newsletter > May 2005
ITO-Announce May 2005
The following resources were added to ItrainOnline during May:
1. New section: Wireless
2. ItrainOnline spotlight: Secure Online Communications
3. Trainer Resources
5. Community Radio
6. Suggest a resource
1. New Section: WIRELESS
ItrainOnline introduced a new section on wireless communication
in May, aimed at both new and advanced users. Topics covered range
from technical skills to examples of community wireless networking
2. Spotlight: SECURE ON LINE COMMUNICATIONS
ItrainOnline turned the spotlight on secure online communications
in May, sharing many resources on different tools, tips and information
to keep you and your data safe. The ItrainOnline Security section
can be found at
DATA BACK UP
BACKING UP YOUR DATA
This guide from OneNorthWest outlines the hardware, software and
procedures necessary to back up the key data from your computers
Articles on storage devices such as external hard drives, CD and
DVD burners and flash drives.
GUARDING AGAINST LOSS OF DATA
MMTK introduction to guarding against loss of data.
HOW FILE COMPRESSION WORKS
File compression is a central component of most back-up tools. This
article explains in simple terms how file compression works.
VIRUSES, SPYWARE, AND ADWARE
WHAT ARE VIRUSES, WORMS, AND TROJANS?
Basic guide from Microsoft looking at what viruses, worms and Trojans
are, how they spread, and how to protect your system against them.
This excellent site offers a newsletter, forums and other resources
to keep you up-to-date on spyware and related malware.
A basic introduction to viruses from Rutgers University. Although
it dates back to 2002, the guide's clear, basic explanation of what
viruses are and how to deal with them is still relevant.
AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic is free for individual and private
use. AntiVir runs on Windows 98/Me and XP (XP&2000&NT) and
ACCESS CONTROL: PASSWORDS AND FIREWALLS
PROTECT YOURSELF: PASSWORDS
Basic password tips from Learn the Net.
MMTK introduction to passwords and fire walls.
WI-FI HORRORS: TALES FROM THE CRYPTOGRAPHER
Basic tips for securing your wireless network.
INFORMATION SECURITY IN THE WORKPLACE: WHAT EVERY
USER SHOULD KNOW
This guide by Melissa J. Dark provides an excellent basic overview
of threats to security and practices which promote computer security.
Although published in 2000 the principles it outlines are still
MMTK introduction to the Hushmail secure web-based e-mail.
3. TRAINER RESOURCES
ICT FOR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS TRAINING PACKAGE
FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
The ICTLIP package is intended to provide the knowledge and skills
required to deal with the application of ICT to library and information
services. Geared towards librarians and information professionals,
the modules cover a variety of themes and are intended as a platform
for multiplier training efforts. This UNESCO training
course offers lessons, activities, MS PowerPoint presentations,
students' guides and glossaries for each module. Each module represents
a 40 hour training course. The Package has been developed by the
UNESCO Asia & Pacific Regional Office with funding from the
Japanese Fund in Trust for Communication and Information. Modules
Information Seeking in an Electronic Environment
The Internet as an Information Resource
Web Page Concept and Design: Getting a Web Site Up and Running
THE VOICE OF THE LEARNER
Appreciative inquiry (AI) turns problem-solving on its head - it
focuses on achievements rather than problems. The use of AI exercises
as part of a training session opens up channels of communication,
generally creates an open and relaxed atmosphere and engages the
group. This tool kit provides help and resources for trainers to
be able to run Appreciative Inquiry exercises as part of a training
programme. These exercises will provide data and feedback to contribute
to the consultation process and allow the voice of the learner to
be heard and taken into account.
4. LOCALISATION AND MULTILINGUAL COMPUTING
THE UNIQUE UNICODE
"The Unicode character set is a character set projected to
represent the writing schemes of all of the world's major languages.
Unicode provides a unique number for every character, no matter
what the platform, what the programme, or what the language."
Read the full article by Mir Lutful Kabir Saadi for a good basic
introduction to Unicode.
FOSS LOCALISATION PRIMER
This primer introduces the concepts of FOSS and localisation, looks
at localisation efforts in Asia Pacific, and finishes with recommendations
for localisation initiatives.
5. COMMUNITY RADIO
HOW TO WRITE A RADIO SERIAL DRAMA FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: A
SCRIPT WRITER'S MANUAL
This book by Esta de Fossard is a "practical manual for script
writers preparing radio serial dramas for development projects.
It will be useful both for novices and experienced script writers
who have not yet written drama that educates as well as entertains."
6. SUGGEST A RESOURCE
If you would like to suggest a resource for inclusion in ItrainOnline,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org