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Un-useless Web sites

With so much volume, and so many sites offering similar content on the Web, sometimes you have to do a little work to find the pearls among the swine – or you could let someone else do it for you.

In the February 2003 issue of PC World magazine (www.pcworld.com), the editors have put together a list of 50 useful Web sites that may actually save you time – something the Internet promised long ago, but hasn’t seemed to deliver.

I compared the PC World list to my own bookmarks to put together a shorter list of essential sites. If you want the complete PC World list, you can either buy the magazine, or visit the Web site.

Webopedia – www.webopedia.com

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Ever wonder what in hell it is the guys in the IT department are talking about? Ever try to decipher a user’s manual, fix a computer glitch, or follow a computer article or news story and find yourself completely lost? Are you intimidated by three-letter acronyms and industry terms?

If so, Webopedia is the site for you.

There’s no doubt that the Internet has spawned its own language over the years, and that the language is becoming increasingly complex as the Web continues to grow and diversify. If you like to stay on top of what’s happening, you have to stay on top of the lingo.

Give it a chance and I guarantee you’ll be going back to Webopedia again and again.

Consumer Review – www.consumerreview.com

As the saying goes, a fool and his money are soon parted. I’ve been that fool too many times, making impulse buys on stereos, VCRs, cameras, and sports equipment that I’ve later regretted. I’ve attempted to do a little research in the past, but while many commercial Web sites publish customer feedback, I have started to believe that the feedback was either planted by companies, or possibly by a deranged sociopath who derives a perverse pleasure from tricking people into purchasing inferior products – there’s just no way the cheaply made, loud, and constantly malfunctioning stereo system I bought should have gotten five out of five stars at Future Shop.

This site specializes in sporting goods and consumer electronics, and includes reviews and discussion areas for certain products that could make your life a lot easier, and keep you from doing something foolish.

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