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By JULES ALLEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 12, 1999


Two PCs, one connection
www-acc.scu.edu/~jsarich/ieweb/main.htm

It seems that being a two-PC family these days isn't that much different from being a two-car family. And while you might have more than one phone line, it is pretty common to see only one PC at a time using it. There is a solution called a proxy server, but traditionally it has been hard to set up and sometimes expensive. As luck would have it, I stumbled across this totally free proxy server that allows multiple machines to connect via a single phone line, cable modem or whatever. It will take a little tweaking but could be well worth the effort. Windows only, I'm afraid.

1-900-8-BALL
8ball.federated.com/

Okay, it is not a real 900 number (and yes, my editor did double-check), but it is a very nifty contraption. Kudos to Jim Studt who conceived the idea, built the Lego spinning contraption, hooked a camera to his Linux box and then hooked the whole thing to the Net. The bad news is it doesn't work with Internet Explorer 4 for technical reasons explained on the page. You should have more than one browser, anyway.

An efficient Web?
www.netomat.net/

Just when you got the hang of obscure search engine syntax and how to navigate your bookmarks, along comes Net-o-Matic, a Java based browser that turns the Web into a dream-like state. It flits from site to site, sampling them like some kind of TCP/IP-enabled butterfly. You don't navigate; Net-o-Matic does it for you. Trippy, babe.

Survival of the fittest
darwinawards.com/darwin1999.html

My year is complete! The Darwin Awards are out. For those not in the know, the awards are given to exceptionally stupid individuals who have given the human race a greater chance of survival by taking themselves out of the gene pool. It is funny man-bites-dog stuff, though it may offend you if you fail to see humor in the stupidity of others. And if that is the case, I can't believe you would read my column.

Pretty (ugly)
www.netstudio.com/mudbrick/

Think your personal Web site is the ugliest thing since sliced beer? Convinced that winky-flashy images and blinking text is a God-given right? Then the Muddies is your kind of site: It has picked the best of the worst in corporate bad Web design and thrown a virtual mud brick at each site. In fact, if your personal work is ugly enough, you could probably get a job building Web sites for the winners.

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