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To download the 422Meg of Wikipedia file that has over 2000 articles that you can burn to CD and use as an offline encyclopedia you first go to this link: www.wikipediaondvd.com/site.php and download the ISO image to your desktop. Then to burn the ISO image to a CD on a Windows PC use BurnCDCC that is a really simple free ISO burner to use. Download at: www.terabyteunlimited.com/utilities.html and once you have the Wikipedia ISO image on CD you just run it from the CD player. Worked great on my XP system and I will try it out on other systems later and let you know how it works.
I am on dial-up and have always ran into problems losing large downloads when I get disconnected or it goes over my ISP's 3hr limit. I'd have to start all over again and loose a lot of time and productivity. Not anymore! I use Free Download Manager (FDM) at freedownloadmanager.org and I can certify that this is one of the better well-designed programs out there.
From their website: "Free Download Manager (FDM) is a full-featured download accelerator and manager. It is absolutely free! Using this software product you can easily download a list of files and whole web sites from any remote server via HTTP, HTTPS and FTP. With FDM the downloading process will be as easy as never before!
Now if you're like me and use Fire Fox get this Extension: Mozilla.org Flashgot and it will Automatically use FDM to download your programs. COOL!    //bob
A long long time ago when the internet was far far away there was FIDONET. It was used to send info thru modems in a relay type way but is now almost about dead, but for a few folks out there who use it. If you want a peek into what was in the begining this is a good read.
My friend Larry had a Commodore 64 with a modem and would receive a call from Australia at a prearranged time of the night, and then combine what information he had gathered from others around his "region" of the "zone" and relay the data to Australia and then on to Arizona.
fidonet.org and fidonet.us
This article is suppose to be about Web 2.0 but I want to write a little about myself and my own philosophy and background with regards to computers and the developing world of the Internet.
I use and try it all! No Mac vs. Microsoft for me. I am open minded and open source. I like trying new things and new technologies and computers are the new tools we use. Just like pencil and paper was to words chiseled into a slab of stone, the computer is to the printed page bound in a book. I worked on IBM mainframes in the early 70s (360 DOS and a 370 MS MVS JES2) I played with Commodore 64/128, ZX100, Apple IIe, and MS DOS 2.0 on old Tandy PCs, all the old stuff. I want to keep learning and update my skills cause I wouldn't want to be left behind.
I am seeing change; interactive web applications are on the rise. These new apps have faster page loads, fewer user clicks, use a web development technique called Ajax (among others) for live data viewer, and easier navigation. Some folks may disagree with the term Web2.0. And there still is some debate on what it really is, but I agree the term isn't important, you could call it Betelgeuse 3.2 for that matter, but the change is real. Web2.0 is what I'll use cause there's no better term to articulate what this change is. I like to think that Web 0.1 was when me and Frank Pasewalt sat in front of a terminal in his living room back in 1972 and played Star Trek through a dial-up connected to the IBM mainframe where we both worked at Mattel Toys.
I still use the old things because I like them, I have an old PC that just runs DRDOS/Win 3.1 and an iMac 333/G3 running OS8.5, and I still have and use the first laptop ever created: the Tandy Model 100, just because I can. But I also use all the new stuff: XP, Linux; Suse 10, Ubantu "The Breezy Badger" and Mac OS X. I try new things and if I didn't I still be stuck working with DOS 6.2. Web 2.0 something new and interesting. Accept change and grow... IMHO //bob
Web2.0 Awards Over 300 Web2.0 sites in over 38 categories. You really need to check this one out!
Gmail is the best web based email and a good example of Web2.0
Writely Is a Web Word Processor can be use it for: Meeting notes, team calendars, technical specs, sign-up sheets, proposals and much more... Plus it stores all your data on their servers and can be accessed by you from any computer anywhere. I just found out that Writely is now part of Google!
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A wiki is a kind of free-form website that is easy to edit.
Tiddlywiki It allows anyone to create personal Self-Contained hypertext documents that can be posted to any Web Server, sent by email or kept on a USB thumb drive to make a WikiOnAStick (funny name). My new Tiddler was just downloaded recently and I sill have to explore all its functions. One of the more interesting and creative programs I have found. I wonder why no one has thought of this before.
Protecting your computer is one of the most important duties you have as a computer user and it is your responsibility to make sure that your computer is not a host to a growing number of threats that populate the Internet. Do these below and you should be just fine and best of all you won't infect your friends and your computer won't become a Zombie!
2) DO NOT EVER GO ONTO THE INTERNET WITHOUT A FIREWALL! I had a friend who thought he was safe because he had a Dial-up connection. Well his computer got a Boot Sector Virus and it trashed his hard drive and made it non-recoverable.
3) Make sure you get all the Critical Updates from Microsoft update.
4) Don’t click on Popups. Some download Spyware programs onto your computer. I have a friend who clicked on a popup that gave a "WARNING YOUR COMPUTER MAY BE INFECTED CLICK HERE TO FIX!" and afterwards her computer was infected by Spyware downloaded by the popup. Most modern Web Browsers have popup blockers, make sure you turn yours on. Google tool bar comes with a Popup blocker for IE.
5) Make sure you don’t have the “Remote Assistance” box checked. In XP click on "Start" you'll find the "control panel" on the middle right, click on that and once opened find the "System" Icon and click on it, then click on the "Remote" Tab and make sure that box is unchecked.
7) Ever wonder why your computer is slowing down? Most likely it is full of Spyware. I've seen computers so full of Spyware that they just up and quit! Get and run regularly an Anti-Spyware program.
8) Internet Explorer's ActiveX is used by very few websites but by many unscrupulous hackers and malicious websites to attack and download scrip to your computer. Best thing may be to download the FireFox Browser which doesn't use ActiveX and has "Tab Browsing" and use it to surf the web and use Internet Explorer just for Microsoft Updates.
If you want to turn off ActiveX completly: on Internet Explorer: click "Tools", "Internet Options", then click on "Security Tab", make sure "Internet Zone" is selected, Click on "Custom Level" button, Then Disable all 7 ActiveX settings, then click ok.
You won't be able to do a Microsoft update from Microsoft's website, so make sure you have Automatic Update enabled or if you want you can enable ActiveX by simplely clicking again on "Security Tab" then "Custom Level" and reset to "medium" when you want to do an update from Microsoft's website then disable it afterwards.
9. Create a strong Password! Even I have a hard time remembering them and I plead guilty to the following: don't use a family member or your dog's name! Go to these sites to learn how to create a stronger password: Microsoft's password page and The University of Texas at Austin and write them down on paper and keep in a safe place (not on your computer).
Here are some FREE and first-rate Security Programs for you to download that I currently use or have used at one time or another, and a really good web email account:
Zone Alarm Basic Firewall Zone Alarm Download
Grisoft’s AVG Free Edition is for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only. AVG Free Download
for Windows 2000, Windows XP, only. Windows AntiSpyware Download
Spybot search & Destroy Spybot Download
I’ve been using Mozilla's new Firefox Browser since it became Beta Version 0.8 and Internet Explorer became so much of a liability to my computer’s integrity. And now Firefox is Version 1.00 Preview Release, which means it is out of Beta and ready for the main stream user. If you want a cool, fast, secure Browser with Tabs, this is the one!! Click the Firefox Bottom at the end of the article to download… //bob
This is from the Mozilla website: