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  Where the heck is that URL?

As anyone who has spent any time surfing the Internet has experienced, URLs change as often as Jim changes his socks (which is pretty durn often). Our ebook, The Book That Should Have Come with Your Computer, is chock full of URLs and while we updated them all when we burned the CD there's little hope of everything staying current for long. On this page we'll post updated links as found in the ebook chapters. Not as convenient as clicking right in the ebook but there's not much else we can do.

If you find a link is out of date please drop us an email and we'll try to get an update posted here.

Chapter 1 — No updates.
Chapter 2 — Choosing System Peripherals
Chapter 3 — Pricing Issues
Chapter 4 — When and When Not to Assemble Your PC
Chapter 5 — Configuring Your New PC
Chapter 6 — Customizing Your New PC
Chapter 7 — Going Further with Additional Customizations
Chapter 8 — Staying Ahead of the Game
Chapter 9 — Preparing for Disaster
Chapter 10 — Good Habits for a Trouble-Free System
Chapter 11 — Backing Up
Chapter 12 — Cleaning Up
Chapter 13 — Security at Work and at Home
Chapter 14 — Deciding on Common Applications
Chapter 15 — Coming soon
Chapter 16 — Managing Devices and Device Drivers
Chapter 17 — Making Internet Connections
Chapter 18 — Choosing Internet Applications
Chapter 19 — Recovering From A PC Disaster
Chapter 20 — No updates.


 

Chapter 2 — Choosing System Peripherals

3Dfx chip sets

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Chapter 3 Pricing Issues

PC Magazine's Reliability Ratings

Deja.com - formerly Dejanews - updated

Micron Electronics

Dell Computers

Gateway Computers

Pricewatch

The Naked PC newsletter - really cool free newsletter

Ziff Davis - PC Magazone, PC Week, and PC Computing

InfoWorld

The Better Business Bureau

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Chapter 4 When and When Not to Assemble Your PC

ZeroSurge products

APC Uninterrupptible Power Supplies - updated

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Chapter 5 — Configuring Your New PC

The BIOS Survival Guide at is an excellent source of very detailed, very technical BIOS and CMOS information

Ymark y2k testing tool

Information on what to do if you PC fails

MS-DOS command-line program for checking CD's

How to Check Hard Drive Configuration

For the tool and details on pmtshoot.exe

Sandra diagnostic tool

Norton utilities main page

Check-it for Windows 95

PC Medic

ONTRACK Data Advisor

BCM Diagnostics

Dr. Hardware

MMXTest

ZDNet Virtual Labs

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Chapter 6 — Customizing Your New PC

Microsoft's Support Site

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Chapter 7 — Going Further with Additional Customizations

Bob Cerelli's page

Windows Power Toys

Great newsletter!

Company Sleuth delivers information to you

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Chapter 8 — Staying Ahead of the Game

Review Finder

Creative Labs Driver Updates

Get the latest DirectX Drivers

Hewlett-Packard Printer Drivers

Bugnet

PC Week Online News

Excellent source for news commentary

WinDrivers.com

Winfiles Drivers Database

PC Drivers Headquarters

Microsoft's Computer Company Information Center

List of company contact information -

Oil Change

Quarterdeck's TuneUp Software - Now Norton Web Services

Catch-UP Software Version Tracker

Microsoft Newsletters

Motherboard Manufacturer List of BIOS upgrades

Download Netscape Products

The Windows Update page

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Chapter 9 — Preparing for Disaster

Power Toys

Download Trial Versions of Symantec (Norton) products here

DLL Show

AVP Virus Encyclopedia

European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research

EICAR virus test file (updated)

alt.comp.virus FAQ's (updated)

IBM Anti-Virus online

Data Fellows Virus Information Centre

McAfee Viruscan

Symantec Anti-Virus Research Center (SARC)

ThunderBYTE Anti-Virus - now merged with Norman

Rob Rosenberger's Computer Virus Myths

ICSA Anti-Virus Pages (updated)

Virus-L/comp.virus FAQ (old but useful)

Yahoo!'s Viruses directory

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Chapter 10 — Good Habits for a Trouble-Free System

No links in this chapter.

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Chapter 11 — Backing Up

Iomega makers of Jaz drives

Makers of Tape-it which treats your tape drive like a disk drive

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Chapter 12 — Cleaning Up

Nico Mak makers of WinZip

Partition Magic

Windows 95 OSR2 FAQ

"Hard Disk is Low on Disk Space" Message

Hard Disk Is Low on Disk Space Message During Windows 98 Setup

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Chapter 13 — Security at Work and at Home

Netscape Proxy Server

Microsoft Proxy Server

TNPC newsletter

Sherlock@ Research Information and Guidelines

AnyWho, AT&T's reverse lookup phone directory

Esther Dyson's article Privacy Protection: Time to Think Locally and Act Globally

Download Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) here

Net Nanny filtering software

Yahoo!'s listing of Internet Blocking and Filtering Resources

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Chapter 14 — Deciding on Common Applications

Home of the award winning PRIME Utilities for Word and Excel

Excel Annoyances book

XL97: Some Values Not Recalculated When Using Multiple Formulas

XL97: Functions in Filled Formulas May Not Be Recalculated

XL97: Chart Data Labels Linked to Formulas Are Not Updated

XL97: How to Obtain the Excel 97 Auto Recalculation Patch

Pegasus Mail by David Harris

Eudora email package

Netscape Messenger

Nico Mak's WinZip

Quick View for Windows

Paint Shop Pro

Mardi Wetmore's Web Graphics on a Budget Tutorials

PC Labs Software Reviews

PC World Top 400

ReviewFinder

Our free email newsletter

Daily Electronic Newsletter

Bottom Dollar - find the best deal on software

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Chapter 16 — Managing Devices and Device Drivers

Energy Conservation Working Group of the 1394 Trade Association (Firewire)

USB Org Web site

IEEE 1284 EPP/ECP Compatible Product List

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Chapter 17 — Making Internet Connections

Computer Currents

ImagiNet Communications - no busy signal guarantee

GTE

Integrity Online

Deja.com - formerly Dejanews - updated

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Chapter 18 — Choosing Internet Applications

Bigfoot

Outlook Express

Netscape Messenger

Eudora Pro and Eudora Light

Pegasus Email

Rob Rosenburger's Computer Virus Myths

Using Netscape Bookmarks and IE Favorites Together - PDF file

Opera Browser

Lynx Browser

Neoplanet Browser

The Naked PC newsletter - incredibly useful newsletter

Neat Net Tricks newsletter

Liszt newsletter and mailing list index

WebSnake

The PointCast Network

Geocities - free websites

Angelfire - free websites

Tripod - free websites

Yahoo!'s listing of HTML Tutorials

Poor Richard's Web Site News

Adobe Acrobat

Internal Revenue Service

QuickTime

Macromedia Shockwave and Flash

RealAudio and RealVideo

RealGuide

Audionet

Yahoo!

About.com - formerly The Mining Co. - updated

AltaVista

Infoseek

HotBot

Lycos

Excite

WebCrawler

Deja.com - formerly Dejanews - updated

Mamma

Ask Jeeves

Sherlock@

The Web Search Cheat Sheet

Dogpile

SearchKing

Copernic

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Chapter 19 — Recovering From A PC Disaster

Microsoft Technical Support Troubleshooting Wizards

McAfee - Makers of Virus Scan

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus

Datafellows (F-Prot)

Rob Rosenberger's Computer Virus Myths

The Tech Page

DLL Show

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