Computers and the Internet


Learn software, creative and business skills with training tutorials. Includes more than 3,50 courses on software programs like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop and Premier, plus courses on career improvement, productivity, marketing and more. also includes tutorials on social media and web publishing tools like Facebook, Twitter and Wordpress.

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Full text of thousands of computer, technical and business books from top publishers, including O'Reilly, Sams, Microsoft and more. Includes a selection of titles covering health and fitness, family, DIY projects, and travel. 

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Recommended websites

Online computer magazines | Software reviews | Learn to code

Online computer magazines

Computer magazine dedicated to Apple Macintosh products.

Online-only computer magazine with hardware and software reviews geared to the IT professional.

Computer magazine offering advice on various aspects of PCs and related items, the Internet, and other personal-technology products and services. Includes reviews of hardware and software products from a variety of manufacturers, as well as other technology-related devices.

Software reviews

Software reviews and ratings, video reviews, user opinions, buying guides, price comparisons and more.

Freshmeat allows computer users to keep track of the latest software releases and updates, as well as write and read reviews and articles. The majority of the software covered is open source and for Unix-like systems, though Freshmeat also covers releases of closed-source, commercial and cross-platform software.

Learn to code

Learn the basics of interactive web development with HTML and CSS, Javascript and jQuery. Codecademy also includes free, web-based courses in PHP, Python, Ruby and more. Suitable for beginners.

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