Resources & Tools
The resources and tools that are used in our work with clients are presented
The best html editor and site manager I have found.
Extremely customizable and very fast. The "Update Site" function allows for
real time editing on the site and the "Beautify HTML" helps make coding
very easy to read and edit/update.
The best browser on the web.
World Wide Web Consortium
The place to reference tags and follow the development of HTML, XHTML, and XML.
This is where the cutting, bleeding edge of the web can be found.
Index of the Elements of HTML
A part of the W3C site this page gives complete and detailed explanations of
HTML tags and their use. This is the site you
must have open while you do your coding.
An excellent browser, very compliant and quick.
became when it returned to its open source roots and the source of
Comes with Windows and while it's not the best browser (many would say that it
is 'broken") it is the most widely installed. Firefox is giving it a run for
its money and its dominance of the web may change but it is still the browser
that most people use. Sites must be designed with its quirks and capabilities
The content management system that Vancouver Community Net has implemented.
I've been using it for a number of
and I have found it easy and powerful and quick.
SourceForge is the world's largest Open Source development website, with a
huge repository of Open Source code and applications available.
Xenu Link Sleuth
Checks links and reports their status. Useful for ensuring that a websites
links are not broken
RSS, Blogs and other Dynamic Website Tools
The Software Garden ListGarden program is a tool for creating and maintaining
RSS feeds. I use it to create RSS feeds outside of a blog or CMS site.
Bloglines is a webbased RSS aggregator. Simple and available from everywhere
on the internet. You can see my blogroll on the sidebar or go to
to see the feeds that I am following.
Simple and effective blogging software. I used it to create and post to
the demo blog that Simon Ladell and I used for our presentation on
"Communicating with the Web" for the
2005 CCIR Conference.
Typepad and Movable Type
Typepad a web-based blog service and Movable Type a blogging software platform
(requires a server with webserver, database and a high-end operating system)
uses this software.
Anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are essential. The following are the
programs that Vickery Consulting uses for our computers and our clients. if
you are unsure of how to install, configure or use these programs please
contact us for assistance.
This is a free edition of AVG. Please note the restrictions on use.
Spybot Search & Destroy
Excellent anti-spyware especially when used in conjunction with Lavasoft
Ad-Aware and SpywareBlaster
Another excellent anti-spyware program.
Blocks spyware from loading.
Firewalls are part of both the sys-admin and the anti-virus/anti-spyware
sectors. There is a wide variety of firewalls, both hardware and software.
routers (hardware) come with effective firewalls and in many cases may be all
need. Software runs the gamut from
Windows XP native firewall
(not bad) to
Sygate Personal Firewall
Gibson Research's "Shields Up!" site test the effectiveness of your firewall,
hardware. software or combination. Test your computer Now!
For more information on Vickery Consulting services in this area please go to
Windows XP Remote Desktop Access
Remote Desktop Access allows Windows XP Professional to connect via TCP/IP from
other systems to your XP Professional system, operating the Windows XP system
remotely. This works
quite well and can be a real boon to making changes on client machines and
Remote Assistance provides a way for assist clients with problems. It is very
effective at allowing the consultant to show a client how to perform a a task
and can be used to make changes to a clients computer.
UltraVNC is an open source remote desktop access program that works on any pc
regardless of the operating system and the speed of the client connection to