1. AskSam is a well-known and well-regarded random access database, but the company also operates a Web site,, that lists hundreds of databases, each divided into areas called “Surf Reports.” Each of those reports, like “Science,” “Health,” “Biographies,” “Government,” etc., has links to dozens of sites related to that topic. Think of it as a bibliography of pre-screened Web sites.Travelistic

2. lets you explore the world through short travel videos. Most are supplied by advertisers and tourist bureaus and have little feel of what the place is really like. But a few are created by individuals who actually know the area. We really liked the ones by a young woman who shows you a bit of what Newport Beach and Palm Desert, Calif., look like. She was as charming as the Travel Channel’s popular Samantha Brown.

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