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*** ISSUE #38 - January 2004 ***

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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)... Question of the Month 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 January 2004 issue of our free monthly 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 $15 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 51 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 ***

I apologize for the lateness of the newsletter this month. We have changed its frequency to every month, instead of semi-monthly.

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This issue, Jan. 2004:

I wish you the best 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.

Ray Toal - Classes:

Plenty of free learning and training materials are available at this site. Here are the resources:

  Internet Technologies Courseware:

  Computer Graphics Courseware:

  Concurrent and Distributed Programming Courseware:

  Data Structures and Algorithms Courseware:

  Internet Technologies Courseware:

  Object Technologies Courseware:

  Systems Programming Courseware:

  Programming Languages Courseware:

  Introduction to Programming Languages:

  Introduction to C:

  Introduction to C++:

  Introduction to Perl:

  Introduction to Java:

  Introduction to SQL:


Programming in C++ Rules and Recommendations:

The purpose of this document is to define one style of programming in C++. The rules and recommendations presented here are not final, but should serve as a basis for continued work with C++. This collection of rules should be seen as a dynamic document; suggestions for improvements are encouraged.


C Programmer's Notebook:

This notebook discusses issues which C programmers always seem to encounter as they learn and grow in their programming experience. Many of the topics are specific to a certain system, which makes them inappropriate for the C newsgroup FAQ.


C / C++ Reference:

This site provides the following references for C and C++: Standard C Library and all C Functions, C++ I/O, C++ Strings, C++ Standard Template Library and all C++ Functions.

Also, these general C/C++ references are covered:

Windows-to-Linux Roadmap:

This is a roadmap for developers making the transition to Linux. It is designed to help you take the experience and knowledge that you already have in computing and redirect it to working in Linux. As you follow this roadmap, you'll discover many new resources to help you learn, troubleshoot, and manage Linux.

  Step 1. Thinking in Linux:

  Step 2. Console crash course:

  Step 3. Introduction to Webmin:

  Step 4. User administration:

  Step 5. Linux logging:

  Step 6. Working with file systems:

  Step 7. Networking:

  Step 8. Backup and recovery:

  Step 9. Installing software:


Introduction to Linux: A Hands on Guide:

This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. It contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant.


Linux Tutorials from

These cover the Command Line, the Linux Shell, File Systems and Directories, X Window System, Linux Software, Tips and Cheat Sheets, and more.


General Linux, Part 1 - 229 slides teaching GNU and Linux Commands (611kb):

General Linux, Part 1 - 293 slides teaching Hardware and Architecture topics (1046kb):

Linux Tutorials by IBM:

Also, Awk, Sed, and Bash tutorials are in this directory:


IP Addressing Basics:

This page is intended to help students understand the process of IP addressing and subnets. Here are more pages here:

  IP Classes and Standard Subnet Masks:

  IP Subnets and Borrowing Bits:

  IP Host Ranges:

  Printable IP Subnetting Chart:


Introduction to Network Security:

Introduction to Network Security (Video on Demand):

This course is an introduction to network security. It includes basic detail on authentication, authorization, cryptography, firewalls, intrusions detection systems and IPsec virtual networks (VPNs). This session is meant to prepare the absolute beginner for the issues they will face when integrating security technologies into their networks.


Introduction to Routers and LAN Switches:

This session provides the fundamentals of routers and LAN switches, focusing on Layer 2 and 3. It discusses the hardware elements of routers and switches including the switch fabric, application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), and memory buffers. This session helps beginner and intermediate networking professionals better understand how to create ideal network topologies.


Visual Basic .NET Resource Kit:

Free Download of Visual Basic .NET Resource Kit. The Visual Basic .NET Resource Kit is an essential aid for new or experienced Visual Basic .NET programmers. Programmers who want to get started creating applications for Windows, Microsoft Office, the Web, and mobile devices will benefit from this comprehensive collection of technical information.


Free Windows Training from

Windows Longhorn Training and Learning Materials:

ASP.Net Beginner and Intermediate Training and Learning Materials:

VB.Net Beginner and Intermediate Training and Learning Materials:

C# Beginner and Intermediate Training and Learning Materials:

XML related Training and Learning Materials:


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.

Online Books:

Books on this site include these:
  Active Server Pages
  Teach Yourself ActiveX in 21 Days
  Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in 14 days 
  Internet Unleashed
  Intranet Unleashed
  Java Developer's Guide
  Teach Yourself JavaScript 1.1
  Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 14 Days
  Using VRML
  Microsoft Visual Interdev
  Teach Yourself SQL in 21 Days
  Teach Yourself Oracle 8 in 21 Days
  Oracle Unleashed
  Teach Yourself Photoshop in 14 Days
  CGI Developer's Guide
  Client/Server Computing
  Unix Unleashed

MCP Library Collection - Volume 1:

This site contains 95 free online books, including these: Perl 5 Unleashed, Oracle Unleashed, Intranets Unleashed. VB Script Unleashed, Teach Yourself Visual Basic 5 in 24 Hours, Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 14 Days, Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days, Teach Yourself SQL in 21 Days, Teach Yourself Microsoft Visual InterDev in 21 Days, JavaScript Manual of Style, and Java Developer's Reference.


Open Education Site:

This site offers these free learning materials: Java Tutorial, JavaScript Reference, HTML 4 Reference, XHTML Reference, XML In Action, CSS Tutorial, CSS Reference, DTD Tutorial.


The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Storage Resource Management:

This is a free eBook about storage resource management (SRM). Learn:

Here are all the Free Definitive Guide eBooks:


JavaScript: The Definitive Guide:

This book includes chapters covering the core of JavaScript, Client-side JavaScript, a reference chapter, and appendices.


SQL Server 2000 Books Online (Updated - Service Pack 3):

Download product documentation for SQL Server 2000 that has been updated for Service Pack 3 (SP3). SQL Server 2000 Books Online (Updated - SP3) includes the complete documentation that shipped with SQL Server 2000 plus revisions, corrections, and additions.


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

Dale Craig - Spring 2004 Courses:

Here are courses, with lecture notes, covering the following technologies:

  XML Online:

  Visual Studio Notes:

  Web Page Design:

  Advanced Java:

  Visual Basic:

  Advanced Visual Basic:


Dr. Lawrence Schmitt - Fall 2003 Schedule:

Click on the Materials links for handout and slide presentations for three courses: C++, Systems Analysis, and Operating Systems.


BCO1048 - Introduction to Business Systems Development:

This course provides Powerpoint slides covering the following topics: 
  Computer-based information systems
  Information systems development
  Project management
  Approaches to systems development
  Systems analysis
  Investigating systems requirements
  Data Modeling
  Process Modeling
  Modern Structured Analysis


COH204 and COH264 Homepages:

Very well written tutorial notes on Unix, Shell Scripting, and Networking related topics.

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:

Free MCSE, MCDBA, MCP, MCSA, Cisco, Oracle, CompTIA, CIW, Citrix, Novell Certification study guides, practice tests, and exam information.


Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts:

Eight complete computer repair and diagnosing flowcharts excerpted from the published book, plus a free printable wall poster for boot failure diagnostics.

Also on this site:

Starting and Running Your Own Computer Business:

This book is a guide for those who have already decided to start a computer business and are looking for some "been there, done that" advice, it is intended for the small start-up.

The Object Oriented Programming Web hosts a large collection of programming and computer science resources: tutorials, lecture notes and online books. All of these resources are FREE, searchable.


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

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

Merlot Information Technology Home Page:

Merlot is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Many web resources to online learning materials are collected and made freely available here.


LTSN-ICS Subject Resource Guides:

Systems Analysis and Design Notes and Slides:

  Programming Notes for Courses and Modules:

  Databases Notes and Slides:

  Notes and Resources for Java:


Enabling Technologies:

  Web Programming Learning Resources:

  Programming Learning Resources:

  Networking Learning Resources:

  Database Learning Resources:

  Multimedia Learning Resources:

  Mobile E-Commerce Learning Resources:

  Data Interchange Learning Resources:

  Transaction Processing Learning Resources:

7) I.T. Sites and Free Downloads Worth Mentioning:

The IDA Open Source Migration Guidelines:

The IDA Open Source Migration Guidelines provide practical and detailed recommendations on how to migrate to Open Source Software (OSS)-based office applications, calendaring, e-mail and other standard applications.

Here is the 148 page document:


PcDocRx OnCall:

This Free diagnostic tool is designed to seek out potential Windows problems on your PC, with simplicity of use in mind. It performs a series of diagnostic checks to locate file errors or problems, including all types of software errors, registry problems, leftovers from incomplete uninstalls and much more.



A free version of this versatile and very functional text editor is now available for Linux. I have been using it on my Linux laptop and I love it.

8) Question of the Month about Technical Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and IT training and career development.

January 2004 Question of the Month: 
Can you find me a good, free Windows Registry Cleaner utility program to download?


Easy Cleaner provides a number of useful PC maintenance functions including the removals of invalid entries from your Windows registry, the identification and removal of duplicate and other unnecessary files. It is very efficient and speedy to use and rated as one of the best free registry cleaners available on the Internet today.

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Web Master and Editor

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