information technology (IT) industry comprises a large portion of the U.S.
economy, and is growing at a rapid rate. Many IT resources are available
online. These resources include companiesí Web sites, computer
magazines, IT industry trade journals, and even television shows.
Resources such as these are a boon to anyone who wants to stay informed of
the changes in the constantly evolving IT industry.
General IT Resources
What's the best source of product information? What resources are
available online? What IT-related companies post Web sites? These
questions and more can be answered by visiting the extensive list of links
on either this Open
Directory page or this Google
Directory page. Among these links you will find both general
information and specific IT company Web sites. Another good source of
information about the IT industry is the Information Technology
Association of America Web site (www.itaa.org).
The ITAA provides frequently updated information about industry trends,
government activity that affects IT industry, and links to professional
publications. If you are confused by IT terminology, then visit whatis.techtarget.com.
This site provides a searchable glossary of IT terms and definitions.
Computer magazines contain articles and advertisements for the latest
computer products. They generally target users of both personal and
business computers. Articles focus on product evaluations, comparisons,
and practical tips for installing hardware and using software. PC
advertisements are useful if you want to keep informed about the latest
products that are available. You can find computer magazines on most
newsstands and at the library. Many computer magazine publishers also
maintain Web sites, which contain similar information as well as links to
shopping and manufacturers' sites. For an extensive list of the most
popular computer and technology-related magazines visit either www.newsdirectory.com/magazine.php
You can also check out the on-line versions of two of the most popular
computer magazines, PC Magazine (pcmag.com)
and Wired (wired.com).
IT Trade Journals
IT and computer industry trade journals have a slightly different focus
than computer magazines because the readership that they target includes
computer professionals and corporate decision makers. Computer trade
journals focus on company profiles, product announcements, sales
techniques, and case studies of corporate computer installations; whereas
computer magazines typically focus on topics more appropriate to end-users
and hobbyists. Often, corporate decision makers are provided with free
subscriptions to trade journals because advertisers want them to be aware
of new products. Several trade journals send out daily newsletters via
e-mail that summarize top stories. Trade journals might not be available
on newsstands, and subscriptions are not always available to the general
public. The following list provides a few of the links to some of the IT
trade journals found online.
Television Shows A
new crop of television shows about computers and technology provides
hardware and software reviews, IT news, and other IT related topics for
both new and experienced users. A new TV show from PC World has been launched
on public TV stations called Digital
Duo. This show will also be available online at www.pcworld.com.
Check your cable listings for airtimes.