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1)... Editor's Greeting

2)... Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites

3)... The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, & other Adobe / Macromedia Applications

4)... Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

5)... Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware & Computer Training

6)... Software, Office and Computer Sites Worth Mentioning

7)... Question of the Month about Software Training

8)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission

 



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2) The Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites:

This section of our newsletter contains the best new Free Microsoft Office training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks. 

 

TrainingByEmail

Visit TrainingByEmail to receive Free Training for Word, Excel, Outlook, C#, ASP.Net, and SQL via your email every week! We will send out a new training in the topic of your choosing every week. You can then save this, print it out, or delete it all at your convenience. And you can't beat the price, FREE!

 



5 Free Office Quick Reference Guides

Here are 5 Free Office Quick Reference Guides for these Microsoft Office 2003 applications: Word 2003, Excel 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, and Access 2003. These pdf format reference cards are each 2 pages in length and cover the most important features of each of these Office applications.


Word 2003 Quick Reference Guide


Excel 2003 Quick Reference Guide


Outlook 2003 Quick Reference Guide


PowerPoint 2003 Quick Reference Guide


Access 2003 Quick Reference Guide

 



17 Word Tutorials and How-Tos

Here are 17 Word Tutorials and How-Tos, from the C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi project, which will teach you how to use Word more effectively. This project hosts 64 Microsoft Office Tutorials and How-to Training Documents. These Word tutorials and how-tos are in pdf format.

Common Keystrokes in Microsoft Word view
Word 2000/XP: Disabling Word's Personalized Toolbars and Menus view
Word 2000/XP: Headers and Footers view
Word 2000/XP: Pasting Items from the World Wide Web view
Word 2000: Learning to Mail Merge view
Word XP: Compressing Pictures in a Document view
Word XP: Creating a Quiz Using Outlines view
Word XP: Enhancing Clip Art and Digital Images view
Word XP: Getting to Know Word's Toolbars view
Word XP: Learning to E-mail Merge view
Word XP: Numbering view
Word: Creating a Tri-fold Brochure Using Microsoft Word view
Word: Creating an Award Certificate view
Word: How to Edit a Word Processing Document view
Word: How to Format a Word Processing Document view
Word: Inserting a Digital Image into Microsoft Word view
Word: Opening and Saving Files in Microsoft Word view
Word: Using Microsoft Word to Create a Two-Column Newsletter:

 



Word 2000-XP Tutorials from Bytesizeoffice.co.uk

Bytesizeoffice.co.uk offers many Microsoft Office tutorials. Why pay hundreds of dollars on a course when you can learn both basics and advanced features of Word, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Publisher, Excel, and Access for free. All Office tutorials on this site are free and take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Here are their Word 2000/XP Tutorials that will teach you many important features of using Word to its fullest extent.


Create Tables in Word (pdf)

Add Macros in Word (pdf)

Word Charts (pdf)

Work with Paragraphs in Word

Word Graphics (pdf)

Long documents in Word

Mail Merge

 



Excel 2000-XP Tutorials from Bytesizeoffice.co.uk

Here are Bytesizeoffice's Excel 2000/XP Tutorials which will show you how to perform many spreadsheet related tasks and use Excel's functionality more efficiently. All Office tutorials on this site are free and take about 10-15 minutes to complete.


Simple Excel Calculations (pdf)


ECDL Excel Course Modules 1 - 7 (pdf)

 



4 Access Tutorials

Here are the 4 Access Tutorials from the C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi project. These are each 22 pages and show you how to use Access to create Table, Queries, Forms, and Reports. They also teach you how to use filters, sort records, and export an Access report to Word. These Access tutorials are in pdf format.


Access 2000/XP: Getting to Know Microsoft Access 2000/XP (Language Arts) view
Access 2000/XP: Getting to Know Microsoft Access 2000/XP (Math) view
Access 2000/XP: Getting to Know Microsoft Access 2000/XP (Science) view
Access 2000/XP: Getting to Know Microsoft Access 2000/XP (Social Studies) view

 



20 PowerPoint Tutorials and How Tos

Here are 20 PowerPoint Tutorials and How-Tos, from the C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi project, which demonstrate and show you how to use many important features of PowerPoint. These PowerPoint tutorials and how-tos are in pdf format.


PowerPoint 2000/XP: Embedding Sounds in PowerPoint 2000/XP view
PowerPoint 2000: Creating a Photo Album in PowerPoint 2000 view
PowerPoint 97: Basic Steps view
PowerPoint XP: Basic Steps view
PowerPoint XP: Creating a Photo Album in PowerPoint XP view
PowerPoint XP: Microsoft PowerPoint XP Directions view
PowerPoint XP: Outline View view
PowerPoint XP: Shortcuts view
PowerPoint XP: Timing Your Presentations view
PowerPoint: An Example of a Rubric for PowerPoint Presentations view
PowerPoint: Class Handouts view
PowerPoint: Classroom Handout Example view
PowerPoint: Color in Presentations view
PowerPoint: Creating Flashcards view
PowerPoint: Design Considerations view
PowerPoint: Inserting Movies into Presentations view
PowerPoint: Matching Background Color and Clip Art in PowerPoint view
PowerPoint: Rough Draft Form view
PowerPoint: Tips view
PowerPoint: Using Handouts and Notes view

 



10 General Office Tutorials

These are C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi's 10 general Microsoft Office Tutorials and How-Tos. These teach several important Office features that you can use to be more effective with using the Office applications. These Office tutorials and how-tos are in pdf format.


10 General Office Tutorials:

Office: Inserting Clip Art Objects into an Office Document view
Office: Microsoft Office Template Gallery view
Office 2000/XP: Changing Text Sizes in Help view
Office 2000: Getting to Know Microsoft Office 2000 view
Office XP: Being Smart with Smart Tags view
Office XP: Creating a Food Pyramid Diagram view
Office XP: Customizing Your Menu and Toolbars view
Office XP: Using Office XP's Accessibility Features view
Office XP: Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) view
Office XP: Utilizing OLE in Office XP:




   


 

3) The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other Adobe and Macromedia Applications


34 eBooks and Tutorials for Flash, Photoshop, Web Development

Here are 34 eBooks and Tutorials for learning how to use the following software applications: Photoshop, Flash, 3d Max Studio, Illustrator, Director, Shockwave, Gimp, and Paint Shop. The following Web development languages and topics are also covered by these: design patterns, VRML, web graphics, Javascript, and Perl.


Software and Topics covered by these eBooks:

Photoshop
Flash
3d Max Studio
Adobe Illustrator 8
Adobe Illustrator
Macromedia Director 7
Shockwave
Gimp
Paint Shop
Design Patterns
Web Site Design
3D Graphics and VRML
Activex and Vbsscript
Web Graphics
Art Tutorials
Web Development with Javascript
Web Development with Perl 5

 



114 Flash Tutorials from toxiclab.org

Here are 114 excellent, step-by-step Flash Tutorials from toxiclab.org. These are nicely illustrated and teach you many features of Flash and how to become more adept with using Flash's tools. I have linked here the first 40 tutorials on pages 1 through 5. Here are all of their Flash tutorial pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15


First 40 Flash  Tutorials from toxiclab.org:

Duplicate object using the action script code
In this Flash tutorial, you will see how to duplicate any object using the action script code. Let's go!

Cool text animation
This lesson will show You how to create very practical text animation using some special flash tips and tricks.You don't have to use action script code to make this lesson.

Random animation
In this tuts, you have a chance to learn how to create random animation in flash using some objects and action script code.

Sky bluish preloader
This detailed tutorial will show you how to create bluish preloader like sky using the action script code. You will also learn how to use mask option in flash, how to create percent for preloader.

Winking photo effect
Using this tutorial, You will see how to create winking photo effect using the alpha and some special flash tricks. You can use this effect for any photo animation, flash header...

Photo listing by effect
See this tutorial and learn how to create photo listing using some special flash effects and tricks. You don't have to use action script code to make this tutorial.

Detailed phone presentation
This lesson will show you how to create Detailed phone animation using the fade in and fade out flash technics.

Very advanced photo menu
In this detailed lesson I will show you how to create very advanced and modern photo menu which you can use for any web site.

Simple text animation
Using this lesson, You will see how to create simple, but in the same time very modern text animation which you can use for any flash header, presentation, animation...

Picture Animation
In this easy, detailed lesson, you will see how to create on a simple way picture animation using the Brush Tool and mask.

Cutting text effect
This tutorial will show you how to create cool and practical text effect using the mask. You don't have to use action script code to make this tutorial.

3D title in flash
Using this tutorial, you have a chance to learn how to make 3D title in flash using some special flash tips and tricks.You can use this tutorial when you have to create some 3D logo, text in flash.

Attractive contour animation
See how to create contour animation in flash using the mask and some special flash tricks. You can apply this animation on any objects, and you can use it for some header animation, banner...

Vanishing text effect
In this lesson, you will see how to create vanishing text effect. You don't have to use action script code to make this lesson.

Image presentation in flash
This tutorial will show you how to create a little image presentation in flash. You can use this example whenever you want to present something.

Little sunshine animation
See how to create little sunshine animation in flash using a special picture and flash filters.

Vertical text effect
Using this tutorial, you will see how to create on a simple way in few steps vertical text effect. To create this lesson you don't have to use action script code.

Movie Clip controlling using the action script
In this lesson you will learn how to control movie clip. You will also learn how to use if, else, else if and switch/case command.

Applying and changing blur effect on two pictures
Learn how to apply and after that how to change blur effect on two pictures. One picture will be blured, and another one will not. After that, the situation will be changed.

Picture rotation by action script
In this little tutorial, you will see how to rotate image using the action script code. You can apply this code on any object, movie... in flash.

Circular picture apperance by mask
Using this lesson, you will see how to create a picture apperance using the mask and circle. This is so practical effect and you can use it for any apperance animation.

Fashion flash menu
This tutorial will teach you how to create advanced and modern fashion flash menu using the pictures.You can use this menu for any fashion site.

Bouncing text effect
This lesson will show you how to create bouncing text effect.This text effect I will be use for some phone advertising. To create this lesson, you don't have to use Action Script code.

Zoom citiy effect
Learn how to zoom any image using some special flash tricks. For this example we will use image of city, but you can apply this really cool and practical effect on any image.

Appearance picture animation
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create appearance picture animation using the shape transformation and mask.

Attractive preloader by picture
See this lesson and learn how to create attractive preloader using the picture and action script.

Titration text effect
Using this tutorial, you will see how to create a text that is titration, using some special flash tips and tricks. You don't have to use action script code to create this tutorial.

Eyeglasses shine effect
In this lesson, you will see how to apply shine effect on eyeglasses on the picture using the color mixer panel and mask. You don't have to use action script code to make this tutorial.

Boom picture listing
This tutorial will show you how to create on a simple way and few steps very practical and useful picture listing, which you can use it for any presentation, flash banner...

Coloring Up and Down menu
Learn this tutorial and see how to create collapsible flash menu. To create this tutorial you have to use Action Script. You will also learn, how to design a menu and how to animate it. Let's go!

Smudge stick picture appearance in flash
See this step by step tutorial and learn how to create smudge stick picture appearance in flash using Photoshop a little.

Pop-up panel in flash
See this tutorial and learn how to create a pop-up panel using the action script and two buttons.

Practical photography demonstration
In this easy lesson, you will see how to create Practical photography demonstration using a some specila tricks in Adobe Flash. For this lesson you don't have to use Action Script.

Boat animation
Create a boat animation in flash 8 on a simple way in few steps, with no Action Script. You will also learn, how to convert a bitmap image into a Movie Clip Symbol and more.

Shiny text effect
In this detailed tutorial made for Flash 8, I will show you how to create shiny text effect.You will also learn how to use Color mixer panel, how to convert any shape into a Graphic Symbol and more.

Yellow rectangular preloader
Read this tutorial and see how to create yellow rectangular preloader in flash 8. To create this tutorial you will also learn how to use Action Script code and apply it on the preloader.

Tracing effect
See how to transform bitmap picture into a trace picture using the shape effect and Trace Bitmap options. You will also learn how to brake apart a picture and more.

Red flash sound menu
This step-by-step tutorial explains how to create advanced red flash sound menu in flash 8 using the Action Script. This sound menu is very attractive and you can use it for any web sites.

Image slide show with sound
Well, in this tutorial you will learn how to create top picture effect with sound in flash 8. which you can use for any picture gallery, header..., with very little scripting.

Rain animation
This tutorial will teach you how to create a rain animation in flash 8 with no Action Script. You will also learn how to create a ellipse, how to use Line Tool (N) and more...

 



Photoshop Tutorials from onlinephotoshop.lakcas.com

Here are Photoshop Tutorials from onlinephotoshop.lakcas.com, where you can review and check out easy Photoshop Tutorials to learn how to use many features and tools of Photoshop. These will teach you how to modify photos and images, use several Photoshop Tools, use Filters, learn  how to do animation using Photoshop, how to design banners and animated banners, and more. Also, here are several more Photoshop video tutorials on this site, teaching Photoshop Effects.


Photoshop Pictures
Learn How to Modify Images use several of Photoshop's Tools.

Photoshop Patterns Tutorial
Explains How to Create Patterns using Photoshop.

Photoshop Layers Tutorial
Explains how to use layers with Photoshop.

Photoshop Filters
Check out some edited images created by filter effects in Photoshop, and learn how to do it.

Photosohp Video Tutorial
Photoshop animation tutorial and tips to help you understand animation quickly.

Brush Animation Tutorial
Learn how to create various types of effects using the Brush tool available in Photoshop.

Banner Design Tutorial
How to design a banner with Photoshop.

Animated Banner Tutorial
A banner animation design tutorial using Photoshop.

Photoshop Pen Tool Tutorial
Tutorial describing how to use pen tool in Photoshop.

Tutorial on Liquefying Images
How to liquefying images using Photoshop.

Lightening Effects on Images
In this tutorial you will learn how to give different types of lightening effects using Photoshop.

Eye Blinking Tutorial
This photo effect is accomplished by using Photoshop's smudge tool.

Heart Beat Animation Tutorial
Done only by increasing and decreasing the size of the image.

Working With Photoshop
Overview of Photoshop's Tooll

 



Illustrator CS2 Tutorial

Here is an excellent Adobe Illustrator CS2 Tutorial for Illustrator beginners, from the Univeristy of Texas.  

Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based imaging program. Unlike PhotoShop, which deals in pixels (raster images), Illustrator works with lines and algorithms to create various shapes. It functions by generating curved paths connected by modifiable anchor points. These anchors, with their handles, are editable. You can move, resize, or change the color of the tire without losing the quality of the graphic. A vector graphic is resolution-independent -- that is, it can be scaled to any size and printed on any output device at any resolution without losing its detail or clarity. As a result, vector graphics are the best choice for type (especially small type) and bold graphics that must retain crisp lines when scaled to various sizes -- for example, logos.


   Interface Overview

   Understanding Paths and Anchor Points

   Creating Curved Paths

   Making Text Around the Picture

   Additional Resources

   Evaluate this tutorial

   PDF Handout

 



Fireworks MX Tutorial

The San Antonio Independent School District provides this well written Fireworks MX Tutorial that covers and teaches many features of Fireworks that will help you become better with using this graphics editor application. This tutorial is a part of this site's Macromedia MX Tutorials. Their website hosts many web-based software tutorials and resources. (36 pages, 5.6 mb, pdf format)


Fireworks Tutorial Contents
:

Parts of the Fireworks Window
Tools Panel icons
Creating Graphics (for Desktop Publishing)
       Opening a graphic
       Steps to creating your business logo
       How to make:
       Pizza Lid
       The Coupons
       The Business Cards
       The Letterhead
       The Envelope
       A Master template in MS Power Point
       An Advertisement
Text modification
       Curve text
       Text as Mask
Vector modification - combining paths
       Join, Union
       Intersect, Punch, and Crop
Adding color to a black/white photograph
Creating Graphics (for Web-based Publishing)
       Designing your website
       Creating Wallpaper:
       Single layer
       Multi-layers
       Overlaying Images
Creating Navigation Buttons (Web pages)
       Buttons



   



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites




Free eBook for HTML, XML and JavaScript

This is an excellent free web development ebook that teaches you how to use and work with HTML XML, and JavaScript within your web pages and web sites. This ebook was written by Professors Dr. habil. Willi-Hans Steeb and Yorick Hardy.


Free eBook: "HTML, XML and JavaScript"
(241kb, 109 pages, pdf format)

Table of Contents:
1 HTML1
  1.1 Introduction
  1.2 HTML Tags
  1.3 Main Commands
  1.4 Linking to other Documents
  1.5 Forms and CGI Programming
  1.6 Images
  1.7 HTML Sound Tags
  1.8 Tables
  1.9 Examples
  1.10 Applets
2 XML25
  2.1 Introduction
  2.2 Schema
  2.3 Document Type Definition
  2.4 Displaying XML usin Data Binding
  2.5 Displaying XML Using XSL
  2.6 Using org.w3c.dom.*
3 JavaScript
  3.1 Introduction
  3.2 Document Object
  3.3 Window Object
  3.4 Data Types
  3.5 Special Characters
  3.6 Arithmetic Operations
  3.7 Comparison Operators
  3.8 Bitwise Operators
  3.9 Program Flow
  3.10 Recursion
  3.11 Other JavaScript Constructs
  3.12 Functions
  3.13 Creating New Objects
  3.14 Predefined Core Objects
  3.15 Object object
  3.16 Date Object
  3.17 Regular Expression
  3.18 Prompts
  3.19 Events
  3.20 Java Applets and JavaScript
  3.21 JavaScript and XML
  3.22 Loading a js-file
4 Resources and Web Sites

 



HTML Tutorials and How Tos

Linuxtopia.org offers the following HTML Tutorials and How Tos for learning how to use HTML to design and develop web pages and web sites. Many HTML tags and topics here are covered. These tutorials show you how use HTML by using examples for each feature and tag being presented.

 



Javascript Tutorials and How Tos

Linuxtopia.org hosts these well written Javascript Tutorials and How Tos for learning how to code web pages with Javascript. Many Javascript features and topics here are demonstrated. These tutorials show you Javascript programming examples and techniques for each topic below.


Javascript General Questions

Javascript Navigation Enhancement JavaScript Numbers Javascript Strings Javascript Dialogs JavaScript Windows Javascript Frames Javascript Forms Javascript Layers Javascript Images Javascript Mouse Events Javascript Colors Javascript File Access Javascript Dates and Time Javascript Cookies Javascript Client Information Javascript Bookmarklets Javascript Sound Javascript Error Handling


 

 





5) The Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware and General Computer Training Sites



Windows XP Step By Step eBook

Contents:

Chapter 1:  Getting Started with Windows XP
Chapter 2:  Working Efficiently in Windows XP
Chapter 3:  Managing Computer Security
Chapter 4:  Adding Hardware and Software
Chapter 5:  Working with Files and Folders
Chapter 6:  Personalizing Windows XP
Chapter 7:  Making Connections
Chapter 8:  Communicating with Other People
Chapter 9:  Having Fun with Windows XP
Chapter 10: Solving Problems

 



Windows XP Annoyances eBook

Contents:

Chapter 1.  Making the Most of Windows XP
Chapter 2.  Basic Explorer Coping Skills
Chapter 3.  The Registry
Chapter 4.  Tinkering Techniques
Chapter 5.  Maximizing Performance
Chapter 6.  Networking and Internetworking
Chapter 7.  User Accounts and Administration
Chapter 8.  Installing Windows XP
Appendix A.  Setting Locator
Appendix B.  BIOS Settings
Appendix C.  Command Prompt Crash Course
Appendix D.  TCP/IP Ports
Appendix E. Error Messages (Blue Screen of Death)

 



Windows XP Hacks eBook

Contents:

Chapter 1.  Startup and Shutdown
Chapter 2.  The User Interface
Chapter 3.  Windows Explorer
Chapter 4.  The Web
Chapter 5.  Networking
Chapter 6.  Email
Chapter 7.  The Registry
Chapter 8.  Basic Utilities
Chapter 9.  Applications
Chapter 10.  Graphics and Multimedia
Chapter 11.  System Performance
Chapter 12.  Hardware

 



Lockergnome Tips

Lockergnome is a popular PC and Windows Internet newsletter. This download offers a wealth of free PC and Windows tips in one handy package. It covers almost everything you need to know, from ISPs to Spam to security. These PC and Windows Tips are accessible via a Windows help file, which you can also search and print specific pages.


 

 




6) Software, Office and Computer Sites and Downloads Worth Mentioning

The following programs are totally Free, no popups, no adware, no spyware, and no shareware.



doPDF

doPDF is a free tool that allows you to convert any printable document to PDF format. The program installs as a virtual printer driver and can be accessed from any application that supports printing. Simply select the doPDF printer instead of your regular printer and the file will be converted and saved as PDF document. It supports customizable resolution, page scaling, predefined page size and quality settings.

 



PDF2HTML

Pdftohtml is a command-line tool that translates .pdf documents into html format. It offers several parameters, including options to create output with or without using HTML frames,ignore or include images, translate internal pdf links and more.

 



Scan2PDF

Scan2PDF enables you to scan paper documents and save them to PDF format on your computer for digital archiving or backup. In addition, you can also load images from your hard drive and combine them with a scanned document, or combine multiple documents/images into a single PDF file.

 



SimpleOCR

SimpleOCR enables you to convert scanned documents to text files or Word documents. You can simply insert a printed document into your scanner, and SimpleOCR will scan and analyze the text and present you with a spell checker view that allows you to correct incorrectly identified words or spelling mistakes. The result can then be saved to a text file or Word (.doc) document. This free version works with printed documents, and includes a trial option for recognition of handwritten documents.

 



tcpIQ Dictionary

tcpIQ Dictionary is a handy tray utility, that allows you to lookup the dictionary definition for any word, that was copied to the clipboard. In addition to dictionary, it also offers Google search, Thesaurus, Rhyming words, Encyclopedia, Anagram lookup and more. The results are launched in your browser, using various websites to retrieve the information. By default, if nothing else selected, a double-click on the tray icon will launch the search definition from Dictionary.com.

 



TheSage

TheSage is a complete dictionary and a multifaceted thesaurus of the English language. It runs locally, and does not use your Internet connection. The program offers a unique structured display, as well as wildcard search, anagram search and more. You can copy the entire lookup, or portions of it to the clipboard, switch between results using the tabbed interface, and customize the interface to your preference.



 

 




7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and software training.


December 2007 Question of the Month: 

How can I compare the differences between two Word documents, and also two Excel documents?

Answer:

Here is a nice, illustrated tutorial, called Word Compare and Merge Documents, from logicalexpressions.com that shows how to compare the differences between two Word documents. It also takes you through the process of  merging the two documents into one. When you Word's Compare and Merge feature to compare two documents, Word displays the differences between them as tracked changes (a tracked change is a mark that shows where a deletion, insertion, or other editing change has been made in a document.).  After comparing the documents, you can then merge the two documents, with their changes, into one document. In addition, if people update the same document with track changes on, and return their documents separately, you can merge all their changes into a single document, and then review their changes from that single document. AlsYo take a look at Comparing and Merging Microsoft Word Documents and About Comparing and Merging Documents, both at microsoft.com.

As for comparing two Excel spreadsheets, here are two tools that will do this job:

Excel Compare 1.00 freeware - This is an Excel Addin that compares two Excel workbooks for changes. It scans for added or deleted records as well as changed fields.

Excel List compare Macro - This Excel macro will compare rows in 2 lists of data based on 1 to 3 columns in each list. Creates a new spreadsheet with matched rows from original 2 lists merged together on the same row and unmatched rows highlighted on separate rows. As the 2 lists of data are merged into a one spreadsheet, the number of columns of the 2 lists together must not exceed the maximum number of columns Excel supports. Here is the download zip file.


I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Site Editor
EducationOnlineForComputers.com





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