By JULES ALLEN
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001
You at you-dot-com
Stood in line all day at the license office to find the tag number of your dreams taken? Then it's either a hokey iron-on shirt at the mall, your own domain name or life as a recluse. I think the middle one might be the best approach, and Yahoo has a pretty sweet deal to help you get there. If you've already got your own domain name, $10 a year will buy you five e-mail accounts and some Web space at GeoCities. If you've got your own Web space, you can use Yahoo for mail and keep your Web where it is. Otherwise, you can get a new domain name from Yahoo for $35 or spend about $12 a year with somebody such as joker.com or your favorite discount domain registry body. Yahoo offers a free POP3 mail in return for receiving advertising-oriented mail, so you don't have to use only their Web interface.
Adventures of a different kind
It is, as the saying goes, a small world. I learned to drive in a 1971 Land Rover, which might well explain my total disregard for things such as walls, roads and such. It's not unlike raving adventurers Dennis Wilson and his chum, Aaron. They dodged people with AK-47s and African wildlife, while I have run-of-the-mill things such as pigs and cows to contend with. Adults and kids will enjoy this educational site that chronicles a trip through Africa and Europe.
Digital photo tricks
On the great list of things I don't do well, photography has to be pretty close to the top. Rolls of film whiz by and nary a useful picture emerges. Thankfully, I discovered digital photography: I can be as sloppy as ever and the photo lab never need know. One of the great joys of going digital is cleaning up one's shots in the computer. This site lists several useful digital darkroom tips, even if there's a strong bias on this site to use Windows-only Paint Shop Pro.
Under the Mouse
Living in Central Florida has its benefits, such as never having to go to theme parks except when guests are in town. Then you've got a perfect excuse to strap on a pair of black knee-length socks and your finest sandals, the perfect tourist disguise. Arm yourself with the knowledge from this site and you'll have the skinny on the what, where and why of all things Mouse.
Make Money Fast!
I'm sick of bogus get-rich-quick schemes, adult-oriented ads and all manner of unsolicited commercial e-mail that clogs up my in box. I didn't ask for it and, therefore, don't want it. But because of the sheer amount of spam that's floating around out there, it's a perfect medium for hiding a real message from prying eyes. Oh sure, there are plenty of encryption schemes that spring to mind, but they're more likely to attract attention because they are encrypted. The premise of SpamMimic is that the mail looks like an ad but has your secret words tucked away inside. Ultra cool.
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