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Resources I am personally connected with and also local/Washington state ones are listed first, then national, international and internet-only ones.

BlueArgo.com - Internet consulting, application development, and hosting for non-profit organizations and small business. Jason Hungerford who runs BlueArgo is also the founder of Youth Guardian Services which I am on the board of, and which provides me with hosting for my website about our son Bill. If you mention that you were referred to Blue Argo from by me (Gabi) then Jason told me he will give you a discounted rate on hosting or web development projects. http://www.blueargo.com


 

ClaytonWorks
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Alec and I bring over 30 years experience in graphic arts & writing, and a dedication to high quality, dependable and timely service. We avoid flashy gimmicks and seek maximum impact through clarity of statement and solid design. Web design, book publishing, editing & layout services and graphic design.  http://www.claytonworks.com/
 
    Here are some of the companies and software ClaytonWorks uses:

TotalChoice Hosting - An excellent web hosting company we use which has phenomenal customer service and prices. http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/

Check out the TotalChoice Family Forum for loads of information and advice on creating and maintaining a website, and for what others say about them.

Also, see the 'Client Written Tutorial' I wrote and posted on their forum - Some Important Rules Regarding Using Email On TotalChoice Hosting - which explains some rules about using email that apply to other hosting companies.
http://www.claytonworks.com/EmailRulesonTCH.html 

CafePress - We use CafePress for print-on-demand t-shirts, coffee cups and other items. This is an online marketplace where individuals, organizations and businesses can create, buy and sell customized merchandise online. We did publish books with them but switched to other companies listed here later. http://www.cafepress.com/

CoffeeCup - fresh software, warm people. Lots of great, affordable website design & flash software. You can download trial versions to try before purchasing. http://www.coffeecup.com/

CreateSpace - an Amazon print-on-demand company we use for publishing our books, which makes them available on Amazon.com. http://www.createspace.com/

FrontPage, Publisher, and Word - from Microsoft. http://www.microsoft.com/

Mira Digital Publishing - a "one-stop shop" for conference and other publishing needs based in St. Louis, MO. We used Mira to print "The Wives of Marty Winters" and we are very impressed with their service and pricing. They do book, CD/DVD production and duplication and more. http://www.mirasmart.com/

Paint Shop Pro - I started using this excellent and affordable paint & graphics program way back when it was shareware before Corel bought it, and its still great. http://www.corel.com/

e m e r a l d | c i t y | f o n t w e r k s - Seattle - wonderful free fonts and more: augie, intimacy, j.d.,skeetch, spanky, webster and some other stuff. http://www.speakeasy.org/~ecf/

Free Geek Olympia - computer re-use and recycling center. They recycle used technology to provide computers, education, and access to the Internet to those in need. Helping the needy get nerdy. Free Geek Olympia accept computers in any condition (there is a fee for monitors and printers). Earn a GNU/Linux OS computer in exchange for a hours of service. Help repair and recycle computers; they will teach you any skills required. Non-profit organizations can get help with computers, websites, training, and technical support through the Free Geek Olympia partnership program. http://www.fgoly.com

NPower - helps Seattle and Puget Sound non-profits use technology to better serve their communities.  http://www.npowerseattle.org


OlyEmail
- my friend Steve Jorgensen's company - with 20 years of database management, computer experience and bulk mailing, offering targeted marketing and web site design. http://www.olyemail.com

10 Common Typography Mistakes - by Brian Hoff. http://www.thedesigncubicle.com/2008/12/10-common-typography-mistakes/

Ablazesoft's free online password generator - create passwords up to 8-99 symbols in length, and up to 99 passwords per visit made up of digits (0-9), lowercase letters (a-z), uppercase letters (A-Z) and symbols (#$%!@"_/...  http://www.ablazesoft.com/pass_gen

AboutUs - a wiki whose goal is to create a free and valuable internet resource containing information both about websites and other community created topics/information with thousands of updates are now being made by people each day. The vision of AboutUs hinges on the power of collaboration and the unique capacity of wiki technology to capture the coming together of communities. http://www.aboutus.org/

Allwhois - a "whois" service where you can look up information on who owns a specific website's domain name.  http://www.allwhois.com/

AltaVista Babelfish Translation - translate text or a webpage to and from Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  http://babelfish.altavista.com/


Arachnophilia
- I learned to do my website using this is a powerful web site "workshop" program by Paul Lutus, and I highly recommend it. Arachnophilia is available for $0.00 -- "It's not about money, it's about caring. Please read about CareWare."
http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/index.html 


Are My Sites Up - a very simple service to help you keep an eye on your sites and warn you if they go down. With their free service, you may check up to 20 sites. Unlimited notifications are sent via email or SMS text message to your cell phone. Site checks are performed 25 times per day. They also have a premium service with more. http://www.aremysitesup.com/

Art/Design Theory Tutorials - by Chris Arlidge.  Learn more about what the theory is behind creating art, these are the building blocks of successful art and design. There is a Color Theory Primer - "Most artists are familiar with the color wheel and have some notion of color theory, but its handy to have a resource at the finger tips. This tutorial has diagrams of the various color schemes and suggestions for color moods." a  Color Schemer Tool - " Use this free, handy application to help you select and create great new color schemes for your graphic design and art projects." and more from this web & graphic designer. http://www.steeldolphin.com/tutorials_theory.php 

Audit My PC - lots of free online tools: security audits, speed tests, free software, a link checker, sitemap creatorn a website monitoring services, and more. http://www.auditmypc.com

The Benton Foundation seeks to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. http://www.benton.org/

Building Online Communities: Transforming Assumptions Into Success by Victoria Bernal is one of the excellent articles on the Benton Foundation website: "Creating a successful online community is one of the most sought after and elusive goals in a Web strategy. ... In a nonprofit context, the "customer" takes the form of a constituent, advocate, grantee, funder, member, board member, or citizen. And the stakes are higher because usually the nonprofit's goal is to sell not a product, but a mission." http://www.benton.org/publibrary/practice/community/assumptions.html

BreakTheChain.org - educates people about the shortcomings of email chain letters as a means to distribute information and empowers them to make informed, logical decisions about the information they distribute. BreakTheChain works to reduce the number of people who forward email chain letters without questioning their validity or long-term impact. http://www.breakthechain.org 

The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 - CAN-SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act) establishes requirements for those who send commercial email, spells out penalties for spammers and companies whose products are advertised in spam if they violate the law, and gives consumers the right to ask emailers to stop spamming them.

The Chank Company - an excellent Minneapolis-based type house. To encourage recreational use of fonts by casual designers, Chank offers cool fonts at cool prices and free fonts for instant download. Chank also creates custom fonts for companies who want exclusive rights and a specific design for a typeface. http://www.chank.com/ and The Chank Blog -  http://www.chank.org/

Chank's Guide to Making Fonts - a tutorial written in 1996. "Technology has changed a bit since then and there's new font-making software out there, but Chank's old school methods still work. If you use a Mac, that is." http://www.chank.com/howto/

Color, Contrast & Dimension in News Design - you can click through these exercises that show how we respond to color from The Poynter Institute (a school for journalists). This information applies to paper and web design, Viewing the site requires the Macromedia Flash 4 plug-in. http://poynteronline.org/content/content_view.asp?id=2711

Coyote Communications - technology tips sheets, resources and services for not-for-profit companies and other mission-based agencies by Jayne Cravens.  http://www.coyotecommunications.com/

Craig's List - an international non-commercial bulletin board with classified ads for jobs, housing, events, personals, services, local events, community discussion and more. http://www.craigslist.org

Designing & Marketing Your Site - Richard Hamel has excellent information for non-profit organizations including essential and additional items on a website, information on site maintenance, resources for non-profits, and more.  http://www.dotorgwebworks.org/resources.htm 

Doodle - Schedule an even such as a board meeting, business lunch, conference call, family reunion, movie night, or any other group event. Make a choice among movies, menus, travel destinations, or among any other selection. Its a free online service. http://www.doodle.ch/

dynamicdrive.com - free, original DHTML scripts and components to enhance your web site http://www.dynamicdrive.com/

E Logo Design - tips & tutorials from this design company including a logo design guide, links to logo design tutorials on the internet, a color matching guide, a free font guide, a typography guide. http://www.elogodesign.com/tips-tutorials/

exlibris - exquisite fonts designed by Jos Buivenga: Delicious, Fontin, Fontin Sans, Tallys, Fertigo & Diavlo. They are offered free for personal and commercial use - see the font license for details. http://www.josbuivenga.demon.nl


A favicon (favorites icon) is a small image that is shown in a web browser's location bar and bookmark menu. It is a good way to brand your site and increase it's visibility in someones bookmark menu. 

Favicon Maker - a cool free and easy online tool to create a favicon for your site without installing more software. http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/

Faviconr - make favicons from jpg, gif, and png files with this free to use online software. http://www.faviconr.com/

Learn more information about favicons on the Faviconr Blog http://www.faviconr.com/blog/

Freedomlist - this directory is an impartial listing of free and cheap Internet service providers (ISPs) that provides an easy way to find and review ways to get access to the internet - some have limits on how much time you get and some don't. Look for local numbers for dial-up access so you won't be paying for long distance calls. http://www.freedomlist.com/find.php3?country=166

EZBack-it-up - a great personal file backup utility designed to be very easy to learn and use. And its free!  This is not an archival tool that compresses your files and folders into one file - EZBack-it-up copies your data to a destination of your choice where you can readily access your backed up files any time you need them. All directory structure is preserved and you can optionally choose to delete files from the target (backup) that are not in the source. EZBack-it-up includes a built-in scheduler, command-line switches, logging functionality, and more. http://www.rdcomp.net/ezbackitup/

FreeConference.com -provides a secure and private venue for you to meet by telephone with your customers, relatives or colleagues without the necessity of traveling to a central location. In order for conference participants to reach the service, each person must call a telephone number. For the "Reservationless Standard" and "Web-Scheduled Standard" conferences this number may be local or long distance, depending on their location. The only costs for these type of conference calls are whatever long distance rates are charged by each individual conference participant's long distance carrier. For the "Web-Scheduled Premium 800" conference calls the dial-in number will be a toll-free number. The conference organizer pays a per minute charge for each participant but since it is a toll-free number the participants do not pay anything. http://www.freeconference.com

FreeFind Site Search Engine - FreeFind adds a "search this site" feature to your website, making your site easier to use. FreeFind also gives you reports showing what your visitors are searching for, enabling you to improve your site. FreeFind's advanced site search engine and automatic site map technology can be added to your website for free. http://www.freefind.com

Gearlog - a gadget blog written by geeks, for geeks. Posters are PC Magazine analysts and editors. http://www.gearlog.com/

How do I take a screenshot? http://take-a-screenshot.org/

HowStuffWorks - explores everything from technology to historical figures with clear, fun explanations. There are nine general areas: AutoStuff, ComputerStuff, EntertainmentStuff, ElectronicStuff, HomeStuff, MoneyStuff, PeopleStuff, ScienceStuff, TravelStuff.  http://www.howstuffworks.com/ 

The Internet Archive - a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form including The Wayback Machine which makes it possible to surf more than 10 billion pages stored in the Internet Archive's web archive. http://www.archive.org/

Judy's EZ Ezine Template - publish an Ezine with the help of this free online template. http://www.ossweb.com/ez-ezine-template.html

Let me google that for you - "This is for all those people that find it more convenient to bother you with their question rather than google it for themselves." http://lmgtfy.com/

Listserv Netiquette? - The American Library Association's ALA-World Listserv has a great example of listserv netiquette policies as an example of good behavior for an email discussion list.
http://www.ala.org/ala/irrt/alaworld.cfm

Meta Tags: Do They Still Matter, If So Which Ones? - on Internet Beacon's Internet Marketing and & SEO Blog:  http://www.internetbeacon.com/blog/2011-07/meta-tags-do-they-still-matter-if-so-which-ones/

Meta Tag Generators: Create meta-tags for your website with these online tools and then copy and paste the code in the head of your html file:

Milonic DHTML Menu - this great menu code, written by Andy Woolley, is what I use for the dropdown menus on my website and on the Safe Schools Coalition site. It's free for individual users and non-profit organizations, and they offer wonderful support for new users with a discussion board where you can ask questions and learn from other users.  http://www.milonic.com/

mutualaid.org - a collective that provides technology services to the radical and progressive communities: free web site, email account, email list, and domain name service hosting services. http://www.mutualaid.org 

My Design Primer - this site by Trevor Kimball was created to assist his clients and other people in understanding the often confusing terms and ideas connected with print and electronic media. Equipment, graphics, type, printing, web pages http://www.mydesignprimer.com/

NetAction - dedicated to promoting use of the Internet for effective grassroots citizen action campaigns, and to educating the public, policy makers, and the media about technology policy issues. The site includes their Virtual Activist training and more.  http://netaction.org/

NetLingo is a dictionary of Internet terms, it contains thousands of words and definitions that describe the online world of business, technology and communication. Definitions of terms, chat acronyms & text shorthand, smileys ;-) and more.  http://www.netlingo.com/

OneLook Dictionary Search - definitions and translations of millions of words in hundreds of online dictionaries are indexed by this search engine. http://www.onelook.com/

The Online Policy Group (OPG) - a nonprofit organization dedicated to online policy research, outreach, and action on issues such as access, privacy, digital defamation, and the digital divide. Additionally, it focuses on Internet participants' civil liberties and human rights, like access, privacy, safety, and serving schools, libraries, disabled, elderly, youth, women, and sexual, gender, and ethnic minorities. http://www.onlinepolicy.org/ 

OpenOffice - a free office suite that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, drawing program and more with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. It works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office. It is available in many languages, and it runs stably and natively on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X (X11), and numerous other platforms. http://www.openoffice.org

Organizers' Collaborative - works to further the potential of computers and the Internet to increase communication and collaboration among those working for social change. Technical Tips for Small Nonprofits and Social Change Groups, and more.  http://www.organizenow.net/

PrimoPDF - They have a completely free version of this program which you can use to create PDF files from 300+ file types. Make 100% industry-standard PDF from any files that print - optimized for print, screen, ebook, or prepress. http://www.primopdf.com/

Screen
Resolutions: 800x600, 1024x768, 1152x864, 1600x1200 - a tool from Ranks.nl to help you see how a page would look in different screen resolutions.
http://www.ranks.nl/tools/screen_resolutions.html

Search Engine Watch - this site has Search Engine Submission Tips, Web Searching Tips and more. http://www.searchenginewatch.com/ 

Scratch - a programming language designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills by creating interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and sharing them on the web. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab. http://scratch.mit.edu/

sIFR Generator - sIFR (or Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) is a technology that allows you to replace text elements on screen with Flash equivalents. Put simply, sIFR allows website headings, pull-quotes and other elements to be styled in whatever font the designer chooses without the user having it installed on their machine. The big disadvantage of sIFR is that creating sIFR files is a tedious task that also requires Adobe Flash Studio in order to create a .swf file with the font of your choice. At least, that was the big disadvantage until now. sIFR Generator is an online tool that allows you to create sIFR .swf files with a few clicks of your mouse. Simply upload the TTF font of the font you want to convert, preview and download. http://www.sifrgenerator.com/

Smashing Magazine - Beautiful! Packed with useful and innovative information for web-designers and web-developers. Smashing Magazine informs readers about the latest trends and techniques in web-development including: Best of the Month ~ Color ~ CSS ~ Design Showcase ~ Developer’s Toolbox ~ Free Fonts ~ Graphics ~ Tutorials ~ Web-Tools. " We smash you with the information which will make your life easier. Really." http://www.smashingmagazine.com

Copyright Explained: I May Copy It, Right? - an excellent article on copyright and the web, published on July 7th, 2007 in Smashing Magazine's Developer's Toolbox http://www.smashingmagazine.com/pdfs/copyright.pdf (pdf format)

Stickies - this free PC software by Tom Revell is a great computerized version of those sticky paper notes. http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies/

SurveyMonkey - A basic subscription is totally free with no annoying banner ads on your surveys.  Limited to a total of 10 questions and 100 responses per survey. A professional subscription is $19.95 USD/month (or $200.00 USD/year), and includes up to 1000 responses per month.  If you exceed 1000 survey responses in any given month, there is an additional charge per survey response. You can create an unlimited number of surveys, with an unlimited number of pages and questions.  In addition, all of your surveys are completely unbranded. http://www.surveymonkey.com

Symantec Security Response - Look up information about computer virus-related threats, rumors and hoaxes here. Removal tools for some viruses are available here and more, from the makers of Norton AntiVirus software.  http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/

Tech4Impact - by Jayne Cravens - Coyote Communication's free monthly e-mail newsletter to help mission-based organizations learn how to get the most out of computer and Internet technology. . http://www.coyotecommunications.com

TechSoup.org - addressing the technology needs of the nonprofit sector. technology news, community forums, resources, a discount technology store for nonprofits, and more.   http://www.techsoup.org/

Virtual Community-Building for NonProfit Organizations - Fostering interaction - excellent June 19, 2001 article by Janet Salmons for TechSoup.org. http://www.techsoup.org/articlepage.cfm?ArticleId=301&topicid=5 

TruthOrFiction.com - information about eRumors, warnings, offers, requests for help, myths, hoaxes, virus warnings, and humorous or inspirational stories that are circulated by email.  http://www.truthorfiction.com

typOasis - WOW! This is an amazing collection of free fonts from a wonderful group of font designers including Anke Arnold and others. http://www.moorstation.org/typoasis/typoasis1.htm

The Ultimate Drop Down Menu (UDM) - this website menu was developed by Brothercake. For charities, educational institutions, and personal non-commercial use, UDM is free. For all other users commercial licensing is required. This is a fully-featured and accessible DHTML menu, that provides useable content to all browsers - including screenreaders, search-engines and text-only browsers. UDM includes a sophisticated range of design and usability controls, to give you a tool with unique capabilities. http://www.udm4.com/

UrbanDictionary - a dictionary of contemporary slang compiled by its readers. Define your world. http://www.urbandictionary.com

Urban Legends Reference Pages - information about urban legends, common fallacies, misinformation, old wives' tales, strange news stories, rumors, celebrity gossip, and similar items that circulate on the internet and elsewhere.  http://www.snopes.com

Vector Magic - this great online auto-tracer by James Diebel and Jacob Norda was the result of a research project at the Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is now independent company. Vectorization (aka tracing) converts bitmap raster images to vector images. Raster images are pixel-based, whereas vector images are represented by geometric shapes such as lines, circles and curves. File formats supported - input: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, PSD / output: PS, SVG, PDF and PNG. There is also a desktop version of this software available for purchase. http://vectormagic.com/ and Vector Magic Blog http://vectormagic.com/blog/

Vitamin - designers, developers and entrepreneurs are energized, refueled and producing some mind-blowing projects. Vitamin is an online magazine dedicated to the new web industry. Vitamin will inspire you, teach you, advise you and sometimes test you with its in-depth features, audio interviews, training sessions and reviews. It's updated every week, and it's free! http://www.thinkvitamin.com/

Web Design-isms: 7 Surefire Styles that Work - a Vitamin feature article by from Larissa Meek. Glossy buttons, ornamental backgrounds, futuristic interfaces. We’ve all been guilty at one time or another of committing the 7 design-isms in this article . But that’s okay, she tells us, they’re classics for a reason. http://www.thinkvitamin.com/features/design/web-design-isms-7-surefire-styles-that-work

Webgrrls International - provides a forum for women in or interested in new media and technology to network, exchange job and business leads, form strategic alliances, mentor and teach, intern and learn the skills to help women succeed in an increasingly technical workplace and world.  http://www.webgrrls.com 

Web Hosting Ratings - an independent guide to selecting the right domain web hosting service for personal or business use.  Features a searchable database of web hosting plans, ratings and reviews by users, educational web hosting guides and more. http://www.webhostingratings.com/

Web Page Design for Designers - Joe Gillespie is a graphic designer specializing in new media in London UK. His site is dedicated to the more creative aspects of Web design & is packed with editorials, tutorials, reviews of software, tons of resources, and more for people who take design seriously. One of my favorites!  http://www.wpdfd.com/

Webmonkey - a comprehensive web developers resource with a how-to information, html cheat sheets, JavaScript code library and more. http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/

Webopedia - a free online dictionary for words, phrases and abbreviations that are related to computer and Internet technology. Webopedia provides easy-to-understand definitions in plain language, avoiding the use of heavy jargon when possible so that the site is accessible to users with a wide range of computer knowledge. The definitions are frequently updated and new terms are added on a daily basis. Many of the new terms come from suggestions from the site's users. Webopedia also provides links to sources of further information on topics. http://www.webopedia.com

Webopedia's Quick Reference Area - information on common Internet and computer facts and occurrences. http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/

Webweaver - clipart & webpage graphics free for personal use; online tools and generators including links to sites to help in choosing a website color scheme, handy free stuff for web developers, free web design tutorials; tips & tricks such as how to speed up your website's load time, create custom error pages, what is a favicon.ico? and more. http://www.webweaver.nu

What Page Dimensions Should I Design To? - good information from Sawyer McFarland Media, written in 2005 and updated in 2007.
http://www.sawmac.com/etc/2005/12/10/what-page-dimensions-should-i-design-to/

Wikipedia - a free encyclopedia that is being written collaboratively by the readers. http://www.wikipedia.org

WinGuides.com Password Generator - create random passwords that are highly secure and extremely difficult to crack or guess due to saoptional combinations of lower and upper case letters, numbers and punctuation symbols.Free online tool or available as part of a subscription service.
http://www.winguides.com/security/password.php?guide=security

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  develops common protocols that promote the Web's evolution and ensure its interoperability with specifications, guidelines and more. http://www.w3.org/

 

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