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Thursday 8 April 2010 4.22pm
Hello,

I know the Internet is a wonderful thing, but I often feel as I am missing out on so much of it or don't know what to look at or for. Apart from BBC, (this website of course) ebay, amazon, play and Timeout and couple of others I don't really use it for a lot else.

Just wondered what your favourite web sites are?

Maybe this will give me an insight in to lots that I am possibly missing out on.
Thursday 8 April 2010 5.50pm
Pushing TAKS amazing abseil on the 16th May down Guys Tower, see this post 'NOT afraid of Heights'

Now I am not sure.. but I'll put it down any!

Myasthenia Gravis Association!
Thursday 8 April 2010 10.38pm
I love the route finder tools on the tfl (Transport for London) site. Maybe I should get out more :)
Friday 9 April 2010 6.44am
There is a great route finder you can add to a Java enabled mobile phone. Its got me out of trouble many times!
Friday 9 April 2010 10.35am
I like the webcam of Old Faithful
a math science cartoon type thing at xkcd
conspiracy theories, aliens, and stuff we're not told at Above Top Secret
and a fantastic place to buy almost any worldwide beer you can think of at Beers of Europe
stress relief playing online games at Miniclip

and many others.
Friday 9 April 2010 2.47pm
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.

Music:
http://www.grooveshark.com- For listening to music.
www.pandora.com -for music genome project- works in theUK in conjunction with Hotspotshield
http://www.whosampled.com/-Who sampled what music
www.hypem.com -music blog harvester
http://radiotuna.com/- Discover Online Radio.
http://www.cherrypeel.com/#p=/home -demographically managed music radio

These 4 are also worth a quick look -prob take you 1 minute total (funny soundbites)
http://www.instantrimshot.com/
http://www.sadtrombone.com/
http://www.dramabutton.com/
http://www.hiyoooo.com/

Pictures:
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture - Amazing, high-quality, pictures from around the world.
http://www.tineye.com - Reverse image search.
http://www.cutmypic.com/ - Crop a picture.
http://www.deviantart.com - For anything art-related. Good site to get wallpapers.

Computer & Internet Tools:
http://www.printfriendly.com - Makes any page printer-friendly.
http://www.stumbleupon.com - Finds websites based on what you're interested in and how other people's ratings.
http://www.mailinator.com - Temporary e-mail for when you want to sign up for something and not get spammed.
http://ninite.com/ - Great website to create an installation package of applications for when you're reinstalling your OS or have just purchased a new computer.
http://www.pipl.com - Looking up people based on username, name, email, or phone #.
http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ - checks websites are working
http://www.popurls.com - link aggregator.
http://www.whatismyip.com - Tells you your IP address.
http://pixlr.com/ -online photoshop equivalent
http://www.dropbox.com - 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
http://file2hd.com/ - Download any file from any site (Youtube, etc.)
http://aviary.com/
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.
Also http://delicious.com/ for storing and organizing all the useful sites you find.
Upload and scan suspicious files with multiple virus/malware scanners
http://www.virustotal.com/
http://virusscan.jotti.org/en
keyboardr.com - Really great search engine that does so on the fly.
http://cluelesss.com for any help with programs
http://www.skydrive.live.com - 25 free gigs of storage from Microsoft.

General Interest, Tools & Learning:
http://www.ted.com - Interesting and informational videos on a whole range of topics.
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm - MIT OpenCourseWare - entire courses, often including lecture videos available for free online.
http://opendns.org - Safer surfing. Can block sites and protect your network.
http://www.erowid.org/ -drug information
http://lifehacker.com/ -life tips
http://www.mint.com/ - Money management.
http://www.livemocha.com/ - Learn a new language.
http://craigslist.org - free stuff, jobs, trolls
http://betterexplained.com/ -as it says on the tin
http://www.simplynoise.com/ -white noise site- highly recommended!
http://www.khanacademy.org/ -educational videos on all kinds of science, high level finance etc
http://www.rememberthemilk.com -- to-do lists
http://www.wikimapia.com - Satellite maps with explanations, tags, links
http://www.marinetraffic.com - Every ship at sea right now
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/index.php - find out how hazardous your soap/shampoo is
http://www.howstuffworks.com/ - self explanatory
http://www.drudgereport.com - Where everyone in media gets their news from
http://www.fatwallet.com - Fatwallet Finance is one of the best money forums on the net. Also, hot deals is great (better than slickdeals IMO).
http://www.yodlee.com - A much superior finance aggregator than Mint.com (also it is not run by the devil of the business world known as Intuit)
http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/ - 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
http://www.saynoto0870.com - Alternatives to premium-rate numbers for a heap of companies.
http://www.0800buster.com - Local number to dial 0800s through from mobile phones, so they fall into your inclusive minutes.
http://alltop.com/ -articles- what's hot
http://www.videojug.com/ -How to videos for just about any subject you can think about.
http://fakecharities.org/ - See how much tax payers money is going to charities.
http://bubbl.us/ - For creating mind and site maps
http://smart.fm - For learning languages
http://www.preyproject.com - 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.
http://snopes.com - The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
http://www.nophonetrees.com/ - Get directly in touch with a human when you're calling customer service/support.

E-books & literary stuff:
http://www.everything2.com
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.
http://www.free-ebooks.net/

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http://a.aaaarg.org/login -ebooks
http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/search - Gives you book suggestions based on books you've liked before.
http://www.gutenberg.org - for a transcript of any book written before copyright laws.
http://www.scribd.com - Ebook search.
http://www.worldcat.org/ - book library search tool

TV & Film
http://www.ovguide.com - Search engine for movies/tv shows.
http://tvtropes.org - "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."
http://watch-series.com/ - Similar design to surfthechannel
www.metacritic.com - aggregrate movies/films/games ratings from all major critics.
www.Ninjavideo.net -good site for tv shows
http://www.stagevu.com -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.
http://free-tv-video-online.info

Shopping & Travel:
http://www.kayak.com - Awesome site for when you're planning a trip.
http://www.filleritem.com/ - Finds filler items for Amazon so you have enough to get free shipping.
http://www.retailmenot.com -- discount codes, always go here 1st

Uk versions for a couple of money-saving sites:
http://www.hotukdeals.com - UK cheap deals and voucher codes.
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com - General advice regarding spending and saving cash, from house insurance to mobile phone tariff bartering.
ibood.com - Euro version of woot.com
http://www.voyij.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:
http://www.todaysdod.com/
http://www.dodtracker.com/ -They shows tons of items from websites offering daily deals (like woot).

Cooking
http://www.allrecipes.com
http://www.supercook.com - You can make a list of ingredients and it will search the big recipe websites for what you can make
http://www.tastespotting.com/ - Amazing food and amazing recipes with amazing pictures. Go indulge your mental stomach while you plan on indulging your physical one.
http://www.cookingforengineers.com/ -Dad, this one is for you!
Friday 9 April 2010 4.12pm
www.vouchercodes.co.uk - good for deals and discouts!
Friday 9 April 2010 5.21pm
Discouts? - is that one of those 70's retro dance clubs where everyone wears flares and tank tops?
Saturday 10 April 2010 8.45am
Probably of no interest whatsoever to anyone else, but I spend a lot of time here
http://www.fancy-rats.co.uk/home/
Monday 12 April 2010 3.37pm
Boss St Bloke wrote:
Discouts? - is that one of those 70's retro dance clubs where everyone wears flares and tank tops?

Exactly! and then at lower prices ;o)
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