Computer & Technology
Say you surf into a site whose parlance you don't quite
comprehend. Voycabulary to the rescue! This site transforms
any Web page into links to dictionary or thesaurus lookups.
Type in the URL and each word is automatically made into a
They say you don't really know what you're looking for until
you find it. You may find it a lot faster with the help of
Alexa, an advertising-supported (read: Free) Web-navigation
device. Alexa tells you how each site you visit ranks in
terms of traffic and suggests a variety of related links.
Advanced versions incorporate an automatic encyclopedia,
dictionary and thesaurus into your browser.
Are you always looking for the next great software tool?
You're lucky to live in a world where benevolent software
programmers create freeware/shareware for the rest of us to
download at whim. Cool Tool of the Day publishes reviews of
the hottest software around. Whether it's Al Morale (a
desktop self-affirmation) or the 360 degree panoramas
Photobubble can offer, you can get your daily fix here.
We don't care how long you've been using Adobe Photoshop:
This program is so dense that even the biggest power-user
could benefit from some refresher tips. You can get your
weekly Photoshop tip from this site, which walks you through
a new technique that just might rev up your next project.
When it comes to showcasing the hippest and hottest in Web
content and development, Hotwired consistently leads the
pack. Hotwired's newest effortAnimation
Expressis just another feather in this team's
virtual cap. Included is a collection of clever work from
some of animation's biggest names, tips for making your own
animation andonce you master itthe
opportunity to submit your work.
Any Web head will tell you that you can never have too many
online resources. Afterall, when you think you've got a
handle on the Web, someone starts throwing a bunch of new
acronyms into the hopper. Project Cool's Developer Zone is a
great resource, breaking down everything from the basics of
the color chart, allowing you test-drive Web-safe colors...
... And if that doesn't hold you, ZD Net offers up its own
brand of Web advice with Devhead. Included are valuable tips
on coding, useful design tips and a comprehensive library of
Considered by many "in the know" Web folks to be a great
resource, Matt's Script Archive is a tried-and-true
collection of some very useful CGI scripts. Save yourself
some trouble by using his technology for adding a counter,
form, guestbook or more to your pages. You may not have to
learn C++ after all.
Hold on tight to that PowerBook! If you're one of the
thousands of people who had her laptop stolen last year,
register your lost laptop here. Included is a database of
stolen computers, with serial numbers.
So you don't get enough email? OK, "quality" email? Here's
something you might actually be able to use. Included is a
complete index of mailing lists related to Apple and the
Macintosh. If you know of one that's not listed, send it to
the listmasterthey'll post your contribution, too.
Macmillan publishes some of the most useful books you'll
find on programming and Internet issues. Now you can sample
their books before you buy. By registering through the Web
site, you can select up to five "Ebooks" to view online
through the "Personal Bookshelf" portion of the site.
So you think this Web business is a man's world? Guess
again! You hang with your sisterhood at "Hey Geek Girl," run
by Drue Miller, a hip Web mistress from San Francisco.
Everything from how to set up your site to down-and-dirty
practical tech tips is included. This site also features
fashion tips, gifts for geek girls and more for the fairer
For the latest on Macintosh news, visit Mac Central.
Included is a user forum area, a look at Mac rumors, a
special section dedicated to the iMac and Mac-game news.
True Mac freaks can sign up for the daily (yes, daily) Mac
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is in charge of making
some of the biggest decisions that decide the fate of the
Web. This site gives you all the information you need to
become a member, news and announcements, and information on
everything from Document Object Models to electronic
If youre a frequent Internet user, the issues
surrounding Internet privacy affect you. At the Americans
for Computer Privacy site, you can access information
about the topic of privacy, read about pending Congressional
bills and learn about common privacy myths.
Dynamic HTML is an exciting new innovation, allowing Web
pages to "change" even after a page has been loaded into the
browser. The Dynamic HTML Zone provides articles,
tutorials, resources and a discussion group, all
spotlighting this hot new topic. This site is sponsored by
Macromedia, which means you can learn about how to combine
Shockwave with DHTML.
Looking to sell your computer? Or maybe youre looking
for a decent used computer? Check out American Computer
Exchangetheyll help you buy and sell
computers through this broker network. In addition, you can
see how much your old girl is worth using the computer price
index or download a used computer price calculator.
PDF is fast becoming a de facto standard. This is the
official site for Emerge EXTRA, the Acrobat PDF
newsletter. In weekly updates, it showcases users and uses
of PDF from around the world.
So, youve been hearing all about how XML is going to
revolutionize the way users access information on the Web,
but you dont know much about it. Never
fearMicrosoft has prepared just about all the
information you could ever need on the topic. Included (of
course) is information on XML support in Microsoft Internet
Explorer 4.0, but youll also find a white paper on the
topic, newsgroups, FAQs, demos and much more.
TidBITS is a weekly Macintosh/Internet-themed
newsletter with a seven-year publishing
historydinosaur years in Web terms. This newsletter
will keep you up-to-date on the news that affects you as a
Mac-based Web surfer. Sign up to get a free subscription
sent to your emailbox.
Macromedias Shockwave revolutionized Web
designnow you can experience the best of Shockwave
content at a free online entertainment site,
ShockRave. You can download animated South Park or
Dilbert cartoons or help Donut Boy climb his way up the
corporate ladder in the interactive online game by the same
One of the best ways to stay on top of everything from daily
news to fitness is available free from Netscapes
In-Box Direct. You can choose to have popular
publications ranging from People magazine to USA
Today delivered to your email in-box daily.
If youre a Web designer, The Compendium of HTML
Elements is a page that youll want to bookmark.
This page acts as a reference manual of all HTML tags in
general use, including information on the tag, how its
used, examples of its use and options for modifying that
Before you buy your next computer book, consult Dr. Dobb. At
Dr. Dobbs Electronic Review of Computer Books,
youll get the dirt on all the computer-related books
fit to print. You can search the Web site for a particular
title or subject, check out the feature for books that
are awfully significant or significantly awful and
check out the Computer Book Review Links Archive.
Kim Komando is one of the best-known computer experts,
offering important advice through her radio show, newspaper
columns and newsletter. At Kims Komputer
Klinic, you can visit Kim online, send her your computer
questions and learn more about what exactly makes computers
Do you want to be the first one with the gossip on news
regarding the new Mac OS 8? Visit the Mac OS Rumors
site. Here, youll find the latest scoop on the Mac
OSstraight from the horse mouth. Theres
also an added bonus for Apple
stockholdersup-to-the-minute stock updates!
The official site of Macworld magazine marries
late-breaking Mac information with vast archival resources.
Also included is a software library, an index of past issues
and a community center to trade ideas or find answers to
your Mac-related questions.
If youre a devoted QuarkXPress user, check out the
XPresso Bar. This page offers useful tips and
information about XPress and even reveals some Easter Eggs
hidden in the programming. Also included is suggested online
reading and some downloadable Quark XTension demos and other
software you may find useful.
Are you starting to lose track of all the plug-ins available
on the Net? Visit BrowserWatchs Plug-In
Plaza and youll find links to all the plug-ins
available on the Internet. Access the full list, or search
by graphics, multimedia, sound and more.
Beware: if you stop to blink, you may miss the latest
technological innovation! Enter CNET, a site rich
with the latest information on whats new in the
digital age. Read up on the latest product reviews or get
the latest technological news before your peers do.
Electronic Minds is a site designed to act as a forum
for intelligent debate about the wide-ranging issues of
technological life. Led by cyberspace guru Howard Rheingold,
a team of computer experts is on call for compelling
If you have a hard time keeping all the XTensions available
for QuarkXPress straight, check out www.xtension.com. Here,
you can find and try out demo versions of XTensions or
purchase the packaged product. Also included are tips and
tricks, desktop publishing news and threaded discussion
Give yourself a daily treat and visit Fonts
Unlimited. Youll find a different
shareware/freeware font every day. You can also check out
some previously featured fonts or their list of cool links.
You never really can have enough tips for how to make the
most out of your design programs. At Paul Sawyers
Tips and Tricks, youll find useful hints to help
you make the most of your designs. For instance, learn how
to give your objects a carved or beveled effect or discover
how to create a gradient mask.
If youre looking for an easy way to log your travels
on the Web when using Netscape Navigator,
ExtensisCyberViewer will prove to be a valuable tool.
Bookmarking specified pages is as simple as dragging
thumbnail images from the CyberViewer palette to the
Netscape bookmark window. Download it for free.
The Digital Design Communications site acts as a
great resource for designers and/or Macintosh users. Browse
the most recent news regarding design, explore the design
links and send them any feedback you have on the design
Lynda´s Homegurrrl Page offers visitors a
veritable smorgasbord of Web offerings. On this site, Lynda
Weinman, the author of Designing Web Graphics and
Deconstructing Web Graphics, provides information about
using browser-safe colors, links to valuable Web-design
sites and links to some ultra-hip sites that are sure to
Too much is never enough when it comes to shareware. If
you´ve depleted resources in the other shareware sites,
check out Shareware Junkies. Try the software before
you buy, subscribe to the free newsletter for junkie news
and read up on the best shareware available in shareware
The going prices for Macintoshes seem to fluctuate with the
tides. Get a gripthe Deal-Mac site tracks the
daily price point of Macintosh computers and peripherals.
Discover what deals are out there and search for specific
merchandise. A must if you want to do some comparative
Keeping up with the newest Mac innovations is no small
featand neither is finding information to help you
maintain your current system. For the latest information and
services regarding Macintosh computers, visit the
MacInTouch Home Page. Here youll find recent
news and answers to some of your Mac computing dilemmas. A
good place to bookmark if youve grown weary of tech
For answers to your Mac-related questions, visit The
Practical Mac, a useful online resource for Mac
owners. Youll find step-by-step guide to tasks like
setting up a home network, and find some valuable
troubleshooting tips. Also, learn some helpful tips for
improving efficiency, like how to zap your PRAM.
For the latest news on issues regarding your Mac and
Internet issues, visit the Apple and the Internet
site. Youl find up-to-the-minute news bytes about
everything from Apple Internet technologies to Apple
partnerships that will affect the way you design Web sites.
For an insiders opinion of what hardware is worth its
weight in silicon, visit Street Tech, launched by
Wired contributing editor Gareth Branwyn. The
sites mission? In his own words, To rant about
the stuff that sucks and rave about the stuff that
doesnt.Before your next major purchase, be sure
to pay this site a visit.
Apple Computer just made it easier to find the perfect Mac.
At the revamped Apple Web site, you can order your Mac just
as you like (choosing from hundreds of different features)
and opt out of the features you dont want. Order
online and have your new creation delivered to your door.
Will your computer last well into the 21st century? Find out
at Year 2000, a Web site that addresses the hype
behind the dreaded Millennium Bug and offers possible
solutions. For a sense of the ominous, check out the
doomsday clock that counts down the year 2000 down to
the last second.
Can't find the contacts for a particular site? Check out
Whois, a (somewhat freaky) Internet utility run by
InterNIC. Simply type in a domain name (like howdesign.com)
and Whois returns the name and address of the domain's
owner, technical contact, domain servers and more. You can
also use Whois to find out if a particular domain name is
WebCoder.com bills itself as "Your Home for
all the poop here, on everything from DOMs to animation.
Check out their useful tutorials or access the vast