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Site Seeing

By JULES ALLEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 30, 2000


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A secure feeling

www.SafeWeb.com

If Big Brother and his kin scare the willies out of you, SafeWeb is your kind of place. Snooping employers won't be able to see what you're looking at over their network because the site uses an encrypted layer between you and it. But it gets better: Dangerous scripts are "sanitized," cookies are blocked and pop-up windows are a thing of the past. Very cool.

Color and speed

www.Handspring.com

Not satisfied with a market capitalization of a mere $12-billion, Handspring is busy with products that could part you and your money. Foolish thoughts aside, the new Visor Platinum looks as if it's got my name all over it: It's double the speed of the regular Palm or Visor and it's loaded with random access memory. A geek's delight. Video and color addicts might be tempted by the Visor Prism, a Palm Pilot IIIc look-alike.

Mac dreams

www.TheAppleCollection.com/design/macdesign/

Life continues to imitate fiction. Or is it the other way around? Regardless, if you even have a passing interest in the Mac and its swishy design, your eyes and brain will enjoy what's here. The site contains dozens of fictional mock-ups of Macintosh computers that the authors would like to see become reality. Some are possible, others are pure fantasy.

A different kind of election

www.Ficus2000.com/

The Election of the Indistinguishable Twins is days away and you're going to get your chance to elect one of them. Like many who have come before them, they sound the same, dress the same and irritate the living daylights out of the average intelligent citizen. Should you want to cast a protest vote, I say you should write in Ficus and vote for a candidate who's big on green issues.

It's still work

www.Slowlane.com

Life presents us with cruel choices: work or daytime TV. Having taken a few months off with Oprah and Jerry, I can attest to this beastly thing the world has chosen to inflict on us. Ah, but some bright sparks have thrown kids into the mix. Rather than lounging on the sofa with bon-bons, they've chosen to make their lives more interesting and certainly much busier. In all seriousness, this site is an excellent resource for stay-at-home dads and those around them.

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