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    SECURITY FIRST: The most important first step is to install malware protection   SEE LIST - You could use these FREE tools - SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition and Zonealarm® Free Firewall and AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - which work well together!   A better solution would be to download and install a Virtual Machine IDE which provide an extra layer of protection on the computer. See options below under Virtualization.

    NOTE: Although the focus in these guides deals with IBM®-compatible computers, please note that Apple® or Macintosh® computers will be combined in many links. There are many well-written guides to evaluate  -  try several for the style you may find helpful (plain text, graphics, videos, podcasts). Beginners' guides are listed first followed by more advanced links:

    Other How-to Guides and Tutorial locators :

  1. Bob Bowman's Techtools Page & Technology Page
  2. See INDEX for 60 areas of Educational Technologies - See Support Page especially
  3. How-Tos and Tutorials Directory
  4. Best Free Technical Support Sites - Gizmo's Freeware
  5. Free Technical Support - See many subjects at
  6. *Free Computer Tutorials, Guides, Support, and Archived Help Site -
  7. *Tutorial Guide - Find the best way to find archived tutorials

    Beginner Guides - then Advanced or Mixed :

  8. logoComputers 101 - Good starting point to explanatory links
  9. *Beginners Guide -
  10. TechnologyBasics - Technology Advice For The Novice - Also see Advantages of Smartphones
  11. Geekgirl's Plain-English Computer Tutorials - Covers all the bases
  12. Mac 101 - Get started with the Mac
  13. How-to guide plus Technology and Internet - Many selections from Maholo
  14.® - See topics on computers, social media, smartphones and more...
  15. How-To Geek School - See topics at site
  16. *Computers and Technology Tutorials - Search or browse topics
  17. Computer-Related Tutorials - See glossary via More Menu from Bleeping Computer
  18. Simple Help - Common questions, simple answers
  19. The PC Guide - Topic Index - Comprehensive guide
  20. Basic Computer Operation Tutorial - Thorough and understandable - Illustrated
  21. *A Complete illustrated Guide to PC Hardware - See other guides by Michael Karbo
  22. *PC101 - Personal Computer 101 - Links and References
  23. Guide to Desktop Computer Parts - Courtesy of
  24. Wide range of computer help - See topics at geeks to go!
  25. Computers for Retirees - A computer book for seniors - Text only - no graphics - PCs and Macs
  26. Senior's Guide to Computers - A Beginner's Tutorial
  27. HTG Explains: What is a VPN? (And Why You Might Want to Use One)
  28. vpnMentor | 2017 Reviews, Tips and VPN Tutorials
  29. What is a VPN and How Does it Work? -
  30. Free Web Proxy Sites for Anonymous Surfing, Plus Best VPN Tools
  31. Micro Center: Understanding Tech - See list of guides
  32. Beginners Guides: 101 Tech Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP -
  33. How-tos section of Computing.Net
  34. Computer Tutorials - Selective links on computer topics
  35. Macintosh Links - See more information at
  36. The educational encyclopedia (See computers, electronics, history, etc.) - Many technical items - Educypedia
  37. * - The Tutorial Website
  38. How-to Guides / Tutorials & Freeware - See many computer topics
  39. Search: PC World article - Find articles related to computers
  40. Welcome to - Windows Secrets Refugees
  41. *Easy Tips - How do I? - Extensive computer help site - like 325 Easy PC Tips
  42. Technology Videos - Podcasts - Articles - From thinkdiGit
  43. Computers for Beginners/The Basics - Wikibooks
  44. Computer Tutorials for Beginners -
  45. See wide variety of Computer Tips - Computer Tips
  46. Free computer terms, dictionary, and glossary
  47. *Doug's Windows 95/98/Me/XP/Vista Tweaks and Tips
  48. Tips Blog focused on Mac users - From
  49. - Lots of technical information - including computer terms, tutorials, web tools, etc.
  50. Computer Basics - For average and website owners
  51. Computer Technical Tutorials and Information - Free Computer Tutorials
  52. Tommy's Tutorial Links
  53. Computers & Technology - Useful and how-to links
  54. How-To Geek: Computer Help
  55. Win XP Information
  56. Multimedia Tutorials and others - Older links via
  57. Computer Hardware Tutorial links
  58. *Computer Ergonomics 101
  59. How to Browse Internet Anonymously
  61. *WorldStart's Computer Tips
  62. Computer Tips & Tricks - Courtesy of TechSpot
  63. *Windows tips - How to maintain your computer & keep your harddisk clean (Plus other tips)
  64. Index of Windows XP Tips
  65. *PC Beginners Guides - Practical PC Online
  66. *The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide - By Techarp
  67. MY SUPER PC - How To Build A PC - A Computer Building Guide
  68. Clean Install Windows XP
  69. Useful Links - Computer related links from Computer Hope
  70. Microsoft Windows Manual Online - Via
  71. Computer Basics: Laptop Computers - See more via Tutorial Button - Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.
  72. CSGNetwork.Com Site Map - This incredible list has something you can use
  73. Using The Internet For Seniors Beginners Guide
  74. 101 PC Tips
  75. *A Senior's Guide to Using Computers and Software - Courtesy of MAPCON

  76. - More information about specific questions can be found in subsequent sections (especially Find more information / Support).

    All About Apps:

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  77. Understanding Mobile Apps - Protect your privacy and liability - OnGuard Online (.gov)
  78. How to Connect USB Storage Devices to Your Android Phone
  79. Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks - Guard against hackers - OnGuard Online (.gov)
  80. See More Mobiles Apps on Tutorials Page
  81. See More Mobiles Apps on Freeware Page

  82. New Technologies:

  83. 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017 - MIT Technology Review
  84. *Emerging Technologies - CTA
  85. 15 Examples Of New Technology In Education - TeachThought
  86. 321 Free Tools for Teachers - Free Educational Technology - eLearning Industry
  87. Free Educational Technology Tools - eLearning Industry
  88. 10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe - InformED
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    Picking Operating System(s):

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    Software titles listed in this document and other links are written for specific computer platforms, so you have to know what operating system software is installed on your computer before downloading available titles (some titles are available in separate versions for separate platforms).

    Besides the Microsoft® series of operating systems which run from DOS through Windows® 10, there are the Mac® series with the current OS X, and there are newer ones being developed.

    If you want to run an old DOS program, use DOSBOX - an open-source emulator - Download Here - Via

  90. - Operating System Technical Comparison for over 30 operating systems which include many open source (free) systems like the LINUX platform.
  91. logoVirtual PCs and Multiple Operating Systems - Free Software List - See more Virtual Emulators below.
  92. Comparison of Windows and Linux -Techluminati
  93. Linux vs Windows (a comparison) - Good synopsis and guide by Michael Horowitz
  94. *10 ways to help users transition to Linux
  95. - Run Linux natively inside Windows (2000, XP, Vista-32 bit only) NOTE: this installation will allow hundreds of LINUX programs to be run within Windows)
  96. *Introduction - How to run Linux within Windows
  97. What is Linux?
  98. Moving from Windows to Linux
  99. Running Windows on Linux (Wine is one option)
  100. How to Move from Windows to Linux: 8 Steps (with Pictures) - Via wikiHow
  101. Debian - Win32-loader
  102. The Linux Tutorial - See table of contents
  103. Linux How-tos - Pages of tips from
  104. Qemu - Cross-platform Virtual emulator
  105. *MacWindows - The web site for Macintosh-Windows Integration
  106. See PowerPC emulator links
  107. *Macintosh emulators for PCs
  108. How to Build Your Own PC - Free online instructions - Dual boot Win XP and Linux
  109. Install Ubuntu On VirtualBox - Pictorial Guide from wikiHow

    SPECIAL THEMATIC NOTE: Throughout these guides, access to the Command prompt (DOS) is being phased out - so evaluate these links and search for others:

  110. Windows 7 Command Prompt Commands - Via lifewire
  111. EasyDOS Command Index - For older PCs
  112. 175 Windows 7 Tweaks, Tips, and How-To Articles - How-To Geek

  113. How to setup / network an Internet PC:

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    See the following links for building, upgrading, or buying a new or used computer:

  114. Securing Your Wireless Network - Ways to protect yor vulnerabilities - FTC
  115. Build Your own PC, Server, etc.
  116. Networking - How to install and use intranets, cross-platforms, etc.
  117. How Home Networking Works - Videos included at HowStuffWorks
  118. Telnet - Use Telnet program to connect with a remote computer
  119. wiseGEEK: Internet & Computers - Clear Answers for Common Questions
  120. Folk Computing for the New Millenium: How to acquire cheap hardware and what to do with it once you've got it. -
  121. Jim's HOW-To's of Hardware Upgrades
  122. 3 Ways to Add an Extra Hard Drive - wikiHow
  123. Computer Tutorials - By
  124. *How To Install A CMOS Battery & Articles Archive; Also see Dictionary/Encyclopedia - SmartComputing
  125. Computer Hardware Tutorials
  126. *Huge List of Computer Hardware Links - PC Tips, Online Magazine, and much more
  127. 101 Computer Hardware Links - Technology and computer resources
  128. IT Tutorials and Networking Tutorials
  129. Understanding Disk Drive Terminology, Technology and Capacity Calculations - Daniel B. Sedory
  130. The TCP/IP Guide - A reference guide that you can understand
  131. * - An online resource of comprehensive reference guides to help you pass technical certification exams
  132. Site Map and Index of - Alternate Operating System
  133. *MD5 Sums: What they are and How to use them

    For discussion's sake, let's assume that you are viewing this page from computer "A" and you want to download the free software programs listed throughout this document to copy to computer "B" (say at home or in a lab). In order to make computer "B" ready for Internet access, it has to have some minimum specifications (with the understanding that your Internet access will be severely limited if you will be working with a slow - older PC); a Microsoft® 7 - 10 definitely is recommended minimum, and have secured an account from your local Internet Service Provider.

    Next follow the sequence of my "How-To" guides to find, download, install, and use the software programs appropriate for your system based on the factors discussed in the preceding guide section.

  134. Guide to PC Hardware (illustrated) -
  135. Autoexec.bat And Config.sys Help and Instruction -
  136. See FREEWARE SECTION for free Internet browsers and related FREE software
  137. Cyberwalker - Computer Advice - How-tos, FAQs, etc.
  138. How to help someone use a computer - Dialog by Phil Agre
  139. Computer Engineering Links
  140. Free Computer Tutorials for Beginner & Senior Users
  141. Technology and Older Adults - Includes assistive information
  142. Beginners Guides: Remote Access to Computers

    How to protect against viruses:

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    It is NOT advisable to download or copy files directly to your hard drive unless you have some virus-protection program in place. Also check thumb drives often for infections (especially if they are shared between different computers) -

  143. Malware: Preventing & Reporting - FTC
  144. Antivirus How-To Guides & Resources - Via lifewire
  145. Computer Security Issues - Free Tools - also see links at TechGenix
  146. Read & Run Me First Malware Removal Guide
  147. Malware removal guide for windows
  148. Malware Removal Guide - WinTips
  149. *Podcasts can infect your PC - Check other tips from
  150. Useful links Malware identification resources
  151. What is Spyware? - See articles at Adaware
  152. Computer Knowledge Virus Tutorial


    Given the increased security risks of late, it may be very advantageous to install a temporary operating system (Virtual PC in other words) on your basic computer which can be flushed when you are finished using your computer online. Among other links (search for others) - see the following:
  153. Using Virtualization for Malware Protection
  154. A New ?must-have? program for PC safety: Returnil Virtual System - Try the free version for personal use (It offers Protection through Virtualization. You will be able to recover from harmful or unwanted changes with a simple reboot of the computer)
  155. NetBeans IDE 8.0.2 from - NOTE: run one or more virtual machines, each with its own operating system, on one physical PC.
  156. Free Virtual PC from - NOTE: run one or more virtual machines, each with its own operating system, on one physical computer.
  157. Enigma Virtual Box is perfect for creating portable applications! Free
  158. Top 10 Sites Like Sandboxie
  159. Dealing with Malware

  160. *Tutorials on security - Free Virus Removal Tools, Install ZoneAlarm, Use msconfig, etc.
  161. I think my computer is infected or hijacked. What should I do?
  162. Tools and Utilities - For the antivirus and spyware community
  163. *How to Remove Spyware from a Windows PC - Michael Horowitz
  164. Malware Removal Guide - Can download useful programs
  165. PC Tips & Tricks - See details at
  166. Helping you Prevent and Remove Adware, Spyware, Viruses and Other Malware - See tutorials at Destroy
  167. How to Get Rid of Unwanted Programs - Need to make registry changes!
  168. FreeFixer - A general purpose removal tool which will help you to delete potentially unwanted software
  169. Best Anonymous Proxies - AllProxySites
  170. PC Matic: Process Library
  171. *Browse List of Known Programs in the Process Library - PC Pitstop
  172. *How to safely remove spyware from your computer!
  173. *Spyware from A to Z Glossary - Lavasoft
  174. *Removing Cookies - Computer Tutorial from RiverSongs
  175. How Do I Know If I Have Been Hacked - See free software
  176. - The unique and indispensable process listing database
  177. A - Z Windows files -
  178. The File Database - Over 40,000 files are in this database from Bleeping
  179. PC Services Database - IANAG
  180. *Process Library - Top System Processes
  181. *Windows Startup Item Database -
  182. *Startup Application Knowledge Base
  183. *Task Manager Programs A-Z Listing - Also see download programs - including NoteTab Lite
  184. Where to Find Internet Explorer's Temporary Internet Files - Via lifewire
  185. Trend Micro's HouseCall: Free Online Virus checker
  186. Spyware FileHunter - A free file search tool - SR
  187. RecentFilesView v1.09 - Allows you to view recently opened files and delete unwanted files
  188. How to Remove a Virus - From wikiHow
  189. *File Research Center - Free File and Process Information
  190. How To Keep Your Antivirus Up To Date -
  191. How to Remove a Computer Virus - HowStuffWorks
  192. Malicious Software Removal Guide And Assistance - Cybertopcops
  193. *Safe Web Surfing Utilities - Download useful programs - PC World
  194. *Malware Block List - MalwarePatrol
  195. A Definitive Guide on Free Apps for Malware Removal - Distance
  196. Free download dll -
  197. Online File Scanners - Upload and find out what's safe
  198. Top Ten Safe Computing Tips | Information Systems & Technology - MIT
  199. WinPatrol - Most Requested Program Information
  200. How to Sanitize Data - Removing data remnants
  201. Technical Surveillance Counter Measures
  202. 17 Safe Internet Browsing Tips for Beginners -

    Terminology 101:

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  203. The Newbie's Guide to Email List Terminology
  204. Online Slang Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Slang Terms used Online - Via
  205. Podcast FAQ - Blogging and Podcasting Terms
  206. Internet Glossary - Berkeley Library
  207. ILC Glossary of Internet Terms
  208. Computer Terms Main Page - Via Computer Knowledge
  209. What is Flickr?
  210. Blog Terms - Glossary
  211. What is Text message and chat abbreviations and acronyms? - Definition from
  212. Tech Terms -
  213. Educypedia: The educational encyclopedia - See Information technology, computer, networking, internet glossaries etc.
  214. Graphics Formats Explained - Plus common terms - Dansdata
  215. Dictionary Links - From the Online Tutorials Section

  216. Information Technology terms: Buzzwords & Jargon - Techopedia
  217. List of Buzzwords - See several lists per industry - Wikipedia
  218. *TechEncyclopedia - Over 20,000 IT items by
  219. Dictionary For Tech Terms | Glossary -
  220. Computer Hope Dictionary - Convenient Browse by Category Entries
  221. A Glossary of Computer Terms with Easy-to-Understand Definitions - From
  222. Glossary of Internet and Computer Terms -
  223. *BABEL - A Glossary of Computer Abbreviations & Acronyms
  224. *Computer dictionary, Computer terms dictionary, Definition of all Computer Terms - Free download or online
  225. Encyclopedia Index - PC Magazine (over 20,000 IT items)
  226. Netlingo® - The Internet Dictionary
  227. Bugzilla Thesaurus & Reverse Dictionary
  228. Computer, Telephony & Electronics Industry Glossary - Also see calculators at
  229. Computing Dictionaries - Great resources from
  230. Free Computer Dictionary Online also links to Medical, law, and legal dictionaries
  231. *ARTFL Project - Webster Search Form
  232. Reverse Dictionary | Find Words via Concepts & Meanings - By
  233. Foreign Language Online Dictionaries and Free Translation Links
  234. TheFreeDictionary's Encyclopedia - Claims to be among the most up-to-date document ever produced
  235. Howtoforge Linux Tutorials
  236. *Network Glossary Overview - LAN/WAN Terminology

  237. Search Strategies and Internet tools:

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    Security Note: Many people use Yahoo!.com® mainly - because potentially dangerous links are highlighted in red with warning!

    Search engines/tools make it very easy to find any information on the Internet  (and they are compared in some of the following links).   In some advanced search blocks, for example, typing all the words in the following compound search string:  "free software" AND Windows (NOTE the quotes around two or more words and the capitalized Boolean AND)
    would yield somewhat limited hits of free software for Microsoft® Windows®.
    .  Note that in the advanced mode of the Startpage&trade search engine - no such coding is necessary - just enter search strings in appropriate boxes.

    A power-user hint to find related information at a given site is to use the directory-climbing method:   Click on the URL address in your browser until the address is not highlighted.   Place the cursor at the end of the address and then backspace to remove the last sub-directory in that address, one at a time:  (   becomes (  Press enter for the new directory.


  238. Bare bones 101: A basic tutorial on searching the web - 20 Lessions from USC Beaufort Library
  239. Evaluating resources - Library Guides at UC Berkeley
  240. *Flowchart of Search Strategy - Research methods - Ithaca College Library
  241. Using the Web to find Information
  242. The Top Web Search Tricks Everyone Should Know - Via lifewire
  243. *Search Engines - [what they are and how to use them]
  244. *QuickStudy - Library Tutorial on Research - Includes using the Web
  245. An Internet Tutorial - Jonathan Leger, United Technologies
  246. Best Search Tools Chart
  247. Guide to Web Site Search Engines
  248. *Understanding and Comparing Web Search Tools
  249. Use Directories to Search the Invisible Web - Via lifewire
  250. 100 Incredibly Useful Websites - PC World

    SEARCH ENGINES: (Just a sampling!)
    Look for "EDUCATION" (or keyword) in these subjects-by-category or indexed websites.

  251. a kid-safe search engine
  252. Beaucoup Indexed Search Engines
  253. Dogpile: A multsearch Engine
  254. - Preview first
  255. *Digital Librarian - Librarian's choice of the best of the Web
  256. Starting Point Mainly business information.
  257. My Virtual Reference Desk - Access information easily.
  258. WWW Virtual Library
  259. One of the first indexed sites - Preview first
  260. - Protect your online privacy with this search engine
  261. * a visual search engine - Web 2.0 Education archived Sites
  262. Kartoo Visual Meta search engine
  263. How To Compare Results on Different Search Engines
  264. United States Patent & Trademark Office - Students & Teachers Area
  265. Free Patent Related Archive Searches - Delphion
  266. - Huge list - Preview first
  267. *100 Fun & Useful Search Engines for Writers

    Save time by using the FIND button on your browser to find key words in any displayed document (which is another search tool!)


  269. Tools - Internet Security For Beginners

    How to upload / download files

    If you want to make a copy of an online document displayed in your browser, select SAVE AS under the FILE menu function. When prompted for a name,rename it to something that makes sense to you so you can find it later.

    NOTE: You will lose the contents of an old file if you use the same filename for any new file (in the same directory)!

    If you have located an underlined file to download, move the pointer to the file you want and click the left mouse button to activate the download process (and choose the SAVE button).

  270. How Do I Download an App, File, or Program from the Internet? - Computer Hope
  271. Opening DOWNLOAD files -
  272. Secure File Transfer Software w/Automation - Ipswitch

  273. How to unzip compressed files:

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    To save online transmission time, many files are compacted (compressed or "zipped"). There are many formats you will encounter and you must use the tool which is appropriate to your downloaded file based on its extension. Some files are conveniently compressed into an executable file (*.exe) which, when run, will unzip one or more files in your working directory. That is why it is important to create a temporary directory and copy the downloaded file to that directory before unzipping.

    See free tools at:

  274. Unzipping, Unstuffing & Extracting Software on the Net
  275. Working with ZIP files in Windows XP and Mac OS X

    How to copy large files to other computers:

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    • There are several ways to transfer files from one computer to another:
    • If both computers can accommodate USB thumb drives, use Windows Explorer to copy to USB on one and take the USB to the other - and again use Windows Explorer to drag & drop USB files to the folder of your choice.
    • Files can be sent by e-mail if there is a live connection.
    • Files can be copied to an Internet storage site - and downloaded by the other computer - again if there is a live connection.
    • If both computers are networked - could use EDIT:COPY then EDIT: PASTE.


  276. Thumb Drives | - Portable software for USB drives
  277. The Best Ways to Use a USB Flash Drive - wikiHow
  278. 10 awesome ways to use a USB flash drive - CNET

  279. How to install programs and plug-in's:

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    USB thumb drives are being used more and more for portable applications that do not have to be formally installed (inventoried by the Window's registry process). Note that portable apps can also be installed on a computer's hard drive for the same advantage. IF YOU DO INSTALL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS THAT REQUIRE A KEY CODE - MAKE SURE YOU WRITE THESE NUMBERS DOWN IN MANY PLACES - ESPECIALLY IN A LOG BOOK KEPT BY THE COMPUTER. It will be next to impossible to reinstall some programs without those codes. If you have misplaced the key code for Windows XP® - you can retrieve it now with this program - from - RECORD this number ASAP. Many software authors include an install program to automate the process or they provide instructions on how to perform the installation by a README file or other documentation.

  280. Featured Freeware: PortableApps | The Download Blog -
  281. Uninstall Program Database - Remove dangerous and unwanted programs - help from Bleeping

    Collaboration 101:

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    Find out how to collaborate using the following tools: - most sites have usage tips!

  282. logoOnline Tools & Productivity - A lot of links you can use to collaborate!
  283. Facebook vs MySpace - Difference and Comparison - Diffen
  284. MySpace, Facebook and Other Social Networking Sites: Hot Today, Gone Tomorrow? - Knowledge@Wharton
  285. Collaboration Platform - Identifies e-mail, conferencing, and instant messaging and others as collaboration platforms
  286. Instant Messaging Tutorials - From
  287. 5 Online, Collaborative Whiteboard Services: - Free Technology for Teachers
  288. 13 Jing Alternatives – Top Best Alternatives
  289. - Videos created for education
  290. Gmail - Free Storage and Email from Google
  291. Web Education Blog - DaBrook Web Education
  292. List of collaborative software - FANDOM powered by Wikia
  293. DeskNow Light E-mail and collaboration server - free forever
  294. Social Software - See what constitutes social software - FANDOM powered by Wikia
  295. See internet software -
  296. - Free Online Meetings and Remote Support (no login, no registration)
  297. *Watch What You'Re Getting from Free Web Meeting Come-Ons
  298. 14 Free Remote Access Software Tools (April 2019) - Via lifewire
  299. Must-have Online Collaboration Tools Available for Free
  300. The 5 Best Free Collaboration Tools for Teachers - Via eLearning Industry
  301. 10 Free Tools for Collaboration
  302. Comparison of feed aggregators - From Wikipedia

    Conversions 101:

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    Find out how to be more productive using the following tools - especially the ones that will convert text into spoken words which then could be played in portable devices:
    NOTE: Some converters are also listed under Music-Audio-Pod-Video: and in the Freeware Section


  303. Text to Speech | Text to Voice Reader Online - Also see Speech to Text option at Rapid Tables
  304. udtechtoolkit - Free Text To Speech - List some of the better sites - online plus downloads
  305. Top 10 TTS - Text to Speech - Listings by
  306. Pediaphon - Free Speech Synthesis Pediaphon is a free service by Andreas Bischoff, which generates MP3 audio files from Wikipedia articles by speech synthesis
  307. Read the words - Online text to voice - male or female - 100 characters until registering
  308. Text to Speech - By
  309. *YAKiToMe! - Free Text to Speech Utility - Try Archived copy
  310. *Web-based Text To Speech Tools - Univ. of Texas at Austin


  311. *How to free download youtube, yahoo, google, stream video for free
  312. 80+ File Conversion Services and Tools Online - Presented by
  313. Convert Files and Data Online - See sophisticated conversion options
  314. Links to Online Converters & Calculators - Lists of all kinds of converters
  315. Online Image Convert - Upload image less than 100KB CoolUtils
  316. Online HTML Converter - Convert to Doc, xls, jpeg, pdf
  317. Java2HTML Converter Online
  318. FreeConverter.Org - Hundreds of converter sites / programs - some are trial-based
  319. Free Online File Conversion - Up to 100 MB
  320. HTML online conversion - To ASP, JavaScript, PHP via Yellowpipe
  321. Free Online File Converter - Convert your files into different formats
  322. Cool HTML to BBCode - Also converts to vB, SMF, IPB Codes for Bulletin Boards
  323. Online HTML to PDF - Plus URL to PDF
  324. 2019 Top 5 Free Online Video Converters - WonderFox
  325. Collection of Online FLV Converters - Via (some have free download versions)
  326. Online Photo Editor , Resizer, and download version
  327. HTML to XHTML Converter
  328. HTML Tidy Online - Corrects bad HTML to good, to XML, or XHTML
  329. Free Web based Image to HTML converter
  330. Free HTML to Text Converter
  331. Cut & Paste HTML to JavaScript Converter
  332. Master Text To HTML Converter V1
  333. Easy - Provides many online calculators including bandwidth converter
  334. Convert Files - Free - Convert to popular software types - emailed results
  335. HTML To RSS Converter - With good tutorial
  336. converts a wide variety of files
  337. Free Online Media file converter - By
  338. Online HTML Editor - Quackit
  339. Free Flv to AVI Converter software
  340. Online Image Optimizer - GIF, JPG, and PNG
  341. Online Image Splitter
  342. Free Zune Video Convert - Two selections
  343. Metric Conversions - Spanish version available
  344. Online conversion of weights and measures
  345. Free Online or Download versions of Unit Conversions, Periodic table, Technical Glossary, etc. from


  346. TXT2HTML: Convert plain text to HTML
  347. Bruce Guthrie's Utilities: HTMStrip - Removes HTML codes


  348. Free YouTube To iPod Converter - Freeware software converts video to many portable devices such as iPod, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPhone, Apple TV, MP4 Player, MP3 Player
  349. What Is Graphics Software? - Via lifewire
  350. Clickspeak downloads - Speech Plugin for Firefox
  351. *Conversion Tools - Survey: Over 700 conversions
  352. Photo Recovery - Recover deleted or corrupted pictures with free photo recovery tool
  353. Prism Video Converter Software - Convert AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, FLV and many other video file formats - NCHsoftware
  354. See Audio Tools - Freeware - See Audio converters at Educypedia mirror site
  355. Awesoma Talking Library - Download Awesome Talkster 1.0 - free
  356. Online Converter - Convert Image, Video, Audio, & Document Files
  357. The Easiest-to-Use Free/Open Source Text Analysis Software - Software Advice™

    How to create Blogs, Home Pages, Presentations, & Resumes:

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    By encouraging students to use free HTML editors to compose conventional "home pages", students not only get a greater insight about the popular mode of how information is handled on the Internet but more importantly advance to using editors and related tools for class reports, presentations, and ultimately for resumes in order to become entry-level practitioners for the high-tech marketplace.

    How-To Use Notetab Lite Editor:

    I used this editor to create most of this web site and it can be used in conjunction with a browser to create presentations with photos, web pages, and even resumes. First thing I like about the editor is that once you highlight one word or more, you can embed that string with HTML codings with a click of the mouse. What's also impressive is the fact that you can click on Second Window under Document tab - and then highlight text in one document and drag it across to the 2nd document. You can study some of the scripts and have the editor perform multiple actions with one mouse click. And, of course, you can preview the coded page in your favorite browser!
  358. logoNotetab ? Multi-file Editor - Free version even has Mouse-Click Encoding HTML tags - with script lang. WIN
  359. Create a Free Web Site - See video tutorial at wetpaint?
  360. *How do I make my own web site? - See all sub-menus
  361. How to Make a Website - Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
  362. Make A Website Hub
  363. Web Development 101 - HostingFacts
  364. Lissa Explains it All -- HTML Help and Tutorial for Kids - Build a web site step by step
  365. How Do You Make a Website?
  366. How to Set Up a Website - A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
  367. Make Your First Website -
  368. Free Online Web Page Editor (WYSIWYG)
  369. Free Online Instant HTML Editor and Cleaner
  370. Free Online WYSIWYG HTML Editor
  371. Enersoft SiteGenWiz - A Web Site Generator for html novices and people who just want a web site without the hassle of coding html.
  372. Tinymce - WYSIWYG HTML Editor -- open source from
  373. 10 Best Free HTML Web Editors for Windows - CodeCondo
  374. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating an HTML Web Page
  375. The Beginner's A-Z Guide to Starting/Creating Your Own Website
  376. How to Create a Blog - Which is Better? Blog or Website?
  377. Creating a Website with CMS
  378. Free HTML Page Maker
  379. Harrold's HTML, Internet Tutors, Tools'n Web Page Help Links
  380. Web Design Glossary A-B - By Robin (
  381. Basic Web Site Maintenance - How to update your website for beginners by Kitty Cooper
  382. Glossary of graphic design and web page design terms
  383. Scanning Basics 101 - All about digital images
  384. Wink Homepage - Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software - free forever
  385. Sizer v3.3 - Sizer is a freeware utility that allows you to resize any window to an exact, predefined size
  386. How Blogs Work
  387. Tips for-new bloggers - Many selections from
  388. How to Start a Blog - The Free Beginner's Guide to Blogging - Via firstsiteguide
  389. How To Start A Blog | Best Blogging Guide of 2017! - Miss How To Start A Blog
  390. Blogging in classroom - How to get started - Via Start Blogging Online
  391. How To Set Up A Blog - Step by step tutorial: Personal and Professional
  392. The Blog Starter
  393. Computer & Software Tips - Click on Menu at Online Tech Tips
  394. freevlog - Everything you need to get started videoblogging now
  395. Legal Guide for Bloggers
  396. How To Create A Website With WordPress (Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide)
  397. How to Start a Blog - Onblastblog
  398. Study HTML and Learn to Code With Our Step-By-Step Guide
  399. Free HTML Tutorial - Can download copy
  400. How To Make A Website Step-By-Step For Beginners
  401. So, you want to make a Web Page! - By Joe Barta -
  402. Start a Web Hosting Company - Via
  403. Best Web Hosting Services 2017 (100% Real & Honest Reviews)
  404. How to Create a Website - Courtesy of metapress
  405. Create Your Websites - A How-To Guide for Creating Websites
  406. HTML Tutor Information - From
  407. Free HTML Editors, Web Editors
  408. HTML Editors - Free Software
  409. SEE ONLINE CONVERTERS for quick text and image conversions.

  410. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
  411. HTML Primer - From HTML Goodies
  412. *Introduction to HTML: Table of Contents - CWRU
  413. Style Guide for Online Hypertext
  414. *Writing HTML for teachers Also in Spanish - Can download all
  415. HTML5 Cheat Sheet -
  416. Wikimedia Commons - repository for freely licensed photos, video clips, etc.
  417. Picture to People - Tutorials about Computer Graphics - Plus free icons
  418. Rendera - A free graphics program suitable for artistic painting, photo-retouching, colorizing, and seamless tile design
  419. Open Source Digital Content - Learning Sites List - Diigo

    When you are creating a document or program, save your work frequently to TWO places: e.g. - floppy disk AND hard drive (or USB AND hard drive).  Experienced users often save added text to a new filename so that if something goes wrong - they can retrieve the earlier copy in tack.  An Uninterruptible Power Supply has also saved me a lot of grief!

    General Editors:

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    NOTE: Although online editors save you the task of installing software on your PC - there are often file size limitations, e-mail delivery, and registration steps. Multiple selections are presented so you can find one that best suits your needs. Read attendant instructions on how to use them.

  420. Best Free Graphics Editors - Full explanations
  421. Online HTML Editor
  422. 30 Brilliant Web-based Photo Editors
  423. Pixenate - Edit photos Online
  424. CSS Code - Interactive Online Tool and Resources
  425. *Free Image Editors Online 30+ - Listed by All Web Design Blog
  426. Image Editors - Freeware List
  427. List Of Free Photo And Image Editing Tools - Via eLearning Industry
  428. OpenItOnline - Open source allows the opening and editing of documents from anywhere
  429. LunaPic Online Photo Editor
  430. - Free Web Picture Editor
  431. Free Online Picture Resizer - Can crop also
  432. Photo Editor : - image editing online
  433. Free Online Picture, Image, and Photo Editor
  434. Online Image / Photo Editor - Full array of tools
  435. Free Online Image Editor -
  436. Free Online Image Editor - Image
  437. 11 Best Online Photo Editors You Can Use for Free - Format
  438. 15 Popular Sites Like Pixenate - Edit pictures online - Via
  439. HTML Free Online Editor
  440. HTML5 Editor - Free Online Content Composer
  441. Free Graphics and Photo - Image Editors - List of free software


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    NOTE: Many converters are also listed under Conversions 101

  442. Download free iTunes [player] - See tutorial and download
  443. Convert iTunes to MP3 - Using free software: myFairTunes, QTFairUse, and Audacity
  444. How to Listen to Podcasts - You Don't need an iPod - just the right free software and a computer with Internet connection
  445. What is a Podcast?
  446. How To Make A Podcast - The Illustrated Guide From Buzzsprout - Podcasting 101
  447. How To Start A Podcast: A Complete Step-By-Step Tutorial - Podcast Insights®
  448. What is Podcasting? - has all the information you need
  449. How to Podcast Tutorial - Uses free Audacity Recorder
  450. How To Podcast: The Ultimate Guide to Podcasting - EOFire
  451. Comparison of iPod managers - From Wikipedia
  452. How to Listen to Podcasts - You Don't need an iPod - just the right free software and a computer with Internet connection
  453. Podcasting 101 - Preview first
  454. VLC media player - The cross-platform media player and streaming server
  455. Comparison of media players - From Wikipedia
  456. Podcasting FAQs
  457. How to Start Your Own Podcast - Via wikiHow
  458. How to Convert WAV files to MP3 - See video tutorial
  459. Why Radio & Music Industry Sucks Nowadays - The promising future of podcasting
  460. What is Ogg? - See possible conversions - Information from FSF - and how to download a free media player which utilizes Ogg (streaming audio and video format which are open source)
  461. Interactive exercises from
  462. Free Audio Editing Software
  463. List of media players for various operating systems that support Ogg Vorbis
  464. iTunes - the application article - From Wikipedia
  465. How to capture, save, record or download streaming audio for free - From
  466. 25 Free Digital Audio Editors -
  467. Computer-Based Recording 101
  468. BUZZle - Free modular music composing and sequencing tool - from
  469. How to Convert a MIDI file to an MP3 FIle - Plus see other Free Online File Converions from eHow?
  470. Free Mp3/Wma/Ogg Converter
  471. Audio Tutorials - Digital Video Magazine articles, music tips, and more via Jay Rose
  472. FutureMusic® - Technique and technology for making music
  473. Links to Synthesizer Related Websites - Film Music, MIDI, Tutorials, more
  474. *Studio Buddy - Recording, Software, Studio Resources and more
  475. Free Guides and Tutorials - Podcasting, Recording with Audacity, Digital Photography, PowerPoint, and more
  476. Free Professional prerecorded audio files - In one zip file: alphabet, numbers, dates and times, etc.
  477. *Music Theory and Tutorials - Sound recording techniques, and more
  478. - Free tutorials on video & TVproduction, audio work, photography...
  479. Music Electronics Page - By
  480. Free Flv to AVI - Big list of other popular format converters also
  481. Free RM to MP3 Converter Software Download - From Free
  482. Tutorials on Audio & Video - See large selection at MyMusicTools
  483. *Watch Out For Questionable Music Downloads
  484. Free Music converter downloads - From
  485. Musician's Tech Central
  486. How do I convert MIDI to MP3? -Tutorial with software
  487. Streaming Media World - Learn the fundamentals
  488. Indiefeed - Free MP3 downloads - browse or RSS feed
  489. 5 Simple Ways to Make a YouTube Video - Via wikiHow
  490. Join and Split Video Files Using Video Edit Master
  491. How To Capture A Frame From Any Video File
  492. How to Adjust Audio/Video Sync In An AVI File - Using VirtualDub
  493. VirtualDub 1.8.8 - Portable video processing to go
  494. Add Your Logo To A Video File
  495. Video MSU Cartoonizer -VirtualDub plugin 3.0 Free Download (See other plugins for VirtualDub)
  496. How To Remove Commercials From An AVI File Using VirtualDub
  497. Filmmaking - Via
  498. Jahshaka - Make your movie with this amazing free software (see site details)
  499. has video tutorials - Like Create a Free Website From Scratch and others in archive section
  500. How To - EMusician
  501. Electronic Musician Tutorials - Pages of modern tips - even video tutorials
  502. MediaShift - Your Guide to the Digital Media Revolution
  503. Free Sound Effects - For your audio - video project
  504. Prism AVI / Video Converter Software - Convert avi, mpeg, mov and many other video file formats
  505. Incredible List of Free Online Video Editors - From TechDune
  506. Using Tech Tools in Education - Miro is a free and open source video player
  507. flowplayer 3.1 - Flowplayer is an Open Source (GPL 3) video player for the Web. Use it to embed video streams into your web pages
  508. Miro HD Video Player - Open Source - Free internet TV and video podcast player
  509. How to Use Windows Movie Maker (with Pictures) - - Via wikiHow
  510. Free Video Capture Software: Best 20 Free Video Recorder and Capture Software for Mac and Window - Via iTube
  511. Video Editing in the Classroom - Several Tutorials via
  512. *Outdoor Wireless Video Camera Glossary of Terms
  513. Celtx - Free Scriptwriting & All-In-One Production Studios
  514. Basic Web Resource Site - HTML , streaming video, etc.
  515. Difference between upload and download - WikiDifference
  516. Page full of Graphing and Video Tools - From mynichecomputing
  517. *Internet Movie DataBase Film Glossary - From 2000
  518. The Open Video Project - Find open content digital video
  519. DeVeDe - Create video DVDs &CDs for DVD players, from video files - OSS via Softonic
  520. Make Internet TV - Shoot, Edit, Publish, and Promote Your Videos
  521. *A Glossary of Film Terms - By Joel Schlemowitz
  522. *Intro to Web Video - From The Web Video Zone®
  523. Video Glossary of Musical Terms - By
  524. Glossary of Terms - Used in Electronic Music - By
  525. Glossary of Common Presentation Terms - See tips and podcast from
  526. Movie Making Manual - Wikibooks
  527. *DVD Video Glossary
  528. FILM GLOSSARY @ Film-North
  529. Video Glossary - From
  530. VideoHelp FAQ - Help and tutorials on video applications (FAQ is a few years old)

    How to retrieve information from stored media:


    Sometimes a file may not be where you thought you saved it:
    If you forgot what it was named, you might try Start-All Programs-Accessories-Windows Explorer.   Once you open Windows Explorer - two options are available:
    After going to the folder you use for files (typically My Documents): from the Menu: select View-Arrange File By-Modified - This will arrange files by date - and if it is a recent file - it will appear at the bottom of the list.

    If you do not recall where the file might be - you can use the Search icon - and provide any details you can remember - even partial file names. You can also specify earlier modified date ranges.

    Before you plan to download or install programs on your hard drive, it makes sense to defragment the hard drive (See defragment option under Start-All Programs-Accessories-Sytem Tools-Disk Defragmenter).

    For deleted files or data - use these free tools:

  531. TestDisk - Partition Recovery and File Undelete - Portable Open Source Software - see site details at CGSecurity
  532. PhotoRec - Digital Picture and File Recovery - Portable Open Source Software - see site details at CGSecurity

  533. Troubleshooting 101:

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  534. Computer Tips - Computer Tricks and Mobile Secret Codes - By ComputerFreeTips
  535. PC Troubles? Try Troubleshooting - PCWorld
  536. How to Make Windows Troubleshoot Your PC’s Problems for You - How-To Geek
  537. Restarting Windows Without Restarting Your PC
  538. Fast Fixes for Common PC Problems
  539. XP Troubleshooting Tips
  540. Computer Video Tutorials - GCF®
  541. The Ultimate Computer Troubleshooting Guide
  542. Laptop Repair 101
  543. Troubleshooting 101 - For Mac and Windows from the Computer Workshop
  544. Linux troubleshooting tools 101
  545. How To: Troubleshooting 101 - Macintosh -
  546. USB Driver Troubleshooting 101
  547. PC Troubleshooting 101
  548. Free pc tips and troubleshooting articles - Many links from
  549. PC Troubleshooting - How-To Information - eHow?
  550. Router Troubleshooting Primer
  551. Printer Troubleshooting 101
  552. Computer Repair Flowchart - Troubleshooting with diagnostic flowcharts
  553. Displays and Graphics 101 - Upgrading Your PC's Graphics and Display
  554. MacOSX Tips Troubleshooting - Mac Guides
  555. Maintaining Mac OS X
  556. How to Repair a Computer - 7 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
  557. How to Repair Windows XP Without Formatting Your PC - TIPS4PC
  558. How to fix: NTLDR is missing, press any key to restart
  559. DOS Commands Index - Via
  560. 200 ways to revive a hard drive
  561. Computers - Bucaro Tech Help
  562. TroubleFixers - All About Fixing Computer Troubles
  563. What System Restore Can and Cannot Do to Your Windows System - Via maketecheasier
  564. Fixing My Computer...100% Free Step by Step
  565. Troubleshooting Guides - Practically Networked - Many areas of expertise
  566. PC Troubleshooting Tips -
  567. PC Troubleshooting Tips and Information - Free from
  568. Digital-Lifestyle Network Glossary & Troubleshooting links - Digital
  569. Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier - Recovers files from disks with physical damage
  570. Power-supply troubleshooting with a multimeter - Free Computer Maintenance Site
  571. PC Repair and Maintenance - In-depth Look at Power Supply
  572. Notes on the Troubleshooting and Repair - RepairFAQ
  573. Computers and Technology Educational Videos - WatchKnowLearn
  574. How PC Power Supplies Work
  575. Power Supplies 101 - A comprehensive guide from
  576. Electronics Troubleshooting - Tips from OhmCheck
  577. See PC Troubleshooting and Maintenance Tips - From
  578. How does a computers uninterruptible power supply UPS work?
  579. How the Google Apple Cloud Computer Will Work
  580. Howstuffworks - Computer Channel - See videos on computer components (and fixing)
  581. How-to Guides - From installing PC components to networking -
  582. *Free Technical Support -
  583. Computer Repair Videos - Free Computer Repair
  584. Computer Hardware Troubleshooting PC Links - Many for teachers
  585. *Troubleshooting Tips for reviving an Internet Connection - WorldStart Computer Tips and Computer Help
  586. Free Tech Support - Computer Questions and Answers - Ask Bob Rankin - Large Archive
  587. The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting - Solvusoft

    How to Program:

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  588. FreeBASIC Download Plus See Documentation Section -
  589. CodeProject - Free source code and programming help
  590. What is MySQL? What is a Database? What is SQL? - Via
  591. HowtoForge provides user-friendly Linux tutorials
  592. Cprogramming Tutorials and many others (for beginners on up)
  593. Happy Codings in C Programming
  594. Amit's Game Programming Information (beginners up to hobbyists)
  595. - Has largest public source code (tutorials in 11 languages)
  596. PGP Tutorial for Beginners to PGP
  597. A1VBCode - The VB Source Code Site
  598. AI Horizon: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Programming Resources
  599. Visual Basic Explorer Tutorials
  600. Java projects, Java source code and java examples | download free open source code - Via
  601. Programming Tutorials by Geekpedia
  602. Free C / C++ Libraries, Source Code and Frameworks
  603. Visual Basic Tutorials
  604. Programming with BlueJ - Now open source
  605. Eclipse - Java IDE open source
  606. Tutorials - jQuery JavaScript Library
  607. Programming: Languages, Timeline & Guides
  608. Free Cobol Compilers and Cobol Programming Tutorials - Freebyte's Guide
  609. Free Programming Tools A-to-W - Includes C Compilers & tutorials - Freebyte's Guide

  610. Use Shortcuts for new links

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    CUT & PASTE SHORTCUT TO NEW LINKS: While using your Firefox or equivalent browser, you could open a text file in the Notepad or equivalent program (say a list of recommended educational sites from a local teacher) and use the cut & paste technique - hold down the left mouse button and scroll the mouse cursor to block the desired site's URL address (say for example) then use CTRL-C to copy, then switch back to the browser and at browser's location window, clear existing entry by holding down the left mouse button and scrolling the mouse cursor to block any existing URL address and use CTRL-V to paste new address.


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  611. AccessApps - Outstanding accessability applications (including aids for visually impaired and others) available for download - Simple registration required - Video tutorials included
  612. Translate text or webpage - By Google?
  613. VisiBone Country Codes
  614. USB Firewall, Backup, Image Tools - All Free - from
  615. Comparison of raster to vector conversion software
  616. Web Use and Technology Resources
  617. Computers For Beginners - Effective Graphics in tutorials
  618. Text to Speech Blog - Developments listed here
  619. How to get Free Audio Books (See technology section) - Download MP3s & iTunes from
  620. How to Give Speeches like a Professional Speaker - See online tutorials at Online Text to
  621. My Virtual Ref Desk Free Stuff
  622. MIT OpenCourseWare: - See free Computer Science courses
  623. UC Berkeley Webcasts - See free Computer courses - By selected semesters

    How to Find more information / Support:

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  625. FREEWARE SECTION has related FREE software
  626. Search the Internet using various engines and strategies listed in INDEX
    under WEBTOOLS (for SAFE SEARCHING), etc.
  627. *Audio Files (and links on computer uses, MIDI, WAV, etc.) - J. Larry Stockton
  628. *PC Tech: Video - Many tutorials and aids for multimedia, music production, video devices, etc. - Via
Note to educators:   Most "kidsafe" search engines can still access other search engines which are unfiltered and that restrict users under 18 - unless they are disabled in advance - See details on Webtools Page
logo The U.S. Government's Official (Retired) Web Portal for Kids: Many more resources for kids, teens, parents, and teachers - Courtesy of - The U.S. government's new web portal: Education Page

ALA: Great Websites for Kids - and others

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