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Practical Computer Advice
from Martin Kadansky
Volume 2 Issue 12 December 2008
In This Issue
Amazing, wonderful, and useful web sites
Still think the internet isn't a very interesting place? Then you haven't seen these great web sites!
Amazing, wonderful, and useful web sites

Here are just a few of the many terrific web sites on the internet, culled from a quick survey of my friends, a little online searching, plus a few of my own favorites.

Amazing Videos, Photographs, and Ideas
Entertainment, Television, Radio
  • http://urbanlegends.about.com: Debunking online and real-life myths
  • http://www.wikipedia.com: The Free Encyclopedia
  • http://www.loc.gov: Library of Congress
  • http://www.theonion.com: The Onion - News, dripping with satire
  • http://www.jir.com: The Journal of Irreproducible Results - The Science Humor Magazine, targeting hypocrisy, arrogance, and ostentatious sesquipedalian circumlocution
  • http://www.improbable.com: Improbable Research - Research that makes people laugh and then think; They also administer the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative, and encourage interest in science, medicine, and technology
  • http://www.exploratorium.edu: Exploratorium - The museum of science, art, and human perception, San Francisco
  • http://www.archive.org: The Internet Archive Way-Back Machine - Enter a web address, you'll see past versions of that web site - Another reason to be careful about what information you post online, even if you later remove it
Food and More
  • http://www.betterhomesandgardens.com: Better Homes and Gardens - Home decorating and remodeling ideas, gardening, recipes, and more
  • http://www.eaglebrand.com/recipes.asp: Fun recipes from Eagle Brand (the Condensed Milk people)
  • http://www.kingarthurflour.com: Festive recipes and catalog of baking ingredients and tools, featuring a clever idea I've never seen on any other online shopping site: Once you've put something into your "shopping cart," it displays additional items you can add without increasing your shipping cost
Investment news stories, research, analysis and more
  • http://finance.yahoo.com: Yahoo! Finance
  • http://www.morningstar.com: Morningstar online - Such a respected standard for investment information, your local library probably subscribes to their paper version
  • http://www.fool.com: The Motley Fool - Championing shareholder value and advocating tirelessly for the individual investor; named from the works of Shakespeare, whose wise fools both instructed and amused, and could speak the truth to the king, without getting their heads lopped off
  • http://www.thestreet.com: Another good site for investors with lots of free and valuable content among the clutter and advertising
  • http://www.measuringworth.com: Lets you explore different measures of the economy, including inflation, purchasing power, stock growth, and more, using the most reliable historical data available
Health and medical information - two well-respected sites
  • http://www.freecycle.org: The Freecycle Network - A grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving away (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns
  • http://www.paperbackswap.com: Swap books with other book-lovers - Paperbacks, hardbacks, audio Books, textbooks, and more
  • http://www.craigslist.org: Read (and post your own) listings in a huge array of categories, including discussions, services, jobs, housing, childcare, and more
  • http://www.yelp.com: Real reviews on what's great (and not so great) in your area, including restaurants, stores, services, and more
Where to go from here
  • It's a big world out there, and a chunk of it is on the internet. Whatever interests you, whether it's art, literature, politics, investing, religion, a hobby, how to get out a stain, how to improve your business, medical questions, or something else, search for it online and you're likely to find thousands if not millions of interesting places to visit.
  • Enjoy, but don't believe everything you read. Look for credible sources. (If you're not sure, do a google search for "xyz.com review" to find reviews of a given web site.)
  • Remember that the entire world is not on the internet.
  • If you have a wonderful web site to share, please let me know!
If you know someone who might find this helpful, please feel free to forward it.
If you have any comments about this article, send me a reply!
If you have a topic that you'd like me to write about, I'd love to hear about it!
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email: martin@kadansky.com
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