Date: Sat, 6 Nov 1999 18:02:44 -0500
Sender: The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From: Bob Rankin
Subject: TOURBUS-EXTRA - 06 Nov 99 - Autism99 / Gator / Linux
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TODAY'S TOURBUS EXTRA TOPICS: AUTISM99 / LINUX / GATOR
Howdy All! I'm sending out this TOURBUS EXTRA because we just didn't
have enough space in the regular issues this week to tell you about
some important things...
AUTISM99 ONLINE CONFERENCE
Wouldn't it be great to have all the benefits of attending a conference
without the hassle of travelling? Now you can... Autism99 is the first
disablity conference to take place only on the Internet.
The conference runs from November 2-23 and aims to help everyone affected
by autism - parents, people with autism, siblings, carers and health
professionals. Close to 10,000 people have already registered for the
Autism99 has all the regular conference features: papers (from parents,
experts and people with autism); chat bars; video and audio interviews
(including Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings); separate seminars; and
additional information about autism.
This is all about using the web to give information to people who need it -
a great example of how the web SHOULD be used. Autism99 is a partnership
between The Shirley Foundation, web conference specialists RMR Design
Associates and the UK National Autistic Society. I have to say this is
a VERY impressive site - flashy but it still downloads quickly.
THE LITTLE GREEN GUY
A bunch of people wrote to me with questions about Gator, after
reading my Tuesday posting. To recap, Gator is a free download that
automatically fills in your online login and order forms. Since some
of you may have the same questions, I'll paraphrase the most common
ones and answer them here:
Q: Is this thing safe to use?
A: Gator does ask for personal data, such as name, address,
credit card info, etc. But it's important to remember that
this data is stored in an encrypted file on YOUR PC, and is
NEVER sent over the Internet by Gator.
The only time your personal data comes out of that encrypted
file is when YOU tell Gator to fill in an order form. Gator
then types your personal data into the form on your screen,
and then slinks away. You control what information goes
where at all times.
Q: What about privacy? Will they sell my name to junk mailers?
never divulge your personal data to anyone. You can bet that
this is taken seriously. Last year, GeoCities (not related to
the Gator folks) was slapped with a $25 million fine after
violating their privacy pledge. I've read the Gator privacy
policy and it's pretty standard stuff. They do collect info
about GROUP usage patterns, but no personally identifiable
data is revealed to anyone.
In summary, Gator keeps your personal information safe and private.
I use Gator and I really like it. Fewer keystrokes and mouse clicks
means less strain on my wrists and my brain! If you haven't done so
yet, Tourbus riders can get $100 worth of discount coupons for
popular online shopping sites when downloading Gator. Click here:
NO B.S. GUIDE TO RED HAT LINUX
This last note for today is a personal one. My new book, "The No
B.S. Guide To Red Hat Linux" has just been published. If you want
to learn Linux, the powerful and free version of the Unix operating
system that runs on ordinary PC's, then this is the book you need.
Here are some of the major points covered by the book:
- Installing Red Hat Linux V6 in ten easy steps
- Using GNOME, the new graphical interface to Linux
- Learning the Bash command-line shell
- Connecting to the Internet with Linux
- Running the Apache web server
- Writing your own Bash and Perl scripts
- Accessing DOS files and running Windows programs under Linux
And here's what the reviewers are saying about this book:
"One of the best books we have ever seen for beginners who
already know DOS." --THE LINUX NEWSLETTER
"The No B.S. Guide is an excellent, humorous and effective primer
for any user." --SYSADMIN MAGAZINE
"A readable, thorough, and entertaining introduction to Linux.
The tone is conversational and relaxed - it does a very good
job of taking a potentially dry subject and making it interesting
and understandable." --THE LINUX JOURNAL
The cover price is $34.95 but Tourbus riders get a 20% discount.
You can order your copy online for just $27.95 plus shipping and
have it delivered anywhere in the world. Learn more about the book,
and even read sample chapters here:
That's all for now, see you next time! --Bob Rankin
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