Every week I find a new online tool to make my job and my life more manageable. Think about the technology resources you used a year ago compared to what you use now – it really is amazing, isn’t it? PC Magazine recently came up with a list called “The Top 100 Classic Web Sites” that includes some really cool tools that we can all use to make things easier and heck, even more interesting and fun, personally and professionally. So check out the list – I’m sure you’ll find a few things here that capture your interest. Some of my favorites:
FactCheck.org – A nonpartisan, non-profit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. It monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
HowStuffWorks.com – This site is packed with science and trivia of every sort, from debunking the onion-powered iPod to articles on the history of Beijing’s underground city. This is the place you’ll go if you care to know how GPS works, how your cubicle can make you sick, or even how performance-enhancing drugs work.
Instructables.com – The coolest site on the Web for how-tos. If you’re looking for a new project, whether it’s how to grow delicious peppers or how to modify your Xbox for rapid-fire cheating in first-person shooters, Instructables is the place to look. Best of all, it’s a DIY site in the sense that anyone can contribute a project.
MakeUseOf.com – This technology blog is one of the best on the Web at finding cool, free software and Web apps, and at providing walk-through tutorials for them.
Do you have any favorite resources that aren’t on the full list?
— Jennifer Ristic