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Websites to Broaden Your Computer Horizons

Jim Fromm, Editor, MOAA Computer User Group, HI

January 2013 issue, The TUG
www.the-tug.org
editor (at) the-tug.org

Because a number of you (I mean us) fall in the senior age group, and because some of you (I mean us) may be thought to lead a sheltered life, I thought it was time to offer to broaden your computer horizons.

So, I’m providing you with a laundry list of websites that you can visit and decide yourself if you want to bookmark them. It’s never a disadvantage to be informed of what is happening in the world. News, opinions, human interest, goofy and technical sites are included.

There are innumerable websites on the internet covering every topic imaginable. Some are toxic to the sensibilities. Some are dedicated to historic events. Many are opinion sites that cover all topics from art, to comedy, to topical news, anything you can think of, you can find on the internet. All have their own interesting element.

I must admit, I have become addicted to visiting numerous sites every evening. I can’t remember the last time I watched TV after 7 PM. I’m usually at the computer after dinner surfing through a favorite list of blogs, news and feel good sites. It’s my way of taking a break from the dismal news events of the day but still keeping current.

At many of the blogs you can read the headline without clicking on through to a link. If the topic does not interest you, scroll down to the next entry. With the talking heads on TV you have to suffer through the narrative and the frequent commercials or press the mute button. At a blog you don’t have that problem.

Many of the opinion sites report news items and then give you opinions from one, or more, contributors, whereas the TV news casts spend mere seconds on a topic before breaking for commercial and oftentimes have a one-sided slant to the item.

The really fun part of these is the comments section. Which, I must warn you, can get pretty salty, so be cautious. If profanity offends you, be especially careful. F-bombs are strewn throughout some of the comments. A few blog hosts prohibit foul language and you’ll learn which ones if you check out the listings.

I’ve categorized them so you can see the genre and pass on those that you know won’t interest you.

Opinions -- Far right; Left and Far left:
www.instapundit.com
ww.politico.com
www.slate.com
www.rightwingnews.com
www.maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom. com
www.huffingtonpost.com
www.twitchy.com—a compilation of tweets, and responses to them, from around the world.

Fun stuff— Animals and satire:
www.cuteoverload.com
www.rumfordmeteor.com
www.flixxy.com
www.top20sites.com

Tech stuff— Computers mostly:
www.docmercury.com
www.pcworld.com
www.cnet.com

Arts and Music:
www.classical.net
www.classical.com
www.deviantart.com 
www.fineartsites.org

Novels and manuscript:
http://tinyurl.com/c4x5vpm— Cincinnati Library list of books
http://manuscriptsonline.wordpress.com/ (Research site)
http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/ - British Library

A few of the sites listed require registration but no membership fee unless you sign up for their ‘premium’ offerings. Quite a bit of the content is free to browse.

As Lou (Torraca) reminds us, be careful on the WWW while educating yourself.

Aloha,

Jim

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