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Tips from the Trenches Arming Yourself to Tangle with the Web Searcher’s Academy Internet Librarian International 2002 17 March 2002 William C. Spence, MLS CTO, Information Today, Inc. [email protected] To do good work, one must first have good tools. – Confucius www.bartleby.com

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tips from the trenches arming yourself to tangle with the web
Tips from the TrenchesArming Yourself to Tangle with the Web

Searcher’s Academy

Internet Librarian International 2002

17 March 2002

William C. Spence, MLS

CTO, Information Today, Inc.

[email protected]

to do good work one must first have good tools confucius www bartleby com
To do good work, one must first have good tools.– Confuciuswww.bartleby.com

Prepare Yourself …

  • RAM is dirt cheap – max it out!
        • www.crucial.com
        • www.alphamemory.com
  • Wheel Mouse – you’ll never go back!
  • CD-RW– the floppy disk of the new millennium!
        • www.pcconnection.com
        • www.warehouse.com
        • www.cnet.com
dave i can see you re really upset about this hal 9000
Dave, I can see you\'re really upset about this.– HAL 9000

Protect Yourself …

  • … from intrusion
        • Shields Up! – www.grc.com
  • … from viruses
        • www.mcafee.com
        • www.symantec.com
  • … from catastrophic loss
        • backup, backup, backup! (Hint: use that CD-RW)
if you do not want something you will get ten of it in the mail anna quindlen
If you do not want something, you will get ten of it in the mail.– Anna Quindlen

E-mail Common Sense

  • Don\'t open unexpected attachments!!!
  • As a courtesy, let recipients know attachments are real and intentional
  • Be especially wary of .VBS files
  • Reconsider Outlook
        • www.satirewire.com/news/0103/outlook.shtml
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What does it matter what practical systems we adopt in our search for the truth? – Quintus Aurelius Symmachus

Which Browser?

  • Netscape
      • 4.x or 6.2 – OK; 6.0 -- Avoid
  • Internet Explorer
      • 6.0 – OK; 5.0 or lower – upgrade
  • Opera & Others
      • Why?
        • www.tucows.com
if you do not use the tools they use you ralph waldo emerson
If you do not use the tools, they use you. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Browser Basics and Beyond

  • “The key is quicker than the mouse”
        • Hint: search IE Help for ‘Netscape’
  • Related Sites
      • Netscape 4.x – “What’s Related”
      • Netscape 6.x – “My Sidebar”
      • Internet Explorer – “Tools, Show Related Links”
he who would search for pearls must dive below john dryden
He who would search for pearls must dive below.– John Dryden

Browser Basics and Beyond

  • Related sites
        • Powered by Alexa (Alexa Snapshot)
          • www.alexa.com
        • The Internet Wayback Machine
          • www.archive.org
  • How did they do that?
      • Netscape – View Page Source (Ctrl-U)
      • Internet Explorer – View Source (Alt-V-C)
i sigh the lack of many a thing i sought shakespeare
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought.– Shakespeare

Browser Basics and Beyond

  • Essential Plug-ins
      • Adobe Acrobat Reader — www.adobe.com
      • Flash, ShockWave — www.macromedia.com
      • QuickTime — www.apple.com
      • Windows Media Player — www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/
      • WinAmp – www.winamp.com
      • RealPlayer — www.real.com
          • Note: Privacy Issues
even my tools are the wrong ones for what i have to do adrienne rich
Even my tools are the wrong ones for what I have to do.– Adrienne Rich

Beyond the Browser

  • Use your browser for FTP? – Puh-leeze!
      • FTP – WS_FTP Pro – www.ipswitch.com
  • Use Windows’ Telnet client? – Puh-leeze!
      • Telnet – QVT/Term – www.qpc.com
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If our web be framed with rotten handles, when our loom is well nigh done, our work is new to begin. – Elizabeth I

Web Page Design

  • What’s wrong with this picture?
      • NetMechanic – www.netmechanic.com
      • AnyBrowser – www.anybrowser.com
  • Authoring software
      • A matter of taste
        • www.tucows.com
        • www.cnet.com
        • Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
i have told you enough of this for my part i ll not meddle nor make no farther shakespeare
I have told you enough of this. For my part I\'ll not meddle nor make no farther. – Shakespeare

Questions?

William C. Spence, MLS

CTO, Information Today, Inc.

[email protected]

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