Reviews & Resources
Click and Save (Shopping Online)
It doesn't have to be Christmas to start looking for good buys. Sales Circular will tell you what's on sale each week at Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, KMart, Office Depot, Office Max, Radio Shack, Sears, Staples, Target, WalMart, Wards and a whack of other local retailers. The selection will vary depending on your geographic location, but we're sure you'll find some great buys around the corner, no matter where you live. You'll even find goodies that are FREE after rebates are applied! What are you waiting for? Click and save!
The Return of Mozilla (Computers/Internet)
Now playing at a theatre near you: The Return of Godzilla
Oops! Sorry. That's Mo-zilla not Godzilla. "What the heck is Mozilla", you ask? It's a long and somewhat sorted story about a ferocious marketing battle between the two computer and Internet giants, Microsoft and Netscape. It goes something like this: Microsoft introduces their Web browser (Internet Explorer) and starts giving it away for free. Netscape, fearing their product will lose market share and be crushed, releases the 'source code' for their browser (Netscape Navigator). This encourages thousands of programmers around the world to grab it, fix it, tweak it and make it better than IE. Mozilla was the secret code name given to Netscape's source code. Is the strategy working? Who's winning the war? Learn more at Mozilla.org.
Searching Beyond the Web (Searching)
Can't find what you're looking for on the Web? Check out the following incredible and free sites. We guarantee that you'll be amazed at what you can find using these must bookmark resources. They're created by the thoughtful folks at the University of California at Berkeley. Check out Beyond General World Wide Web Searching and the Librarian's Index to the Internet. See for yourself what you've been missing on the Net!
Who's Watching? (Reference)
Paranoid? Wondering if anyone has you or someone you know under surveillance? Or are you wondering if your last email transmission got through to the intended recipient without someone taking a peak first? If you have legitimate concerns and interest in privacy, or just want to check out some wacky sites and theories about who might be watching, head over to Who's Watching Who? .
The site contains over 100 links to sites determined to keep you informed of your evolving privacy loss and who might be watching you. Topics and sites range from Wire Tapping Laws and Procedures to UFO conspiracies and Internet privacy issues. Sources of information range from the credible to the kooky.
Enter at your own risk and you decide what's fact or fiction.
Get Past the Hype (News)
Wouldn't it be nice if you could cut through all the media hype you hear everyday? Then you might want to create a shortcut to The Why Files on your Desktop. Who's got time to decipher the all those misleading headlines in the news? Who's got the time to read between the lines? What about topics and issues we aren't too familiar with? The Why Files is a collection of cut-through-the-hype stories on current events, medical, scientific and technical news. Quick, to the point and authoratative. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the site explains the often confusing and confounding in simple every day launguage.
Feeling a little nostalgic? Want to impress your buddies with some little known sports trivia? Then swing over to Ballparks.com for fun, facts, a little history and a lot of memories. This very thorough site delivers incredibly detailed information on North America's greatest sports stadiums. From photos to insightful historical facts, the content will keep you coming back time and time again. Whether it's baseball, football, basketball or hockey, Ballparks.com will quickly bring back those childhood memories and dreams of playing in the Big Leagues.
Crash Course in Science (Sciences)
Need to brush up on basic biology? How about getting a quick refresher course in astronomy before your 10 year old embarrasses you with a question you can't answer? Ira Flatow, the host of the popular Science Fridays radio show (on National Public Radio) can help, at Science Friday. The online version features live and archived RealAudio broadcasts from each week's show. Flatow's lively and entertaining style will keep you coming back for more, just for the heck of it. Where was this guy in high school!?!
Seen a UFO Lately? (UFOs)
We've all heard about it and probably wanted to learn a little more about it, but we never had the time or kept forgetting. Right? Well know's the time. Click over to IUFOMRC, the International UFO Museum and Research Center.
The Center is dedicated to providing visitors (from this planet, hehehe!), a wealth of information about the 1947 incident at Roswell. Browse through original newspaper reports, testimony from actual witnesses and even a virtual tour of museum exhibits. And of course, there's even a gift shop if you want to pick up some UFO paraphernalia. And perhaps the best feature of the site... you can even file a your own report online if you've just had a UFO sighting in your backyard! Really!
Christmas Tunes (Music)
What's Christmas without joyful holiday music? If you're having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit, think of those who can't be home for Holidays. The USAF Band has dedicated this page to those away from their families during this holiday season. You'll find a small but excellent selection of downloadable classics in various formats. Sleigh Ride is a collection of digitized sound files that will keep you whistling and humming throughout the Holidays.
Find a Friend Online (Reference)
Now that you're on the Net, you may be wondering if any of your long lost friends are too. Why not surprise them and email a quick hello and update on what you've been doing all these years? Don't know their email address or whether they're even online? Then point to Infospace. Just type in the person's name, location and any other information you can supply, and Infospace will search the Net and return addresses, phone numbers and additional information you might need to find your chum from days gone by. Let your keyboard to the walking!