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published November 5, 2001

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Hall of (dancing) presidents

Maybe it was Clinton who made it more than okay to make fun of modern politicians. Regardless of your political leanings, you couldn't help but feel like the man wanted you to have a laugh and joke with you when he picked up that saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show all those years ago. And of course, events ran out of control with that whole Monica thing and we were laughing at him, not with him. As for the new guy, I'm still not sure about George W. He seems amicable enough and, boy, can he dance! This site shows all.

Black, white and wonderful

People who create beguiling art with a camera lens fascinate me, everybody from well knowns such as Diane Arbus and David Bailey to little guys such as Noah Grey. And thanks to the ubiquity of the Web, getting access to their work is oh so easy. If you're short on creativity, fire this site up, have a cup of coffee and prepare for inspiration.

Less is a lot more

Modern software, and office productivity suites seem to be the biggest culprit, are huge. They take up large slices of modern disks and can fill the hard disk of a machine that's more than a few years old. It doesn't have to be this way. Take a good look at some of the Windows gems tucked away in this Web site. Each program will fit on a floppy disk and, for the most part, they're free of charge.

Word up

This is such a great find for bookish types. While Bloomsbury Publishing's business is to sell books, it's not shoved down your throat. Perhaps it's the legendary English reserve at play. I thoroughly enjoyed the first chapters of Selling Ben Cheever and John Lahr's edition of The Tynan Diaries. Access to the Writers' Almanac and the Research Centre makes the visit all the more worthwhile.

Monitor envy

Admit it, PC-centric types, you're agog at those whizzy Apple 22-inch flat-screen displays. Mac types are. So it's perfectly natural to have monitor envy. Don't worry. You can go to the ball, Cinderella. Some reverse engineering types at DrBott have sussed out a way to make the oh-so-sexy screens work with PCs as well as older Macs. In case you have neither, the cost of the monitor and the adapter gets you quite close to $3,000. Ouch. The only wide experience I'm likely to get this side of Christmas is the difference between the cost and my bank balance.

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