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30 April 2012  Revised Added explanation of how Windows Search works somewhat differently than other searches, Windows Demos for Vista and Win7.

30 April 2012  Addition Added new unit in Working with the Web that uses current versions of browsers (IE9, Chrome, Firefox) and Notepad for HTML Basics instead of FrontPage, which is no longer available from Microsoft. HTML Basics was updated for HTML5 and CSS3.

29 Sept 2011  Icon: Download Icon: CD Uploaded new files for download and CD purchases to include the new unit, Working with Presentations: 2007-2010. Price increase

26 Sept 2011 Revised Added Slicers (Excel 2010) to Working with Numbers: 2007-2010 lesson on Pivot Table and Pivot Chart
 
Change links for ordering physical CDs only to use a new order management company, CCNow.

21 Sept 2011 Addition Added Working with Presentations: 2007-2010
A complete re-write of the PowerPoint lessons to cover PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. There will a few days delay in getting the download and CD copies set up to include the new material. There will be an additional small price increase once they are available.

24  May 2011 Icon: Download Icon: CD Uploaded new files for download and CD purchases to include the new unit, Working with Numbers: 2007-2010. Price increase

19  May 2011 Addition Added Working with Numbers: 2007-2010. A complete re-writing of the spreadsheet lessons to cover Excel 2007 and Excel 2010.
There will a few days delay in getting the download and CD copies set up to include the new material. There will be an additional small price increase once they are available.

1  Feb 2011 Addition Added Working with Words: 2007-2010. A complete re-writing of the word processing lessons to cover Word 2007 and Word 2010.
There will a few days delay in getting the download and CD copies set up to include the new material. There will be a small price increase.

1  Jan 2011 Revised You should not see a difference, but I had to change the way form submissions are handled. After my hosting company 'upgraded' my account and moved the site to a new server, my previously used script did not work completely correctly. Apparently this cannot be fixed! Rather than trying to find, configure, and install an ASP script, I signed up with a paid service to process forms, FormtoEmail-remote. So far it looks like all forms are configured and submitting properly.

16  Dec 2010  News More Beta Test: I uploaded the AutoTools chapter for Working with Words: Word 2007/2010. If you navigate out of the new material, there are no links back in except here in What's New.

16 Dec 2010  Revised Still experimenting with Google AdSense ads. Added an image ad to all Lessons and Spanish Lessons pages below the table of contents.

21 0ct 2010  News Beta Test: I have uploaded for beta testing and correction a revision of Working with Words: Word Basics that uses Word 2007/2010. Links from those pages to later chapters will not work.

Please email me about any typos, errors, omissions, or suggestions.
Additional chapters will be uploaded for proofing as they are completed.

26 Aug 2010  News Last week Google AdSense advised me to make the ads at the bottom of the pages wider. I accidentally allowed image ads, too, when I made the change. Wow! Quite a difference. Sometimes the ads are from Honda, Toyota, ATT, L'Oreal, Allstate, Discover... all sorts of big-time companies. It's still not bringing in enough dollars to cover the rent, but every bit helps! Thanks to all who view and who click!

21 Aug 2010 Icon: DownloadIcon: CD Created and uploaded versions without ads for downloads and CD copies - with much fumbling around and messing up!

10 Aug 2010 RevisedAddition Revised and updated Computer Basics  and Working with Windows - general refresh of info including the following:
   Removed references to floppy disks and Win98.
   Added info and directions on Windows 7.
   Replace Computer Basics: Applications: Project Management
     with Security & Utilities.
Revised and updated Fundamentos de las Computadoras (Spanish) to match the revised Computer Basics.
Will NOT be updating other lessons in Spanish as I do not have Spanish versions of the software. I suggest that viewers use a translation site like translate.google.com to translate the pages. The illustrations will, of course, not be translated.

31 May 2010 Revised Completed adding Google ads to pages and Google Search replacing previous search service.

07 July 2009 Revised Completed revising forms to use PHP script instead of FrontPage extensions.

20 July 2007 Icon: DownloadIcon: CD Uploaded revised files for downloads and CDs.

17 July 2007 RevisedAddition Revised and updated Working with Windows to cover Windows Vista and drop Win95.

19 Dec. 2006 Icon: DownloadIcon: CD New order forms are finally up and running.

03 Dec. 2006 Icon: DownloadIcon: CD Change to a new download/CD service. Uploaded base lessons for download. Made Working with Databases available for download. Order forms not yet available.

25 Sept. 2006 Revised Refreshed Computer Basics and Fundamentos de Computadoras with minor updates.

14 Sept. 2006 Addition Added new unit, Working with Databases, using MS Access, in English. Download and CD to be available after a shakedown period to find the glitches.

2 August 2006 Addition Added Open Office programs to the lists of example programs in Computer Basics: Applications.

30 April 2006 Addition Added better method for animating tables in PowerPoint, and in Spanish, using Ungroup.

21 April 2006 Icon: DownloadIcon: CD Revised purchase offerings.
Dropped download/CD of individual lesson sets.
Added license for teachers to burn CDs for students at $5 US each CD, with purchase of download or CD.

15 Oct. 2005 Addition Added list of Skills Used to each Working with Windows project on the Summary page.

8 June 2005 Revised Revised Computer Basics: What You See: On the Back and Fundamentos: Lo Que Used Ve: Adentro to include color-coded cables and ports.

8 April 2005 AdditionRevised Revised Working with Words and Trabajando con Palabras to cover Word 2003.
Revised Working with Numbers and Trabajando con Números to cover Excel 2003.

Revised navigation throughout to make it easier to get back to the beginning of the lessons or to switch topics.


15 Feb. 2005 Icon: DownloadIcon: CD Paid download and CD now available, for single lesson units or all 6 at once, by language (English, Spanish). New pricing due to new vendors for these services.

15 Feb. 2005 Addition Added Spanish translation of Working with Presentations = Trabajando con Presentaciones

24 Oct. 2004 Revised Update to include info on USB drives for saving documents in remaining units.

15 Oct. 2004 Icon: CD CD version 2.0 released, which includes Working with Presentations (in English). New price with new bulk rates, after no increase for 2 years even with much new material.

12 Oct. 2004 Revised Update to include info on USB drives for saving documents in
Computer Basics (English and Spanish), Working with Windows. Will be revising other units similarly. Too many new computers do not have a floppy disk drive.

02 Oct. 2004 News Stats for Sept. 2004: Pages viewed = 1,585,873
A new record by more than half again from last Sept!

02 Oct. 2004 Addition Added a new unit, Working with Presentations, in English, which is based on PowerPoint 2002 or 2003. At long last!!!

17 Sep. 2004 Revised Did various maintenance changes, synchronizing Spanish and English versions in Computer Basics: Applications. Removed underlines from Table of Contents links. Removed translation links from Table of Contents, retaining those above the TOC.

26 July 2004 Addition Added link to download of Help file of DOS commands (en español)

12 Feb 2004 Icon: CD Updated the CD to version 1.962

07 Feb. 2004 Revised Added a lot of new material to Computer Basics: Storage: Optical Disks, (y en español)

18 Jan. 2004 Addition Added section Which is most popular? to Computer Basics: System Software: Types (and en español)

09 Jan. 2004 Addition Added Web Pages to Computer Basics: Applications (and en español)

08 Jan. 2004 Revised Updated the Best Guess Recommendations for purchasing a computer (and en español)

12 Nov. 2003 Revised Changed Search pages to use FreeFind. The new web server's software does not support the previous FrontPage Search bot. Now you can search the whole site or just within a set of lessons.

5-7 Nov. 2003 News The site was down for just over 28 hours due to major issues with the web server, including having to install a new hard disk and restore all from a backup. Difficulties followed in keeping the forms working correctly.

13 Oct. 2003 News Changed account to a different web server type to get better load balancing, and therefore fewer outages. No change in URL.

Site Statistics for Sept. 2003: (WOW!)
  Total number of pages viewed = 958,291 
  Total number of visiting users = 395,657
  Total of unique IP addresses = 248,764


15 Sept. 2003 Icon: CD Updated the CD to include the revised Spanish version of Working with Numbers, Trabajando con Números, to include Excel 2002.

7 Sept. 2003 Revised Revised the Spanish version of Working with Numbers, Trabajando con Números, to include Excel 2002 (part of Office XP).

14 August 2003 Icon: CD Updated CD to include the revised Spanish version of Working with Words, Trabajando con Palabras, which includes Word 2002.

2 August 2003 Revised Revised the Spanish version of Working with Words,  Trabajando con Palabras, to include Word 2002 (part of Office XP)

18 July 2003 RevisedAddition Revised and added a sample presentation to Applications - Presentations
Revised What You Need in Working with the Web: HTML Basics

4 June 2003 Addition Added use of the Reveal Tags command in FrontPage to Working with the Web: HTML Basics

27 May 2003 News New policy: This site will presume that the viewer is using a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. The number of users of Netscape no longer justifies the time it takes to make it work. Let me know if this causes problems!

22 May 2003 Revised Updated browser stats on page HTML Basics: What You Need

21 May 2003 Icon: CD Version 1.9 released, with updates for Excel 2002.

14 May 2003 Revised Revised Working with Numbers (in English) to include Excel 2002 (part of Office XP).

13 May 2003 Addition Added Search link to each lesson in Computer Basics and Fundamentos.

6 May 2003 Icon: CD Version 1.8 released, with updates for Word 2002

5 May 2003 Addition Added page about Smart Tags to Working with Words

28 April 2003 Revised Revised Working with Words (in English) to include Word 2002 (part of Office XP)

26 Feb. 2003 Addition Added Spanish translation of Projects 4 and 5 in Working with Numbers. Proyecto 4: Grupos y Fómulas and Proyecto 5: Diseño in Trabajando con Números.

29 Jan. 2003 Addition Added Spanish translation of Project 3 in Working with Numbers = Proyecto 3: Formatear y Ordenar in Trabajando con Números. Updated document images throughout Trabajando con Números for consistency.

11 Dec. 2002 Icon: CD Added Autorun to the CD version 1.51. Insert the CD in the drive and the intro page should load automatically in the browser.

14 Nov. 2002 Revised Revised the Spanish translation of Working with Windows, Trabajando con Windows,to include WinXP

8 Nov. 2002 Addition Added comments about the new Tablet PC to Computer Basics:Types and the Spanish version Fundamentos de computadoras: Tipos

31 Oct. 2002 Addition Added some scattered bits about IE6 in the Working with the Web material.

29 Oct. 2002 Addition Added Spanish translation of Project 2 in Working with Numbers = Trabajando con Números: Fundamentos de Excel

21 Oct. 2002 Icon: CD CD version 1.4 released, including the updates to Working with Windows (to include WinXP) and Trabajando con Núeros: Intro.

20 Oct. 2002 Addition Added Spanish translation of the first project in Working with Numbers = Trabajando con Números: Intro

15 Oct. 2002 Revised Revised Working with Windows to include WinXP.

1 Oct. 2002 News Stats for Sept: Page views for all the lessons totaled 764,835 pages! By far the largest number ever!!

30 Sept. 2002 Icon: CD CD version 1.3 released, containing the new Spanish material on word processing, Trabajando con Palabras

24 Sept. 2002 Addition Uploaded last project in Working with Words in Spanish = Trabajando con Palabras. Now all 4 are available in Spanish.

21 Sept. 2002 Addition Added comments about Windows XP to Computer Basics: System Software: Types

9 Sept. 2002 Icon: CD CD version 1.2 made available. Includes HTML Basics and all changes below.

27 Aug. 2002 Revised Revised Working with the Web: HTML Basics  to use FrontPage 2002 OR FrontPage Express.

Revised Site Map.


28 April 2002 Icon: CD CD version 1.1 made available.

7 April 2002 Addition Added Spanish translation of Working with Words: Word Basics = Trabajando con Palabras: Fundamentos de Word

13 March 2002 Icon: CD Changed shopping cart for the CD. Now international shipping will be calculated correctly. On the down side, the cart only accepts Visa and MasterCard. On the plus side, you can print the invoice and pay by check or money order.

6 Feb. 2002 Revised Revised layout of quizzes in Computer Basics for good display in Netscape. At last!

Several minor changes, including some to clean-up some of the Netscape issues.

Changed pages to use an "included" footer. Change one file to change footer in all pages using that footer. So cool!


26 Jan. 2002 News Good news: Server for new hosting account went live. All ISPs should have the new DNS within the next few days and then will send visitors to the new server.

Half the number of sites share this server as before. That should make the server more stable - fewer time-outs, fewer server errors.

Bad news: Significantly more expensive. 

Addition Response: Added Want to help? and Donations pages

22 Jan. 2002 News Web hosting account at Interland upgraded due to high data transfer rate.

19 Jan. 2002 Icon: CD CD Version of web site released. 

Cost = $15 plus shipping (and in Tennessee, sales tax)


10 Jan. 2002 Addition Added HTML Basics to Working with the Web

21 Nov. 2001 Addition Added Spanish translation of Working with the Web: Browser Basics= Trabajando con la Web: Elementos del Navegador

2 Sept. 2001 Addition Added Spanish translation of Working with Windows: Trabajando con Windows

30 Aug. 2001 Addition Moved to this site from another location The Prometheus Project: tutorials in email, mailing lists, and IRC.

27 Aug. 2001 RevisedAddition Revised Computer Basics Lessons 2-3 & 2-4:Major Applications. Expanded to add more information on the different major kinds of software. Each has it's own page now. See Applications

19 Aug. 2001 Addition Added Do It! examples for spreadsheets to Lesson 2-3:Major Applications 1 [Then revised the page structure. This section is now lesson2-4spreadsheet.htm.]

9 Aug. 2001 Addition Added Working with Number Project 5: Design Topics include proper design of spreadsheets, creating What-If sheets, using IF functions and conditional formatting.

2 Aug. 2001 Revised Revised definition of a computer Computer Basics 1-1

Revised Computer Basics 4-3. "System Unit" is now used for the whole box (chassis). Renamed lesson CPU.

Updated Computer Basics 5-2: Printer Types to include USB cable info.

Added cable length info to USB description On the Back


17 July 2001 Addition Added Working with Numbers Project 4: Data Groups and Formulas Includes using subtotals, formatting data groups for readability, inserting images and AutoShapes, how changes affect formulas, repairing broken formulas.

16 July 2001 Revised Added link to The Computer Museum History Center on Computer Types. The site has a searchable timeline of computing events, people, hardware, and software.
  News The Spanish version of Computer Basics was mentioned prominently in an article in La Nación, the #1 newspaper in Argentina in May-

4 July 2001 News Participation has really boomed since last summer. Over 800 Permissions requests for over 46,000 students in ten months! Thanks to all the teachers who filled out the Permissions form.

4 July 2001 Addition Added Working with Numbers Project 3: Format & Arrange Includes formatting, moving, copying, linking.

7 April 2001 Revised Revised Computer Basics Output: Screen Features;
Input: Data Automation

7 April 2001 Addition Added Working with Numbers Project 2: Excel Basics Learn to create a spreadsheet yourself in Excel.

17 March 2001 Revised Added topic Distributed Computing to the list of computer types in Lesson 1-2: Computer Types

13 March 2001 Addition Added  Working with Numbers Project 1: Introduction. This new unit uses Excel to teach about spreadsheets.

5 March 2001 Addition Added News by Email - join my free newsletter mailing list to get announcements of updates and additions to the site

1 March 2001 Addition Revised comments on supercomputers, adding some offsite links

11 & 12 Feb. 2001 Revised Added framed version of Computer Basics: Glossary and Fundamentos de las Computadoras: Glosario 

26 Jan. 2001 Addition Added opening page and Computer Basics in Spanish (Fundamentos de las Computadoras ). Thanks to my translator Enrique Chornogubsky of Buenos Aires and Sainte Claire Editora, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

16 Nov. 2000 Addition Added Project 3: Brochure (34 pages) and Project 4: Report (44 pages) to Working with Words
Addition Added text about to Voice Input section of Computer Basics 3-5: Multimedia Input
Addition Added Hall of Honor to acknowledge those whose Eagle Eyes spot errors and those who make Super Suggestions

15 Oct. 2000 Addition Added Working with Words: Project 2 - AutoTools  (29 pages)
A number of clean-up changes and spelling corrections to other parts.

21 August 2000 News Participation skyrockets! As of this morning, 319 teachers have requested permission to use Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 for over 18,000 students since the form went up nearly a year ago, Sept. 1, 1999. Requests have been brisk this month. Wow! Thank you!!!
 
New Added Working with the Web intro and Web Project 1 - Browser Basics (59 pages). Future plans for Working with the Web include creating web pages, email, newsgroups, and IRC.

21 July 2000 New Added links to  French (française) version of Working with Windows. Thanks to Rachid Lahbari for asking to do this and then following through! 

20 June 2000 Revised Added Windows Me to Computer Basics System Software: Types page

12 May 2000 News Some dim-witted, thieving persons started storing their own massive files in my web space. They deleted most of the lessons. After getting the site repaired, they broke in twice again, which broke the Front Page extensions causing the forms to not work correctly, among other problems. 

5 April 2000 New Added the intro to Working with Words material and Project 1: Word Basics

17 Feb. 2000 New Added Student Evaluation page. Revised Teacher Evaluation page accordingly.

15 Feb. 2000 New Added new site entry page index.html, making lessonintro.htm the entry to Computer Basics.  
Revised Revised intro to reflect addition of Windows material.
Revised Revised  menus in Computer Basics lessons to include Home link back to lessonintro.htm

14 Feb. 2000 New Added Windows material: Windows Basics, Files & Folders

4 Feb. 2000 Revised Updated hard disk info and images (courtesy of Western Digital) on 6-Storage: Magnetic Disks, Disk Capacity, and Caring for Disks

26 Jan. 2000 Revised Updated and added Linux to 8-System Software: Types

21 Jan. 2000 Revised Revised zips for teachers. Answer sheet did not match student page for Lesson 2. Whoops!

10 Jan. 2000 New Uploaded zip of HTML version of review questions and exercises for teachers. 

12 Dec. 1999 Revised Updated Best Guess Recommendations for computer purchase on page  12-On Your  Own: Hardware

12 Nov. 1999   New Added ADSL to 7-Computer-to-Computer: Modems.

9 Nov. 1999   New Added Character Codes page to Appendix.
Revised Revised 4-Processing: Digital Data to include Unicode

5 Oct. 1999   Revised Revised 10-What You See: On the Back to include USB (Universal Serial Bus) 

12 Sept. 1999   New Added offer of end-of-the-chapter review questions for teachers who submit a Permissions Form.

2 Sept. 1999     New Added this What's New page and Search form

1 Sept. 1999      New Added Permissions page, Permission form, and Evaluation form

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