SHOP ADVISOR

“ShopAdvisor” gives you reviews of 200 million products and pricing info. Type the name of the product, speak into the microphone, or tap “scan” to scan a barcode on the product itself.

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GREETING CARDS THE EASY WAY

Here are some easy ways to send out holiday greetings: — DearInbox.com turns email into greeting cards for users of the Chrome web browser. Whatever you type can be printed inside a ready-made card you choose. Starts with one free card. – CardStore.com lets you choose from hundreds and have your message inside. They print it, stamp it and mail it, and can use your address book so you don’t have to retype anything. –Ojolie.com has lovely digital greeting cards for $12 a year. We like it even better than AmericanGreetings.com, though we’ve noticed that only a few of our friends like digital cards. Most prefer the paper kind; that includes us.

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AIRPORT DIRECTORY FOR PILOTS

Globalair.com/airport is an airport directory, a great tool for pilots.

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ONLINE GAME TEACHES YOU TO FIGHT INTERNET ATTACKS

PBS.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/cyber is a game designed to teach people how to fight against Internet attacks. Players pretend to lead a company similar to Facebook that is being targeted by malicious hackers. Learn the basics of programming along the way.

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AFFORDABLE COLLEGES ONLINE

AffordableCollegesOnline.org offers real degrees from universities such as Oregon State, University of Illinois and Penn State. They offer a series of guidebooks for veterans, the disabled and those for whom English is a second language. There’s also a financial aid section with forms and guides.

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FREEBIES FROM GOOGLE

MadeWithCode.com, a Google-operated site, let anyone design a small custom bracelet that they made and mailed out for free. Honest! – We got one. Ours is green and says “Bob and Joy.” It took a couple of months to arrive. Now they have other projects, such as animated “Yeti” figures. Click “Projects” to choose. Many are free, like the animated greeting cards.

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EVERYDAY CHEMISTRY

“Reactions: Everyday Chemistry” Search on those words to find a fun YouTube video series with topics like: “Why does bacon smell so good?” or “Accidental Discoveries that Changed the World” – like turning tar into dyes and sweeteners.

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FINDING FONTS

A reader pointed out that installing free fonts from just any ol’ site can sometimes stick viruses on your computer. Ain’t it the truth? It’s a caution that goes with many sites, particularly ones for free games.

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HISTORY’S BAD ASSES

Kickassfacts.com has a huge variety. In “history’s bad asses,” we learned that French Marshall Ferdinand Foch said the Versailles Treaty ending World War I was not a peace accord but an armistice for 20 years. World War II broke out 20 years and 65 days later. On the home page, we read of a Game of Thrones actress who got stuck on a different kind of throne (a toilet seat) because she was covered in so much fake blood.

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80 YEAR OLD MAN HASN’T BATHED SINCE HE WAS 20

Encurious.com collects curiosities: photos, for example, of an 80 year-old man who hasn’t bathed in 60 years.

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