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Published September 19, 2005

The music machine

There have been some interesting Web-based author-reader participation schemes, and this one is certainly up there with the best of them. It's a frequently updated bloglike site. But rather than a diatribe about politics or the usual tech fare, it might just be what your ears ache for. Here the author either covers songs in the requested style or makes up new ones. There really are some brilliant tunes to be sampled. I'm addicted.

Web bypass

Sometimes I'll find myself trying to view a site that can't handle the traffic it gets. What's a browser to do in a case like this? Perhaps Web-based Coral, a peer-to-peer content distribution network, is the ticket. It's a nifty, free utility that caches popular Web sites and could even speed up your browsing in some cases. Using it is simply transparent, full instructions are on the home page and it might evenbypass the annoying Web filters at one's place of work. Nerds will delight in the gory behind-the-scenes details contained within.

A reference treasure chest

Here's a lexical Swiss army chain saw to add to your utility belt. The user interface is a joy to work with. I'm particularly fond of having a thesaurus following the word in question and links to Wikipedia and related sites. When you're bored with the regular old human dictionary, you can quiz the computing, medical, legal and financial dictionaries that are linked at the top of its page. It's worth bookmarking.

Rocket in your pocket

There's a photographic powerhouse lurking in that little digital camera in your bag. With a little understanding, you're well on your way to taking photographs that will impress the crustiest of the safari vest-wearing crowd. Just follow the easy-to-digest instructions on this site and, above all else, practice. I think you'll agree guides like this teach you so much more than the manual ever can.

Web of dreams

What if you build a Web site for your company and nobody comes? Well, you'd be much like the bulk of small corporate Web sites out there. Most of them are dreadfully boring, poorly written and lack appeal. Not to worry. Here's a page on how to attract bloggers. And if you can do that, ordinary nonblogging mortals also will have a good time and might even switch to being customers. It's worth a read and then revisiting you-dot-com.

[Last modified September 16, 2005, 09:35:21]

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