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][CyberPillar][ is a website, mostly focused on doing things with computers including running automated services.

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Launched as a gift to humanity, this website contains lots of information about how to accomplish tasks without requiring money that many people in the world do not have to spare. Even rich and powerful organizations tend to employ people without permitting those employees to spend money without first getting authorization that can be challenging to obtain, so there are lots of people that can be helped.
Technical information must be accurate to be useful. Being precisely accurate has been a constant focus.
Security issues are problems worth avoiding, so there's quite a bit of detail about avoiding unnecessary vulnerabilities.

Those are key objectives that were focused on throughout the creation of the site. Be warned that a lot of the topics covered are considered to be highly technical in nature. The site covers some tools that can cause substantial problems when they are used incorrectly. That can include erasing all data (including documents, programs, and the operating system), or opening up security vulnerabilities.

Honestly, different parts of this website have different levels of quality. Efforts have been made to restrain how many “scratch notes” show up on published work, but some efforts have simply turned out better than others.

Here are some highlights, pointing to some of the sections that have turned out better:

“Multi-Server Project” Tutorial

This tutorial covers a lot of topics, from installing an operating system to creating virtual machines and setting up critical network infrastructure such as firewalling (and other network traffic handling, such as basic routing), automatic address assignment, and name resolution (DNS). This also covers setting up automated network services such as an E-Mail server with content scanning, and a web server.

This is the latest, and most satisfying, attempt to describe the creation of multiple services. (Earlier attempts were also published, and remain available to avoid linkrot: multiple “virtual machine” tutorial, building a network, setting up an installed operating system.

IPv6 address usage

This shows what many IPv6 addresses have been reserved for.

Virtual Length Subnet Mask Chart

Network Basics: Subnetting points out a number of ways that this is more accurate than material that has been distributed by Cisco's curriculum.

Certification Guides
Unofficial guide to CompTIA Network+ (N10-005)

This is largely an outline of what topics to study, along with a lot of brief descriptions or references to where additional information can be obtained.

CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI, LPIC-1

(At the time of this writing, this is not yet posted on ][CyberPillar][, but much of the material has been made, so it is likely to be posted somewhat soon-ish.)

How to count

This tutorial has an extremely simple-sounding name, but helps people to become more comfortable with really understanding binary and hexadecimal. As a professional computer instructor, the author of this guide has had success using this in a number of classrooms.

There is a whole lot more on the website, such as how to create compressed files that are smaller than most/average compressed files, information on programming languages, and web browser plugins that can alert you to better pricing when shopping online (described in the section about Researching suppliers/Marketplace offerings). The founder of this website had knowledge in a rather wide variety of subjects related to computers, and this website contains information about a broad range of related subjects as a result.

If computers have always fascinated you, and you're interested in entering the professional field of computing, providing professional services contains quite a bit of information related to that topic.

There, that's the new intro, designed to waste less time before people can experience one of the highlights. Here's the old intro, for people who may wish to read more about the general site.

Welcome. You've reached the ][Cyber Pillar][ website: Bastion of knowledge related to computer security and automated computer services.

This site contains many technical details and guides on how to successfully have computers performing actions, many of which are automated actions like network services. Examples of such goals include getting the computer to perform the role of a web server (providing web pages to remote users) or handling E-Mail.

A goal includes having enough information for people to become marketable professionals in the IT field, if they desire to do so. As of the end of the year 2013, there were probably over 300 topics. This site is designed to help people successfully perform specific tasks using “computers” (whether those are computers in a “desktop” case, a “tower” case, a “server” rack, or computerized circuitry in more mobile devices such as a phone).

Strong efforts have been made to have information be:

One key reason that free software is so extensively covered is to try to maximize the ease in accomplishing the tasks, including providing options for those who may be less wealthy. The key motivation to proceed with creating this site was to help humanity in order to honor God and God's glorified son, Jesus Christ. Although this site is filled with materials that are useful in environments that are not generally considered to be quite so strongly religious in nature, that motivation was the driving force behind the site's creation. This brief declaration and acknowlegement, therefore, has been deemed warranted.

There are currently a few brief things that users should be aware of before delving into this website's abundance of specific technology-related content:

Various site areas/landing pages

The quality of content varies from very high to medium: improvements to some areas are highly desired but will take some time. For those wishing to explore the site's many areas, here are some of the various site entrances.

An introductory page has been made for visitors who are not yet very familiar with this site. Please feel free to check that out, in order to get a feel for what the site is designed to offer. This introductory page may help a person determine whether or not the site's focus will likely provide the desired payoff if a person decides to invest time going over what the site has to offer. The page refers to some of the more prominent material on the site, and provides some expectations that may be reasonably expected from this site.

Information about what is available on the site, as well as any announced news, may be found on the site's main page. Those who are just wanting a more focused view of technical documents might save a bit of time by jumping straight to the Techn's Section: Technologies, Techniques, and Technicians' Technical Details. Anyone interested in a more guided walkthrough is recommended to check out the section of tutorials. These tutorials serve as guides/walkthroughs that cover material from many other areas of the site.

There's a lot to read. Anyone seeking a wealth of technical knowledge has just reached a source to fulfill what is being sought.


Site highlights

Here are some of the web pages that currently have turned out particularly well. Other pages will hopefully reach the level of polish that these pages have. (Until then, the other pages have been made publicly accessible so that people may potentially benefit from having the information available.)

There are lots of additional details that people may find useful, such as disaster recovery: recovering files (which may help recovering data that has been deleted, especially if there is not a convenient backup). However, a lot of those details are on pages that are better than scratch notes.

Site Status

The initial goal of the site was to make a lot of information available. That has been done.

The current goals of the site are to improve some of the key content, and focusing more on making the end user experience easy. For example, many people would benefit from a guide that helps people create a network, including details about when to set up remote access (and, of course, how to do that securely). In some cases, videos may be helpful. Some such changes may take considerable time to make, but improvements to the end user experience are believed to help make this site more useful to more people. Therefore, such improvements have started to be a more active focus on the site.

There are additional interesting technologies which this site does not have guides for. Some of those topics will be added after some efforts to improve already-existing sections of the site.

Further details may be added to the section called site news.