FINDING GOOD STUFF ON THE WEB

Most people find good websites through social networking sites. The six most popular are Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Digg and LinkedIn. The seventh, Flipora, is one we’d never heard of till they announced a new version.

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GET UP AND OUT THERE

If you want to get a website online fast, there are over a dozen services, that can do that, and many of them are free. We’ve used the free versions of “WordPress” and “Yola” to create web sites. Friends have raved about Weebly for producing new sites, so we tried it and must agree, it’s very nice; it’s also free.

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THE INTERNET OF SHARING

Forty years ago, Bob wrote about an idea that may finally be gaining adherents. As a homeowner, he thought it was ridiculous that everybody on the block had their own lawnmower. Why not just have one and pass it around? Why try to own everything if you can share it? To pay for repairs or replacement, you would all contribute to a common fund, maybe monthly or once a year. It took the Internet to move this idea along.

People are now sharing tools and toys using apps like “Freecycle,” amounting to 700 million pounds of used items last year, according to a recent report by author Jeremy Rifkin. If those items were stacked …

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CLOUD MAGIC

“CloudMagic” lets you search Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange, iCloud, Outlook, iMap and Google Apps from one search box.

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THE ONION ROUTER

Thwarting a dictator or anyone else’s surveillance is a whole lot easier these days. Dissidents all over the world can go under the radar with something called “the onion router.” The onion router is a free download at TorProject.org.

The onion router prevents people from le

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SHARING WI-FI SIGNALS

A pretty girl, very sweet looking, knocked on our door and said to Joy:”I have to get on the Internet. Can I use your password?” We didn’t know her and she wasn’t a neighbor, but she stood poised and ready with notebook and pen to take down our password.

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APPLE FREEBIES

Apple is offering “iWork,” a program group similar to Microsoft Office. It’s free for Windows and Mac, It’s available but still in beta testing. What does that mean? Might have some bugs. Probably.

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USING YOUR PHONE TO CONNECT YOUR PC

PdaNet is free for Android phones with a “4G” connection, and lets you use your cellular connection to get your computer on the Internet, in the absence of Wi-Fi. This is called “tethering,” and for a while it was banned from the Google Play store. Tether your devices using a USB cable or a Bluetooth connection.

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YOUR OWN WEBSITE

There are dozens of ways to build your own website these days, but some are easier than others. The good news is you don’t have to learn HTML or coding of any kind, to produce a great site. And most of your choices are free. The first question to ask is would you rather work on or off-line? Online is great for collaborative sites. Your contributors won’t have to own special software to edit the site and add material. Just give them the password and they can get on. On the road, you can work from any computer. We’ve created several sites using Yola.com, and we think they look great. With drag and drop, you can add social networking, storefronts, […]

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YAHOO IS LOOKING AT YOU

Yahoo mail recently started forcing users to upgrade to a new version, or stop using Yahoo. This came off as pushy and a little scary for some of our readers. The supposed benefits are faster email, less spam, and an easier-to-use design. But not everybody is on board. The biggest complaint concerns Yahoo’s new policy of scanning your email messages so they can target ads. Google’s Gmail has done this since its beginning, and it doesn’t bother us. It’s just robots selecting the ads, and we’d rather see relevant than irrelevant ones. Savvy folks point out that if you don’t like your email being scanned, you should stop using your grocery savings card, which also tracks usage. And be wary […]

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