Google is well known for searching the Web, but the
Google Maps (still in the testing
stages - beta) might be the coolest thing they have introduced in quite
some time. I have almost forgotten about Mapquest.
Interested in holidays, when they are, what countries have what holidays,
and what religions have what holidays? Check out
Earth Calendar for a
comprehensive list, including what holidays are celebrated today all over
Get the latest in Web browser technology, try FireFox. You can download
this free Web browser at the
FireFox Web site. I
have been using this browser for months and have only run into a few sites
that have not worked well. I now have four browsers loaded and use FireFox
the majority of the time. It rocks.
Michigan lighthouses have always fascinated me. I am not an expert nor a
lighthouse hugger, but this site has some great information if you are
interested in how lighthouses work or want more information on
The Hubble Telescope has the best
view of the universe. This site has some interesting information on our
best eye to the sky.
Christmas Links: It is
the holiday season and a friend of mine has created a list of festive
Christmas sites to visit. Some are educational, some are about the toys us
adults might be interested in. Don presented this list at the Sterling
Heights Computer Club this month. (Thanks Don!)
International Space Station:
NASA has an informative site on the space station. Interesting news items,
images, and statistics. For those who have a interest in space travel,
there are plenty of links to other cool space sites available as well.
SmartPages.com: The phone company use
to drop off all the phone books you needed to find numbers in your area.
Here in Detroit they use to deliver several books for the region, but this
is not free anymore. Phones change, new companies start, others fold, and
the books are outdated when they are printed. I have found that this site
finds most numbers and addresses all over the country more than other like
Dates: Are you
always looking for government holiday dates? Wondering when Easter is
going to be in March or April, what days are on the current Jewish
calendar, or when to move the clock for daylight savings day changes? The
initial page is secular, but there are links to all the above dates and
Do you want information on the current movie releases, as well as future
movies? Movies.com has news on movies in
production, trailers, information on the current DVDs, and the release
schedule for upcoming DVDs.
Symantec's Security Response: It is not uncommon for my inbox to get
popped with some strain of the Klez virus several times a week. It seems
almost as frequent that I get some friendly notification of the newest
virus or "make sure you remove this file because it is bad" message. If I
want the truth and need to separate the hoaxes from real life I hit
Symantec's outstanding site.
Detroit Red Wings: The Wings
won the Stanley Cup! This site is pack full of
information on HockeyTown's heroes. The site is slow to load, but show
some patience, it is worth the wait (not sure if it is just busy or slow
server). Site is updated during games, has player stats and pictures,
tickets (yeah right <g>), an online store, and much more.
FoxCentral.net is the news
site for Visual FoxPro developers. Keep up on Fox Community news, events,
and announcements. Daily visits are a must for the serious FoxPro
developer. This is my browser home page.
Dictionary.com: As an
author, the most irritating word processing feature missing is a
dictionary. As long as I am online I have no problem looking up words that
I need the meaning to at this site.
Olympics.com: One of my
favorite sporting events is the Olympic competition. This site has live
results and information on the competition taking place in Salt Lake City.
The site can be a bit overwhelming with the amount of content (and ads),
but it even has a description of the sports and some of the rules for some
of us that only see these events every 4 years.
Atomic Clock: My
laptop clock is constantly falling behind (minutes a day). I like it to be
accurate since I use it all the time to make sure I am on time for
meetings, phone calls and to tracking billable time. I particularly like
the Java clock on this site.
Space.com: I love just
about anything to do with outer space. This site tracks more news and
information on the exploration of space than any site around. The top gun
Space Illustrated Magazine can also be order on this site as well. Most of
my desktop images are downloaded from Space.com.
Weather.com: This is the
first website that I visit when I need weather information. Recently I
have been traveling on business and I make sure I hit Weather.com before
packing my bags so I know what type of clothes to bring on the trip.
Discovery.com: If you
have cable television you likely have run across The Discovery Channel or
one of the sister channels. This network has some terrific shows on just
about anything and how it works and affects us. The website is just as
cool and has plenty of information that you can extend the brain matter.
If you like to know the exactly what phase of the moon is out
in the evening sky check out Moon
Phases. It provides day-by-day positions, both current, and dates in
the past or future.
ScreenIt.com - Need to
find out about movies and why they are rated like they are? Need to find
out exactly what vulgar language or what body part was revealed that
caused the PG-13 rating. Want to know what the kids were exposed to when
they saw a movie you have not? This is the site for you.
MapQuest.com - There are
plenty of mapping sites available that will help you with directions from
point A to point B, but do they have an aerial view of the location you
are mapping to?
Marshall Brain's site that explains everything from how a hard drive
functions to how a car engine works to how the space shuttle gets to
orbit. There is plenty of trivia and really important information that
will make your head explode if you give it time.
HarryPotter.com - Shows the
latest news and information on the story of Harry Potter. The reason I
liked this site is the cool user interface to the various pages on the
site. Nice work!