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A page of plausible sounding facts, but not one of them
is true, my favorite, if not the most likely sounding is:
to an electric current of at least 50 volts, a cat's tail
always points toward the north.
If you don't have time to watch the full version of
classic films such as Jaws, Titanic, or War of the Worlds,
Angry Alien Productions provides thirty second re-enactments,
all performed by very talented bunnies.
Note: You will need Flash enabled in
A site that promotes the use of energy efficient light
bulbs, to reduce the soaring CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
The site also has links other alternative energy sites. I
haven't finished reading it all yet, but if you care
about the planet, you should find this site interesting
While here in the UK most politicians are still
struggling to understand this newfangled internet fad. In
the more PR savvy USA even the Presidents dog Barney, has
his own web page on the White House site. I wonder if
George created the page for Barney, or perhaps Barney
created George's page.
Brother, nearly here?
If you worry about the amount of information that various
organisations hold on you, this short Flash movie
provides you with a glimpse of the not very distant
future. I'm a little worried now!
Note: you will need Flash enabled in your browser.
Download time on a 56k connection approx two minutes.
Cerilli's Windows Page.
This is a useful site for solving problems with Windows.
With everything from advice on installing Windows, to how
to get the best out of the Vista Aero interface.
The author claims that his site is the longest running
Windows site (other than Microsoft), on the internet.
Quite a claim to fame!
Global warming is big news nowadays and the main culprit
is CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) released into the atmosphere by
industry and transport. We are shown facts and figures,
about how much CO2 is released each year, but it is hard
This Flash presentation, by David Bleja, a student at
Monash University in Melbourne Australia, allows you to
see the gas being released in real time.
Every time a country releases 1000 tonnes of CO2, it
flashes red, the USA flashes the most, releasing 1000
tonnes every 5.4 seconds. But we in the UK have nothing
to be proud of, releasing 1000 tonnes, about once a
It is quite sobering to watch and makes you wonder, just
how long, the planet can absorb this much misuse.
Note: you will need Flash enabled in your browser
and loading time is about one minute, on a 56k connection.
speed comparison page.
All the major
browsers claim to be the fastest, but which really is?
This page features an independent test of all the popular
browsers, showing both their strong and weak points.
This site features everything you are ever likely to need
(or want) to know about CDs.
There are "how to" guides, for burning, ripping
etc, advice on hardware and software, explanations of
obscure terms, even a section on what to do with your old
There is even a section about CD eating fungus (seriously).
Note: The pages are big and take a little while
to fully load and move to the correct section on dialup .
Drawings by Julian Beever.
These amazing chalk drawings, are drawn on the pavement
and when viewed from the correct angle the artist
interacts with the 3D scene.
At first I thought they might be fakes, but they are just
remarkably clever drawings, I liked the one of a toy
yacht. You can see a large selection of the drawings at:
The Web's number one site for pictures of cheese in
famous places, uhm quite. Pictures of cheese up mountains
and by monuments, possibly created by a mouse?
There are also lots of somewhat dubious cheese "facts",
In its lifetime the average household mouse will consume
350,600,286 crumbs of cheese - enough to build a full-scale
replica of the Empire State Building
The title says it all, this site contains regularly
published articles, about anything the team of writers
find interesting, from Alternative Energy, to the Wonders
You can browse through the articles chronologically, or
by subject, or you can perform a search for a specific
You can also leave your comments about an article.
I heard about Digg a while ago, but only recently visited
the site and I must admit to being somewhat addicted.
Digg is a popular news site with a difference, all the
stories are submitted by the users of Digg. How high the
profile of a story becomes, depends on the users, who can
vote to "digg" it, if they like it, or "bury"
it if they dont.
The system works pretty well, with interesting items
floating to the top of the pile (the front page). For a
popular modern site Digg loads quickly even on dialup and
although some links are to videos, most are just text and
Note: the content can be on any subject and some
user comments are not family friendly.
Technology can be a force for evil, or for awesome. Those
who shun the tech are just as guilty as those who ignore
the environment. There's a safe balance, where the
awesome can help nature as much as it helps us have a
good time and live easier lives.
EcoGeek devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis
between nature and technology. If you're interested in
that, then stop by, and stop by often.
Everybody has heard of Albert Einstein, but what exactly
did he discover and what does E=mc squared actually mean.
Well this section of the Americam Museum of Natural
History does a good job of explaining all about Einstein
and his achievements.
While you are at the site, have a look around the other
sections, it's very good.
This site tries improve email communication, by setting
out thirtytwo do's and dont's. Such as don't SHOUT and
use the correct spelling. I think this is a great idea,
as I often receive emails written in virtually unreadable
(unless you are about fourteen) text speak.
This web page tests your powers of extra sensory
perception. You are asked to choose one of six playing
cards, without making any indication of the card you have
chosen. Then if the test can detect your thoughts, your
card is removed.
It worked for me, my card was removed, I always knew I
You can submit your theories on how the test works and
lots of people have. I realised how it was done almost
straight away (I must be more observant than I thought I
was), but it is clever, simple, but clever.
History made interesting. Rather than a dry description
of events, this site provides eyewitness accounts of
important historical events.
The site covers ancient times, up to the twentieth
century. As well as text reports, there are a few videos
and some voice recordings (the voice recordings require
very interesting site with something for everyone, their
own software and links to other peoples and links to a
massive amount of sites, covering an enormous amount of
topics, well worth a visit.
Freecycle is helping to cut waste, by encouraging people
to give away items that they no longer require, for free.
Just about anything can be given away, items such as toys,
clothes, bicycles, furniture, kitchen appliances,
gardening tools, musical instruments, computer equipment,
in fact, just about anything you can think of.
Freecycle works through a worldwide network of local web
sites, some countries (such as the UK) have lots of sites,
others just a few. If there isn't a site for your area,
you could start one, details are given on the web site.
Items are listed on your local Freecycle website and
interested parties can email a request for the item, the
owner of the item then decides who should receive it. You
can also advertise for items you need.
It is important to read the help section on the Freecycle
site, to learn the correct etiquette for posting your
Freecycle expands on the old but sadly dwindling practice
of offering unwanted items to your neigbours. It performs
a great service, in reducing waste, by greatly extending
the life of consumer goods and helping the community. Why
not join today.
My thanks to Fiona, of the Nottingham Freecycle site, for
suggesting this site.
If you don't get any free web space with your ISP, or if
you are using your parents connection and they won't
share the space, (probably your dad) you are limited to
free web hosting.
Free hosting varies enormously in quality and reliability
and some sites refuse to allow you to upload even zip
Free Webhosts lists available hosts, stating space given,
bandwidth, etc, allowing you to choose the best host for
Security Labs -- Weblog.
F-Secure produces antivirus software and this informative
and entertaining blog, is written by the F-Secure staff,
who are responsible for analyzing virus, phishing,
spyware, and spam attacks.
Some of the scams are very convincing and you can
understand how people get caught out.
Do you like your computer more than your friends, or
perhaps you haven't got any friends, or only imaginary
ones. Do you watch old repeats of Star Trek and Buffy the
If that sounds like you, you could be a Geek, take this
extensive test and find out.
I scored a mildly geeky 19.9211% (I spend way too much
time on the computer).
- Stay Fat, spoof site.
Fed up of stick thin celebrities telling you how to get
thin by cutting out nice food and replacing it with
healthy alternatives, such as vegetables and bran (yuk),
then rebel and try the Get Fat - Stay Fat diet.
comprehensive safety advice geared towards the new
computer user, the site does tend to recommend paid for
software rather than freeware, but the general safety
advice is very good. The site is sponsored by the
government and leading businesses working together to
provide a free, public service.
Every day this site gives away two pieces of commercial
software for free. One item is a game, the other a
utility of some sort, ie a DVD burner, address book,
image editor, etc.
The freebies are only available for download and
activation for one day and the time remaining is shown on
site. You need to install the software immediately, while
connected to the internet, so that it can be activated (run
the activator first, instructions with download) before
the time runs out.
Some of the freebies are quite good and it's worth
surfing by each day, to see what is on offer. You can
also leave comments about the current freebies and sign
up for a weekly newsletter.
Utilities section: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/
Games section: http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/
If you like knowing
interesting and unusual facts like that on average, every
chocolate bar contains at least three insect legs, (Oh no
I must of eaten thousands. ) or that Cockroaches break wind every 15
minutes, then this could be the site for you, with loads
of facts, on loads of subjects.
I cant make up my mind whether this site is serious, or
not, some of the "facts" seem possible, but
some are definitely bogus. I liked this one:
On May 9, 2006,
Bernard Ellula became the one hundredth person to be
killed by a computer mouse.
There is also a fact check forum, where you discuss the
merits, or otherwise, of the "facts".
Products Are Made.
A very interesting site, with detailed explanations and
diagrams showing how products are made, everything from
an airbag, to X-ray glasses! The articles explain the
manufacturing processes in some depth and further reading
How to stop time.
You can conduct your own time stopping experiment at this
site. It worked for me, hurrah, I'm a time lord, move
over Dr Who, here I come.
An interesting site, with articles on a large range of
subjects, ranging from how superchargers work, to how ice
cream is made, yum.
Unfortunately each article spans several short pages,
which can be a little irritating, waiting for each page
to load, but apart from that a good read.
An alphabetical index of the articles. http://www.howstuffworks.com/big.htm
Intelligence Test -- Online Flash item.
So you think your clever? Take this fun IQ test, to
possibly find out. Comprising approximately thirty
questions on a variety of subjects and against the clock,
you need to be bright and quick.
At the end you are given a score and a brief assessment
of your intelligence. I scored twenty and was told: "Thinking is possibly
not your strong point".
Note: You will need Flash enabled in your browser
and loading time is approximately 30 seconds on a 56k
"Welcome to my web site. Just like everyone else on
the web, I have nothing to say, but yet I spend hours
creating a site to prove it."
A personal site, very good with lots of humorous stories,
writings and general ramblings, including a blog.
A very informative site, with the latest news about a
variety of subjects, from technology and the enviroment,
to the latest wacky science ideas.
Andy Nicholas also
has a collection of web sites, including The Game Maker
Knowledge base and an excellent site called The
Unexplained. ( Its about UFO's, monsters, strange facts,
its very interesting.) All of his sites can be accessed
Micro Mart is a weekly UK computer magazine and the only
computer magazine that I regularly buy, as I find most
computer magazines have the same simple articles, again
and again, interspersed with reviews of yet another
printer/usb stick/etc (yawn).
Micro Mart is somewhat different, it lacks the gloss of
other magazines and rarely has a cover mounted CD. But it
does have more in depth articles and views on current
The writers do assume a certain level of computer
knowledge and rarely give explanations of computer
terminology, so newcomers might find the articles rather
hard going. But the articles are interesting and often
written with a wit, that seems to escape other
publications, even if the grammar and spelling are
sometimes suspect (I often wonder if they proof read the
The Micro Mart web site displays quite a lot of the
excellent content from the magazine. With news, articles
and reviews, there is also a fairly active forum. Well
worth a visit.
This site claims to read your mind and displays the
results in a crystal ball. (The ball was empty when it
read my mind )
It is quite impressive, but like most magic tricks, is
ridiculously simple, when you realise how it is done.
Note: you will need Flash enabled in your browser,
download time less than 1 minute, on 56k dial up.
There are lots of free antivirus programs, firewalls and
scanners on the internet, plus loads of free security
advice. But free software can be difficult to find and
sometimes you just can't remember where you saw a
The Now You Do web site attempts to solve this problem,
by gathering together links to useful software and advice,
from around the internet. Most of the software is free (some
trials) and the selection is quite large. I would have
liked to have seen short independant reviews of the
software included, but apart from that a useful site.
This site enables you to
time, how long a web page takes to load. This can be
useful if you have your own web site and wish to check
the page load times, or if you want to find out which
browser is the fastest (Mozilla Seamonkey in my tests).
You can enter the URL of any site you wish to check, or
use one of the links on the StopWatch page.
collection of Flash games, mostly of a reasonable file
size, so that they load quickly, even on a 56k connection.
A new game is added every weekday.
This site features dozens of Optical Illusions. Ranging
from pictures with unusual perspectives, to full blown
Flash and video animations.
I found that some of illusions were quite subtle, but
others were outstanding, my favorite so far, is "Rats
The site layout is not brilliant, so click on the Site
Map to get the illusions menu.
Note: There are a lot of flashing, rotating, etc,
images, don't visit the site if you are adversely
affected by such images.
If you run XP, you will find this site very interesting,
with information on optimizing and securing XP, plus
myths about XP and some interesting freeware game links,
although most are very large downloads.
A site with over forty online Flash games, with a new
game being added occasionally.
The main page displays all the games as thumbnail images
and once you have made your choice you will go to a
loading screen. Loading is fairly quick with most games
being 100 to 300K.
The most striking feature of the games is the graphics,
they have a soft almost dream like appearance.
A favorite of mine, is The Perilous Voyage where you
control a sailing ship and try to destroy falling rocks,
watch out for the dragon!!
This is a delightful site and somewhere you will visit
again, its only minus feature, is that you cannot play
the games offline.
Note: You will need to have Flash installed in
your browser to play the games
A very wide ranging site, with information about ghosts,
ancient artifacts, weird creatures, fringe science such
as antigravity and news about the latest strange
happenings around the world.
Note: The site does not seem to work
properly in Opera. (Could this be evidence of paranormal
The official web site for the popular UK magazine PC
Advisor. It has all the latest technology news and
reviews. If you visit regularly, you hardly need to buy
the magazine (the editor immediately closes the site).
There are also regularly updated blogs and competitions,
a download section, with some freeware and some very
active help forums.
This nicely presented site gives you an overview of what
is involved in the day to day care of many popular pets (including
The advice is not very in depth, but should prove useful
if you are thinking about getting a new pet.
With fuel prices soaring in the UK, it's handy to know
which petrol stations have the cheapest fuel.
If you sign up with PetrolPrices.com, you can get weekly
emails listing the location of the five cheapest stations
in your area.
I have been receiving the weekly emails for a while now,
to find cheap diesel for the car and it seems to be
accurate. And the savings are worthwhile.
The site also has helpful tips to reduce your fuel
consumption, motoring, fuel and eco friendly information
and a blog.
Well worth a visit, if your are dismayed by the latest
fuel price increases.
It is said that everyone has an irrational fear of
something, this site gives you an alphabetized list to
choose from and some general information about phobias.
I think I may be suffering from
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, whoever thought up
that name had a cruel sense of humour.
If you regularly visit forums, you need to view this
Flash movie to learn how to post correctly (ahem).
My thanks to Strum on the CA forum, for the link.
Note: You will need Flash enabled in your browser
and download time is about 6 minutes on 56k dial-up.
That Start With Windows.
MSconfig utility in Windows displays the programs that
start up with Windows, this site explains what the
programs are and if they are needed.
This site has some
amazing pictures of sand sculptures, created for the
World Sand Sculpture Championship at Harrison Hot Springs,
USA. My favorites are the dragon and giant frog.
The page will take a while to load on a 56k connection.
Sand Sculptures -- How the sand
sculptures are created
This blog is for whatever I feel like writing at the time.
Much of my interest lies in Linux (low-level), politics,
privacy issues and how we are losing the battle against
the authorities in the name of "the war on terror".
I also like to post off-beat stories, and discuss
anything I find interesting at the time.
An interesting and regularly updated current news blog.
Once you have your firewall installed, go along to Gibson
Research and try their Shields Up! security test, to see
if you are protected, ideally your test results should
show a 100% stealth mode.
You can also try another product from Gibson Research,
Leak Test, this is a 25k program that will try to
penetrate your firewall from within.
These are photos of customers computers, taken by a chap
who worked in the service department of a computer store.
It's amazing what some people do to their computers. I
particularly liked the CD jammed in the gap under the
Have you ever looked at your favorite film star and
wondered just how tall they really are, after all you don't
want to go on a date with a midget, or giant (okay, we
are talking fantasy here). This site takes your height
and gives a comparison with a large list of celebrities.
Fortunately for me at 6ft 2in, Helen Slater (Supergirl)
is a respectable 5ft 8in and if it ever came to a fight,
Tom Cruise is a puny 5ft 7in. Just don't pick a fight
with Tom Selleck, (Magnum PI) at a towering 6ft 4in.
You will need Flash enabled in your browser.
The TeaGames site features a collection of over
thirtyfive Flash games, covering a wide range of game
My personal favorite is Top Dog II, where you fly a
biplane in a aerial dogfight, you have two weapons, a
fast firing but low powered gun and a heavy cannon, you
can also collect the occasional repair box, by briefly
Most of the games are very quick to load (well under a
minute), even on a 56k connection, although some games
lack any sound effects, which can be disappointing.
A great collection of games, with something to interest
Note: You will need to have Flash enabled in your
a phone book in half.
We have all seen muscle bound types tearing phone books
in half on television, well apparently it is mainly down
to technique and this site shows you how. I haven't tried
this myself, as I only have the one phone book, but if
you have an old one you can tear, let me know how you got
bear Pyramid -- Online Flash toy
Not a lot you can say about this, poke the bears with
your mouse pointer to knock them down, ahem.....................
Note: You will need Flash enabled in your browser
and download time on a 56k connection, should be less
than ten seconds.
For those times when you don't want to give out your
normal email address, the 10 minute email comes in very
Clicking on the "Get
my 10 Minute Mail e-mail address" on the web page, opens another window, that
lists your temporary email address and also lists any
emails that address receives.
The time that the address will remain active counts down
on the page and you have the option to extend its life by
another ten minutes, if needed.
This site has a large collection of amusing (and clean)
jokes, but the funny pictures section is the best part of
A-Z Lyrics Universe.
A site containing an alphabetized list of song lyrics.
You can search for an artist using the alphabetical index
and the artists songs are usually arranged by album.
The Policemans Blog.
This blog chronicles the life of an ordinary policeman in
the UK. David Copperfield is a uniformed police officer,
so deals with the day to day aspects of police work.
The blog extends back over a couple of years and is very
interesting, it is amazing how much paper work he has to
do, for even minor offences. And the wacky political
correctness rules severly tie his hands.
After reading this you will understand why you never see
any police men on the beat nowadays and how inaccurate
the TV series "The Bill" is.
end of the internet.
Does this really need an explanation.
Just how European are you? How many of the fortynine (there
are fortynine, I thought there was about twentyfive!)
countries that make up Europe, can you name in five
minutes. Just type the countries in the box and correct
answers will be listed.
I got seventeen, which probably isn't that good. I would
have got eighteen, but couldn't spell Luxembourg.
My thanks to Anne in the CA forum, for the link.
evolution of man and woman.
A short gif sequence, that shows humans evolving from
single celled organisms, to the wise, intelligent and
kind creatures we are today!!!!
Medicinal Benefits of Whole Foods.
With all the current talk about healthy eating and the banning of junk food
adverts, I thought that
this site may be of interest. It lists the benefits of
eating a variety of natural foods, although it doesn't
mention how to get your kids to eat Brussel Sprouts.
A spoof news site,
featuring alternative news of current events, primarily
from an American viewpoint, but still funny to the rest
Have you ever wondered what you would come back as, if
reincarnation is true, well with this quiz you can find
out. Apparently I'm coming back as dog, could be worse,
might have been a dung beetle.
You will need Flash enabled in your browser to run the
We all have something that annoys us, well now you can
get it off your chest, by submitting your complaint to
The Weekly Gripe.
Once it's published, other readers can leave their own
comments on the subject.
Gripes cover a wide variety of topics, such as music,
shopping, politics, education and pets (bloody cats).
I haven't finished looking through this site yet, but so
far it has proven entertaining, you can even vote on the
merit, or not, of popular gripes.
I would say the only downside of the site is that you
come away feeling rather irritated with the world.
World Fact Book.
The CIA's World Factbook contains all the statistical
information you need to know about any country, including
geography, people, government, economy, communications,
transportation, military and transnational issues.
Updated regulary, it is a very good starting point if you
wish to learn more about a country that is currently in
the news, or if you are just curious about the world.
If the impact of humans on
the environment worries you, this page of real time
figures about Earth's consumption, production, deaths,
diseases etc, should give you a nervous breakdown.
It is listed in tons, ohms, dollars, acres, hectares,
grams and some of the totals change pretty rapidly. It is
quite interesting and the speed that some figures change
My brother (hello Clive) bought me a Venus Flytrap for my
birthday this year and I was looking on the internet for
information about propagation, when I found this
This is one of the best personal sites I have seen,
covering a wide variety of topics. The author is very
enthusiastic and he describes his experiences with making
chocolate, crystals, and kaleidoscopes(!), writing short
stories and a novel, gardening, bettas, kites, metal
detectors, photography, pinball machines, electric rocket
engines and astronomy, to name just a few of the hundred
plus subjects covered.
If you only visit one new site this year, make it this
of the Trade.
This site features hundreds of little practical tips, on
all manner of subjects from both specialists and
Tips like: If digging a hole with several people, always
choose the pickaxe, you will only have to do about one
fifth of the work you would do with a shovel. I will
remember that next time I'm digging a hole. ;)
This collection of twenty two quizzes (scroll down the
page for the full list), covers a variety of subjects,
including hits of the 60s, dinosaurs, myths and pot luck.
The questions aren't too hard, so anyone with a
reasonable level of general knowledge should find the
If you like the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"
style of quizzes, this site will keep you occupied for
Containing an incredible 500,000 plus quizzes, some
general knowledge, while others are categorised into
subjects such as Music, Geography and Television, the
subcategory for the "Friends" TV show is
Games play in a Java window (you will need Java enabled
in your browser) and consist of fifteen progressively
While the internet is a vast store of knowledge, it is
also a vast rumour mill, allowing false information and
urban legends to circle the globe in minutes. This site
redresses the balance, by checking whether unusual
stories are truth or fiction.
-- Substantiated True Facts.
Although the internet is a great source of information,
you never really know whether that information is correct
or not. Well, this site has eight categories of
interesting facts, that have been checked for accuracy
and sources are given.
Tip: For an amusing effect, move your mouse over
the site title.(you might need to click).
This site gives alternative (and unusual) uses for many
well known products. It also lists interesting facts
about many products. The site is American, so not all the
product names will be familiar, but it's fairly obvious
what most local brand names are.
To keep kids (of all ages) entertained, there is a mad
scientist section, with lots of simple experiments and
projects using items from around the home.
Web site with Flash intro: http://www.wackyuses.com
Without Flash intro: http://www.wackyuses.com/index2.html
This was one of my favorite sites with a brilliant
collection of carefully selected freeware. Sadly the site
was revamped some time ago and the content reduced and it
now seems to be abandoned, a great loss.
Perhect -- Online word processor.
Recently major players in the computer field, have been
predicting that in the future, all computer applications
will be web based and your computer wont even have an
operating system (I wonder how it will start up, to log
Several companies have produced online office programs,
with varying levels of success.
A newcomer to the field is Word Perhect an advanced
online word processor. Could this be the shape of things
Note: You will need Flash enabled in your browser.
Estimated loading time, less than two minutes on a 56k
comprehensive antivirus site, with links to most
antivirus programs and virus removal tools. Information
on viruses and security guides. Virus detection test
comparisons between all the well known antivirus programs.
Rob Goldfish Web Site