• From: "Scott Turton" <intel@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <intelinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 21:45:58 -0500


            Newsletter for Computer Education, 
              Training & Tutorial Resources 

            *** ISSUE #1 - September, 2000 ***


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    and co-workers who might be interested! 


In This Issue: 
1)... Editor's Greeting 
2)... The Best New Free I.T. Training & Tutorial Sites 
3)... New Desktop and Office Application Training Sites
4)... New Free I.T. Books & Book Sites
5)... New I.T. Training & Tutorial Links Sites
6)... I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning
7)... Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training
8)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission


1) Editor's Greeting:

Hello and welcome to the first issue of the free monthly 
newsletter for Computer Education, Training, & Tutorial Resourses 
web site. We are a non-profit web site and our mission is the 
training of those less fortunate who are seeking to become 
computer literate, both technically and from a user's perspective. 
For more information, please see the description of our computer 
mission near the end of this newsletter.

We want this newsletter to be the best one around. If you have 
suggestions, ideas, or feedback about this newsletter, feel free 
to email us at mailto:intel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Please feel free to send 
this newsletter to your friends and collegues. It contains highly 
valuable information for anyone who is an I.T. professional or 
desiring to become one.

This first edition of the newsletter describes and links to 25 
truly excellent computer and IT education and learning web sites 
that we have researched and found to be of high value and worthy 
of your review and study. Via this newsletter, you have knowledge 
of and access to these sites before visitors to our web site do. 
The I.T. training sites described and listed here will be posted 
on our web site in late September, 2000. This newsletter will also 
be posted on our site at this time. When we state here that these 
are new sites, we mean that they are new to us, that we have 
recently discovered them, have rated them highly, and will place 
them on our website at http://www.intelligentedu.com/.

Good luck with your computer studies and learning.
Scott Turton
Newsletter Editor and Webmaster


2) The Best New Free I.T. Training & Tutorial Sites:

This first listing is our featured Free IT Training Site this 
month, and I promise you it is a great one.


This is Computer Based Training at California State Univeristy 
Northridge, giving you totally free access to 595 computer and 
I.T. courses and tests. These courses are produced by SmartForce; 
they are very professionally done and cover every subject area you 
may want to study and learn. These courses are purchased and used 
by consulting companies, corporations and individuals at high 

I called the univeristy and asked if anyone is welcome to use 
these courses and they said yes, that you did not have to be a 
student to use them. The only limitation is that your progress and 
test results are not recorded.

Here are your directions to obtain your free access to almost 600 
SmartForce computer and IT training courses at California State 
Univeristy Northridge:

First, download and install the browser plug-in from this url:

Then to access the free IT training courses just click on the 
"Skip" button on the logon page:

Or, you can go directly to the courses here:

The default view displays the Curricula - click on the "View 
Courses" button to see all the courses they are offering for Free! 


Intro to PC Hardware, 12 Lesson free course from Garland County 
Community College. Each lesson comes with discussions, quizes, and 
assignments. It is very thorough and covers alot of learning 


Unified Computer Science TR Index - This is a searchable index to 
computer science papers archived across the Internet. This index 
pulls information from a very large number of sources, each with 
its own index format.


The programmer's file formats collection - all the file formats 
you've ever heard of and then some.


Here is a great basic computer course for free, called Jan's 
Computer Literacy 101. Other sets of lecture notes I have seen 
online are pretty much bare text. While the writing is often great, 
such text-only notes do not take advantage of the possibilities of 
web pages. So you will see some animations and graphics that 
enhance the text and, hopefully, make it clearer. 


Free Sample Courses: E-Commerce Fundamentals, Java 2 Fundamentals 
II, Linux/UNIX Network Administration II, Microsoft Excel 2000 


A Web Database Primer - This session is an introduction to Web 
Databases with specific application to Extension-related 
activities. This session is for you if (1) you have been wondering 
about Web databases and how to connect one to a Web page or (2) 
you've been asked to put up a Web database and you weren't sure 
where to begin. 


Subtitled "The Ultimate Entertainment and New Media Career Guide", 
this is a great site for anyone interested in a career in 
multimedia. The site offers guides to the animation, visual 
effects, and interactive digital media industries (including an 
Industry Database of more than 700 companies and professional 
organizations), what kinds of skills are needed to enter the field, 
the training needed (including information about schools offering 
relevant courses), and how to prepare your resume and job seeking 


Wintellect Q&A - Got a programming question that no one can 
answer? Let Wintellect help. Enter your question and your e-mail 
address in the spaces provided below and we'll do our best to 
provide an answer by e-mail. In the future, this service will be 
expanded to include a searchable database of questions and 


Here you'll find tutorials and resources for the beginning and 
advanced HTML author and web designer. If you are a new web author 
looking for some "Plain English" tutorials, then you've come to 
the right place. This site will quickly teach you how to make a 
page completely from scratch with no special software at all. 


Allen Leigh's course on web-site design. You are welcome to use 
this as a self-study "course". In using the course for self-study, 
you can systematically study the pages in the order they are given 
in the Site Map and gain a good understanding of basic design 
techniques, or you can browse the site and focus on the concepts 
that are of interest to you.


Graphic Design Tutorial: by Customwebgraphics.com. This tutorial 
is designed for those new to web design and creating web graphics.


Certification exam prep material at inpnet.org's site. There is 
alot of material here, including demos from the leading 
certification trainers and exam preparation providers. Mostly 
MCSE is covered with some CNE and A+ material.

This education links page is worth checking out also. Microsoft, 
Cisco, Novell, and A+ are covered plus miscellaneous links and 
other resources.


3) New Desktop and Office Application Training:

Free MS Office 2000, FrontPage 2000 and Windows 2000 Training 
Courses. These are complete, full length PC training courses which 
you can download for evaluation.


Accessible Documentation for Microsoft Products 
If you have difficulty reading or handling printed materials, you 
can obtain the documentation for many Microsoft products in other, 
more accessible formats. Documentation available for these systems 
and applications: Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95, Internet 
Explorer, Office 2000, Office 97, PhotoDraw 2000, Publisher 2000, 
and FrontPage 2000.


4) New Free I.T. Books & Book Sites:

Lions' Commentary on Unix : With Source Code

John Lions (New South Wales) was a Lecturer in Computer Science 
when an early version of UNIX arrived at the University of New 
South Wales in 1974. He wrote his commentary as an Operating 
Systems text for his students in 1977 but was never permitted to 
have it published commercially. He died several weeks after the 
book was published (on Saturday the Dec 5th, 1998). "The Lions 
book", cherished by UNIX hackers and widely circulated as a 
photocopied bootleg document since the late 1970's, is finally 
available in an unrestricted edition. This legendary underground 
classic, reproduced without modification, is really two works in 
1) the complete source code to an early version (Edition 6) of the 
UNIX operating system, a masterpiece in itself! 
2) a brilliant commentary on that code by John Lions 

A Free Postscript version is available from 

Download Ghost Viewer to view and print postscript files (ending 
in .ps):

Lions' Commentary on Unix : With Source Code ~ Usually ships in 24 
John Lions / Paperback / Published 1996
Amazon Price: $29.95 


Windows IT professional's free online technical reference library - 
a free online library of books on a variety of topics. Most of the 
titles aren't new releases, but still make great reading on your 
lunch break or downtime.As a bonus, the site features 
comprehensive book reviews of newly released titles from a variety 
of publishers.


Many Free Online Books covering these areas: Operating Systems, 
Networking, Hardware, Programming, Design Graphics Multimedia, and 
more. (Be patient on the connection, the page will appear).


Many Online IT and computer-related Books, covering subjects such 
as programming, web programming, Linux, Visual C++, Oracle, Java, 
Perl, and MS SQL Server.


Softpanorama Computer Book Review - Classic Computer Scence Books. 
Look for free, downloadable books.


5) New I.T. Training & Tutorial Links Sites:

Over 15,000 free tutorials on computing technology, including free 
video tutorials with the latest tips and tricks. 


Links on: UNIX Fundamentals, Expert Systems, Basic Internet, 
Research Guides, Search Engines & Subject Directories, Software 
Training, Microprocessors, Ada, C and C++, Pascal, Fortran, CGI & 
HTML, Miscellaneous


6) I.T. Sites Worth Mentioning:

2000Tutor.com - This is a brand-new site from the makers of 
MCSETutor.com. Contains information and advice for people in the 
technology industry. The primary focus of 2000Tutor.com 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.


7) Frequently Asked Questions about Technical Training:

Each month we will answer one of the frequently asked questions we 
receive about computer and technical training and career 
development. They will be archived on a separate FAQ page on our 
website after several months.

Sept. 2000 FAQ: Is it really necessary to have a degree AND 
additional certification(s)? If so, is it practical to pursue them 
both at the same time? Also, what are the best websites where I 
can find the most up-to-date information on training and necessary 

Answer: It is not necessary to have both a degree and additional 
certificates. However, having both will increase your 
marketability, giving you more choices to select from. You can 
always go after the certificates later after earning your degree. 
If you want the best job offers, be sure to earn and get your 
degree. It may not be practical for you to pursue a certificate at 
the same time as earning your degree. Some of the technical 
aspects will make a little more sense to you once you gain some 
experience on the job. It can use a certificate for leverage to 
obtain an increase in salary or a better position.

Here are some of the best websites for certifications and 

http://www.ittutor.com - ITTutor.com - The best Free training 
resources for Microsoft certifications. Offers a complete exam 
testing interface along with an integrated course reader. All 
questions have been written by Microsoft Certified Trainers and 
have been designed to teach the core knowledge required to 
understand a technology and pass the exam. Areas covered 
include: MCSE Networking Essentials, NT Core &amp; in the 
Enterprise Training, Windows 2000 Training, TCP/IP for NT Training, 
NT Administration Training, and Exchange 5.5 Training.

http://www.mcseguide.com - MCSEGuide.com - At this site you can 
get braindumps of the certification exams, free samples tests, and 
study guides for Windows NT 4, Networking Essentials, Exchange 5.5 
Administration, Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0, TCP/IP, 
Windows 2000, Cisco, A+, Network+, Novell, and Linux.

http://www.examnotes.com - Examnotes.com - Study guides and notes, 
practice exams, discussion forums, and links for these 
certifications: MCSE, CCNA, A+, Network+, I-Net+, and CNE.

There are more of these and other types of computer education, 
training & tutorial sites available, some free and some costing a 
little. All of the best ones are listed on our site at 


8) Please Support Our Training Mission:


How You Can Support Our IT Training Mission - By purchasing 
quality products through the links on the 
http://www.intelligentedu.com/support.html page on our Non-Profit 
Computer Education, Training & Tutorial Web Site you can help 
support our IT Training Mission. When you purchase products there 
and click on the advertising links on our site and in this 
newsletter, you will be helping people who want to learn to use 
computers in an Information Technology career. All profits are 
placed directly into a special education fund which helps offset 
the costs of technically training people about computer 
application development and teaching them how to become developers, 
technical specialists, and system administrators.


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