What am I choped liver? The RRFN(Required Reading for Newbies) database/search is still up. You can find many helpful links in there. http://rrfn.promodtecnologies.com/RRFN.php
There many be some dead links, it should help many of you find a starting place.
Oh and for those that need to learn *nix this was added to the RRFN some time ago.
a list of free shell accounts http://ductape.net/~mitja/freeunix.shtml