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Site Seeing

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By JULES ALLEN
Published October 10, 2005


Shining example

waxy.org/random/video/shining_redux.mov

If a movie trailer doesn't grab you fast, you're unlikely to waste your time seeing the film it's hawking. With that in mind, consider this short stroke of genius in QuickTimeformat. It takes a trailer for the suspense/horror flick The Shining and makes it as innocuous as, say, 1998's disastrous You've Got Mail. If you've ever doubted the power of aural suggestion, this might just be the example that will change your mind.

An avalanche of mail

www.30gigs.com/

Just for laughs, I sized up my mail spool. It contains all of my saved e-mail from 1992 until today, and it's a meager 150 megabytes. Thatwould fit quite comfortably into any of the major free mail providers' allowances. But, perhaps, you're a different animal -what computer administrators call a pack rat. Ah, then you'llneed a provider like this one. It claims to offer 30 gigabytes of storage. While that ups the ante in the world of free-mail, you'll have to weigh the cost of dot-coms coming and going, since this is still in beta.

Open and free access

www.WiFiThankYou.com/

Google's intention to bathe San Francisco with free Wi-Fi made the rounds in tech news recently. I'm sure the grateful citizens are, well, grateful. But what about those free Wi-Fi operators outside San Francisco? Don't they deserve thanks? Of course they do. And this is the site where you can thank them. If you're a local or frequent traveler, this site is one to watch for a listingof legally open hot spots.

Killer food

www.cspinet.org/nah/10foods_bad.html

Putting the right stuff in your mouth is hard work. Transfatty this and saturated that lurk in places you'd least expect. And while the doughnuts on this page are conspicuous, you'd expect a lot more from the No. 1 slot that bills itself as "100% natural." If you get nothingelse from this page, it might tempt you to become one of those people who actually takes a moment to glance at the labels in the supermarket. Staying healthy is a chore, but longevity is worth the effort.

Font beater

www.Linotype.com/fontexplorerX

Keeping track of multiple fonts on the Mac usually has been the domain of third-party software. And sometimes said software has been quite pricey. Well, take yourself out for a decent lunch somewherewith your savings as Linotype comes to the rescue. Even if you'rejust working with the stock fonts on Mac OS X, there's a function for clearing out one's font cache, which fixes a common application jitter. It's free, and a slightly older version exists for Windows and Mac OS 8 or higher.

[Last modified October 7, 2005, 09:29:05]


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