- and welcome to the latest issue of the SreeTips newsletter.
As always, I look forward to YOUR tips, feedback and suggestions:
month's tipsters: Akash Alam, Mervin Block, Tara Calishain, Jon
Dube, Charles Pappas, Bob Romano, Jane Tabachnick, Al Tompkins.
This newsletter is an offshoot of the "Smarter Surfing: Better
Use of Your Web Time" workshops I teach around the U.S. and abroad.
If you are interested in having me do a session for your office,
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USEFUL SITES & TIPS (sites
I find useful in some way)
- online note taker http://www.onlinehomebase.com
Despite seeing so many new Web sites a week, I rarely find anything
to rave about. But when I first started playing with OnlineHomeBase,
I knew this was something truly useful. In just a few days, it
has changed my life, making me better organized and helping me
complete my tasks. So what does it do? It gives you a place on
the Internet to quickly take notes, track projects and set reminders
(wife's birthday, for example). These reminders can come to you
via e-mail, or even be sent to your cellphone. The best part is
the ability to collaborate with others instantly. My Columbia
class has been using it to track its projects and my wife and
I are keeping grocery lists and bigger projects on it. Best of
all, the price is right: free. If you spend even an hour a day
on the Web, it is truly worth a try. Still not convinced to give
it a try? Read my in-depth thoughts on it here: http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=32&aid=17816
- things you didn't know Google does http://www.sreetips.com/google.html
Sure, you use Google.com to do all your searching. But how well
do you really know this terrific site? Learn about several new
and ususual features of Google all in one place. They are guaranteed
to improve your Googling. And for fun, check out elgoog - Google
Countries - get data on various nations Your-Nation.com: http://www.your-nation.com UN CyberSchoolBus InfoNation: http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/index.asp
Here are two sites that help you compare different countries on
a variety of items. Your-Nation allows you to compare countries
across 75 categories and also provides rankings. The United Nations
students site shows you an overview and other major categories
for two countries at a time. Also check out the rest of the UN
- info on U.S. airline seats http://www.seatguru.com
Since I have written in past issues about BoxOfficeGuru.com
and RepairGuru.com - and
because there's a movie out there now called "The
Guru" - I thought I'd alert you to SeatGuru.com.
It's tells you about the seating charts and the seats themselves
on several major U.S. airlines. Before you fly, check out the
color-coded seats to learn why seats are rated "very good
seat," "be aware" and "bad seat."
FUN SITES & TIPS
(proof "fun" is a subjective word)
- guides to movie locations http://www.famouslocations.com
If you are a movie buff, you will enjoy this site. Just as the
name says, thousands of famous locations from around the world
- with photos and explanations about how they were used. You can
vist by title - "The Sound of Music" for instance; or
by director - "Alfred Hitchcock; or city - "New York."
RPS Society - All about that childhood "game," Rock
http://www.worldrps.com Hilarious satire or are they out of their minds? Here's what
the site says about itself: "The World RPS Society is dedicated
to the promotion of Rock Paper Scissors as a fun and safe way
to resolve disputes. We feel that conserving the roots of RPS
is essential for the growth and development of the game and the
players." 'Nuff said.
(my starting points for various things; may change monthly)
The best search engine out there. Here's Walt Mossberg of The
Wall Street Journal on Google: "...simply the best search site
I've ever used." If you know Walt's work -- and you should be
following it religiously at http://ptech.wsj.com/
-- you know that he doesn't hand out such praise often. Be sure
to download the free Google toolbar; it will change the way you
(no Mac version right now)
Excellent reference site. Don't just take my word for it. The
New York Times quoted U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell saying
this is his favorite Web site. Run by Bob Drudge, Matt's dad (though
Refdesk doesn't run rumors).
In offices, dictionaries grow legs and walk. Hence an online dictionary
is a must. This one addresses a major problem I have had with
traditional dictionaries: You need to know how to spell a word
before you look it up. Not here. Just punch in an approximation,
and it will give you a suggested list. And nice etymology. Also
see the new button for your browser; once you download it, you
don't need to go to the site itself in order to lookup a word.
You can do it right from whatever site you are in.
National Geographic's Map Machine http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/
Leave it to National Geographic to make the best online atlas
with these dynamic maps that will take you to any spot you choose
and allow you to change what kind of map you see, on the fly.
I had no idea there are three towns named Santa Claus in the U.S.
or that my grandfather's village in India is an easy find.
The best set of world clocks and calendars. I like the personal
world clock, which allows you to set and track time in up to 16
cities at one glance.
No need to hit the store to buy software. Almost everything you
need is online and has free trials.
Jim Romenesko's Media News http://www.medianews.org/
Hosted by Poynter.org, this is news-junkie heaven. I read it more
often and more closely than any other site.
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Must-Sree TV http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/technology/
My "Tech Guru" segments on WABC-7 in the New York City area on
Thursday mornings at 6:45 and Saturdays at 7:45 (yes, that's the
a.m.). This is a link to archived Web versions of my segments
-- including Real Video versions for the newer segments.