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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.
CNET:
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:
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:
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.
Gmail:
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.
Mail2web:
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.
GetNetWise:
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:
Ask.com provides consumers with information retrieval products across a wide range of Web sites, portals, and desktop search applications.
Dogpile:
Dogpile searches the most popular search engines and retrieves the best combined results.
Google:
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.
KidsClick!:
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!:
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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Tutorials
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:
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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