Below is a list that a young lad in my office complied to help his parents get more use out of the internet. I asked him to send it to me and it's really useful. (He's a bit of an anorak, it has to be said.)
Sorry, James if some of them are not legal. I wouldn't know.
- For listening to music.
www.pandora.com -for music genome project- works in theUK in conjunction with Hotspotshield
sampled what music
www.hypem.com -music blog harvester
- Discover Online Radio.
-demographically managed music radio
These 4 are also worth a quick look -prob take you 1 minute total (funny soundbites)
- Amazing, high-quality, pictures from around the world.
- Reverse image search.
- Crop a picture.
- For anything art-related. Good site to get wallpapers.
Computer & Internet Tools:
- Makes any page printer-friendly.
- Finds websites based on what you're interested in and how other people's ratings.
- Temporary e-mail for when you want to sign up for something and not get spammed.
- Great website to create an installation package of applications for when you're reinstalling your OS or have just purchased a new computer.
- Looking up people based on username, name, email, or phone #.
- checks websites are working
- link aggregator.
- Tells you your IP address.
-online photoshop equivalent
- Free service that syncs a folder on your computer to an online data store.
fav4.org -homepage tool similar to the one on google chrome
- Download any file from any site (Youtube, etc.)
This site has browser applications which can help you out with media editing in a pinch.
Image editing, vector, audio and screen capture all in one place.
for storing and organizing all the useful sites you find.
Upload and scan suspicious files with multiple virus/malware scanners
keyboardr.com - Really great search engine that does so on the fly.
for any help with programs
- 25 free gigs of storage from Microsoft.
General Interest, Tools & Learning:
- Interesting and informational videos on a whole range of topics.
- MIT OpenCourseWare - entire courses, often including lecture videos available for free online.
- Safer surfing. Can block sites and protect your network.
- Money management.
- Learn a new language.
- free stuff, jobs, trolls
-as it says on the tin
-white noise site- highly recommended!
-educational videos on all kinds of science, high level finance etc
-- to-do lists
- Satellite maps with explanations, tags, links
- Every ship at sea right now
- find out how hazardous your soap/shampoo is
- self explanatory
- Where everyone in media gets their news from
- Fatwallet Finance is one of the best money forums on the net. Also, hot deals is great (better than slickdeals IMO).
- A much superior finance aggregator than Mint.com (also it is not run by the devil of the business world known as Intuit)
- This is a forum of people who adore John Bogle and his philosophy on investing. John Bogle is the founder of the highly successful Vanguard funds http://www.vanguard.com
which i highly suggest if your looking for setting up an IRA or ROTH IRA
- Alternatives to premium-rate numbers for a heap of companies.
- Local number to dial 0800s through from mobile phones, so they fall into your inclusive minutes.
-articles- what's hot
-How to videos for just about any subject you can think about.
- See how much tax payers money is going to charities.
- For creating mind and site maps
- For learning languages
- Help recover a stolen laptop (or phone).
www.academicearth.org --> lists many lectures (from within classes) and other talks (including speaker sessions). You all must check it out.
- The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
- Get directly in touch with a human when you're calling customer service/support.
E-books & literary stuff:
If you are a great writer, enjoy quality work, or just really want to improve your writing, E2 is spectacular. Also quite entertaining. Much higher quality of writing than you find just about anywhere on the web.
- Gives you book suggestions based on books you've liked before.
- for a transcript of any book written before copyright laws.
- Ebook search.
- book library search tool
TV & Film
- Search engine for movies/tv shows.
- "Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite". In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them."
- Similar design to surfthechannel
www.metacritic.com - aggregrate movies/films/games ratings from all major critics.
www.Ninjavideo.net -good site for tv shows
-watch tv/film here
Clicker.com is a great new site for finding many shows, webisodes, and short videos you can't find other places such as Hulu.
Shopping & Travel:
- Awesome site for when you're planning a trip.
- Finds filler items for Amazon so you have enough to get free shipping.
-- discount codes, always go here 1st
Uk versions for a couple of money-saving sites:
- UK cheap deals and voucher codes.
- General advice regarding spending and saving cash, from house insurance to mobile phone tariff bartering.
ibood.com - Euro version of woot.com
- If you're just looking to travel somewhere for a good deal, its the only site I know that allows you to search from departing city rather than arrival city.
Daily deal aggregators:
-They shows tons of items from websites offering daily deals (like woot).
- You can make a list of ingredients and it will search the big recipe websites for what you can make
- Amazing food and amazing recipes with amazing pictures. Go indulge your mental stomach while you plan on indulging your physical one.
-Dad, this one is for you!