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Best of: Internet & Computers    
Computer Hardware/Software .  E-mail/Listservs .  Online Safety/Privacy .  Search Engines/Directories .  Tutorials .  Web Design 

Computer Hardware & Software
Ars Technica - The Complete System Building Guide:
Ars Technica, LLC offers this step by step guide to building your own personal computer. Helpful pictures are provided.
This commercial site for the technology industry has price comparisons, product reviews, news and more.
Google Docs & Spreadsheets:
Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program. It also allows you to share documents. An e-mail address is required for an account.
Libre Office:
LibreOffice is the free power-packed open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications - Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Math and Draw.
PC Magazine:
The online version of this popular magazine delivers authoritative, labs-based comparative reviews of computing and Internet products.
PC World:
PC World's Test Center and expert reviewers rate the latest personal computer products and choose the best buys each month.
ThinkFree is a free web-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation program. An e-mail address is required for an account.

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E-mail & Listservs
CataList, by L-Soft, is an online catalog of LISTSERV lists. Users can browse thousands of public LISTSERV lists on the Internet, search for mailing lists of interest, and get information about LISTSERV host sites.
This free e-mail service offered by Google requires a mobile phone with text message capabilities to sign up. Gmail offers large storage capacity, spam protection, and no pop-up ads.
Read, reply or forward your current email from anywhere using this free application; be sure to log off when you're done using this application.
MSN Hotmail:
Microsoft Corporation's free Web-based e-mail allows users to send and receive e-mail from any Web connection.
Yahoo! Mail:
Yahoo! Mail is free and provides customizable e-mail including online picture sharing, spam protection, filtering, and multiple e-mail account management.
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Online Safety & Privacy
Consumer Privacy Guide:
Information and tools consumers need to take charge of their privacy on the Internet.
Internet Education Foundation's guide to Internet safety and privacy, including tips on how to keep children safe online, how to stop unwanted e-mail and spam, how to protect your computer from hackers and viruses, and how to keep your personal information private.
Michigan Online Security Training (MOST):
Tips and training to avoid security problems on the Internet from the Michigan Department of Information Technology
OnGuard Online:
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
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Search Engines & Directories
Ask.com provides consumers with information retrieval products across a wide range of Web sites, portals, and desktop search applications.
Dogpile searches the most popular search engines and retrieves the best combined results.
A popular search engine to try when you're looking for web sites. You can also limit your search to just images, videos or news stories.
This directory is maintained by the Ramapo Catskill Library System to provide kids with links to quality Internet resources.
Open Directory Project:
A human-edited directory of the Web by subject area that is maintained by volunteers.
Search Engine Watch:
Provides tips and information on searching the Web and chronicles developments in the search engine industry.
Yahoo! is one of the leading search engines on the Web and assists users in locating information that is up-to-date, relevant, and comprehensive.
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Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial:
This well-organized tutorial from the University of California at Berkeley Library presents what the Internet is and how to search it.
Internet Tutorials:
The University at Albany Libraries put together a series of tutorials and guides to explain the Internet and basic functions in getting connected, doing research, and searching.
Mouse Tutorial:
Learn the basics and the terminology of using a mouse with this lesson adapted from tutorials created by a public library.
Mouse Tutorial (Spanish):
Spanish speakers can learn the basics and the terminology of using a mouse with this lesson adapted from tutorials created by a public library.
Netlingo Internet dictionary has thousands of definitions that easily explain the Internet and the online world of business, technology, and communication.
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Web Design
Dynamic Drive:
A site for advanced web site designers that offers free dhtml scripts and components for your web site.
Microsoft Office Live:
Microsoft Office Live allows you to create your own professional Web site for free.
Web Developers Journal:
A trendy commercial site with Web tools, tips, articles, and software links.
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