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NCCL - Tech Workshops Annual Meeting
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Here are the links refereed to in Don's Worshops
Tips for Taming Your Computer & Mobile Technology for the Catechetical Leader

Tips for Taming Your Computer Use the Tips wiki to add your tech experience and tips.

Mobile Technology for the Catechetical Leader

Follow the links below to access the programs discussed in these workshops

AVG Anti-Virus by Grisoft at

Zone Alarm by Zone Labs at

Spybot-Search & Destroy -- Information at

Ad-Aware by Lavasoft at

Comercial Anti Virus programs

  • Symantec-Norton
  • McAfee
  • Symantec Security Response - Hoax Page
    Hoax information.
  • Spam programs

  • MailWasher
  • Ella for Spam Control
  • Windows Defender (Beta 2) is a free program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software.

    Alternate programs
  • FireFox Web browswer - free
    If you are using Firefox be sure to upgrade to version Firefox 1.0.4. This version fixes some security issues of the earlier version.
  • Irfanview graphics program - free //

    Bloggin Software
  • Blog Software Breakdown. This is an excellent comparison of Blog Software. If you are thinking about starting a blog this is a must read.
  • Roundup of blogging software options is available (not updated since 2002) here.
  • Blosxom blogging software - free open sourse installation required and hosting.
  • Blogger blogging software - free no installation required
  • WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. What a mouthful. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

  • AmphetaDesk is free.
  • NewsGator online version is free.
  • If you use FireFox extensions are available. Search here. Three possibilites include:
  • RSS Readers A summery of RSS readers


  • Visit Woody's Email Essentials newsletter archive for more information on a variety of spam control programs. The archive is located at
    (I would also recommend that you look at the many other newsletters that Woody offers.)
  • Update on Spyware: Scot Finnie of Scot’s Newsletter published an article on the state of Anit-Spyware software today. If you are concerned about deleting possible Spyware from your computer Scot's article is a must read. He says in part, "The spyware, and anti-spyware, landscape has changed significantly since I wrote reviews of Ad-Aware and SpyBot back in February 2003 and August 2003, respectively. For one thing, spyware has gone from being a nuisance that occasionally bit some people hard to being a threat that can bite just about anyone hard, every day of the week. The whole article is here. The article includes a review of the available spyware programs. You will find Eric L. Howes extensive list of Spyware resources here.
  • Virus Tutorial This site provides a Computer Knowledge tutorial on computer viruses. We'll discuss what they are, give you some history, discuss protection from viruses, and mention some of the characteristics of a virus hoax.
  • The LangaList Standard Edition: A Free Email Newsletter from Fred Langa. This newsletter helps you get more from your hardware, software, and time online. A good read.

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