documentations and references covering the following:

C/C++ (15):

Java (22):

Perl (6):

Python (9):

Unix (4):

Linux (17):

Common Linux Applications (10):

Introduction to Programming (9):

Data Structures & Algorithms (6):

Object-Oriented Programming (6):

Logic Programming (5):

Software Development (4):

Game Development (8):

Free Software / Open Source (4):

Hackers and Computer Philosophy (6):

MIS eBook Online Textbook:

Offers online notes for an Management of Information Systems course.

IT Baseline Protection Manual:

This online manual provides an excellent, detailed view of what needs to be implemented and covered by IT security, and shows you the standard security safeguards required.

Free for All:

This book is now free in electronic form as a PDF (1.2meg). Read how a loose-knit group of programmers, dreamers, philosophers, geniuses and fools discovered the fact that that they could write better software in less time by just giving it all away.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book:

This is a special Web edition, contains new projects for both Photoshop 7.0 and Adobe ImageReady 7.0. The book covers the basics of learning Photoshop and ImageReady and countless tips and techniques for preparing and editing Web graphics.


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

ACS 160 Lecture Notes Page:

Lecture notes in (pdf and ppt formats) for course in Foundations of Applied Computer Science. Covers IT in a business environment, computer devices, structured programming principles, and system development life cycle.

CS 110 C++ Programming Laboratory:

These are lecture slides for an introductory course in C++. The objective of this course is to give you a moderate overview of programming in the C++ language and object oriented programming.

Also, here are the instructor lecture notes/slides for the book "C++ How to Program":

Lecture Notes MIS 3523:

These slides explain Data Communications & Telecommunications for business. Student presentations are here:

MIS 474:

This MIS Course Notes give you information about Distributed Data Processing, Client/Server, Network Management & Security, WANS, LANS, and Wireless.


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:

Provides study information for IT certification exams for MCSE, A+, CCNA, CCNP, CCIE, Network+, and Oracle. Includes study materials, practice questions, and sample papers you'll find useful in using for these exams.

Free online technical support for all level of users, areas include Windows, Unix/Linux, Webpage Design & Graphics, Drivers & Utilities, Games, Hardware, Networking, Security, and Programming.


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

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

Web Programming Tutorials:

Resources to help you learn JavaScript, HTML4, and more. You'll find many links to free web programming resources.

Lots of Links to computer hardware related topics including CPUs and Microcontroller, MIDI, Mobile Communications, Networking, Optics, Circuits, Repair Info, Robotics, Video and Wiring.

Information On Cryptography:

Lots of cryptography resources, links to link farms, documents, groups, and tools and systems.

Links to Cisco learning and training Materials, with some free tests.


7) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

BIOS Optimization Guide:

Here you can learn how to tweak your BIOS for maximum speed or stability and understand many of the settings in your BIOS setup.

The Compilers Resources Page:

Here you'll find free compilers including sometimes their sources and articles on writing a compiler. A forum to discuss about compilers and programming is available at

Instant Messaging Security Threat:

This is a well-informed, free white paper on the security exposure presented by the various instant messaging systems provided by Symantec.

8) 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.

February 2003 FAQ #1: I'm looking for information about getting certified in the Computer Security are, can you help me?


Yes - I have put together some information and resource links on the important security certifications. It is located on this page:

It covers the CISSP, SSCP, GIAC, CPP, CISA, and CIA, along with some of the business continuity professional certifications. I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Resources

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