The following links and associated descriptions have been migrated from my first blog (”Cool Web Sites”). I think it makes more sense to post them here.
Prepare to become addicted…
Type in a name and this tool shows you a graph of that name’s popularity (i.e., number of people with that name) since 1880. It’ll get you hooked, especially if you’re expecting and looking for a suitable name for your child.
Pretty much self-explanatory. I set this to my browser home page.
My cousin turned me on to this. I actually discovered that there is almost $200 of my money that I needed to claim through my state. I just sent in the paperwork. If my cousin had not mentioned this, I never would have known about it. And based on a recent home maintenance issue, it’ll come in handy right now!
I’d heard of this site and even visited it a few times over the past year or so, but I’ve never actually used it yet. However, I keep hearing more and more about it. It’s kind of like a giant classified ad service, but it’s free.
Here’s a cool little introduction to how rockets work from the HowStuffWorks.com web site.
Using a computer requires a certain level of responsibility, as does anything else, really. Now that computing and the Internet are so pervasive, we all need to avoid the ostrich syndrome. One of the best ways to prevent viruses, worms, spam, adware, and other “malware” is to stay informed. This sample chapter from a book titled “Canning Spam: You’ve Got Mail (That You Don’t Want)”, by Jeremy Poteet, provides some great information, particularly for those who are not computer experts. If you use a computer, you need to read this.
This is a great place for lots of details for maintaining your Windows operating system. In particular, look at the information and links for “parasites” - i.e., adware, spyware, scumware, whatever you want to call it.
Identity theft has become a HUGE industry (i.e., multi-billion dollar per year), and it’s not only happening using the Internet. I’d recommend checking out the Federal Trade Commission’s web site for ID theft for general awareness of the problem.
This site by eBay shows how identity thieves are creating fake emails and fake eBay web site to steal identities and your money.
UNIX tools on a Windows Box
Do you work on a Windows machine, but need UNIX-style tools? Do you port UNIX code into a Windows environment? If so, here are some tools you may want to check out:
Before you forward that next email to your entire distribution list, check to see whether it’s a hoax. The Urban Legends Reference Pages at Snopes.com contains information and research about all kinds of different messages that appear throught the internet on web site and email. Hoaxes are debunked.
This is a great tutorial covering the broad basics of spaceflight. It was developed for NASA and JPL employees, but has become popular with high school and college students, as well as individuals who just have an interest in space and space flight.
HR Giger is the guy who did the artwork for the alien concept in the Alien movie series. Also, there are currently 2 Giger bars, both in Switzerland. It would be worth going to Switzerland just to go to the Giger Bar in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland.
Now this is cool! It’s a free spaceflight simulator that runs under Windows. It’s NOT a game.
For anyone who uses instant messaging from AOL, Yahoo, ICQ, or MSN, check out this IM application. It can simultaneously log in to multiple accounts in one or more of these different IM systems! Also, it’s only about 240 kB, so it’s not a bloated-code monster.