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Guide Favorites: Your Netforbeginner Editor Picks

A collection of your editor's favorite web sites. Useful, artful, zany, and even a little bit shocking... here is a look into what a full-time web professional enjoys reading on the Net!

Review: Why Gmail Is Good and Bad
Gmail has arguably been the king of free webmail. But is it losing its crown to the new Microsoft Outlook.com service? About.com reviews Gmail here, and describes how it stacks up as a modern webmail service.

Outlook.com Review
Since 2004, Gmail has arguably been the King of Webmail. But that throne is now being contested by the next evolution of Hotmail: Outlook.com. In a head-to-head evaluation, About.com has identified 15 features that make Outlook.com a standout new offering...

Users Write: the Most Addictive Websites
About.com readers share their most addictive websites of 2013. How about you? What websites are you addicted to?

Users Write: the Most Addictive Websites
About.com readers share their most addictive websites of 2013. How about you? What websites are you addicted to?

The Most Addictive Sites on the Web
There are websites that offer a rare blend of mesmerizing content and discovery-based browsing. These websites are arguably addictive, inspiring laughter and awe, and sometimes revulsion. Here are some of the most addictive sites on World Wide Web, as suggested by About.com readers...

The 20 Most Addictive Sites, 2011
These websites are a guilty pleasure for many ... they have an addictive appeal, and lend themselves to at least 30 mins of browsing per day, depending on your personal tastes. As you peruse the changing list below, remember that " SFW " stands for " Safe for Work ", where the sites have clean content suitable for most viewers. Be warned,...

The 20 Most Addictive Time Waster Websites, 2011
These websites are a guilty pleasure for many ... they have an addictive appeal, and lend themselves to at least 30 mins of browsing per day, depending on your personal tastes. As you peruse the changing list below, remember that " SFW " stands for " Safe for Work ", where the sites have clean content suitable for most viewers. Unless the site...

The 15 Most Addictive Time Waster Websites, 2010
These websites are more than just interesting... they actually suck the reader in for click after click of guilty pleasure. You are welcome to contribute to this ever-changing list of timewaster websites: submit your favorite addictive website here ...

About.com User Favorites: Internet Radio Stations
Streaming Internet radio is a splendid way to discover new music. Here are some About.com reader favorite Internet radio stations...

The Best Free Antivirus Software, 2009
Of the many antivirus choices available, a few products stand out as being strong choices. Of those choices, this particular product is definitely worth looking at...

Reader Favorites: The Funniest YouTube Videos
About.com readers speak up: here are the funniest YouTube videos of 2009...

User Favorites: The Funniest Websites of 2009
About.com User Favorites: The Funniest Websites of 2009

User Favorites: Time Waster Websites
Where do you go to kill an hour on the Internet? Do you have a favorite humor, music, photo website? About.com readers share their favorite time waster websites here...

About.com User Favorites: Internet Radio Stations
Internet radio is a splendid way to discover new music. Here are some About.com reader favorite internet radio stations...

StumbleUpon.com
Today, thousands of Web users are leaving Google to become "Stumblers". This service uses human votes instead of keywords. Forget doing laborious and tedious searches... StumbleUpon.com matches your interests with its members, and jumps you directly to quality websites. Read how you can become a "Stumbler" and speed up your web experience now...

PutFile.com
"Put File" dot com is the best way to share funny digital videos and silly pictures with your friends! Not only can you host your crazy home movies here, but you can see thousands of outlandish videos on this site, too. Because it's funded by advertising banners, PutFile.com is completely free for you to use. Four stars out of five for the smile factor and the price!

How Stuff Works...Literally.
How does cough suppressant stop coughs? How does a Mazda RX8 rotary engine work without pistons? How do they make breast implants? How does a lock-pick artist do his craft? How does a computer chip think? Amazingly clear and vivid explanations on nearly everything! Five stars out of five for usefulness.

Epinions: Consumer Reviews
If you are shopping for a new or used car, a new digital camera, a new DVD player, a new GPS, or even some new pet food, then epinions.com can help. This massive collection of amateur consumer reviews not only details what people truly think about products, but it also lists comparative price quotes for you. Highly recommended.

Belief.net: The Spiritual Type Survey
Belief.net is for everyone. Whether you are a devout churchgoer, an agnostic skeptic, a secular humanist, a diehard atheist, a karmic chameleon, or an ambivalent waffler, this "Spirital Survey" is guaranteed to challenge your assumptions in a fun and respectful way. Try it. You might be surprised at what you learn about yourself.

International Pictures of the Year
Photojournalism at its very best! Some amazing moments in humankind are captured at this web site.

The CIA World Fact Book
Wow. This is even better than buying a hard-copy atlas or encyclopedia! Supported by a very well-funded organization, the CIA World Fact Book is an educational resource for anyone interested in the rest of the planet.

The FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
America's Baddest of the Bad! $50,000 rewards for information on some of these bad boys, and $25 million for one of them in particular. Wow.

eBay
In 1995, Pierre Omidyar wanted to help his fiancee find fellow Pez candy collectors. The idea of eBay was born in his San Jose living room that same day. Now, eBay brings millions of individuals together to trade goods and collectibles. The breadth and depth of merchandise available at eBay.com, eBay.de, eBay.ca, eBay.co.uk, and eBay.fr is boggling! Go see for yourself.

Zeitgeist
German for "culture of the time", Zeitgeist is a dipstick indicator of what people want from the Internet. Based on millions of searches at Google's 87 different country servers, here is a statistical report of what people look for on the Web. Freaky and fascinating all at once.

Urban Legends Debunked
Is that really a Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe? Does vanilla really repel mosquitos? Are terrorists buying uniforms on eBay? Find the truth at this excellent myth-debunking website!

Internet Movie Database
The world's single-most-comprehensive library of filmmaking and television knowledge! Ever wanted to see Spielberg's filmography? Curious where Harrison Ford grew up? Want photos of the upcoming Franka Potente movie? Need a review of the latest Cohen film? IMDB is your next stop.

IQ Tests, EQ Tests, Personality Tests
Myers-Briggs, ANSIR, Stress-o-Meter, Emotional Intelligence Quotient, Wechsler Intelligent Scale for Children, Neo Personality Inventory...all of these famous tests and more are available here. Most of these are no-cost.

All Experts: Professional Consultants, Zero Cost
AllExperts.com is the most affordable professional consulting you can get today. Whether you need advice on designing a database, training your German Shepherd, raising your teenager, fixing your car transmission, building your deck, or growing tomatoes, the volunteers at AllExperts.com will answer your questions for free.

The Darwin Awards
It's amazing how dumb some people can be. Horrible, mesmerizing, and hilarious, all at once!

Cyber Soap Box: User Discussions For The Opinionated
This is freedom of expression at its best: laypeople, with their views of the world, trading comments with subject matter experts and professionals. From rainforest preservation to same-sex marriage to gun control; from Kant and Dostoevsky to Archie comics and the Simpsons... every topic in the world is debated here.

Internet Public Library
Located at the University of Michigan, the Internet Public Library is like many regular libraries: under-utilized and under-appreciated. The IPL, however, is so much more fast and fun than a regular library! Excellent resource for students and for curious adults.

Worth 1000 Words
This is the funnest online competition you'll see for graphic designers. Charged with the tasks of combining strange photos in unusual ways, amateur graphic artists will turn Brad Pitt into a panda bear, or make your favorite hockey player into a flying squirrel. Fun, freaky, and absolute eye candy!

The Internet Games Portal
Want to find a good Internet game for your interests? Games guru, Dave Spohn, not only explains what MMORPG, FPS, and MUD means, but he also lists dozens of suggested game sites. Warning: Dave's suggestions can be highly addictive.

Mapquest
Driving to your cousin's place in Montreal? Your boss is sending you somewhere near Milwaukee? Traveling through Singapore and you want to find a health club? Need a good restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica? Whatever your map need is, mapquest.com is likely to have your destination ready for printing. It doesn't cover the whole planet yet, but it's getting there.

The Virtual University
In a world where academic studies cost tens of thousands of dollars, California's Virtual University offers college-level online education for only $15.00 per semester. Egyptian Mythology, Criminal Psychology, Copyright Law, Beginner Graphic Design, JavaScript, Foundations of Literature...courses start Jan 26, 2004.

Lonely Planet Destinations
Want to backpack through Thailand? Need tourism advice for Cuba? Thinking about visiting Ibiza or Spain? Then Lonely Planet is an invaluable resource for travel, atlas, demographic, cultural, and anthropological information. You can even find a traveling partner at this site. Highly recommended.

"The Iceberg" Internet Radio
If you are a music lover with a cable or high-speed DSL connection, then this site is for you! Based in Canada, this Internet radio station broadcasts over 200 different genres of music, with nearly zero advertising. Big Band Swing, modern metal, adult contemporary, trance... it's all here...

Dr. Ozone: Graphic Artistry with JavaScript
Thaddeus Ozone is a rare combination of technical savvy and right-brained creativity. His programming of dynamic HTML and JavaScript will boggle your mind. His Photoshop graphics will tickle your eyeballs. Very cool inspiration for new web developers.

The Best Free HD/Widescreen Wallpaper Sites, 2013
While there are hundreds of free wallpaper sites, only a few offer that blend of minimal advertising, convenient browsing, high-quality images, and range of high-definition resolution choices. Here are several widescreen wallpaper sites that About.com recommends... these are splendid choices for keeping your widescreen monitor beautiful!

Groupon: What Is 'Groupon'? How Does Groupon Work?
Groupon is a new, and very popular, deal-of-the-day service. Groupon represents thousands of restaurants, stores, and services in North American cities, and offers discounts to subscribers. About.com explains more about Groupon here...

The Best Free HD/Widescreen Wallpaper Sites, 2013
While there are hundreds of free wallpaper sites, only a few offer that blend of minimal advertising, convenient browsing, high-quality images, and range of high-definition resolution choices. Here are several widescreen wallpaper sites that About.com recommends... these are splendid choices for keeping your widescreen monitor beautiful!

Teenager Advice
Are you feeling those 11th-grade blues? Is your body image squashing your self esteem? Dealing with peer pressure, drug problems, or an eating disorder? Then you might want to visit this very helpful site.

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