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Computing News

The Computer Network operates this computing news Web site. Updated many times a day, this is one of the best sites for keeping up with the latest news and with practical information that will affect you and your computer.

Daily News
An excellent blog and resource page on wireless networking and computing, with something of a Pacific Northwest focus.

Internet News
Provides real-time news updated throughout the business day, covering IT issues and Internet-related technologies for corporate managers and hi-tech professionals.

Slashdot: News for Nerds
Current events in the areas of computers and Internet use, updated daily.


Free, automated weblog publishing tool.

Cybercafe Search Engine
Provides a searchable database of cybercafes, public internet access points and kiosks listings worldwide.

A social bookmarks manager. Using bookmarks, you can add bookmarks to your list and categorize them.

Down For Everyone or Just Me?
Check to see if your computer is malfunctioning or it it's actually the website that is down.

Hot Spot Finder
This site makes it easy to locate wireless internet access around the globe.

Internet Archive
Maintains an on-line library and archive of Web and multimedia resources.

IPL Blog List
Features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of blogs. Also provides information on how to create your own blog.

A social networking site. Meet people from your area in the country and keep in touch. Includes blog, forums, email, groups, games and events.

A blog search engine.

Identify a registered domain name holder.

Wayback Machine
Provides links to older versions of a web page.

WiFi Freespot
A source for wireless Internet access points around the globe.


NetLingo The Internet Dictionary
Contains thousands of definitions and Internet acronyms.

TechWeb: TechEncyclopedia
Offers definitions and links for more than 20,000 information technology terms.


Free Email Address Directory
Carries listings for hundreds of free email providers, mail forwarding services, reminder services, and mailing list hosting. Also provides explanations of the types of free e-mail, facts about using free e-mail, e-mail etiquette and guides to beating spam (junk mail).

Free Email Providers Guide (FEPG.net)
Search for free e-mail providers in more than 85 countries.


Clipart Searcher
Find free clip art, photos, and animations.

An online photo management and sharing application.

A large collection of free photographs for private non-commercial use on the Internet.

Google Image Search
Provides a comprehensive image search of the web.

Search for free-to-use images.

Hosts user-generated videos.


AARP Basic Web Lessons
A straightforward overview of key Internet concepts from the AARP.

AARP Intermediate Web Lessons
These lessons from AARP focus on more advanced topics in web browsing and using the Internet.

Bare Bones 101
A seventeen lesson course on the various aspects of research in the library and on the web. From the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Excel Easy
Offers tutorials (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) on how to use Excel. Includes lots of examples.

GCF Global Learning
Offers free, beginning computer courses and other learning opportunities in English and Spanish.

Good Typing
Learn how to type correctly in just a few hours using all your fingers. Free online typing courses available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, or Portuguese.

In Pictures Online Tutorials
These tutorials are based on pictures, not words.  They’re the easiest way to learn computer subjects such as Microsoft Office, Open Office and web design and programming.

New User Tutorial
Teaches basic computer skills such as using the mouse and the scroll bar, double clicking, using the File menu and other basic Windows functions and entering commands in dialog boxes.

Software Cheat Sheets
Free one page cheat sheets for a variety of commonly used programs like Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Adobe and more. The user guides show the most commonly used commands for each program in an easy to use, easy to understand format.

A free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life.

W3 Schools
Free Web building tutorials, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, JavaScript, and Flash as well as RSS, PHP and others.