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IT Management

CIO Magazine - lots of articles, resources and forums:

Information Technology Association http://itaa.org/

From CIO Magazine: Let's stop wasting $78 Billion a Year

Employees surfing the web? Get some policies in place:
Also their home page has other good items: http://www.re-soft.com

Pete Shikli's EE Times Column http://www.eet.com/columns/weaving_your_web/default.html
Or here http://www.bizware.com/articles.htm

Prevent Commerical Email Spam (a serious org) http://www.cauce.org
Junk Faxes and Email are Illegal: http://www.markwelch.com/faxlaw.htm

Internet Virus Hoaxes as revealed By Symantec: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html

Other Email Rumours, Requests, Petitions - Find out here before sending

Quickbooks info



Total Cost Of Ownership
Best Links Other Links

While not every organization faces the scale of transitions and support which those in some of these studies do, it nonetheless is worthwhile to study what an organization with 1000 or more PCs considers before implementing infrastruture changes: rollout costs, ongoing support and administrative costs, etc. versus the real direct and indirect benefits. Sometimes Intel will mention the cost of not upgrading ...and Microsoft has coined the term REJ "Rapid Economic Justification"...but still much of their cost accounting generalities are proper and the specific numbers are interesting.

As a side note: In the 'ol days, we used to advise customers that the initial purchase cost of the machine was only roughly one third of their initial costs: that the machine was 1/3, the software 1/3, and the initial setup and introductory training was 1/3. And that prescription was mainly to help people see software costs as something real! We also said that users need about an hour per month of service so that they can be their most productive. It looks like our estimate wasn't too off, really.Overall, our goal of minimizing the ongoing costs by proper selection and implementation still proves a benefical appoach.

Several of the links below are no longer functional, but they give an idea of what subjects are potentially available at those sites. So consider searching companies like Microsoft, Intel, Novell, Gartner, Giga for articles on TCO. Other terms in use include TEI (Total Economic Impact) or ROI (Return on Investment) or REJ (Rapid Economic Justification).


Here are 'The Best of' articles, having hard figures or worthwhile for their general analysis.
Microsoft's basic views of TCO. New working link here. Old link here.

Intel: TCO is $5700-9800/yr per user. The original link is gone now, but we've located the material and placed it's text here. Old link was this.

For Notebooks, TCO has dropped from $12,000 per year to $8500
From Intel here.

Windows Server 2000 has some substantial costs. Roughly $8000/yr per user. Click here for MS view.

The transition cost to Windows 2000 is $3100 per workstation! http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1008-200-114579.html

Microsoft TCO/TEI Claims for Exchange Server (Increases direct support costs but user productivity increases are greater):
New link here Old link was this

Groupwise vs Exchange, according to Novell. It discuses quite a few corporate email needs and cost of ownership issues: old link
The old pages are gone, but we've saved the text here. And Novell compares competing platforms claims here


Other Articles with good material for study, some with costs.
Windows 2000 Active Directory implementation costs may outweigh the benefits. From MS here.

Windows 2000 is not "inexpensive" and should coincide with hardware changeovers. From MS here.

MS products reduces costs for some customers, but benefits are largely qualitative or subjective. Click here from MS.

Case Studies of users who found Windows 2000 lowering their costs. From MS here.
Case Studies of organizations who found Windows 2000 Server lowering their costs. From MS here.

Microsoft's view of TCO for Office 2000 http://www.microsoft.com/TCO/resovw01.asp

Components of TCO for organizations in various states of IT deployment: http://www.microsoft.com/TechNet/tco/bestprac.asp?a=frame

MS's REJ view of cost-benefit analysis

The Gartner Group: http://www.gartnergroup.com

More TCO from Intel: (these are old ones which might not be around)




IT Resources

Lots of IT info and resources:

Site that covers generals and specifics

Site with many practical reviews of products

News for nerds

Excellent articles on importance of latency, etc:
Too bad he's a mac guy. check out his rants.
Latency is important
http://www.stuartcheshire.org/rants/Latency.html and http://rescomp.stanford.edu/~cheshire/rants/Latency.html
more latency

Novell's NDS has been around a lot longer than MS's upcoming Active Directory. Here are some of Novell's views http://www.novell.com/advantage/nds/ndsv8-check.html

Home networking is increasing. The emerging technologies are phone wire, AC wire, and wireless. There are standards from PNA and IEEE. See http://www.homepna.com

If you need to view or translate a document from one program to another, check out QV plus from http://www.jasc.com

Index of NT articles

Places to get stuff:
http://www.webattack.com Tons of stuff here.
http://www.download.com traditional




Bandwidth Speed Tests
http://bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/ http://www.2wire.com/services/bandwidth.asp



Download a free network scanner

Stress Test your webserver
Also see testmyspeed, above.

Also, netscanner from netcop is v. good.

Consider replacing NT's recyle bin with this product. It'll save files deleted over the network. http://www.executive.com/undelete/undelete.asp

If you think your network is being probed, nukenabber may help identify the attackers. http://support.shaw.ca/networks/nukenabber.htm




What TCP and UDP ports are commonly used?


or search here (and see full list):


Ports used by Windows NT/2000, Exchange, Terminal Server

Exploitive Ports - Ports used by hacker programs and trojans:

Trojan ports: http://www.simovits.com/trojans/trojans.html

Exploits: http://advice.networkice.com/advice/Exploits/Ports



General Network Security Resources

A good organization we get updates from
http://www.sans.org and their other site... http://www.incidents.org
http://www.sans.org/topten.htm for the Top 10 Security Holes
They have the best NIMDA writeup: http://www.incidents.org/react/nimda.pdf

Another good one

Home for the mailing list and discussion group of "Security Exploits and Bugs" of MS OS products. Good source.

A Firewall Tutorial: http://www.lsli.com/tutorial.html

Firewall and port info: http://www.robertgraham.com/pubs/firewall-seen.html

Microsoft (and Other) Security Patches http://www.technotronic.com/microsoft.html

Security Issues taken seriously here: http://www.finjan.com/

Geeky Info, including Firewalls: http://www.geek-speak.net/

InfoWorld's Security Page: http://www.idg.net/english/channel_menus/top_security_news.html

And current news: http://www.infoworld.com/researchtools/subject_index/security.html

More Firewall Info: http://www.interhack.net/pubs/fwfaq/

The case of the attack that wasn't.
Click here.


Internet Security Resources and Tools

An example of Hotmail vulnerability

How MS's Passport is vulnerable

Denial of Service Attack Frequencies, Academic Study

The site that keeps track of hacked sites: http://www.attrition.org

Defacement Archive (with examples)

Very complete list of resources: http://archive.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayNew.pl?/security/links/security_corner.htm

Take the tests at this site to see how exposed your PC is:
http://www.dslreports.com/scan (maybe more useful, less hype)

And if you are a home user and have got exposures, get ZoneAlarm (free for personal use): http://www.zonelabs.com or blackice.



White Hat Info

Internet Security Issues: http://www.commodon.com/menu.htm

ICSA's parent

Are the Internet DNS servers vulnerable? http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-2073583.html?pt.snap.feed

Have the black hats gone legit? See http://www.l0pht.com/ They've been bought/merged into the @stake consulting group.

IT Professionals can get tools and links here



Black Hat Info

Anti-Security Ideas, here: http://www.hackersclub.com/km/library/

Back Orifice Official Site: you type it in if you want www.cultdead.cow/tools/bo.html

Simple examples of hacking anonymously: http://www.idg.net/go.cgi?id=192081

Dsniff (ARP reprogramming), mailsnarf and other tools. http://www.monkey.org/~dugsong/dsniff If that doesn't work, go to http://www.monkey.org Then DugSong and then his dsniff page.

More items: http://www.insecure.org

More anti-security: http://prozac.iscool.net/ or http://www.petitmote.net/dsfa (See the Docs area…)

And then there's: http://pages.hotbot.com/humor/eliminat/netbios.html

More lists of links for anti-security: http://grc.com/su-reading.htm

Exploits listed and linked: http://www.rootshell.com

How about those fake digital certificates. What does the future hold...

Many trojans modify winsock. Here are some details from MS on winsock layers.
Click here.




Funny Quote: Come to think of it, there already are a million monkeys on a million typewriters...and the Internet is NOTHING like Shakespeare...

What is the Internet

RFC's define the Internet. Here they are: http://www.rfc-editor.org/

Consider how IP blocks are allocated: http://www.arin.net

Here's the US Nap: http://www.nap.net/network.html and their home page with more general stuff http://www.nap.net

And here's how it's doing lately (Be sure to click on the Internet Weather): http://stats.nap.net/noc/public/index.html

And here's how MAE West's Traffic is like: http://www.mfst.com/MAE/west.ds3.overlay.html

Internet Backbones, for England - But very informative. http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/casa/martin/atlas/isp_maps.html

Understanding IP Addressing http://www.3com.com/nsc/501302.html

TCP/IP Faq http://www.faqs.org/faqs/internet/tcp-ip/tcp-ip-faq/part1/

More good info on IP and the NAT implementation of local IP schemes: http://www.uq.net.au/~zzdmacka/the-nat-page/natinformation.html

So who are ISPs? http://boardwatch.internet.com/isp/ac/index.html

http://boardwatch.internet.com/isp/spring99/internetarch.html Go to their main page for all kinds of info http://www.boardwatch.com

The Great Peering Debate of '97. Where was your ISP? http://www.clark.net/pub/rbenn/debate.html

If you want to see good statistics of page hits, referring sites and IP ranges, visit http://www.payphones-usa.com and check their Site Statistics.

Lots of links of ISP network maps, and also undersea cables: http://myweb.clark.net/pub/rbenn/isp.html

Search Engine submission and techniques

Infamous Note: Consider weird rebel site etoy.com which hijacked search engines to hijack.org and was sued unsuccessfully by etoys.com for name infringment (etoy was there first). Click on the hijack site for information about their kind of internet warfare.

Then there's the guy who makes millions a year from mispelled domain names, though the FTC is after him. Here.


Domain Names

What's available? Lookup for multiple suffixes: http://www.swhois.com may not be totally up-to-the-minute accurate as the internet grows so fast.

Lookup keyword: http://www.whois.net How many sites have the word "Performance" in it? Tons.

Do a Lookup for ownership: http://www.swhois.net also http://www.networksolutions.com and their whois page http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois

The group which now oversees domain name registration http://www.icann.org/

InterNIC is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the website is operated by ICANN http://www.internic.net

Buy and sell Domain Names http://www.greatdomains.com/

This person has reserved thousands of domain names. One we inquired about had an asking price of $100,000. http://www.vanityweb.com/shownames.cfm

It's a good idea to check to see if a name is trademarked: http://www.uspto.gov



Internet Tools

Internet Connection Sleuthing
http://samspade.org/t/ or click the pic for their home page

Check out your own browser for "problems":

Phone Number Reverse Lookup and IP Spoofing, etc. :

Do A Trace Route from Outside Your Network

Info, Tools and So Forth for Understanding the Internet

Internet Weather Sources
http://www.mids.org/weather from matrix.net http://www.matrix.net/research

Internet ISP discussions of issues they see




HTML Explanations and References http://www.htmlgoodies.com



HTML Forms and CGI Scripts

(This one is interactive - very well done) http://snowwhite.it.brighton.ac.uk/~mas/mas/courses/html/html.html


Browser problems from supporting (or not) various html standards.






How to tell your version of Windows 95, 98, ME

Converting to or from Netscape:

What are those annoying MS-TNEF attachments: http://help.netscape.com/kb/consumer/981102-1.html

Maxtor's list of various drive limits that have been hit (limits by the OS usually).

Why there is an 8 gig limit: http://www.storage.ibm.com/hardsoft/diskdrdl/library/8.4gb.htm

Note, MS generally recommends keeping FAT32 drives to a max of 32GB for Windows 2000 purposes. This and other limits explained by MS here. Note 8 TB is possible, though other limits may make 127GB the max.

And though FAT32 supports up to 2 terrabytes (here), FDISK can't go past 512 GB. here.

How to triple boot DOS, Win9X, NT, from MS

More computer nerdy things: like over-revving your CPU : http://www.arstechnica.com/

Motherboard info http://sysopt.earthweb.com/mboard.html
Other PC hot rodding tips: http://sysopt.earthweb.com





Modem drivers and more




Special Notes on Field Debugging of Windows Startup Issues: Click Here

Read NTFS from DOS
www.sysinternals.com or here for the program.
www.winternals.com or here for the program.

Converting win-me to boot to real dos mode

Online antivirus check

Network and other issues

So you wanted to know about Spool32 errors? http://www.starkreality.com/~callen/spool32.htm

Good descriptions of General Protection Faults, Illegal Operations, etc.
Click here

Microsoft's prescription for debugging kernel32 errors: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q218/8/73.ASP

Microsoft's description of the Windows 95 startup process. Note CONFIGMG is the PlugnPlay Manager: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q174/0/18.ASP

**A lot of people ask why some particular crash happens. OLE is used in a lot of processes. Check out the following article to see if you understand what's happening in this small corner of the OS/application nexus: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q104/1/39.asp

In addition, review the following for what programmers are up against in making an application run on multiple versions of Windows: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q136/9/89.asp

Here is a link to lots of GDI info for developers which could be handy in debugging: http://support.microsoft.com/support/platformsdk/gdi/default.asp

You can also check out MS's general SDK pages for libraries of info: http://support.microsoft.com/support/default.asp?PR=psdk hit the Browse button at top for more links. If above is NA try http://support.microsoft.com/support/PlatformSDK/Win32Dev/default.asp also http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/psdk/portals/mainport.htm and for ASP programming http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/psdk/iisref/psdkwelc.htm and for Internet Service Providers http://www.microsoft.com/ISN/downloads/ms_sdk.asp

Finally, the mother of all programming info is at: http://msdn.microsoft.com Then go into the libraries area. In particular, near the bottom of the index is the Technical Articles area.

**Microsoft's Support Page http://support.microsoft.com and their TechWeb http://www.microsoft.com/TechNet/

A site devoted to Microsoft Windows, with many bug fixes and tips mentioned (news also): http://www.activewin.com

List of resources for many Windows Crashes/GPFs etc: http://www.windrivers.com/tech/troubleshoot/winexceptions.htm

If you need to view or translate a document from one program to another, check out QV plus from http://www.jasc.com

Don't forget to check newsgroup postings; check a manufacturer's own site for their own boards (like autodesk's). Check internet newsgroup postings with

With a straight face, Microsoft suggests a fix for a problem which is to restart your computer:





The Best! http://www.mikebonnell.com

Wonderful photos, lots of categories http://www.webshots.com

Free wallpaper: http://www.tablerocklake.nu/wallpaper.html only 640x480

Free backgrounds: http://www.fg-a.com/backgrounds.htm

Misc http://www.free-graphics.com/backgroundmain.html

A search engine for wallpaper: http://www.12c4.com/wallpaper/backgrnd.htm

Try this place for nice photos (good advice also): http://www.naturephotogallery.com





Wonderful photos, lots of categories http://www.webshots.com

Search and Find your screen saver: http://www.topfile.com/ss

Try Galt and go to ScreenSaver Heaven: http://www.galt.com

More screensavers: http://www.screensaver.com

xaracube http://www.xara.com




General news and XP

The vast majority of the installed base will still be win9X http://www3.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?doc_cd=101984

The MS Anti-trust settlement gives away important issue in section J 1. Previously it had been ordered that the API be disclosed.

And here's the revision with really very little bite to it. The section J 1 situation now has made the privacy of the API protected only on a case by case basis

MS predictions for sales of OS at launch time. Hype City.

XP 27% Slower!!

Or is it about the same?

Inner Technical details on the WinXP Activation

Wild site full of XP info and links. Warning - many hacks.



Microsoft Specific Issues, from the Source itself
Search for Microsoft DLLs:

Did you want to know what a DLL is or does?

Top Exchange MTA Issues

Browsing Problems

Netbios Reference

Programs which don't work in Windows ME

Or perhaps you have these strange problems:

The world spinning the wrong direction
Or your computer randomly starts playing classical music:



Windows NT/2000


Silly but real (and common!) problem with NTFS

Routing in NT





Hobbe's Internet Timeline: http://www.zakon.org/robert/internet/timeline

Computing Museum

History of Computing: http://ox.compsoc.net/~swhite/timeline.html



US Copyright Law:

Copyright Reminders from 3M:

Wielding the DMCA: Scientologists

Trial court says webmaster posting breakage of DVD code innocent of infringement


Privacy and Software: Get Rid of Ad-ware/Spy-ware
Articles from CNET here and here
Tips from cexx on specific programs http://cexx.org/adware.htm You may also like the main home page http://cexx.org
Get ad-aware from download.com or lavasoft.com
Gohip problems: http://www.wired.com/news/ebiz/0,1272,34544,00.html
Spam-Free Surfing http://www15.brinkster.com/list479/spamhome.htm
Evil Software Explained: http://www.searchlores.org/malware.htm

MS explanation of cookies here.


Consumer review sites:
http://www.camerareview.com This one seems to be by hobbiests
http://www.carreview.com This one more commercial, but still a good place to check what other's have to say (in reviews).
People reviewing other people: http://www.repcheck.com
http://www.epinions.com Site for consumer opinions - write your own reviews.

And like/don't like that commercial?
go to http://www.adcritic.com. Has lots of material to play and watch.




Bill Gates says at Comdex 2001, that computers are buggy and too hard, but things will get better over the next decade. Here.

All Internet Faq's: http://www.faqs.org

AOL has some interesting info at their LEGAL site http://legal.web.aol.com/

Do you have the feeling that society has too many lawyers performing unnecessary work? See http://www.overlawyered.com which unfortunately is a serious site.




Weird computer humor/satire or maybe it's real.

Comics about computer issues http://www.userfriendly.org/

Topical/Political Cartoons on the Web http://www.cagle.com/

Be William Shatner - an interactive web page http://www.hecklers.com/simshatner/simshatner.html

Funny, simple website: the NYNMA Game: http://www.nynma.com/namegame/

Urban Legends? http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/culture/beliefs/urbanlegends/

How to spot a mad cow: http://mats.gmd.de/~steffi/madcow/madcow.htm

Humor: Golf & Ann Rand's Philosophy: http://www.atomic-swerve.net/tpg/humor.html#GOLF

The Ferengi rules of Acquisition: http://www.psiphi.org/DS9/rules.html

Evolution of a Programmer; very funny: http://www.cis.gsu.edu/~shong/oojokes/evol_prog.html

Other funny programming jokes: http://www.cis.gsu.edu/~shong/oojokes/index.html and http://server.physics.miami.edu/~chris/quotes.html

The History of OJ Simpson as shown by anagrams of his name: http://www.teleport.com/~bwalter/oj.html

The infamous Nerdity Test




Movies - The best site. It used to be the movie newsgroup.

Legal Cases etc.

Train Accidents, from around the world.
http://danger-ahead.railfan.net/ part of http://www.railfan.net

Audio Reversal, Techniques and Samples

Music Lyrics
http://www.summer.com.br/~pfilho/summer.html Best Site (by a hobbiest, again)

Macro Economic Info
http://www.eh.net calculate the costs of things in other periods
http://www.tmpages.com lots of historical interest rates

Fantastic View of the US Stock Market by sector with links for news, financials, charts, earnings, etc: http://www.smartmoney.com/marketmap

Text to Speech

Files to make Internet Explorer speak to you, etc.

MP3 info, again from a hobbiest

MP3 to Cd, etc

Searchable Ad archive

Eliza, the online therapist. The first link is done in java. The second is a course.

NYC Skyscapers. The first has a great map, done on a free site.

World War One Aviation, Links
http://www.geocities.com/aw3aw3/links.htm Game related and more
http://members.home.net/flyingaces/archive1.htm Great list of pics
http://www.richthofen.com On-line edition of the ace's autobiography.

Interview with Author of The Phantom Tollbooth

Find the world's texts at Project Gutenberg
And writers are converting the texts to html at http://gutenberg.hwg.org

See what people are doing with these texts.

For Alice In Wonderland:

Ben Franklin's autobiography http://earlyamerica.com/lives/franklin/index.html

More classic literature online

Critical Thinking

Post-Modernism, Disrobed

Post-Modernsim Generator(s)
http://www.elsewhere.org/cgi-bin/postmodern/ Click this repeatedly to get new essays.

The Radio Frequency Allocation Charts
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/osmhome/allochrt.html from the government
http://www.jneuhaus.com/fccindex/spectrum.html from a hobbiest

Gold Maps in California and elsewhere

Golf Course Achitect, Desmond Muirhead. Quite a few notes, diaries and photos on carrying out golf development projects.

Get Ring tones for your Nokia

Run GameBoy games on your Palm Pilot http://www.idg.net/ic_198294_1794_9-10000.html with this emulator: http://www.gambitstudios.com

Run classic games on your PC (if you have the ROM/Code)

Of course Nintendo views emulation as a "grave threat": http://www.nintendo.com/corp/faqs/legal.html

But emulation is the entire purpose of Dos and Windows emulations on Mac and unix boxes. http://www.insignia.com for softwindows and realpc; and http://www.emulation.net for emulators for MACs.
arious game emulators here: http://www.destinationemu.com ;
see http://www-sop.inria.fr/prisme/personnel/pion/progs/mmx-emu/ for one developmental purpose of emulators;
others' visions of emulator (like Java write once-run everywhere: http://www.uruk.org/emu;
the Bulgarians have lots of emulators http://www.eunet.bg/simtel.net/msdos/emulate.html
And Transmeta chips run intel based machine code on their RISC chips http://www.transmeta.com.
...And…for the mother all emulation tools… http://www.emuhq.com





One of the most unusual sites on the net. This organization together with the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress (and donations from computer firms) has got an online history machine of the internet as it existed over time. You can go back and review web pages as they used to exist, even of extinct sites and lost pages. Some interesting copyright issues may arise, but nonetheless, a very cool and useful tool. Page availability does show the value of pages coded in html versus javasripts.

Then here's the USGS info on SoCal quakes. Check out their Realtime section. We can verify it had the info 5 minutes after the Hector Mine earthquake http://www-socal.wr.usgs.gov/

Best list we've seen about seismic activity http://seismo.ethz.ch/seismosurf/seismobig.html#calif

MIT has committed to make the materials from virtually all of its courses freely available on the World Wide Web for non-commercial use.

Game Theory Resources: http://levine.sscnet.ucla.edu/

The link for where the 50 states self-reported their states' Y2K readiness. As of 11/30 Alabama was only 54% done and on 12/29 they were 75% done. Though old news, the site reveals many details of IT control within state governments. http://www.nasire.org/hotissues/y2k/survey/

Perhaps visiting a page (there are many on this) on the Durer's Praying Hands will help: http://www.trosch.org/ant/hands.htm

Source for out of print books: http://www.abebooks.com/

Want to find satellite photos of your home or office? http://terraserver.microsoft.com

Dozens of free complete Bibles for download

Good Anagram Generator: http://www.easypeasy.com/anagrams/

Need to check an acronym? http://www.acronymfinder.com and check their most common requested ones: http://www.acronymfinder.com/mostcommon.asp

Links to all sorts of TESTS: http://www.allthetests.com

Collection of material from around the web: http://www.robotwisdom.com/

Hidden Mickey Mouse, Hobbiest site

Career tools

Does Reality make Sense - Surveys http://www.matador.recs.com/survey/index.html