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1 Tips from the Trenches Arming Yourself to Tangle with the Web Searcher’s Academy InfoToday May 2002 William C. Spence, MLS CTO, Information Today, Inc.

2 To do good work, one must first have good tools. – Confucius Prepare Yourself …  RAM is dirt cheap – max it out!    Wheel Mouse – you’ll never go back!  CD-RW– the floppy disk of the new millennium!   

3 Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. – HAL 9000 Protect Yourself …  … from intrusion  Shields Up! –  … from viruses    … from catastrophic loss  backup, backup, backup! (Hint: use that CD-RW)

4 If you do not want something, you will get ten of it in the mail. – Anna Quindlen 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 

5 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; Avoid  Internet Explorer 6.0 – OK; 5.0 or lower – upgrade  Opera, NetCaptor & Others 

6 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”

7 He who would search for pearls must dive below. – John Dryden Browser Basics and Beyond  Related sites  Powered by Alexa (Alexa Snapshot)   The Internet Wayback Machine   How did they do that? Netscape – View Page Source (Ctrl-U) Internet Explorer – View Source (Alt-V-C)

8 I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought. – Shakespeare Browser Basics and Beyond  Essential Plug-ins Adobe Acrobat Reader — Flash, ShockWave — QuickTime — Windows Media Player — WinAmp – RealPlayer —  Note: Privacy Issues

9 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 –  Use Windows’ Telnet client? – Puh-leeze! Telnet – QVT/Term –

10 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 – AnyBrowser –  Authoring software A matter of taste    Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts

11 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. View this and others at:


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