Reference and Trivia Links

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These are links to sites that contain online reference or trivia information. Some are very interesting to browse. Also included are RSS News Reader links.


  • Eclectic Lightbulb – absolutely amazing stuff and good reference – really worth a visit
  • Ask Cecil – all sorts of odd questions answered
  • Great Facts – interesting read
  • Answers.com – find answers to many questions
  • Cool Quiz – fascinating trivia
  • Gallery of Obscure Patents
  • Patent Silly – All of the patents on this site were found on the United States Patent and Trademark Office web site
  • Check Domain – find out who runs a specific Internet domain and what their address is
  • Bandwidth Speed Tester – test your connection speed
  • ZDNet’s Bandwidth Speed Tester – compares your connection speed graphically with other types
  • Telkom Bandwidth Test – for testing within South Africa
  • Ex-Cult – Information on some common cults and how to spot them
  • Rick Ross’s Site on Cults
  • Merck Publications – The hypochondriac heaven!! See the Merck Manual to search on symptoms etc.
  • Popular Mechanics – home improvement, car maintenance, gardening, etc.
  • How Stuff Works – site that explains how many devices as well as concepts work in layman’s terms
  • Tom’s Hardware Guide – excellent reference on all types of computer hardware with reviews
  • Household Cyclopedia – old fashioned recipes for success
  • Wikipedia is a Web-based, free-content encyclopedia that is written collaboratively by volunteers. A light version is available for cellphone browsers
  • eLibrary – Desktop front end for Project Gutenberg. You can search offline and download books which are managed in an offline library
  • Webcam Links – Live video sites around the world
  • World Time Server – useful if you telephone across the world or if you want to determine the best time to teleconference
  • Worldwide Weather – Weather for all countries and most cities on Earth!
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) generic News, Weather, etc feeds to your browser.  You should find readers that will integrate with any browser. I currently use Sage with Firefox browser but some other readers can also be found here (note you can get free standing programs, as well as integration into Outlook, web browsers see also eNewsBar entry below this one). See here for more easy to understand information on what RSS is and a selection of different Windows readers. Weblogs Compendium has an excellent list of feeds available.  Weather feeds for any city. See my South African links page for more South African news feeds and a RSS link at the bottom of this page that you can use in your RSS reader to track updates to this website.   If you find RSS newsreaders useful you may want to also try Google’s new Reader.
  • RSSOwl – Feature packed RSS Reader that allows ratings and recommends articles, searching for RSS, exporting to RTF & PDF, etc in up to 29 languages. Runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris.
  • FeedDemon – commercial RSS reader but has excellent layout and usability options. reads most of the new formats as well.
  • eNewsBar – places scrolling news on your desktop. No browser needed. It is free with no spyware or advertising. It will allow you to put in a custom RSS or Atom XML newsfeed of your choice (such as IOL etc). Very useful as it is out of the way and does not depend on a particular browser etc. Runs on Windows only.
  • Mapquest – Looking for a map of a place anywhere on Earth?
  • Google Earth – entire planet’s satellite images mapped on a 3D globe. You can zoom down to street level with street name overlays, GPS coordinates, etc and also post your own places of interest. Basic access is free
  • Flash Earth – if you do not want to install Google Earth, or just want to com[are Google Earth’s maps with Microsoft Maps, try this browser based version that allows you to switch between the two
  • South African Maps – see my South African Links page

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