• is a free service that lets you send instant messages to your e-mail contacts even if they do not use the same service. Ordinarily you can do this only if you are all on AOL, Gmail, Hotmail or whatever. You can also use Yoomba to make free Internet phone calls. Yoomba works only with Windows XP or 2000, not Vista or Mac.

  • has over 20,000 games, ringtones and wallpaper selections for your cell phone. We were skeptical, but in fact enjoyed downloading the Wheel of Fortunelocal college football fight song as a ringtone. Unfortunately, the “Wheel of Fortune” games we downloaded did not work with either of our two Internet-ready cell phones.  Thumbplay charges $3 for one download or a $10 a month for 10 credits.

  • helps you create online forms that you can e-mail to a list of contacts and then get a detailed report of their replies with summaries. You can try it out by sending yourself a form. There’s no charge either way.

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