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Effective communication is essential to a project's success

This is a full list of the free downloads published on TechRepublic during the week of August 22, 2005.

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In addition to the featured download, this week's list includes a tutorial on Excel, policy advice on access security, controlling Windows system properties, locking down Outlook 2003, securing Cisco routers, and much more.

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Provide essential information with this project communication plan
Planning the most effective ways to communicate with team members, customers, and stakeholders, especially on larger projects, is essential to project success. This updated download covers all the steps in detail and offers a sample plan that illustrates the type of communication strategies that will help guide your project to a successful conclusion. We've included an Excel workbook version of the plan so that you can adapt it for your own use. UPDATE!

August 22, 2005

Anatomy of an Excel formula: Use built-in functions to calculate answers
This download shows you how the basic formula system works in Microsoft's Excel by examining the syntax and usage for several built-in functions, including sum, average and count. By the end of this document, you will know how to create your own formulas in Excel.

August 23, 2005

When IT needs access to sensitive data, implement a policy with teeth
To effectively do its job, the IT department sometimes needs access to information others would prefer to keep to themselves. One solution is this simple policy, which guarantees complete discretion--on penalty of termination.

Effectively manage Cisco PIX Firewalls with CiscoWorks Management Center
This sample chapter, taken from Cisco Press' CCSP Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced Exam Certification Guide (CCSP Self-Study), 2nd Edition, explains the major features of Firewall MC and how you can use that functionality to manage multiple PIX devices across your network.

Take control of Windows XP system properties during both startup and shutdown
This download chapter, System Properties, Startup, and Shutdown, from the book Windows XP Cookbook, shows you how to control Windows XP system properties during both the startup process and the shutdown process.

Microsoft Outlook 2003: Lock it down in 10 steps
This free download outlines 10 steps you can use to mitigate potential Outlook 2003 vulnerabilities before they become major security threats.

August 24, 2005

Master these 10 processes to sharpen your project management skills
The bigger and more complex a project gets, the more you need formal processes and techniques to effectively manage the work. This updated version of PM expert Tom Mochal's "top 10" processes explains the purpose, value, and implementation of the most critical aspects of successfully managing a project.

Create better interactive PDF Web forms with the FDF Toolkit
Using the additional capabilities of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) you can create Web forms that contain source information and interactive features resulting in a better overall user experience.

August 25, 2005

Configure frame relay operations on Cisco routers
This sample chapter, taken from Cisco Press' Cisco Frame Relay Solutions Guide, explains how to configure a basic Frame Relay network involving Cisco equipment, as well as how to monitor and troubleshoot using relevant Cisco IOS commands.

Record essential details with this project issue submissions form
Attempts to track the problems that arise in the course of a large project can quickly get out of hand, leaving issues misunderstood, unresolved, only partially handled, or resolved but not documented. This simple form makes it easy to record the key aspects of a problem.

Control your TV and raise your geek factor with TiVo hacks
This download contains four TiVo hacks gleaned from the O'Reilly book TiVo Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools>, by Raffi Krikorian. Hacking the TiVo has become a major geek past time???make your media appliances better, faster, stronger with this set of cool TiVo hacks.

Extend the capabilities of your .NET application with Excel integration
A .NET application may be greatly enhanced by providing additional functional via Excel integration. This includes the number-crunching capabilities inherent in Excel, as well as charting and much more. Learn more about Excel and .NET integration.

August 26, 2005

Best of the blocked: Which e-mail attachments are on your hit list?
If you're tired of seeing your e-mail server buried in an avalanche of recreational attachments, take a look at one tech's growing zero-tolerance block list.

The metrics of IT: Management by measurement
It may be a cliche, but the expression 'If you can't measure it, you can???t manage it' aptly describes the challenge facing today's CIOs. See why traditional gut-feeling management needs to be supported by actionable metrics.

10 Firefox extensions that will enhance your Web surfing experience
Because it is an open source project, the Firefox browser is continuously being improved and enhanced. These 10 Firefox extensions are just a few of the applications created for the platform by the community at large.

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Check out these creative uses for dead computer equipment
Dead computers aren't always headed to the junk heap. This photo gallery showcases creative used of old computer hardware, from wall art to target practice.


Earn $100 for your project management forms and templates
 

The TechRepublic Downloads Team is building a library of practical project management forms, templates, and other documents used by IT professionals on a regular basis. Send us your most useful project management support documents and we'll pay you $100 for each one that we publish. If you have other types of forms and templates that you think would make good downloads on TechRepublic, then you're also welcome to submit those as well. Again, we'll pay you $100 for each item that we publish.

Download: Extend the capabilities of your .NET application with Excel integration
A .NET application may be greatly enhanced by providing additional functional via Excel integration. This includes the number-crunching capabilities inherent in Excel, as well as charting and much more. Learn more about Excel and .NET integration.

Check out these creative uses for dead computer equipment
Dead computers aren't always headed to the junk heap. This photo gallery showcases creative used of old computer hardware, from wall art to target practice.

Download: Record essential details with this project issue submissions form
This form is designed to help project managers capture, screen, prioritize, and evaluate issues to help ensure that all problems are handled effectively.

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