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Putting it All Together - Practices
What happens when the effectiveness of your favorite search engine turns against you, when it becomes almost too effective to be useful, giving you so much information that you're not sure where to start?... Well, my overworked friend, you're in luck. Today, I'll be covering the holy grail of information gathering: asking people... In the process, I will also show you some of the better locations to begin your searches and give you a few pointers in getting the most out of your queries.
Ok, so now you're ready to search with the best ofthem. Youcan take on any challenge and know for a fact that you can overcomeanythingthat comes your way. Armed with your books, search engines,newsgroups,mailing lists, IRC channels, and affiliations you feel like you candeciphereven the most mysterious error messages and piece together the mostcomplicatedof puzzles, don't you?
If so, then please heed the following piece ofadvice; Thereare others like you out there, seeking help from these very sources.Someonetook the time to help you out, so maybe it's your turn to help someoneelseout. And even if no one lends you a helping hand, go ahead and lend itto themanyways. Remember that when the pebble hits the water, it doesn't knowhow farthe ripples will go.