The term computer appliance is a generic term for a class of computer devices that come pre-packaged and pre-wired from the factory with special features and functionality pre-configured and ready to use with only minimal setup. There are several types of devices that fall into this category such as storage appliances, network appliances, security appliances, anti-virus appliances and so forth. You can find this new tutorial I’ve written in my Tutorials section, under Computers as computer appliances.
I’ve been working on my own eBook that I will be releasing in 2012 focused on teaching people to protect themselves from online criminals, identity theft, parental controls, and how use the Internet safely. I was doing research for the book when I stumbled across the obituary for Michael S. Hart, inventor of the eBook and Founder of Project Gutenberg who died September 8, 2011. Michael Hart invented eBooks in 1971 and he founded Project Gutenberg as an organization dedicated to publishing electronic versions of books online in standard eBook reader, Adobe PDF and plain text formats, for anyone to download and read. Project Gutenberg represents almost 40 years work by Michael and other volunteers to convert books and documents to eBook formats. Gutenberg contains documents and books which are no longer protected by copyright in the U.S. This includes the Harvard Classics Library, loads of classic fiction works by famous authors, important historical political documents such as the Magna Carta, U.S. Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and more, all free and freely available to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. If you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eBook reader, you can thank Michael for eBooks.