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Design Resources

How Magazine's Web site It's full of design resources,

Web sites for creative inspiration

To check out superb graphics that download fast and also indulge in an excellent read see http:///

Laurie McCanna's 911 Graphics Emergency Help. Visit

Working on a site at 2AM and need some graphics advice FAST? You'll find general graphics and PhotoShop specific solutions, and more!

Web Developers' Virtual Library has a good explanation Spiders and Robots Exclusion



s Browser top

Some of you may not know that just 'cause you use AOL for internet access doesn't mean you have to use their *ahem* crummy browser. Once you've logged on, just go ahead and fire up you favorite surfboard of choice and you're good to go.

For a quick introduction to HTML top

Go to Applications and tutorials For a quick introduction to HTML, try HotWired magazine's online WebMonkey tutorial. It's an effective way to get started - and everything is written with a great sense of humor.

Apple website URL for java applets

Good source for cgi and perl scripts:

Learn web programming at

The ECMA-262 standard is expected to be adopted by the International Standards Org. (ISO). Monitor their site

A Complete Tutorial to learn Data Science in R from Scratch
This is a complete tutorial to learn data science and machine learning using R. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a good exposure to building predictive models using machine learning on your own. Note: No prior knowledge of data science / analytics is required. However, prior knowledge of algebra and statistics will be helpful.

Flight Information top

Check out to track your loved ones flight process. It is said to be more up-to-date and accurate than calling the airport for arrival information.

Some Symbols and their Codes top

bullet= &#149 ; en dash= – em dash=— trademark (TM)= ™

copyright mark (C) = © or © registered mark (R)= ®

How can I update a url in search engines? top

While I was looking for my web site in these great engines I realized that its not been updated and it uses the old url and company description!!
Nine times out of ten, you have to resubmit the main URL by hand.
You resubmit the OLD one so that the search engine sees it's wrong and deletes it, (you may have to do these for all of the old URLs)
Then you resubmit the NEW one so it re-spiders your site for the correct URLs.
For getting rid of the old ones, I found that the search engines had so many old URLs in their database that it was easier to leave them alone and to just do one great big redirect on the server for anyone coming in on links to the old directories.
Most search engines usually have their own procedures for this which you need to follow. Also make sure you have a "forward" page at the old address if at all possible (ie, this site has moved to X location - please change your bookmark and/or notify the Webmaster at the referring page).
Submitting your site to search engines is not a one-time only event; be sure to check its ranking over time, make adjustments to your meta tags, and resubmit every 4-6 months to ensure your site is being indexed properly, and hopefully, more highly.

meta tag Troubles top

A meta tage that would prevent automatic robot indexers from adding a Webpage to its index.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

It should be put on any page that you don't want indexed. Apparently only a very few crawlers support this tag, so to be safe you should probably add a "robots.txt" file to your top-level directory to specify things you want excluded.

The Web Robots Pages:

Just a friendly warning - there are some evil robots out there that only go to the places you list in your robots.txt file. And sometimes people browsing your site will read these files for the heck of it.

Make sure you're not doing security by obscurity and use appropriate access restrictions on pages you don't want people (or robots) to see.

A great resource for search engine information is at If you haven't been here and work on a site -- check it out it's great

meta TAGS top

The page with all meta tag information
and the tag to prevent indexing is:


Waves top


Permission to use Music Copyright top

Search on the websites of either ASCAP or BMI - type in the name of the song and find the publisher/copyright holder - they have a form you can download that is basically a clearance form for use - I think they only have them for commercial use, but you can adapt it, or send a post to them - I've been given permission to use books as basis for musicals but you need to clear ANY use with the publisher - they are usually pretty cool with school uses and appreciate the notice, but using a commercial song had best be cleared anyway - if you intend to copyright your whatever for publication & you're using bits and pieces from other songs, then you ABSOLUTELY MUST get clearance before doing so.

2015 #MUSICIANS Learn what % of fractional shares to each copyrighted musical composition is 'controlled by ASCAP.'

Internet Traffic Report top

Free Scholarship Search Program top there is no charge and we will NOT sell your name or email address to anyone. If you're going back to school, check out the scholarship search feature on our site. We're sponsoring FREE access to one of the most reputable national sources of scholarship information, the CASHE database. You still have to apply for the scholarships yourself, of course; and if you say you're interested in student loan information as well as scholarship data, we'll tell you how to get in touch with a lender that works with us. We've heard that some services that charge several hundred dollars for "personalized" scholarship searches just dial up and use this same database and resell the information. Why pay retail when you can get it FREE!

Organize Your Bookmarks top

A nice little bookmark program for the Mac is called WabbitDA.145. It is also Freeware. You may save any number of bookmarks. It is Internet Config savvy - just click on the bookmark to open it - or you may also drag and drop. You can find it at or Get it from this Info Mac site (348K):

DSL top

What does "DSL" stand for? Answer: (A) Digital Subscriber Line

Digital Subscriber Line, or DSL for short, is a technology that uses the existing copper telephone wires to deliver high-speeddata services. Speeds range anywhere from 384K up to 1.5Mbps downstream (downloading) and up to 128K upstream (uploading).

Here's what that means. If you were to download a 25MB file, this is the download estimate on how long it would take on a particular connection.

28.8K = 2 hours and 1 minute
33.6K = 1 hour and 44 minutes
56K = 1 hour and 2 minutes
DSL = 9 minutes (based on a minimum speed of 384K)

The maximum speed will depend on such factors as the distance between the DSL modem and the location of the central office and the condition of the line.

The bottom line is that DSL will provide a lightning fast, always- on connection that will let you experience the Internet in its full glory. Graphic intensive sites will load in a blink of an eye. You also be able to enjoy interactive games and movies over the net.

Faster DSL technologies are under development and being tested. Each is capable of providing higher data transfer rates than standard DSL. These include ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line), HDSL (High-data-rate Digital Subscriber Line),
and SDSL (Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line).

The DSL FAQ Page by DSL

DSL Availability by State

Information Architect

A *ton* of resources (links, books, etc.) for the working (or aspiring) Thom Haller says, I like a question that asks "what is this information architecture stuff" because that's how it seems sometimes. IA is an emerging field -- and like other emerging fields -- it's difficult to define. Richard Saul Wurman, author of the new book Understanding USA coined the term to explain the role of the person who explains complex information so others can understand it. Typically, the information architect is someone who extracts knowledge from those who have it, puts it in a structured form so others can "envision" it ... and then act on it. In the work world, information architects come from a variety of disciplines which my firm identifies on our website ). Often they merge this knowledge with the technical know-how of building on-line Intranet and web sites. I believe organizations benefit most from Information Architects who look at these sites from a performance focus. It's always easy to get caught up in "our own thinking" as we build our sites. The successful information architect has the ability to think "outside the box." A successful information architect strives to structure the product as a performance tool -- focusing all information to meet the specific needs of the user.