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Favourite Links - July 2000
This is not supposed to be a list of the best sites of their kind on the net. Rather a list of the sites which I find myself visiting the most. The very curious also take a carousel tour of my (many) bookmarks
Animation Express - What are you going to do with that fast internet connection your university just upgraded? Watch cartoons of course. Shockwave and Quicktime ahoy!
Bookmarklets - An idea so good that it will be ripped off shamelessly on hundreds of inferior sites.
Distributed.net - Is your computer bored and underworked? Does it yearn for a greater challenge and the possibility of glory? If so, sign it up to the largest distributed computer in the world! Join up today!
Google - The best search engine on the web. Uses cunning maths to calculate page position by link popularity.
The Hunger Site - UN site where clicking a button donates food to third world countries.
Jodi.org - Watch your browser do strange things. Version 3 or less browsers need not apply.
Modem Speed Test Page - Settle who has the fastest connection speed once and for all.
Multimap UK - Scare people by zooming down to a street map of their neighbourhood from a map of the UK.
Need To Know - Weekly British satirist computing page, complete with TV guide, off-beat tech stories and ruthless coverage of other sites' mistakes. The editors are probably nefarious technology killjoys...
Newsnow - Why trawl the net looking for the latest stories when you can use this site to jump straight to them?
The Register - Biting the hand the feeds IT, The Register is a UK site reporting on technology events with nauseating immediacy and silly company names.
Sabrina Online - Eric Scwartz made an online comic and it turned out to be well drawn and pretty good. A bit risqué of late but still very funny.
Shockwave - Probably the zenith of shocked sites. WATCH! cartoons. PLAY! games. WAIT! ages for it all to download.
Shoutcast - The MP3 radio guide of the internet. Lists hundreds of stations playing all manner of music and programmes. Pick your station and start listening or search for your favourite artist or genre. The only catch is that a fast connection is necessary to prevent the music skipping or to listen to higher quality stations.
Slashdot - News for "people who program computers and often wear glasses". News is posted, comments are posted about the news, comments are moderated. Rinse and repeat.
SnowCraft - Highly distilled StarCraft in Shockwave and very cool(!) to boot.
User Friendly - Geeky, Linuxy, nerdy, techy comic strip about life at an ISP. Funny to those who know why NetBSD and Linux are related.
Alertbox - Jacob Neilson dispenses web pearls of wisdom on a monthly basis. For starters, I recommend his Top ten mistakes of Web management, Top ten new mistakes and Writing for the web. Also see Jacob's own site - Useit.com.
Webmonkey - You don't know how to make a web page but want to learn? Well if this site doesn't teach you anything, at least you'll laugh trying.
Web Site Garage - Put those flabby GIFs on a diet and fine tune that HTML. Almost guaranteed to put go-faster stripes on your pages.
Websites That Suck - One of the best web design sites I've come across. Ruthlessly points out major sites' flaws and advises you not to make them yourself.
Yale Style Manual - The bible of web style. As definitive as sites come, this covers every web design topic and then some.
The Obligatory Websites of Friends
Kim Randell's Site - Intriguing frontpage, but dodgy sub page design. Interesting content though.
YS3 - Retro speccy site edited by Jon Hyde and Nathan Forsyth. Recently got a top level domain but mysteriously continues to not contain a link back to slant...