Tutorials and Guides

Bleeping Computer
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2010-04-13
“Bleeping Computer is a community devoted to providing free original content, consisting of computer help and tutorials, in such a way that the beginning computer user can understand. Getting started using our community is extremely easy! Just follow these easy steps below to start receiving the computer help you need: … ”
Anchor Link Boot Records Revealed
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2013-01-08
Last updated: 2013-01-07
“All the Details of many versions of both MBR and OS Boot Records. These pages will probably always be in a state of flux (change) as we keep gathering new data for Boot Records, filling in Assembly code comments and adding important topics related to booting up your box (computer)!”
Anchor Link Boot XP From Any USB
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Author: Dietmar Windows: XP
“A short tutorial for XP(E) USB boot from any medium.”
Anchor Link Command Line in Windows
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Author: Victor Laurie
“The Windows command line is a mainstay for systems administrators and power users but is relatively unknown to many PC users. The purpose of this site is to make the power and utility of the command line more familiar to a wider community of computer users. Also under-appreciated are the related resources of batch files and scripts and these will be discussed as well.
“Windows is famous as a graphical user interface and many computer users tend to forget (or never knew) that there are also very useful command line functions in Windows. In fact, there is a great deal more to Windows XP than just point and click. The keyboard and the command line can be substantial adjuncts to the mouse and icons. This capability tends to be overlooked by many PC users who are unaccustomed to entering computer commands by typing. There are two basic features involving a command line. One is the entry ‘Run” that is in the Start menu and the other is the command prompt window. Specific applications are considered in a series of pages listed below.”
Anchor Link CSS Guide
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
“Style sheets can be used to suggest a layout for HTML documents. The Cascading Style Sheets section offers a complete overview of CSS1, the most popular standard for style sheets. It has an introduction, a tutorial and a comprehensive reference.”
Anchor Link CSS Introduction
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-03-15
Last updated: 2010-09-18
“Cascading Style Sheets are now the standard way to define the presentation of your HTML pages, from fonts and colours to the complete layout of a page. They are much more efficient than using HTML on every page to define the look of your site.
“CSS is becoming a more important language to know every day, so the sooner you have a grip on this most elegant of presentational languages, the better.”
Anchor Link Dr. Watson Basics
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
“Dr. Watson is a software utility included with Microsoft Windows that is used to help detect, decode and log errors that are encountered while windows or windows programs are running.”
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Anchor Link DVD Tutorial
License: Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
“What you need to know about DVD’s physical and application formats.
“DVD, which is once stood for Digital Video Disc and later Digital Versatile Disc, is now just ‘DVD’. It is no longer an acronym that it once was. DVD is today’s premiere format for video, audio, and data storage. In this tutorial, we’ll explore the physical characteristics of the DVD format and its data capacity, and see what makes it different from the audio Compact Disc (CD) format with which we’re all familiar. Once we talk about physical format of DVD, we’ll explore the various application formats of DVD: DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, and DVD-ROM.”
Anchor Link FDISK Guide
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
“This guide/tutorial teaches you the mojo on how to partition a hard disk drive using Microsoft’s DOS-based utility. Because FDISK runs from DOS, and offers no graphical user interface [GUI], some folks find it intimidating. But FDISK is simple and straightforward .. once you understand a few, basic concepts.
“This guide is designed for the noobie, for those with no prior partitioning experience. Everything is spelled out in detail, using plain language. It even identifies common problem areas to avoid.”
Anchor Link Finding Web Site Hosting Company
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-07-06
“In some circumstances, you may want to find out which hosting company host a specific Web site. By using the combination of 3 NirSoft tools — IPNetInfo, DNSDataView, and WhoisThisDomain — you can find out the hosting company of a Web site, in most cases: ” …
Anchor Link Formatting a Hard Drive
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Version: 2.3.0
“Installing a hard drive for the first time? Need to partition a current drive into smaller disks? You can do it, and we can show you how.”
Anchor Link Guide to Upgrading to Windows 7 RC
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-06-07
Updated on: 2009-05-05 Windows: 7 RC
“Whether you want to set up a dual-boot system, you’re ready to migrate all the way to Windows 7 RC from XP, or something in between, here’s what you need to know.
“You’ll need to have already downloaded Windows 7 RC before you proceed with any of those methods, but now that you’ve had some time, let’s take a look at a few ways you can install and use Windows 7 RC. If you’re still not sure if Windows 7 seems worth it, check out the top 10 things to look forward to in Windows 7, then take a peek at what’s new in Windows 7 RC.
“We showed you how to do this back when the Windows 7 Beta was released, but if you were waiting for a slightly more stable Win7 release, you might be ready to dual boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista. This is generally the method of testing Windows 7 that we’d recommend, since it allows you to try out everything Windows 7 RC has to offer without entirely giving up your trusty old operating system.”
Anchor Link HTTP Made Really Easy
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Author: James Marshall
“HTTP is the network protocol of the HTTP enables you to write Web browsers, Web servers, automatic page downloaders, link-checkers, and other useful tools.
“This tutorial explains the simple, English-based structure of HTTP communication, and teaches you the practical details of writing HTTP clients and servers. It assumes you know basic socket programming. HTTP is simple enough for a beginning sockets programmer, so this page might be a good followup to a sockets tutorial.”
Anchor Link Illustrated Guide to IPSec
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Author: Steve Friedl
“IPSec is a suite of protocols for securing network connections, but the details and many variations quickly become overwhelming. This is particularly the case when trying to interoperate between disparate systems, causing more than one engineer to just mindlessly turn the knobs when attempting to bring up a new connection.
“This Tech Tip means to give bottom-up coverage of the low-level protocols used in an IPv4 context (we provide no coverage of IPv6). This is not a deployment guide or best-practices document—we’re looking at it strictly at the protocol level on up, rather than from the big picture on down.
“This is the first of two papers, the second of which covers key exchange, the Security Parameters Database, and other finer points of an IPSec configuration: in this paper we’ll touch on them only briefly.”
Anchor Link IPSec VPN Fundamentals
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
“IPSec is a set of protocols and standards developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to support secure communication at the IP layer. Used widely to implement VPNs either as a full-fledged security gateway sitting between the corporate network and the router connected to the Internet, or as part of the router itself, IPSec and an associated suite of protocols offer complete cryptographic security.”
Anchor Link Kevin’s Router Setup Page
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
“The instructions for setting up the Linksys are in the manual and pretty simple. In my case the default settings worked fine for nearly everything. There are only 5 things I recommend changing from the defaults, plus a couple that are worth checking to be sure they haven’t changed the defaults. The locations of these tabs may vary slightly depending on the version of the firmware that is in your router, sometimes they will be under the ‘Advanced’ tab, sometimes not. This applies specifically to Linksys routers, but since the industry (like most) is Monkey See, Monkey Do, most other routers will probably have something similar. Also please bear in mind that I’m only covering settings that are related to security. It’s worth looking over the other options to see if they’ll help you. Some could increase the speed of your data transfers.”
Anchor Link Misfortune Cookies
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Author: Steve Gibson
“Unless it is configured not to, a web browser will always accept any cookie offered to it by a cookie-enabled web site. It happens invisibly and without the user’s involvement, knowledge, or permission. And from that point on that unique cookie is typically used to uniquely identify that individual browser, user, and computer from all others on the Internet.
“Therefore, ALL cookies ARE ultimately about identifying and TRACKING web browser contact. That’s what cookies are for. Anyone who is adamant about NEVER being identified from one web page to the next can, and perhaps should, COMPLETELY disable all web browser cookies.
“Blocking all cookies is possible, but some web sites now depend upon at least a bare minimum of cookie support. The good news is that it is possible to make that safe and private.”
Anchor Link Network Router Set Up
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2010-01-14
Author: Bradley Mitchell
“This guide explains how to set up a router for home computer networks. The exact names of configuration settings on a network router vary depending on the model and whether it is wired or wireless. However, this general procedure will guide you through the process for the common kinds of home network equipment.”
Anchor Link OpenVPN Configuring
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Author: Riley
“OpenVPN is a tried and true VPN solution. It is totally secure and infinitely configurable. You can install and run this software without relying on a third party. The fact that it’s open source and free really makes it stand out though. OpenVPN can be a little daunting to configure the first time you jump into it, but once you get your configuration worked out, it’s a pleasure to use. Once you have the software running on your network, it’s possible to seamlessly perform a great number of tasks. One of the most popular and practical uses for OpenVPN is to enable secure surfing and home network access when out travelling or on an open wifi access point. It can also be used to connect separate remote networks together into one large network that is fully routable. There’s really no limit to what you can do with OpenVPN.”
Anchor Link RAID Tutorial
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
“Get To Know RAID — RAID Tutorial and Benchmarks Collection”
Anchor Link Registry Tutorial
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
“The Registry is a database used to store settings and options for the 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows including Windows 95, 98, ME and NT/2000. It contains information and settings for all the hardware, software, users, and preferences of the PC. Whenever a user makes changes to a Control Panel settings, or File Associations, System Policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in the Registry.”
Anchor Link RunDLL32 Reference Guide
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-04-26
Windows: 98, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
A free, on-line reference guide.
Anchor Link Understanding Raw Files
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-03-14
Author: Michael Reichmann
“There is probably more misinformation, disinformation and lack of information regarding what raw files are all about than on any other digital imaging topic. There are also many reasons why one should shoot in raw mode, but also quite a few reasons why many people don’t. Let’s have a look at both.”
Anchor Link Web Tutorials Online
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-03-15
“Inside W3Schools you will find a large number of free Web-building tutorials, from basic HTML and XHTML tutorials to advanced XML, XSL and WAP tutorials. Topics also include JavaScript, ASP, PHP, .NET and dozens of others.
“Our famous references cover all of the most important Web-building technologies, including W3C standards like HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML and important Microsoft technologies like ASP and ADO plus much more.”
Anchor Link Windows Registry
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-03-15
Author: Mario Giannini
“The registry is a shared database amongst all applications to hold configuration and initialization information. The single registry database is provided in Win32 to replace the numerous individual INI files that existed in Win16, including WIN.INI and SYSTEM.INI. While the registry is designed for long-term storage of program configurations and settings, you should not attempt to store information in it better suited for a data file.
“The Registry is a hierarchical database, divided into 4 primary divisions or ‘keys’ (you can see them using REGEDIT.EXE), though more may be present. When a user logs onto Windows, the HKEY_CURRENT_USER tree is initialized with the settings for that user. If you make changes to it in a program, those changes are saved to the persistent settings for that user. This is the primary location where an application stores its configuration information, and we will therefore concentrate on it for the remained of this document. Please keep in mind however, that the approaches for dealing with the registry are the same with other keys as well.”
Anchor Link Windows XP Safe Mode
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-03-15
Last updated: 2011-02-10
“Safe Mode is a powerful tool for fixing problems in Windows, and finally PCstats explains how to actually use it!”
Anchor Link WinUSB
Information Only – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-03-15
Author: Dietmar Stolting
“WinUSB is a tutorial which allows the user to run a complete Windows XP version on an USB device/stick. This tutorial is some kind of manual which you have to follow, in order to let your modified Windows XP run on your USB device. Therefor you have to regard some requirerments which are also important to the avoidance of any infringment of the copyright of microsoft. You only have to click on the tutorial menu-button in order to read more…
“Here you have the ability to download the print version of the tutorial. The download file is a PDF-file.”
Anchor Link Wireless Network Security
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2012-03-15
Last updated: 2005-05-05 Author: Brien Posey
“According to a December 2004 study, 60 to 70 percent of all wireless networks are insecure. Although there is lots of information on securing wireless networks, most of this information focuses on corporate networks. In this article, I will attempt to help people secure their home wireless networks.”
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