HELP Getting Started and Working
Safely on the Internet pages, including an
"Introduction to the Internet," Help with Social Networking
sites, "Help with Internet Email and Mailing Lists," "Help for
New Web Surfers," "Help with web page creation and HTML,"
"Searching the Internet: Parts I and II," and a "Privacy and
Intellectual Property Rights Index."
The Fabulous Ruins of
Detroit- a great picture gallery by a Detroit
artist of that great industrial city's buildings from its
heyday, This section also includes lots of other Detroit
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This page contains our offering to the on-line world. We hope you
find as much fun surfing around in it as we had making it. Most of
the external links on this page will open a new window in
your browser. To return here, just close the new window.
This section provides a starting point for almost everybody's
quest (throughout the ages in almost every culture) for greater
personal contentment and well-being. I add it here because there
are many misleading counterfeits and because there is available
only now a reasonable body of research and objective thinking
that help define what happiness is and how individuals can
foster its enduring effects in their everyday lives.
Cal Tech's Cool Cosmos has lots of good information
in three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. It has a
cosmic classroom, a cosmic kids section, games, and lots of good
graphics including infrared observations and explanations. Dr. Michelle Thaller manages the site as
one of her public education interests.
View the Doomed Star Eta Carinae - about to explode in a
fireball like you have never seen. "A huge, billowing pair of
gas and dust clouds are captured in this stunning NASA Hubble
Space Telescope image of the supermassive star Eta Carinae,"
expanding outward at about 1.5 million miles per hour. There are
two versions, both with explanations: Version 1 and Version 2. In case the foregoing are
unavailable, see also Nebula in Carinae (19 July 1999 Astronomy
Picture of the Day [see below]); the doomed star (16 Aug 1998); and lasers in Eta Carinae (29 Nov 1997).
View another Hubble phenom, the "supersonic exhaust from
[planetary] nebula M2-9." This is an example of a "bipolar planetary nebula" and is estimated
to be ten times the diameter of Pluto's orbit (or about 100
billion miles). This picture, along with others
in the Planetary
Gallery, contributes to astronomers' understanding of the
complex processes that can result from the death throes of
Sun-like stars. The site contains the M2-9 photo in several
resolutions and formats, an explanatory caption and a photo
gallery of other planetary nebulas. And if that is not enough,
here are a few more Hubble wonders:
Photo-1: a majestic view of a planetary
nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, Sun-like star.
Photo-2: Looking Down a Barrel of Gas at
a Doomed Star.
Photo-3: huge shell of gas ejected by a
star as it nears the end of its lifetime.
Photo-4: four stunning colorful
snapshots of stellar burnout.
Photo-5: The Final Blaze Of Glory Of
Sun-Like Stars (M2-9).
Heritage website (information center) sees the Hubble
telescope as "a tool for extending human vision that is capable
of building a bridge between the endeavors of scientists and the
public. By emphasizing compelling HST images distilled from
scientific data, we hope to pique curiosity about our
astrophysical understanding of the universe we all inhabit." An
overview of the Heritage Project gallery
is available. This site and the more recent HUBBLE site
are outstanding websites devoted to the most interesting visual
images from the Hubble telescope.
The Nine Planets
Site (maybe 8 after 24 Aug 2006) by Bill
Arnett is a "must-see" for anybody even remotely
interested in outer space. It provides a "multimedia tour of the
solar system," complete with pictures and brief, interesting
explanations written for the layman and general reader. For
those in a hurry, there is a "Nine
just for kids" and an Overview of the Solar System which
should not be missed. Watch out, though ... you are at risk of
spending all morning there anyway! It is good stuff.
Calvin Hamilton's Views of the Solar System is a delightful
experience. He is a digital image processing engineer; and you
can see the results in this outstanding on-line offering.
of the Day (APOD). Discover the cosmos! Each day a
different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is
featured, along with a brief explanation written by a
The photo to
the right is Saturn's Hyperion: A Moon with Odd
Craters (to say the least). Have you ever seen such a thing?
APOD's explanation may help you
decipher it. Meanwhile, clicking on the image will yield an enlargement.
The photo is from CICLOPS (Cassini Imaging Central
Laboratory for OPerationS), et al. Great work!
And while we are in planetary mode here, don't miss the Mars Rovers and Mars Lander websites (one
each from the U of Arizona and the Jet Propulsion Lab) to see what they are
up to. Here is a quick tutorial, Mars 101, that you can read in a short
time to get up to speed on Mars in terms of similar features and
measures from our planet Earth.
The EarthLights Photo of lights over the entire earth from
the space station (regular size; jumbo size) is one very interesting way to
see global population and development densities.
Telescope (construction, specifications and
instrumentation), posts some stunning pictures from the heavens which rival
those from the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The
English captions, written for the general reader, are a delight.
The explosion of warm molecular hydrogen gas around the
Kleinman-Low nebula in the Orion cloud (M42) is particularly
impressive. The enlarged JPG is big (476 Kb), but
spectacular--definitely worth the wait for the download. Watch
this website for some dazzling stuff!
The brand new Gemini North telescope will also rival
photos from the Hubble telescope, especially for images in the infrared. Lots of links to
interesting images, systems, etc. This telescope will have what
are called "adaptive optics" which will adjust the
mirrors on the fly by bending them just a little to compensate
for atmospheric disturbances.
NASA's "StarChild" website offers descriptions of
the sun and planets in our Solar System, descriptions of
galaxies, stars and black holes in the universe, etc., for grade
3-8 students. In each category they post level 1 and level 2
information. Lots of good pictures. Their Planets website is very good also. And on
a more advanced level, Emma suggests a Physics Guide to the Solar System which
has more good ideas.
NASA's 30th anniversary website commemorating the Apollo 11
moon landing (20 July 1969) has some great photo galleries and much more. And they
have also posted a recap of the entire Apollo Program (1, and 7-17).
NASA's "Constellation Program" is getting to work
on the new spacecraft that will return humans to the moon and
blaze a trail to Mars and beyond." It has some well done
illustrations of the rockets and spacecraft.
Images website is lots of fun, with its sections on the
Universe, the Solar System, Earth, Aeronautics and Astronauts.
There are a zillion handy accessible images here. It even has a
Spaceflight Timeline where you can see the Explorer, Mercury,
Gemini and Apollo programs, along with those for Skylab, Viking,
Pioneer, Voyager, the Shuttle, Galileo, Hubble, Pathfinder,
Cassini, the Mars Rovers, and the International Space Station.
Great stuff !!
Here is a 1:30 video of the assembly of the
International Space Station. It even provides module names,
dates, and shows where/how they fit together.
Don't miss the Earth and Moon Viewer, a creation of John
Walker at Fourmilab.
It contains user specified views of earth from space, etc., that
you will enjoy. You will even enjoy his questions and answers
section. Lots of fun.
Earth Observing Satellite, launched only in December of
1999, posts a very detailed and interesting gallery of photos
and other images of the earth. This site will be worth checking
often as it grows, having been designed with multiple
simultaneous imaging systems "for a comprehensive check up of
planet Earth." The Earth
Observatory Image of the Day is always interesting, too.
Earth has a section "Explore
the Sky with Google Earth." Lots of fun here, too, looking
at a Hubble and other views of the sky overhead where you are,
checking out the orbits of the planets and much more. Google Earth
gives you maps galore of the surface of the earth, too, of
course. The unofficial Google Earth Blog by Frank Taylor
describes "the amazing things about Google Earth."
On a little different level, here is an Astrophysics
course you can actually understand. Dr. John C. Evans at
University Physics and Astronomy Department has posted "Foundations of Cosmological Thought," and
also the class notes for his Astronomy 103 class. If you want to know
more about Astronomy, Physics and Astrophysics, these are very
well done introductions. Each topic starts at the beginning, and
defines terms as they come up. The result is that you can pick
the topics you are interested in without having to read all the
others. Dr. Evans has also explained Astronomical Coordinate Systems (the
numbers Astronomers use to tell each other where to look for
stars, galaxies, etc.). It is also very well written. Thank you,
And here's another one: The Physics
Department at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania
offers Physics 108, Astronomy in the Physical
Universe. Its section on the evolution of stars is just excellent.
You can read the whole thing in under half an hour. It is very
readable for us non-astronomers and non-physicists. It begins
with an introduction, describes all the stages in half a dozen
sections, and ends with "Black Holes: Gravity's Ultimate
Victory." It even has some illustrations.
Ron Hipschman's website on Bubbles is outstanding. In his
introduction he wonders about "the precise spherical shape, the
incredibly fragile nature of the microscopically thin soap film,
the beautiful colors that swirl and shimmer, or most likely, a
combination of all these phenomena. Why does a bubble form a
sphere at all? Why not a cube, tetrahedron, or other geometrical
figure?" He then says: "Let's look at the forces that mold
bubbles." Definitely worth a peek, as are his several
other websites. Just Google his name, or see the Exploratorium Webmaster's Page.
interested in thermonuclear fusion and the machines needed to
contain the very hot plasmas in which these reactions occur, All
The World's Tokamaks is a website containing a fascinating
gallery of photos (external and internal) from the early Russian
TM models in the 1960s (even the very first TMP in 1954), to the
present 500 megawatt ITER project in France which may be
operational as early as 2018. This international project will
provide vital design information for tomorrow's fusion power
plants. A Tokamak Discoveries page lists the
principal tokamaks (Wikipedia
page) in date order of their construction. To the left is
a cropped photo of a 1987 Russian postage stamp containing an
image of one of their early tokamaks, likely from the 1960s.
Plasma Physics Lab posts several good images (internal and
external) of their Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor which ran from
1982-1997, along with some explanations for the general reader of
the accomplishments which scientists made while using it. They
include a ton of links to related material, historic and present.
The U.S. National
Ignition Facility is working on inertial confinement fusion
as a related method of confining the plasma. Their Photo Gallery contains captivating photos of
the construction and fabrication of NIF along with conceptual
For those interested in Nuclear Power Reactors such
as the boiling water reactors which are in
jeopardy at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan following
the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission posts the Students' Corner website which explains
nuclear energy, nuclear reactors, radiation, emergency planning,
security, decommissioning and radioactive waste. It is written
for those who are new to nuclear power and electrical power
generation. They also post a number of other informative and
helpful pages for those new to the nuclear energy field.
Normally seen as a low risk component of the fuel cycle at
nuclear reactors, the pools for holding spent fuel
assemblies (Wiki's introductory description, with photos)
have become perhaps the highest risk at Fukushima after
boiling dry or leaking water. [In normal operation the pools keep the spent
fuel assemblies cool, and contain their radioactivity
while they are cooling after their useful life in the
reactor is over. When the water level drops below the
tops of the spent fuel assemblies for more than a short
time, the zirconium cladding on the fuel rods can become
hot enough to ignite causing radiation discharge,
generating a lot more heat, and perhaps contributing to
the melting of the fuel itself. The combination
represents a substantial risk since, absent the water,
there is no shielding against the radiation emitted,
radioactive aerosols can be discharged into the
atmosphere when carried by the smoke from the fire
(since the pools have no tops--they are open, much like
a swimming pool, and the buildings surrounding them have
been damaged significantly), and any
undisciplined pile of melted nuclear fuel at the bottom
of the pool represents a great deal of uncertainty and
Wondering is a very well-done interactive website which
begins with a young woman named Lia talking about her favorite
female scientists (Flash required). It's highly engaging and
designed to get young women excited about entering scientific
professions. On the homepage, visitors can read through answers
to questions like "How do bones tell a story?" and "What's
inside an atom?" The site also includes a wonderful Time Travel
Timeline, as well as a "10 Cool Scientists" area including
profiles of scientists like Heidi Hammel, Adriana Ocampo, Marta
Tienda, and Amy Vedder. Overall, this is a website that does a
tremendous job reaching out to curious future scientists in a
way that's both inviting and fun. This description was adapted
Scout Report (about) of March 22,
2013 -- Volume 19, Number 12. Our thanks to The Scout Report for
finding such a good website for women in Science.
American Magazine posts 60-Second
Science, a website containing "quick reports and
commentaries on the world of science." They really do take only
about one screen, can be read easily in a minute or less, and
contain links to further reading. They are a very good idea when
you are in a hurry, or only want the overview to start.
Science @ NASA sponsors Space Weather, which keeps an eye on solar
activity, provides an aurora watch predicting good aurora
conditions and their dates based on observed solar activity, and
the speed of the solar wind. They also report on asteroids,
meteors, etc., and provide a good list of "Essential Links."
Every week they post something very interesting that is
readable; and they have a glossary and an on-line tutorial for
those learning about space weather. They often post interesting
links to websites with other interesting atmospherics, such as:
Richard Fleet's section about "Glows,
and Haloes" which lists all kinds of rainbows, fogbows,
mirages, auroras, glories and many other interesting optical
wonders in the sky.
Science Oxford Online demonstrates how the
different Science Oxford teams work together, and with diverse
audiences to achieve their mission: To encourage the pursuit of
science and enterprise. Their new design makes connections
between science, enterprise and society. It illustrates
connections between different areas of science. It also tries to
show the many connections that science has with everyday life;
and it does so in a way you can follow and understand. You can
see a video on the amazing properties of cornstarch, for example
(in which you can ride a bike over a pool of it, but if you
stand still you sink in). There are photos of a very big spider,
and many other very interesting items: pages and pages of them.
It is very easy to navigate, to bring up videos, etc., and to
move from one item to another. Don't pass this one up. You can
spend five minutes here, or five hours.
Heather Renyck, a science educator in New Hampshire posts
some delightful science, nature and other photos on her
websites: Summer 2007 and Last
Day of Summer Holiday or other galleries. Check out her
aspen leaf with water droplets that was featured on the Earth Science
Picture of the Day (EPOD) for 21 Aug 2006 (where there is a stunning
full-resolution version, complete with
magnified mineral grains in some of the droplets). Additionally,
we are indebted to Heather for that terrific New Hampshire
sunset in the upper right corner of this page. Thank you,
This site provides simple explanations aimed at High School and
College physics students, with links for greater detail on every
aspect. Click the "Index" link for a very handy index in a frame to the right on the index page.
In addition to being very readable and informative, this website
is very comprehensive and stable. Thank you, Dr. Nave.
Steam Engine (photo) is the oldest steam engine still in working
order. It was built in 1779, and is just one of many interesting
items at the WORKSHOP of the WORLD website which
features invention and innovation in the West Midlands in the United Kingdom.
Though you will need the Macromedia Flash Player [free
download], this site provides short descriptions of many
interesting machines, some of which you will not know originated
in the West Midlands.
The West Midlands region (map, right, from Wikipedia)
of England has been an important center of commerce and industry
for well over five hundred years. The city
Coventry was a dominant center of wool and clothing
manufacturing in the Middle Ages, and Birmingham was a prime
location of industry during the Industrial Revolution. Drawing
on the collections of museums in Birmingham, Coventry,
Stoke-on-Trent (and others), the Workshop of the World website
brings together some of the compelling inventions that came out
of the West Midlands region in the 19th century.
Visitors can look over several dozen of these inventions,
including an automatic wood screw making machine, a button shank
making device, and a rotative steam engine. Each object is
accompanied by a photo or illustration, and a short essay gives
detailed background information about the object's importance
and use. [Summary from the Scout Report, Volume 13, Number 16, 27
Courseware website. Their objective is to have all their
courses available free for on-line auditing within the decade. A
laudable objective, to be sure. Somewhere above 1,400 such
courses are now available. The Open
Consortium lists other universities and colleges following
suit; and the Open Courseware Finder will help you find
the one(s) you want.
Biology Corner "is a resource site for biology and science
teachers. The Lesson Plans section contains classroom
activities, labs and worksheets, [teachers] can change any of
these to suit ... classroom needs. The Webquest section contains
inquiry based projects that utilize the Internet. Internet
lessons (also called miniquests) are smaller activities that use
one or two science related web sites for the students to explore
and answer questions about." The site is the creation of Science
educator Shannan Muskopf; and she has been "making it a personal
mission to locate and compile interactive science education
sites. Some web programs like Flash can create some amazing
virtual labs that students can really benefit from. You will
find many of these places in the section under Internet lessons,
all of which utilize fantastic websites to help students
understand scientific concepts." Great work, Shannan.
website "is an interactive, web-based museum [about]
that challenges visitors to think and explore scientific and
cultural phenomena in new ways. Using innovative and intuitive
data interface designs and multimedia content, WebExhibits
helps visitors formulate questions and examine issues from
several points of view. The success of WebExhibits
has led to collaborations with museums around the globe."
Current exhibits include the Causes of Color (birds,
butterflies, glaciers, gemstones, color vision, pigments through
the ages, and many more), Daylight Saving Time, Calendars
Through the Ages, the History and Making of Butter, and lots of
other interesting topics. You can sign up for their newsletter (issued a few
times a year) to learn about new exhibits.
Here are some links to places where futurists and others
predict what will come to pass as time rolls on. It will focus on
social, societal and political items as well as those from
technology and science and other topics that seem interesting.
They are almost never accurate, of course; and some are more
serious than others. And that is all part of the fun. But they
will give you food for thought as you try to visualize where we
are headed. Have fun.
Timeline contains "a speculative timeline of future
history. Part fact and part fiction, the timeline is based on
detailed research that includes analysis of current trends,
long-term environmental changes, advances in technology such as
Moore's Law, future medical breakthroughs, the evolving
geopolitical landscape and more."
Pollen grain ||
of ball point pen ||
The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at
the University of Queensland (Australia) provides over one
hundred scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission
electron microscope (TEM) images in nineteen categories (gallery), including blood, cellular
ultrastructure, hair, insects, materials, pollen, and yeast.
Images are black and white .gifs and .jpgs, with file sizes
provided. Color enhancements of selected images are available.
Above left is a pollen grain; at center is the tip of a ball
point pen; and at right is the tarsal claw of a small ant. Lots
of fun here.
Murawski, Photographer, Writer and Biologist, hosts a gallery of outstanding photos of
butterflies, fungi, parasites, and others, that will keep you
interested for quite a while. Very interesting, all with
Getting Started and working safely on the Internet.
[Since these are
all internal links, they do not open new pages in your web
browser. To return here, just use the "Back" button. Some of
these are fairly old, now; but they still contain useful
"getting started" information.]
An excellent (though longish) Introduction to the Internet (115 Kb) is
contained in the Appeals Court decision overturning the CDA on
June 12th, 1996. This page is worth the investment if you want
to know all about the Internet, how it is accessed, how it
works, etc. It has an extensive Table of Contents (TOC) for easy
access to individual explanations, and contains quick links back
to the TOC from every section. It is written for the general
reader, and is the best introduction to the Internet which
exists (my own view, of course).
Websites and Living in a Digital World.
PBS's Frontline program "Growing Up Online" contains some
fascinating observations and stories from kids they
interviewed. Their "What We Learned" section will give
you some hints of the profound generation gap between
adults only in their 20s and high school students in the
mid-2000s [e-mail is seen as archaic and backward by the
teens, for example--nobody uses it; "it is not even in
the picture"]. The program's producers mentioned that
ubiquitous Internet access has created "the greatest
generation gap since rock 'n' roll;" and they comment on
some of the implications they have considered. In their
"Interviews" section, Dr. C.J. Pascoe, a Berkeley
Sociologist talks about her discussions with teens, and
notes the fundamental shift to social networking that
she has seen in only the last few years. She also speaks
of the new freedom and independence that the online
world provides, including a few of the implications.
My advice to parents and grandparents
with empty (or near-empty) nests is that it is past
time to get on-line with your kids using a social networking site. It is
today's equivalent of the dining room table; but
everybody participates when and as they can, swapping
plans, trip reports, and photos; engaging in social,
political and economic commentary; discussing the latest
movies, concerts and home renovations, etc. Parents and
grandparents can no longer afford to be out of this
loop; these sites are no longer just for the up-coming
generation. Talk to your kids; they can bring you up to
speed. By my reading, Facebook and Twitter are safer than most, and
it is widely used by 20-somethings, as well as many
others. Facebook has lots of options for
users to control who sees what (but you should still post only
information that you would be comfortable if anybody
saw it--see Danah Boyd's paper referenced above, her other
papers, and our notes on the lengthy lifetimes and potential
distribution--and especially privacy issues--concerning
Internet posts of all sorts).
The Pew Research Center’s Internet &
American Life Project has posted a report Social networking sites and our
lives (pdf): How people’s trust, personal
relationships, and civic and political involvement are
connected to their use of social networking sites and
other technologies (June 2011). The report, authored by
Keith N. Hampton and Lauren Sessions Goulet of
University of Pennsylvania and Lee Rainie and Kristen
Purcell, of the Pew Internet Project, seek to answer
questions "about the social impact of widespread use of
social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook, LinkedIn,
MySpace, and Twitter. Do these technologies isolate
people and truncate their relationships? Or are there
benefits associated with being connected to others in
this way? The Pew Research Center’s Internet &
American Life Project decided to examine SNS in a
survey that explored people’s overall social networks
and how use of these technologies is related to trust,
tolerance, social support, and community and political
engagement." The Summary of findings is only three
pages, and is a quick, informative read.
Note: All the above links open new
pages in your browser, unlike other links in this
section. To return here, just close the new window. If
the above link to the Danah Boyd tome on MySpace has
gone AWOL, try this.
Our Help for New Web Surfers
page (55 Kb) is for those using Netscape, Internet Explorer or
Mosaic for the first few times. It is a tutorial explaining how
to get around, how to find a web page, how to make and use
bookmarks and favorites, how to print a web page, save it to
Searching the Internet: Parts I
and II (55 Kb), containing some Basic Considerations and
Automated Search Indexes, Subject Catalogs, Annotated
Directories, and Subject Guides. This page contains some very
good tips on using search engines, how to find what you want,
Privacy and Intellectual Property
Rights Index (55 Kb), links concerned with privacy,
intellectual property rights, copyrights, remedies, fair use,
myths, etc. Also contains Fair Information Principles and
Practices from the U.S. and Canada, and provides a hint of the
impending world-wide privacy crisis.
A Background Paper - Strategic
Planning for Information Technology and Telecommunications:
Exploiting Global Information Exchange in the 1990s and Beyond,
explores the background and context of computer and electronic
network use in the Information Age. As very significant amounts
of data and information are increasingly being developed and
exchanged by individuals, businesses and governments, a
strategic view of its importance is becoming necessary. Both the
amount of data and the speed with which it can be moved have the
potential to overtake those who are not now preparing to
participate in and exploit its use. As we switched from an
agricultural society to an industrialized society, we had
somewhere between 100 and 200 years. In this century alone (and
mainly in the last half) we have seen infrastructure and
technology developments which have profoundly affected our
.. the National proliferation of conventional
and nuclear electric power and telephone services,
.. the emergence of network broadcast radio and
television services, and
.. the internal combustion engine, the
automobile and the Interstate highway system, to name only a few.
Other technologies (all developed in the last 50 years) have
revolutionized our ways of thinking and living. The jet engine,
supersonic flight, rocket propulsion, space travel and satellites
come to mind, along with the defeat of many communicable diseases,
the use of ultrasound, heart surgery, organ transplants and
electronic medical scanning procedures. The development of the
transistor, the microwave oven, digital watches and calculators,
lasers and, of course, the advent of nuclear armament have also
occurred during that time. The office copier, facsimile machine
and the cellular telephone come to mind in communications; credit
cards, automatic teller machines and electronic data interchange
come to mind in the conduct of commerce. But the development and
networked use of the general-purpose stored-program computer may
have been the most significant development of the period.
Finally, here are a few external links to miscellaneous
reference and other services that I or others have found
helpful. These external links will open a new window in
your browser. To return here, just close the new window. These
are not endorsements, of course. This is just an informal
list of websites and software found helpful by me and others for
our purposes. You should do your own due diligence in
selecting all software you use.
Dictionary Search provides a quick definition and
links to that word in many dictionaries, some of them
specialized; also provides links to a reverse dictionary,
translation services, provision of word lists from word
provides a dictionary and thesaurus combined, audio
pronunciations, quick definitions from lots of sources (and
with links for more complete definitions when you want to
pursue meaning in greater depth). Memidex
also provides a handy "word definitions on-the-fly" feature
(called a dictionary bookmarklet) that allows you to
highlight a word on a web page and click for an instant
on-screen definition. Delightful.
Thesaurus - Roget's Thesaurus [free lists of
synonyms, antonyms, etc., with premium content for paid
Encyclopedia - Wikipedia [free encyclopedia, frequently
updated, comprehensive, includes slang and street terms,
Mailing lists - Internet Scout Report [contains free
reliable, interesting and helpful information on a timely
Web page trinkets - FavIcon and WebCounter
[These help to add your own icon to a web page like the in the address bar in this page above, and to
display a count of the number of visitors to your web page
like the one at the bottom of this page. Both contain
instructions and examples.]
Screen Capture - ScreenHunter is free and reasonably easy
to use to capture a .JPG or other format image of whatever is
on your screen.
SpeedTyping is a real time saver. You
enter abbreviations in the phrase book; then every time you
type that abbreviation it expands to whatever you want. It
also has a clipboard history, that gives you a dozen
clipboards. Once you have used this thing (or its equivalent),
you will not know how you ever did without it.
(downloads) is a free tool that analyzes
your hard drive (and/or any external disk drive, or zip
drive), and then displays your files and folders in a variety
of textual and graphical formats that help you understand
what's taking up all that space on your disk. It was very
helpful to my understanding, and helped me find duplicates,
Recuva and Freeraser are two utilities which are used to
recover pieces of a file which you have deleted by mistake
(Recuva [for "recover"]), and to over-write or erase files (or
fragments recovered by Recuva) so that the original contents
are actually gone from your disk or flash drive, or wherever
you had them stored. The need for these utilities arises
because when you delete a file, your computer doesn't actually
remove the contents from your storage device, it just flags
the disk sectors as available for something else. Eventually,
of course, those sectors are over-written when you save other
files; but if your disk is far from full, it could be quite a
while until that happens. Indeed, most of them could still be
reasonably intact when you recycle your computer or that
storage device. You might consider using software like this
for your old tax or banking files, etc., or anything that
could give an identity thief or other least-favorite person a
leg up in harming you. There are lots of free or
modestly-priced utilities like these. None is guaranteed, of
course; and some are better than others. I found these worked
for my purposes. You never completely remove everything from
your hard drive, unless you drive over it with a truck, then
set fire to it, smelt the ashes and fire the result into
outer-space, preferrably aimed at the sun. What you are doing
is adding to the cost and the need for expertise which will be
required in order for somebody to retrieve what you might
think you have deleted.
Recuva comes from the download
site (http://www.piriform.com/recuva) at Piriform
Freeraser comes from the download site
(http://freeraser.en.softonic.com/download) at Softonic
Office suite - OpenOffice.org (have not used it much;
lots of raves from users). It is free and compatible with most
others. Writer has an Export to .PDF format, which worked well
for my purposes.
The plain text editor DocPad (from Gammadyne;
is a big step forward over NotePad and WordPad for those who
don't want editing software to be "too helpful."
The Portable Document Format reader Foxit
Software is an independent, small, free, reliable and
fast PDF reader that will open a PDF file automatically in
your Firefox or Internet Explorer browsers; or it can stand
alone. They also market a PDF creator, editors, etc. Despite
the "Fox" name, they are unrelated to the Firefox browser
developers. They are also unrelated to Adobe. "Five Best PDF Readers" may also be of
Ruins of Detroit, by artist Lowell Boileau. Take the
"express" tour of Detroit's buildings from its heyday. When you
see an interesting one, take the "detour" for more detail. You
could spend a half hour doing lots worse.
See also Forgotten
Detroit ... from author Davig Kohrman (about) - "Detroit is known for one of the
most stunning collections of pre-depression architecture in the
world. The past two decades have seen several of these treasures
sit vacant, waiting for economic revival. On these pages you
will find information about the past, present, and future
situations of a few of these landmarks. It is my hope that this
information helps you gain an appreciation for the importance of
both the history and continued survival of these buildings."
See also their Ocean Explorer Lophelia II 2010: Oil Seeps and Deep Reefs
website. It documents the interesting voyages of the NOAA Vessel
Lophelia II conducting important experiments and analyses
looking into the world of deep-water coral communities, etc.
The Church's Family Search [cookies (cookie caution)]
website seems to be a real hit. It provides information on
starting your own family history projects (see their How to Start Your Family History
page); and it allows searches for your
ancestors through a world-wide collection of genealogical and
family history records.
In a quite different vein, Canadian
artist Alma Rumball (bio sketch) created, in the mid-20th
century, a number of inspirational drawings aided by 'The Hand' as if
outside her consciousness. Wendy Oke, her biographer, "who is
divinely inspired to be the one to take the drawings to the
world” posts the drawings at the Alma
Matters website, and uses them in her ministry.
Title: Home Page for the Meek Familyof
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.The primary URL for this page is at:
http://www.GoChet.ca/index.htm.or.index.html Go to Primary
The Mirror-2 URL for this page is at:
http://internet.ocii.com/~cmeek/index.htm.or.index.html Go to Mirror-2 website.
The Mirror-3 URL for this page is at:
http://members.shaw.ca/cdmeek/index.htm.or.index.html Go to Mirror-3
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