Reviews & Resources
Jedi Net (Entertainment)
"May the force be with you" and don't forget your credit card, when you shuttle to Jedi Net.
The "prequel" to the Star Wars trilogy, Episode One, is causing a virtual commotion. The site that is built "for the fans, by the fans" is an impressive work that will keep Star Wars buffs coming back time and time again. You'll find chat rooms, software, jokes, news and more. "Beam me up Scottie." Oops. Sorry. Wrong flick.
Hard Rock Online (Entertainment)
If you're a Rock 'n Roll fan and live in a small town, point to Hard Rock Online for a virtual escape to the big city attraction. Purchase Hard Rock Cafe memorabilia, browse album and artist reviews and find out about upcoming live performances at your nearest Hard Rock venue. And best of all, you won't have to pay $3.00 for a soft drink.
The Dead Sea Scrolls (History)
The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most controversial archeological finds of modern history. We don't want to start a heated debate, we just want to point you to resources where you can learn more and decide for yourself what you want to believe. And if yours is an inquiring mind, point to deadsea.scrolls.exhibit for a virtual tour of the online exhibit hosted by the U.S. Library of Congress. View the images of 12 scroll fragments, read articles, study maps and learn a little more about this hotly debated find and its historical significance.
Parental Filtering (General)
The Internet can be a scary place for parents. There is no lack of freedom of speech and there are plenty of visuals to accompany that liberation. For the most part, as an adult you can choose to avoid content that you feel is offensive. Children don't always make proper judgments and often need adult supervision when using the Internet.
Some parents have chosen to spend time with their children while they use the Internet. Other parents install filtering software on their computer that controls what the child may see. Filtering text and pictures on the Internet should not be the only concern of parents. There are plenty of other things that a parent should keep in mind when the Internet is used by a child or teenager.
For more information on this important issue, try Snap.com. Snap has put together an excellent web page that details filtering software, and other Internet challenges faced by parents and children.
Online Investing (Finance)
The Internet has provided a new medium for us to exchange correspondence, shop, and even learn. Banking over the Internet is now emerging and so is online investing. Most large brokerage firms have opened up websites that allow customer to buy and sell stocks, funds and options.
There are benefits to investing online. Many online brokerage firms provide a tremendous amount of investing resources. Among those resources are real-time quotes, charts and current business information about the stock of interest.
Before you decide to invest online, you should know the pros and cons. CNET has a very comprehensive article that explains all of this and more.
Consumer Reports Online (Business/Economy)
For over sixty years, Consumer Reports has been providing detailed and credible product information to consumers around the world. The online version of the popular print edition now makes some of this invaluable information available with a click of the mouse. Although the site is divided into free and subscription based sections, there's still plenty of great information for the casual visitor. Browse categories that include, Cars and Trucks, Money, Leisure, Electronics, Health and Food, and more. If you're interested in getting the best value for your money, point to Consumer Reports Online.
The Millennium Bug (Computers/Internet)
December 31, 1999 - 11:59pm
Could it be? Did the Millennium Bug really strike? Maybe, maybe not. If you want the facts (with a little speculation thrown in for good measure), point to Year2000.com and get a few clues about what could happen on Saturday January 1, 2000 at 12:00:01am. World renown Y2K expert Peter de Jager offers tutorials, articles on global preparation and links to related sites. Before you panic, get the facts and be prepared - for better or worse.
Conflicts Be Gone! (Mac)
Now here's terrific site for Mac owners that's been around for a while: The Complete Conflict Compendium. The name says it all.
The site and free newsletter is a collection of reported hardware/software conflicts and the relevant fixes that are available. You can quickly search the Hardware, Software and System links for conflicts related to your specific applications and system configurations. Really handy! The reports cover systems 7 (or earlier), 7.0, 7.1, 7.5, 7.6, 8.0 and 8.1 (and versions in between).
If you don't have time to visit the site for updates, then subscribe to the free newsletter and get reports delivered directly to you via email. To subscribe, send a message to Ýc3d@mac-conflicts.com with the word subscribe as the subject. This is a very thorough site and service, that is updated regularly. A must reference for Mac users.
For Mac Eyes Only (Mac)
If you're a MAC user then we're positive you'll want to bookmark this site. Macinsearch.com is one of the most comprehensive resources you'll find for MAC products, services and sites that support Macintosh. This incredible full text search engine has over 23,000 links to MAC only sites.
Categories include business, hardware, software, people, news and indices. You'll also find a comprehensive directory of Shareware files covering everything from applications, art, development, education, fonts, games, graphics, viruses and more. You can even subscribe to the Macintosh mailing list and free magazines. So grab an apple and get ready for some healthy and nutritious surfing.
Outdoor R&R (Recreation)
There will come a time when you'll want to get away from your computer and when you do, or perhaps before you do, you might want to check out www.alloutdoors.com. This site is a collection of several monthly online magazines that cover outdoor topics and activities. Articles are written by seasoned writers and experts, and cover interests ranging from fishing to outdoor adventure tours. The site features a new outdoor story daily. Learn how to cook the catch of the day and try out some wild game recipes. Cozy up on the Back Porch and read some classic tales from some famous outdoor writers. Visit regularly for some ideas, inspiration and handy tips, before embarking on your next outdoor excursion.