Charlene Wroblewski’s Favorite Web Sites

Geek!This is Charlene Wroblewski’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

  1. MeowMail.com – This is a wonderful place where people who own cats can come together, take on their cat’s personality, and post. They allow other animals to post, too. A few people post as themselves because their animals have died and they haven’t adopted a new one. Anything can be discussed on the forum, unless it starts an argument or flame war. You can also get a free email address with the MeowMail.com domain. Both the Forum and Email use third-party services to handle the traffic. Also, Mama Mothball occasionally has a very important article.

  2. Security Monkey Blog – This is a good site to learn about the pitfalls of security. The Security Monkey (or chief as he calls himself) has a blog at ITToolbox which has been online since June 2003: Introduction. He has numerous cases that he’s written in serial fashion so we had to wait impatiently for the next installment. Occasionally, there is a very informative podcast – although his fans have been waiting a while for a new one. In looking through all the cases, I can’t decide which one is my favorite.
  3. Woot – This is where you can find daily bargains. Some days, usually on a Friday, they change the item every hour (or when they run out of an item). I bought a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner once (and saved a ton of money). Items range from inexpensive items, such as USB Flash Drives, to expensive items like 50” widescreen HDTVs. On Tuesdays, the items are sold as a two-pack.
  4. PaperBack Swap – Here’s a service where you can swap books with other readers. There are similar sites out there, such as BookMooch.com. Both of them allow you to enter your inventory of books you want to swap, and create a wish list of books you want. The difference is that PaperBack Swap only emails the first person on a list when a popular book is available. BookMooch emails everyone. Also, when someone decides they want a book when there are many copies available, the first book to be listed is the one that is used. It is easier to rack up points with BookMooch because you get 1/10th of a point for each book you list and 1/10th of a point when you report that you received your book you ordered. PaperBack Swap gives you 2 points for the first 10 books. Both give you one point for each book mailed out – PaperBack Swap, when the book is marked as received (unless you use Delivery Confirmation by using their site); BookMooch gives you the point as soon as someone requests the book. I prefer PaperBack Swap because I get a better chance of getting technical books.
  5. Chris Pirillo – Chris has many interesting things to say. If there is anything you want to know about technology, check his site first. He even has posts about things that aren’t technological. Every post or podcast has some humor in it. And his creation of a social network just for Geeks has been a great idea. Geeks are the best! I wish I had more time to listen to all of Chris’s podcasts. [and no, I’m not trying to suck up!]

What are some of your favorite Web sites?

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