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Welcome to the Software & Computers section of the Public Library at dlhoffman.com. Here you will find information about computers, networking, programming, and software. You can browse through the library by choosing one of the sections listed below or you can search for specific keywords by using the search form on the left.
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We are constantly adding new pages, mirrors, and links to the library so check back often for new entries. Most of the pages listed are local to the dlhoffman.com web site but some are not.


  Books
> Open Source Development with CVS is a book published by Coriolis Inc. as part of the Coriolis OpenPress series. [Grocking the Gimp] Chapters 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10 -- comprising a complete introduction, tutorial and reference to CVS -- have been released free under the terms of the GNU General Public License.These chapters are a complete CVS book unto themselves; they amount to approximately 225 printed pages. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't want to discourage you from purchasing the published treeware version.
> Grokking the Gimp . Carey Bunks' great introduction to using the GIMP. From the intro...
[Grocking the Gimp] Working with digital images requires some understanding of what needs to be done. It's not a ``choose the right tool, one click, and you're done'' subject. Most books on digital image manipulation would have you believe the contrary...and perhaps they're right. However, that is not what this book is about. It is not about tips and tricks, and it's not a collection of recipes for solving someone's favorite image manipulation problems. It is first about understanding image manipulation concepts, second about knowing which GIMP tools are most effective, and third about the savvy use of these tools.
> The Hacker Crackdown. Bruce Sterling's saga of turmoil in cyberspace. [Maximum RPM] Bruce Sterling's classic work highlights the 1990 assault on hackers, when law-enforcement officials successfully arrested scores of suspected illicit hackers and other computer-based law-breakers. These raids became symbolic of the debate between fighting serious computer crime and protecting civil liberties. However, The Hacker Crackdown is about far more than a series of police sting operations. It's a lively tour of three cyberspace subcultures--the hacker underworld, the realm of the cybercops, and the idealistic culture of the cybercivil libertarians.
> Maximum RPM [Maximum RPM] . Taking the Red Hat Package Manager to the Limit. Edward C. Bailey's book about the Red Hat Package Manager or, as it is known to it's friends, RPM. This is the online version of the definitive RPM reference book, at least untill version 2 comes out. From the Publisher... "The complete reference for the RPM software package that is the heart of the Red Hat Linux distribution. Designed for both the novice and advanced users, Maximum RPM enables anyone to take full advantage of the benefits of building software packages with the Red Hat Package management tools to ensure that they install simply and accurately each and every time. - The most requested topic for a book from Linux users, according to Red Hat software's research."
> [Using Samba] Using Samba If you've heard about Samba and you want to see what it can do for you, this is the place to start. In this online version of the O'Reilly book by Robert Eckstein, David Collier-Brown, and Peter Kelly will get you started on the path to understanding Samba and its potential. Before long, you will be able to provide Unix services to all your Windows machines - all without spending tons of extra time or money.

  The Internet
> The Art of Port Scanning by Fyodor <fyodor@dhp.com>. This paper details many of the techniques used to determine what ports (or similar protocol abstraction) of a host are listening for connections. These ports represent potential communication channels. Mapping their existence facilitates the exchange of information with the host, and thus it is quite useful for anyone wishing to explore their networked environment, including hackers.
> Connected: An Internet Encyclopedia focusing on major Internet concepts and features by Brent Baccala. Contains many useful RFCs with searchable indices. Connected is now mirrored nightly.
> The Hacker Crackdown. Bruce Sterling's saga of turmoil in cyberspace.
> Snake Oil Warning Signs: Encryption Software to Avoid from the Snake Oil FAQ.
> So You Want to Create an Alt Newsgroup . A FAQ to help people get the most out of alt, as well as a reflection of some established procedures. Also by David Barr.
> The State of the Japanese Internet, 1997. An essay by Bruce M. Hahne.

  World Wide Web
> Apache HTTP Server User's Guide. Documentation for the world's most popular web server.
> Apache Mod Perl Developer's Mini Guide. The Apache/Perl integration project brings together the full power of the Perl programming language and the Apache HTTP server. With mod_perl it is possible to write Apache modules entirely in Perl. The persistent interpreter embedded in the server avoids the overhead of starting an external interpreter, the penalty of Perl start-up time and loading and compiling the modules and the scripts. Example modules can be located via the Apache/Perl Module List. A copy of the Mod_perl FAQ is also available.
> Apache Mod PHP3 Guide. PHP Version 3.0 is a server-side HTML-embedded scripting language for use with the Apache web server. Perhaps the strongest and most significant feature of PHP3 is its database integration layer, which makes writing a database-enabled web page incredibly simple.
> Bare Bones Guide To HTML. The Bare Bones Guide to HTML lists all the tags that current browsers are likely to recognize. Included are all the elements in the official HTML 4.0 recommendation with common attributes, as well as Netscape and Microsoft extensions. This document is a quick reference guide by Kevin Werbach.
> RGB to Color Name Mapping . A composite of MIT's Xconsortum red/green/blue (RGB) color specifications.
> Special Characters . A table of basic HTML and ISO 8859 Latin-1 special characters as aranged by Martin Ramsch.
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