Useful Web Sites

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ADVICE AND TIPS

DotDash.com

Provides advice, information and ideas for inspiration.

Advice from an Expert (Just Answer)

Money Security

Airlines (See TRAVEL)

Amazon Books (Biggest online bookstore)

AMAZON KINDLE PUBLISHING

HTML Kindle Publication Template (SUNRISE)

Developed by SUNRISE for authors and publishers, this is the template you should use when creating your next "Stephen King"-inspired eBook on Kindle, ePUB or other platforms. Already tested against KindleGen 2.9 with no errors to report, feel free to make use of this clean template to create your great novel.

Download KindleGen 2.9.app (Mac)

The essential tool from Amazon to create your Kindle eBook. Use it to convert your HTML template source file (e.g., the link above as an example) into the Kindle file format. The link shown here is for Mac users only.

Download KindleGen 2.9 (PC)

The essential tool from Amazon to create your Kindle eBook from your HTML template source file. This one is for PC users, so Mac users must use Terminal.app in the Utilities folder to run some basic commands (yuk!). Or better still, choose the app version above!

Download Kindle Previewer 2.94 (PC and Mac)

With built-in KindleGen 2.9, just drag-n-drop an ePUB file to convert. Added advantage: You can preview the Kindle eBook file straightaway. You can ignore the above links in favour of this tool if you prefer.

Download Kindle eBook Reading App for Mac

Download Kindle eBook Reading Apps for PC

ANIMALS

Australian Age of Dinosaurs, The

Dogs, Toxic Foods for

Evolution of Life on Earth (SUNRISE)

A compact no holds back view of our long evolutionary history. This will reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly of what he have gone through on this planet, and what could become for all of us in the future. We hope this section inspires people to do the right thing for one another and for all living things in the universe just to show exactly what we have learned after all this time.

Snake bites, Management of

Snakes, About

Answers.com

Searches through dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases, glossaries and encyclopedias for the answers

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Adobe Systems, Inc.

Alternative Medicine

Apple, Inc.

ART

The Louvre

Victoria and Albert Museum

Ask Philosophers, for responses to questions you may have.

AUCTIONS, ONLINE

eBay

eBay (Misspelled Auctions)

AUSTRALIAN POSTCODES

Australia Post

AUSTRALIAN SERVICES, FREE

ACT Legislation Acts

Free Superannuation Records Check

National Energy (Energy-efficient solutions)

Superannuation Information (ATO)

White Pages

Yellow Pages

AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION

ABC

eBroadcast, Listing Guide

Your TV, Listing Guide

AUTHOR SERVICES

Book-Writers

As recommended by Amazon.com. This is the place for everything you need to get your book sold on Amazon and produced into any format required (e.g., ebooks as well as traditional print).



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BABY, PREGNANCY AND SAFETY ADVICE

Baby-Proof Safety Checklist (Oregon Health and Science University)

Baby-Proof Your Apartment

Baby Proofing and Child Safety Guide

Childproofing Your Home (US CPSC)

Guide to Babyproofing your Home

Medical Health Tests

Pregnancy Baby Care

The Complete Babyproofing Guide

And if you are still worried this is not enough information, we can only recommend wrapping your child in cotton wool to solve all other safety issues.

also see CHILD SAFETY INTERNET ADVICE

BANKS (AUSTRALIA)

Aussie Home Loans

ANZ

Bankwest

Commonwealth Bank

Good Shepherd MicroFinance

Avoid those shady commercial payday loan centres such as Cash Converters and GoodtoGo Loans with their attempt to force people to pay excessive fees, very high interest rates, etc (see ABC television program, Four Corners, 30 March 2015). Good Shepherd MicroFinance are for people on low income who need small loans to purchase fridges, a second-hand car, furniture, or anything else, while ensuring people feel valued and in control of their finances and lives at all times. The truly ethical and moral approach to leanding.

ING Direct

National Australia Bank

St George Bank Limited

Westpac

Beatles Music

BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES

Engineers Australia Database

First Search

HOLLIS Catalog - Harvard University

Ingenta - extensive science literature database

Harvard University's online database resources

National Library of Australia Catalogue

Open Thesis - Upload & Search Global Theses and Dissertations

The Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

BILLS, PAY YOUR

Australia Post - PostBill Pay

BPAY

BOOKINGS, ENTERTAINMENT

Show Biz (Australia)

Ticketek (Australia)

BOOKS

Abebooks, Used and rare books

Amazon Books

Collins Books, New books at

Dymocks, New books at

Net Library (Downloading e-Books)

Britannica, Encyclopedia (Full Online Volumes)

BOOKS, CREATE YOUR OWN ELECTRONIC

HTML Kindle Publication Template (SUNRISE)

HTML ePUB Apple iBook Publication Template (SUNRISE)

HTML ePUB Standard Publication Template (SUNRISE)

BUSINESS & COMMERCIAL, BUY OR SELL

businessesVIEW.com.au (Australia)

Commercial Property Guide (Australia)

commercialVIEW.com.au (Australia)

BUSINESS SERVICES, SMALL (AUSTRALIA)

ACT Business Gateway (Australia)

ACT Legislation Acts

ACT Work Safe (Australia)

Austrade - For Australian Exporters

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Fuel Watch

Australian Taxation Office

Business Entry Point (Australia)

Canberra Business Advisory Service (CanBAS)

Credit check of Australian businesses

Discount New Cars

Business mentor Mark Bouris gives his business advice

Small Business Resource

Private Fleet (Cars)

Workplace Relations Site (Australia)

BUSINESS SERVICES, SMALL (INTERNATIONAL)

Advice for Latino Entrepreneurs (U.S.)

Business Insurance Quotes (U.S.)

Expertise.com's Small Business Resource

Zigpac Stickers Suppliers (China)

BUTTON MAKERS, WEB (FREE)

Freebies Bug

Free web design content.

Flaming Text



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CAPTURE, SCREEN

Web Capture

For capturing full length screenshots of web pages. For an alternative, try the freeware Paparazzi 1.0.

CARS

AutoGuru's Top 10 Car Mechanics (Canberra, Australia)

Auto Trader (Australia)

Car History (Australia)

Car Sales (Australia)

Car Sales Australia

Cars Wanted (Fastest Way to Sell Cars)

CTP Insurance (Australia)

Drive.com.au (Australia)

Auto Guru (Australia)

Formerly Fixed Price Car Service, just mention your car make and model, the suburb you want it serviced, the type of repairs, and you will receive a number of fixed quotes for the repair.

Personal Property Security Register (PPSR)

An essential first step before purchasing a car. Use this web site to find out if the car is stolen.

Red Book - Market value of cars

Vehicle Visuals

A $30 per month subscription-based web site for viewing all available 3D animations of how your car works. Mainly helpful for car repair shops looking to show customers where parts are located and what they do.

CDs, see MUSIC

CHILD SAFETY INTERNET ADVICE

A Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy Online

CoolTech Zone's Child Internet Safety Guide

Keeping Children Safe Online

Overparenting (TIME magazine)

The Parents Guide to Internet Safety, Security and Screen Time for Kidsby Your Gear Deconstructed

The Ultimate Parents' Guide to Child Safety on the Internet

CHILD PROOFING, see BABY AND PREGNANCY ADVICE

CellarMaster - An Australian Wine Specialist

Civil & Electrical Engineering

For jobs, see Job Seeker (Employee Resource), International

For education, see EDUCATION, CIVIL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

CNN

CLASSIFIEDS

OzBargain (Australian freebies)

Cracker Classifieds (Australia's Largest)

Trading Post

CLOTHES

Kelly Country (World-class business suits from Australia)

VIDA Collection (San Francisco, USA)

If you are bored of the simple and uninspiring designs for clothing you find at your local Kmart, Target, Big-W, Walmart or some other general clothing outlet store, you certainly won't be by the time you have browsed through this web site. Wow your friends and people in your town or city by wearing unique and smitten designs for clothing or decor items in your home that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Also, when you purchase an item from VIDA, a certain percentage of net sales goes toward sponsoring literacy programs for factory workers who work hard to print and produce the garments and other fashion accessories. Actually, did we mention VIDA is an ethical business in ensuring factory workers are given a decent wage and working conditions as well? Well, that is the kind of place you can expect from VIDA as it is there to not only make the world a more artful place, but a better place to live for everyone. And, by the way, if you just so happen to be an artist/designer yourself, you also have the option to sell clothing with your unique designs through VIDA (to register or login to your account and start selling, visit this site). In the words of Erica Carter, Head of Artist Recruitment: "[Here at VIDA] we produce, package, and ship every order on your behalf and, you’ll earn 10% of the net sales for every product sold featuring your designs, with no cap on how much you can earn."

Compare the Market (Australia)

COMPUTERS

Adobe Systems, Inc.

Apple, Inc.

Data Memory Systems (US)

IBM Australia Limited

Microsoft Corporation.

PC Pitstop - Free PC testing

see also SOFTWARE

Consumer Safety Guide

CURRENCY CONVERSIONS

Oanda.com

Xe.com



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Darby Creek Trading

Home decor, wreaths, fine art, tapestries and more

DATE, FIND A

Aussie Cupid

eHarmony

RSVP

DEAPPLISE

The process of avoiding the privacy intrusive techniques employed by Apple, Inc. in gathering information about you, your personal views, your business confidential information, and your online habits (all under the umbrella of providing targeted marketing information to users and provided better services to you). Apple is almost as bad as Google in the way it gathers and keeps information on its servers (Apple achieves this via the push technology enabled on your iOS and macOS devices). And yes, law enforcement agents can gain access to this information. Basically, you have absolutely no control over the information once it leaves your computer and ends up sitting on an Apple server (or any third-party server for that matter, and that includes the Cloud unless there is serious military-grade encryption). There is no hiding this fact. The only good thing going for this company at the present time compared to Google is that at least future employers (other than Apple) and other people will not be able to access your personal and business confidential information to create a "profile" (unless you let them use your Mac with full administrator privileges and give them all your personal passwords). Furthermore, the information is not organised and presented online for all to see like FaceBook. A slight improvement you could say. If all this still sounds a little disconcerting knowing how much Apple likes to intrude on your private and business life for whatever purposes the company alleges to be doing, the following links will help you to minimise the company's presence in your life. As for iOS devices, you may need to consider other similar devices from a different manufacturer although there is little difference.

Little Snitch

Arguably one of the most effective tools on the planet in blocking virtually any electronic information coming out of your computer in a surreptitious way. No matter how cunning software developers are in grabbing information from you, Little Snitch will detect it, and you will be greeted with a pop-up message on the screen prior to the data being sent to help you decide whether or not to permit or deny the connection. The beauty of this little utility is that you have a choice (a term not common in the vocabulary of many software companies, developers, or whoever is keen to snoop around on your computer without your awareness). You decide if you want the information to escape your Mac, or not as the case may be. More importantly, you have the power to "forever" deny the connection too should you feel the company is asking for too much information. That's right. You will never be hassled again from Apple once you deny the connection forever. Even without using Safari or another web browser, you will be surprised by how many apps on your Macintosh computer will try to call Apple and send data. Most will be Apple-specific apps, including PhotoBooth.app, iTunes.app, and various system extensions. Even when you are not browsing on the Apple web site using Safari, this Apple-specific web browser will still do everything it can to call Apple and send data. So look out for those Little Snitch messages that tell you the server address has the word "apple" in it (or temporarily block unknown or unusual servers that you don't expect to see pop-up). Or don't do anything while the internet access is turned on and watch all the messages from Little Snitch pop-up showing how many applications are quietly calling home. Apple is no exception. This is usually a sure-fire sign that Apple is looking for something, and in most cases the data it wants is not necessary in using your computer. Block them and discover a newfound sense of security and control you never had before. Little Snitch version 4.x is compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan and higher.

OnyX for mac

The latest macOS (including High Sierra and Mojave) is notorious for retaining information about what you do in various caches, log files, and even force the retention of multiple old copies of your documents in a fixed location that Apple chooses on your behalf (again without giving you choice) as part of Apple's preferred backup solution (on the Apple Cloud, of course) it wants you to accept. Later such unencrypted information can be sent to Apple servers on the pretence that it is there to be transferred to your iPhone or iPad, but in reality helps the company and other third-party entities to see what you are doing, gather business confidential information for their own advantages etc. Whilst such a move may be nice for Mac newbies and youngsters unaware of such insights other than to make them feel like Apple is thinking about them and working in their interest (cough!), this method of retaining old documents is one of the most effective means for the company to learn what you do (and keeping them in a particular location set by Apple is a sure-fire way of compromising the security of your documents should your computer get hacked), who you are, the apps you use, steal your intellectual property, and so much more. To deal with this situation with any reasonable effectiveness, use Onyx to clear out the extra data collected on your Mac over a period of time. It will make OS X more privacy-protected and secure. Go to the Parameters tab of OnyX and delete caches and log files for maximum protection of your personal data. Note that you may have to repeat this process every now and then until a developer can come up with an app to automatically delete unwanted files of your choosing at shutdown, and so make it feel like less of a chore. Until that day comes, OnyX remains a useful tool in this regard. As for Apple-specific locations for your personal files, create your own locations and store the files there. Don't rely on Apple's preferred approach.

TorBrowser

It would appear Waterfox, Safari, and an improperly set-up Firefox and Chrome browsers are lethal in leaking out your data and what you do, not to mention the fact that they allow certain information to seep back into your computer, including a thing called malware. Indeed the problem is so bad that you are probably better off sticking to the only most secure web browser there is on the planet: TorBrowser. Not perfect, but version 8.5.3 of TorBrowser is the most secure, including a critical patch for the vulnerability found in the NoScript extension used by this browser that would have allowed harmful scripts to get through, and a vulnerability that had allowed governments to spy on Tor users.. A great web browser, and a popular choice among military officials.

Alternative PDF editors to Preview.app

Another one of Apple's tricks is to auto hide the Preview.app from the Dock after a period of inactivity (especially if it has no documents opened) to give you the impression that it is not running. Well, don't be fooled. It is there running in the background. Furthermore, the app will not clear the memory even when a document previously opened in Preview.app has been closed. Not even trashing the closed document will work until Preview.app has been properly quit. This means you must use the Option Command and Esc keys to select the app and Force Quit it. And even then, details of the document is still retained in memory (as you may discover when you re-launch Preview.app and try to drag n' drop a PDF page or file into an existing opened PDF document. Somehow the old data comes back again and you must undo and try again for it to work properly the second time around (really bad for legal professionals who are hoping for a reliable way to add new documents to an existing one). All this for the sake of Apple wanting to see what you were doing if you allow your Mac to be accessible on the internet. So if you use Preview.app for reading and manipulating PDF documents, use an alternative free or paid PDF editor from an independent and more trustworthy developer from the link shown above. For a reasonable PDF editor you could try iSkySoft PDF Editor 6 released in November 2017 with its new user interface and more efficient functions (upgrade price is US19.99, normally US$99.95). Otherwise, if you already have Adobe Acrobat (not the reader version), might as well stick to it for a little while longer. Also useful in this regard are the numerous memory optimising apps, and choose ones that will auto clear inactive RAM after a document has been closed.

DEGOOGALISE

The process of avoiding the privacy intrusive techniques employed by Google in gathering information about you, your views, and your online habits while you browse online. Google is a personal favourite of secret intelligence organisations, and even your future employers, as they all use Google services to gather information about you (not to mention your (ex-)boyfriend, (ex-)girlfriend, and anyone else for that matter, even right down to your personal views on various issues). If all this seems a bit much for what should be a simple task of searching on the web for essential information presented in visual (text or static/moving pictures) and audio form from various web sites just to gather new ideas or be entertained, then check out the links below for the places you should visit to avoid this situation. We also recommend that you don't create a Google email account or use Android phones (Android OS is owned by Google). Yes, hard to do in this day and age (as we all use mobile phones), but it will end up being the best solution for protecting everyone's privacy. Or else truly high-grade encryption software has to be produced, installed and activated as a standard feature across all sensitive personal electronic devices to beat all the spyware tools out there on the market, such as Evident from BAE Systems. Unfortunately, in this era of terrorism and the efforts by certain governments in the world to control their civilians who are looking for change (probably to restore balance), we feel this is unlikely.

DuckDuckGo.com

The search engine that does not keep a history of your searching and where you visit. A truly innovative concept in today's world.

Open Street Map

The online map service that does not keep a history of the places you search for. Definitely an organisation ahead of its time, and something others should aspire to.

TorBrowser

Forget the rest, just go for TorBrowser. Don’t use Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox. All will either retain information about you, including a remarkably detailed history of where you have visited for sending to their servers (even when you eventually delete your history, as it once occurred with an older version of Safari), or have various security holes to allow people to send and run malicious code on your computer. The most dangerous codes are those designed to quietly delete or encrypt (through ransom-ware) files in known locations setup by the OS manufacturers (a silly idea that has truly had its day, unless the manufacturers are there to also gather information about you, what you do, and the tools you use on your computer all the time). Otherwise, the code may be designed to quietly grab your personal files and send them to a server online (sounds like a good idea to install something equivalent to Little Snitch to solve this pesky problem).

DEGOVERNMENTISE

The process of avoiding the privacy intrusive techniques employed by the government in gathering information about you, what you do, and who you meet. Hard to do in this day and age with government concerns of a few terrorists in our midst (the solution is simple: treat everyone well and with respect, and give everyone what they need to survive, a place they can call their home, and have equal opportunities to succeed in a worthwhile and positive area of life they wish to pursue), but at the end of the day it is a requirement for journalists in a truly democratic society to be free and independent in their work as well as allow people basic rights to maintain good privacy. Indeed, any means of keeping governments away when it comes to snooping around in your personal life is a godsend and will benefit just about everyone else who prefers a little more independence (as for terrorists, it is time we all show a bit of love for one another and then society will feel genuinely secure). For a start, you should look at the techniques covered in DeMicrosoftise, DeApplise, and DeGooglise for a dramatic improvement in the protection of your privacy. Other than that, perhaps the best form of defence against the prying eyes of governments is simply to have no network connection to the internet. Sounds like a revolutionary concept. So, to be a little more realistic, and given how hard people find it to live without their mobile phone and internet connections (you would swear there must be a virtual umbilical cord attached to their bodies and the devices), some network connection will be necessary, and probably unavoidable. Therefore, the first step is to consider establishing a Virtual Personal Network (VPN). This nifty solution is designed to hide your IP address, and if it comes with effective encryption, even better. Use a VPN to by-pass Australian-based servers (if the VPN server is located overseas), and so open up a world of new opportunities, insights, and access to a much wider range of information on the internet (you get the best and the worse of what's on offer, but at least you are a good filter of information? You understand why people do the things they do, right? So use your intelligence to decide what's important, useful to society, and help you to achieve good things in the world. Set an example for others to aspire to). A VPN with encryption will also have the added benefit of allowing you to send and receive emails with anonymity. If you need examples of good VPN services, check out VPN Vanguard's recommendation here. But the best VPNs are those you don't have to pay anything (i.e., no record of who you are from your financial transactions to pay for the service). Hard to find, but they do exist. And once China's LinkSure company gets worldwide internet coverage established by sending 10 satellites into orbit, VPNs and internet access will be free to everyone. A major shake-up in the world of internet will take place, with many Western ISPs will probable face tough times. That is the only reason why VPNs have a cost. The people running it still pay for internet access where they are, and a little profit on the side. When internet services become free for all by 2026, VPNs will have to be free also. When it comes to encryption, don't compromise on anything less than 512-bits in the encryption level (and ideally you should keep the encryption/decryption keys on your machine, not someone else's especially for the decryption key itself). The standard nowadays should be the high-grade 1024-bit or higher for file and email encryption as used by military experts, and considered essential for journalists wanting to communicate with whisteblowers* or other people. Apart from a VPN service, we also strongly recommend that you do not advertise yourself on FaceBook, Twitter, or other social media sites. This is especially true if you are a journalist, and definitely do not show a picture of yourself (your family, the size of your bodily appendages etc.). Who really needs to know? If you do, any other accounts you may have for personal use showing pictures of yourself with friends, family and so on will be linked together through face-recognition technology, even if you decide to use an anonymous name and fake life biography. You are better off not being on these social media sites (your real life is your social media site and you should be doing the promoting privately just by walking around and being yourself, not the narcissistic approach of going online and telling everyone how great you are) to be truly free and independent. Also consider using a clean (i.e., not electronically bugged) old mobile phone or something that will not track your location. Huawei is considered the least secure, but the Chinese government is helping to encourage more users to see the value oif a Chinese-made smartphones and its own internet network, it soon will provide free world-wide internet access. Samsung is not secure even though the company makes reasonable efoets to bappear to be oing its bit to improve security. The biggest issue with Samsung smartphones is how the microphone that yopu use to talk into when making calls actually stays on all the time, even when you are not making a call. You can detect this on Sumsung's S9, S9 Note and other newer models by plugging a stereo cable plug into the smartphone's headphone jack, and connect the other end to a computer's Line Input. Open up an audio editor app with recording capabilities and look at the audio level meter. Everytime you talk and/or tap the Sumsung phone will be displayed on the audio meter. There is no Android app to properly stop the microphone from picking up sounds, and there is a reason for it (just like internet-enabled TV connected to the internet with built-in microsphones tat never properly disengage fropm the world). Aple iPhones are not secure for the reasons described earlier (see Applise). And to get away from Western internet networks, you could try the Russian Yandex network, or the new China SureLink system for free internet access (but the Russian and Chinese government to have their own means of spying on you through these networks). Finally, to complete the picture, we highly recommend that you check the following links.

GPG Encryption Tools

The essential tools you need to encrypt to a high-grade all the files and email messages you want to send and receive. Works with Windows and OS X (i.e., Mail.app). Check out this video on how to install and use the tools.

Guerilla Mail

Useful when sending anonymously an email message to someone using a disposable temporary email address.

Mailmator

An alternative to Guerilla Mail.

The Journalist Privacy Guide

TorBrowser

We can't speak enough about the usefulness of this browser. First developed by the U.S. Navy, the Tor browser helps to better protect your privacy while browsing the internet. It does this by "bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world" (assuming, of course, that the volunteers are not collecting information). Use the latest version to fix known bugs that have been exploited by governments. For example, governments are exploiting a loophole in TorBrowser 8.0.5, but TorBrowser 8.5.1 is giving governments a hard time. Use it in conjunction with access to a wide variety of different public internet hotspots (i.e., don't use your real internet account), and only store a fake name on your computer, software, and contacts.app,. This should give you a high level of anonymity. Also, when the time comes to publish the results of your independent journalistic work online, use an anonymous web site hosted offshore to avoid any draconian laws in Australia preventing you from leaking important information that you believe is in the public interest and can hold governments, military, and/or businesses fully accountable for its actions (and don't use your real name as there are ways to figure out who you are).

See also INTERNET: REMOVING GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS

DEMICROSOFTISE

The process of avoiding the privacy intrusive techniques employed by Microsoft in gathering information about you, your views, your software, and your online habits while you browse online. Microsoft generally follows quietly along the path of Apple, often watching the more controversial technologies introduced by the other company. When enough people seem to be unaware (mostly younger consumers who will go for just about anything new because they think new equates to being better and, therefore, a must have feature or product) or simply choose to ignore the problems (a natural reaction when those in a position of power with their products are not allowing enough choices to be made available for people to decide), Microsoft usually takes onboard the same technologies, and does it better and more refined (and thus trickier to detect). Therefore, deMicrosoftising your life is often the same as for Apple.

OpenSUSE Linux Leap

The simplest solution to dealing with Microsoft Windows is simply to download and install Linux OS. It is a free, open source solution. More importantly, it is stable and secure. Annual updates ensure Linux remains the best it can be. Indeed, if the available Linux apps are sufficient for your needs, why would you need Windows OS from Microsoft? Better to stay with Linux.

Glasswire Network Utility

This is touted as the equivalent to Little Snitch for Windows 10. Use it to allow or deny Windows apps in connecting to servers on the internet. Available as a free and paid version, this useful app is definitely worth a closer look.

TorBrowser

Did we mention TorBrowser is the best and most secure internet browser there is on the planet? If you haven't, it might be worth your while having a look at our earlier discussions about this excellent browser. By the way, a Linux version just so happens to be available should you decide to go the Linux OS way.

DE-SOCIALISE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

The process of getting away from social media accounts (or minimising their impact on your life) because of the privacy intrusive nature of social media companies in gathering your personal information and later sell them to governments or profit-making companies, as well as the recent security breaches that have taken place to leak your personal information to unwanted third-party users (see TechJury's excellent Infographic), not to mention the time-consuming nature social media can have on your life when you have an account. Social, media sites include Google Plus, Pinterest, FaceBook, Twitter, Skype and many others. To reverse the trend of joining a social media site or reduce the time you spend on it, the first thing you must ask yourself is, what is it that you need to do on a social media site that you cannot do in real life? What benefits will having a social media page do for you when you get one? How will your presence on a social media site help others should people decide to read and look at what you have on your social media page? If you just need to make friends or find like-minded individuals with similar views to yours so they can like you and/or what you stand for, remember that you can always make friends in the real world without ever needing a social media account. We have done this sort of thing prior to the 21st century and for as long as humans can remember. So why should social media suddenly need to change this traditional approach to finding people who can like you, and may even share your views (or better still, broadening your thinking by listening to different views can be a transformative experience if you let it happen)? Of course you will always find similar-thinking individuals to support your view of the world. Big deal. What is more important is what you can do to improve the world and make this a better place to live. Also, avoid relying on others to give you constant praise (occasional is fine, but not all the time). No need to have the constant re-assurance of being liked from others about what you do, who you look like, or what your views are. Of course, you will always find some like-minded individuals who will like what you do and the way you think and believe. This is normal. On the same token, you also need to learn, and at the same time not to take things seriously what others might say about you and/or the things you do, even those described as trolling. Apart from the fact that you can't please everyone all of the time, most of the time what people say is a personal view or opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. So can you. And they can say it in a reasonably positive way without making you the problem. You are not the problem. It is your concepts and beliefs that may need re-evaluating, or to change your actions. Or you can stick to what you believe. Fair enough. Just remember that you are here to improve yourself and become more balanced. Consider all variety of views from people. The social media page is an opportunity to gauge what others think and to give you insights and thoughts that may help to improve yourself and see a different point-of-view. Don't worry if people do not like you or whatever. Personally? They obviously don't know you very well. And even if they do, learn from the situation. Apologise if there is something you said that wasn't right. Acknowledge your limitations and need to improve. Beyond that, you have much to contribute to society. The fact that you are here means you are already a worthy and valuable person in your own right (and so should everyone else, unless they are lacking in love in their own lives, which would explain a lot for those who do the trolling). No one has to tell you how valuable you are to society and the great things you can achieve. You should already know this. Learn to be confident in the person that you are. As an added level of power that should be bestowed on you by social media sites is the power to switch off users who are not there to be productive and helpful to you through their comments. And perhaps as a final piece of advice when considering on whether to join a social media site, do not use the technological platform to prove anything to others. It should be clear to everyone that we can achieve anything we want. But if there are some people who feel limited in what they can do and are not sure if they can do it and you are in their shoes, show on your social media page what can be done, and how you did it. Show that anyone in the same situation can do it too. Other than that, there is no need to prove yourself or how valuable you are. You should not have to. Instead of focusing on yourself all the time, use your social media page to promote something that you believe can be achieved right now, or consider sharing a funny story, image or video of something you have experienced, heard, or seen personally. This may help to give people a laugh, or to make them feel a part of your goals to achieving something great. However, never allow the page to dominate your life. There are more important things to do than sit in front of a computer all day long. If you want to save yourself time and you can see there are plenty of people asking for the same advice or views on things,. provide an FAQ section, and answer the most common questions in a way that is positive and helpful to others. Or if you wish to completely turn off all comments from others and avoid the security pitfalls of social media sites, consider setting up your own web site. And when you feel like it, create your own comment-making system and you become the moderator of comments that are helpful and useful to your cause. With that said, if you need ways to minimise or eliminate social media sites from your life, feel free to click on the following sites.

Avoid Social Media Burnout

How to Delete your Social Media Presence

Websites versus Social Media

TechJury's Online Safety Stats, including the most popular social media sites

Online Privacy — Myth or Reality? by James Herrin

DICTIONARIES

Cambridge Dictionary

Macquarie Dictionary

Free Grammar (and Spelling) Checker

A free-of-charge web-based spelling and grammar checking system provided by a company based in northern California. The web site makes full use of a sophisticated internet-based engine to deliver a extremely fast and efficient service for all. It is totally free to use for private educational or business purposes. Sign up and receive newsletters on various tips and ideas on how to improve your writing.

Free Thesaurus

Also comes with a standard English dictionary, a medical dictionary, a legal dictionary, a financial dictionary, and access to idioms and acronyms, as well as various encyclopedias (including Wikipedia).

Ginger Grammar Check

Ginger Spell Check

Ginger, is the leading contextual grammar and spell checker on the market today and is able to automatically correct all types of spelling and grammar mistakes, even the most severe ones, especially from people who use English as a second language.

Grammarly

Nothing beats a good human editor, but for a machine to do an awesome job of editing, this has to be the world's most accurate grammar checker available today. A subscription fee is required after testing it out on some sample text.

Online Dictionary and Thesaurus

OneLook Dictionary

Webopedia Computer Dictionary

DotDash.com

DIVERSITY

Cultural Competence Quiz

A way for you to understand how well your can adapt and understand cultural diversity.

DVD, FIND A

Wow HD

EzyDVD

Documentary Heaven

A web site you can subscribe to watch free documentaries in a wide variety of categories.



E

eBay

EDITORS, TEXT

Editing is broadly divided into three main areas: (i) a light edit called proofread that focusses mainly on grammatical mistakes (e.g., mixing of plural and singular words in a sentence, inconsistent use of past, present or future tense words, spelling mistakes, making sure each paragraph focusses on one idea etc.); (ii) a more thorough edit combining a proofread and looking at sentence structure (with the best suggestion provided by the editor); and (iii) a highly brutal look (if it is required) of not just a proofread, but also a check of sentence structure as well as the logical and structural flow of the entire document. Generally, the more comprehensive the edit, the more you pay.

There is a higher level of editing. In fact, strictly speaking it is not really editing, but called ghost writing

When asking for something to be edited, make sure you are clear with your editor about the type of document you are writing and who will read it. This will make a massive difference in the type of editing you receive. For example, if you mention the document is for a scientific audience, such as an article to be published in a scientific journal, an editor will remove a considerable amount of redundant and superfluous words that don't add anything to the meaning and main points of your sentences (have you noticed one in this sentence?). Irrespective of whether the sentences are grammatically correct and reads well, the aim of a scientific edit is to shorten the sentences as much as possible. And much of the sentences are made in the active voice with the item of focus or relevant fact brought to the front and any supporting evidence following it very quickly (as well as the usual proliferation of footnotes to show where the evidence came from). The result is a very compact document that is straight-to-the-point, but can be immensely dry and boring (which for most scientists, this is perfect as it shows that you are not trying to be emotive or influence the reader; it is just stating the facts and letting the evidence speak for itself). However, if you are writing a book for the masses, it is important that your writing and choice of words and how they are strung together is engaging and will interest a wider range of readers (it can make the difference of whether you earn a little money to pay some bills, or you can afford to purchase a place to live and anything else you need while achieving other things that could be of greater importance in your life—something that you can never do with a scientific "textbook" or "article" unless you can win the Nobel prize, but then that would require incredible luck to land yourself in the lap of the scientific gods for you to be financially successful). So long as it reads well and the picture it paints in people's minds is clear, then it is fine. You certainly do not want to cut back on too many words by an editor or else your fine entertaining writing piece could be mutilated and this could lose interest to your readers. At the same time, you can lose your style of writing, which for many readers could be a tragedy.

Whichever type of edit you choose from your editor (choose one that will be sympathetic to the type of writing you want to see), you always have the choice to decide which edits you accept and which ones you ignore. With experience, you should be able to see the obvious grammatical errors and fix them up. For everything else, it is up to you to decide whether a little shortening of the sentences will read better and helps to get the point across more clearly without losing your style of writing and interest factor. At the same time, look at the bigger picture in your writing to ensure the sentences are not structured to read in a repetitive manner (easy to do in a scientific text). For a book designed for the masses, a few extra words won't matter in the whole scheme of things if it helps to make the sentences lift off the page and flow nicely, helps to paint the picture clearly, and is all done in an engaging way for your intended audience.

Editage

EditMyEnglish

Enago

Kibin.com

PaperTrue

ProofreadingPal

Scribendi

Wordvice/A>

Wordy (UK)

EDITING TOOLS, TEXT

Grammarly

Ginger Grammar Checker

Hemmingway App

EDUCATION, AGED CARE

Caring.com Student Scholarships (USA)

A chance within a growing industry to have a lifelong stable employment for those who enjoy caring for people. Scholarships up to US$10,000 are available for the right student.

EDUCATION, BROAD (GENERAL)

Schools of Wellness

Promotes lifelong wellness skills, emphasizing activity and nutrition for students.

SUNRISE Information Services

One of the early web sites on the internet to offer free education since 1995. This one focuses on identifying and presenting the global and universal large-scale patterns acquired from a broad study of certain disciplines using the right side of the brain. A unique education web site sure to give you the bigger picture.

EDUCATION, CIVIL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

NJIT Master of Science in Civil Engineering

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has explained it perfectly when it defined a civil engineer as someone who leads "the teams that plan, design, construct, and operate the infrastructures essential to our modern lives". Of course, the course itself is a little more involved than simply leading a group of people. You do need to have some knowledge of science and mathematics, as well as the necessary communication skills to present your ideas and solutions to others. Fortunately, just like your ultimate pizza topping, this university will give you the lot (pepperoni, olives and the rest). So, go ahead and sink your teeth into this one.

NJIT Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Do you get more of a buzz in electrical engineering? Well, the same university that offers you civil engineering just so happens to have a course catered specifically for budding new electrical engineers as well.

Ohio University Civil Engineering Resources

Of course, one can't always be biased towards the New Jersey offering for a quality education in civil engineering. The Ohio University is also a leading educator in this field. And it may even be closer to your home too. But then again, if you want to stay as far away as possible from your parents, try the New Jersey location instead.

Ohio University Electrical Engineering Resources

Just as capable as the people from New Jersey, the Ohio University will also give you a solid background in all things relating to electrical engineering. Perhaps at the end of this course, you might be able to build an electromagnetic spacecraft and start travelling to the stars to meet your new clients. Well, you have got to start somewhere, right? Fortunately, the course you need is ready and waiting for you. Later, you can change the world with your electrical insights.

EDUCATION, HEALTH

Adventist University Online Health Courses

Don't let the word "Adventist" frighten you off. This is one place in America to receive the best education in all areas relating to the health sector (including nursing, diagnostic medical sonography, and radiologic sciences to name a few) from highly friendly academic staff with real experience behind them.
 

NOTE: Praying is optional.

University of Cincinnati HIM Resource Center

Prefer the management side of things in the health sector? This university will teach you best practices in acquiring, analyzing, and protecting medical information held in digital or traditional format considered vital to providing quality patient care. Welcome to the world of Health Information Management (HIM).

University of Illinois at Chicago Health Informatics Resources

Health Informatics is just a fancy name for "information technology in the health sector" (or if you are keen to keep things nice and short, just called it HI). Seriously, if you think you can make a difference in the health sector with your brilliant skills in information technology, this university will give you everything you need to marry the two broad disciplines and give you the head start you need in this career path. A big plus is the very well laid out and easily accessible list of resources on a single web page with all the information you could ever want to help make your education decision a breeze to make.

University of San Francisco Nursing Resources

Do you have a panache for nursing? If so, this educational institution has a lot to offer. Between the Adventist University and this one, you are well and truly covered in this field.

EDUCATION, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Boston University Computer Information System Resources

A quality educational institution for anything relating to information technology, now offers online (or distance) education for anyone. On May 11, 2016, Boston University received the 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning, making it among the top education leaders on the planet. This includes all the latest computer languages, how to build a supercomputer, as well as skills in cyber safety and the internet (now a rapidly growing field).

Cyber Degree Hub (Idaho, USA)

The foundation provides free educational information and support to those who are interested in learning about cyber security degrees and what they can do for you.

The Need for Cyber Diplomats

EDUCATION, LOANS

LendEDU — Private Student Loans (USA)

Updated as of June 2019, this site provides a fairly good round up of the best student loans from banks, credit unions and other lenders. As Andy Kearns, LendEDU's Content Analyst, said:

"Our Editorial Team used over 30 data points for 23 different student loan companies to find which were truly the best. These recommendations and ratings are not influenced by compensation in any way and we only present the lenders who were rated the highest on this page."

EDUCATION, MBA

Financial Times' Global MBA Rankings 2012

Nothing but the best for those looking to become masters of the business and management universe (we can only ask that you don't turn to the Dark Side of the Force with desires for unlimited wealth and greed as our planet is highly fragile). Management and Business Administration (MBA) courses are available from these top educational institutions as selected by the reputable Financial Times.

Forbes' Top Colleges in America

Another reliable ranking list from the people who publish the highly trusted Forbes business magazine. MBA courses can also be found among these selected educational institutions, or else broaden your horizons from a wider range of courses on offer.

MBAGuide.com.au (MBA Guide)

A free advisory site for people looking to choose the best suited MBA programs as either a postgraduate education option or to uplift your professional worth to employers.

Online MBA (USA) (also available by States)

EDUCATION, ONLINE

Online Schools Guidebook

Want to know the benefits of online (or distance) education? Have you ever wanted to figure out what's available online and whether you should ever need to attend a traditional "bricks-n-mortar" school? How much does it really cost to go online and get the education you deserve and need for life compared to the traditional approach? For the answers to these and many other questions, visit this web site. A useful resource for all students, parents and employers alike.

Context, Find Your

Education experts will help you to find the best places to study online bachelor's degree or master's degree through a unique and personalized approach.

EDUCATION, PhD & MASTERS

Context, Find Your

Education experts will help you to find the best places to study online bachelor's degree or master's degree through a unique and personalized approach.

Online PhD (UK)

Free UK advice and guidance from university academics, about Online Ph.D. courses.

EDUCATION, SPECIFIC (GENERAL)

Khan Academy

Following the same principle with education as SUNRISE, the Khan Academy provides a not-for-profit free education to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. Focus on many specific types of knowledge as you would find at traditional schools for all years including maths, physics, chemistry, economics and finance, but in a much easier way (unless you have brilliant teachers in your traditional schools). For more holistic knowledge relating to the broader concepts of psychology, religion, evolution, astronomy, world problems, and technology, try SUNRISE.

EDUCATION, SPORTS

Ohio University Coaching Education Resources

If you think those pilots of the future who will fly the electromagnetic spacecraft will not be thin enough to make the journey times to the stars nice and quick according to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, your expert knowledge in sports and how to keep fit and trim will go down extremely well indeed. Or if you just want to help the latest and greatest athlete to win a mountain of gold at the next Olympic games, a sports education with coaching skills is the way to go. Or maybe there is a sports team who needs a coach to take the players and their club to the next premiership win? Don't want to aim that high? Well, remember that you can do anything with this course. But if you want something simpler, coaching is still useful at the grassroots level of your community when it comes to helping kids to learn how to play any sport.

Ohio University Athletic Administration Resources

Being trim and healthy is not essential, but would be highly regarded in this field of study. This course will explain all the ins and outs of handling the administration side of any sports, from the elite sports clubs, to the humble Physical Education department of every quality school in the nation.

EDUCATION, SCHOLARSHIPS (USA)

Fastweb.com

Access over 1.5 million scholarships to help you pay for college

The Best Scholarship Search Platforms

Reviews of best free scholarships

EDUCATION, SURVIVAL TIPS

Wild Scholar

Secrets, tips and advice for the prospective college student wanting to know how to survive the next gruelling stage of one's life. Still, life should not be boring for you, so read up and take away some great advice on how to make your experience at college the best it can be.

EDUCATION, TEACHING

University of Cincinnati Education Resources

The courses offered at this educational institution will develop the leadership skills you need to make an impact in the classroom, school, and community. If you love becoming a teacher and want to set the world on fire with your unique approach to educating the masses, you would do well to check this place out.

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS (FOR ALL AGES)

Answers.com

Searches through dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases, glossaries and encyclopedias for the answers.

Evolution of Life on Earth (SUNRISE)

Original research information from SUNRISE showing how life probably came to be and evolved on Earth. Also includes a look into the future in the evolution of human beings and the likely scenarios we will encounter.

Exploratorium — an education search site

Graph Paper, Print Free

Print your own free graph paper. For accuracy, make sure you don't select "Fit to Page" when printing. Actual size always works best.

Incompetech Graph Paper Generator

Graph Paper 1mm A4 (Ready-made)

Graph Paper 5mm A4 (Ready-made)

Graph Paper 10mm A4 (Ready-made)

Graph Paper 5mm A3 (Ready-made)

Graph Paper 10mm A3 (Ready-made)

Inside Story Flashcards

The world's easiest way to learn words. Great for kids, but even adults can benefit from learning new words. Utilises pictures to best capture the definition and meaning of words. Divided into Basic, Easy, Medium and Hard levels to help with word learning.

LearnThat.com

Maths Online

Molecular Expressions — views on our microuniverse

SUNRISE Contacts

A powerful educational and business tool to use for life. Apart from organising your contacts at a personal and/or business level, the lookup databases (e.g., infobase.fmp12, elearn.fmp12, library.fmp2 and science.fmp12) available with SUNRISE Contacts provide effective presentation and research tools for every student of any age. For example, use elearn.fmp12 to produce flashcards or summary notes of everything you have learned, organised by topics or subjects (and any number can be created with unlimited pages for each as required). All you do is type the topic and author, click the button and start storing your notes. Choose the page design and add pictures or movies to the notes to help aid in your memory (i.e., now understood to be a critical approach to accelerating your learning), or just show pictures or movies without the notes. You decide how best to use this tool.

SUNRISE Finance Budgeting Tool.

A free software tool you can use right now for personal use.

See also ENCYCLOPEDIAS, ELECTRONIC JOURNALS etc

Einstein, Dr Albert (Resource Page)

Electric Library Encyclopedia

ELECTRICITY

Energy Watch

Go Switch (Australia)

Compare electricity and gas providers in your area.

Electronic Circuit Symbols

ELECTRONIC JOURNALS

FindArticles.com

Issues in science and technology librarianship

New Scientist

Scientific American archive

Emailer, Online and Anonymous

EMAIL: ENCRYPTION

The open source free standard (PGP is the paid version) is known as GPG (a play on the PGP letters to help show to users that it is essentially the same as the paid version, except keys generated in the paid version will not be compatible with the open source GPG version, so carefully choose the tools you want to use — the free version is powerful enough, but do donate for the tools to be further developed and enhanced). The links below will give you military-grade encryption of your email messages (the best on the planet).

GPG Tools

GPG Tools Support

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Encyclopedia Britannica

Electric Library Encyclopedia

Wikipedia (Open Source Encyclopedia)

Plants of the World

ENGINEERING EDUCATION (see EDUCATION)

ENGINEERING JOBS

ICE Recruit (U.S.)

ENTERTAINMENT

TripBuzz.com (U.S.)

Find fun things to do within the United States, for Americans and visitors alike

EXERCISE

Best Treadmill Reviews for 2017

Yes, that horrid "E" word has made a come back. But it need not have to be boring. There are many ways to exercise and we recommend getting into a workout class with friends at a level that won't kill you off (even if some world governments wish there were fewer older people in the world). Enjoy the class, we say! Better still, with fitness centres not able to play all your favourite latest music due to copyright restrictions (unless you are happy to listen to Les Mills' brand of music, which isn't the greatest on the planet), you should set up your own exercise class with friends. As soon as the aerobic room is free, bring in your own music, play it and you can all exercise exactly how you like it (and the fitness centres cannot get into trouble for it). As for exercising at home, the best all-round exercise is a good quality treadmill. The link above will give you good advice on the best treadmills to buy based on your budget, features, and durability. If you do buy a treadmill, we suggest setting it up in the living room (or separate entertainment room, which seems to be the in thing for new homes these days), watch your favourite music videos and before you know it, you have raised a sweat and burned off enough calories. And it doesn't seem like you had been working hard to achieve it. The way exercising should be.



F

FARMERS (AUSTRALIAN), ONLINE HELP FOR

CSIRO (Australia's top Scientific Research Organisation)

Farmers Info

Grain Growers Association

Pest Genie

Plant Net

Rural Assistance Authority

Weed Identification Tool

FAX

eFax.com - Receive free faxes

With the free eFax account option (yes, it is still available), you will receive your own fax number and a maximum of 10 inbound fax pages per month (used to be 20 pages per month in 2009) but no outgoing faxes are permitted (so use FaxZero.com). To increase the number of fax pages to 150 per month for both receiving and sending (used to be 130 pages in 2009 to help encourage free eFax account owners to upgrade their account), you need to pay for an eFax Plus service costing a minimum of USD$14.13 per month (with a USD$10 once off setup fee). if you exceed the limit, it is USD$0.10 per page. But if you can afford it and do a lot of faxing, there is no limit to how many faxes you can receive or send. There is also an eFax Pro service for serious bulk faxing activities (some people do love their faxes). This will give you 200 free pages every month at a minimum cost of USD$16.63 per month (with a USD$19.95 once off setup fee) and the same USD$0.10 per page if you exceed the limit. All faxes are received in the rather unique efx format and hence you must use a proprietary software tool to read them. You can download eFax Messenger software from the web site to streamline the entire process of reading faxes directly on your computer. However, for Mac users with Intel machines, incredibly the software has never been updated (only works with PowerPC machines). So most Mac users must login online and read the faxes in a web browser. The only one saving grace in all of this is the fact that you can still print the faxes, which means if you have installed a PDF print driver on your intel Mac computer you can effectively save the faxes as high-quality PDFs. So just a little more hassles to gather the faxes for Mac users. eFax is a service offered by j2 Global Communications based in Hollywood, California, Dublin, Ireland, and various other country locations. The free eFax service is offered on the basis that you are happy to receive and view advertisements. If not, you must upgrade to eFax Plus.

FaxZero - Send free faxes (with an advert on cover sheet)

Send doc, docx or pdf files as fax documents electronically via FaxZero. Simply upload up to 3 documents and send to a recipient (you enter the details). The free version comes with a small advert on the cover sheet, and you are limited to 5 faxes per day with each fax containing no more than 3 pages plus the cover sheet. To raise the maximum number of pages to 15 plus a cover sheet (and even that is optional) and be advert-free, it will cost US$1.99 per fax with no limits on the number of faxes you send off.

HelloFax

FILE: ENCRYPTION

The open source free standard (PGP is the paid version) is known as GPG (a play on the PGP letters to help show to users that it is essentially the same as the paid version, except keys generated in the paid version will not be compatible with the open source GPG version, so carefully choose the tools you want to use — the free version is powerful enough, but do donate for the tools to be further developed and enhanced). The links below will give you military-grade encryption of your email messages (the best on the planet).

GPG Tools

GPG Tools Support

FILE SHARING

Binfer App

This is a secure way of sharing files with someone on the internet without an intermediary (i.e., a third-party file storage and sharing server known in the technical jargon as the Cloud). This app will turn your life sky-blue and free of any cloud service by using your machine as the file storing and sharing device. In that way, people can download the files directly from you (not someone else you don't know). Even better is the fact that the files are encrypted at the source (i.e., your machine). As the makers of the app stated on their web site: "There is a big difference between encrypted at source and encrypted at site. End-to-end encryption [using the Binfer app] prevents intermediaries from accessing your documents. It provides a stronger protection during transfers". That can only mean one thing for you: a more secure way of sharing your files. Please note that there is a subscription plan to activate the app. This is the way the developers of the app can get paid for their efforts.

Syncthing app

This is the free alternative to Binfer. Source code is provided free for developers to enhance the app.

Yandex Disk

Don't let this file sharing site frighten you off. Described as the Russian equivalent of Google Drive because of its location (the servers are in Russia), the largest search engine specifically catered for Russian citizens, and with quality servers, this is a surprisingly good file-sharing site so long as you are not too concerned about security. Or if you wish to make it harder for Russian hackers and government spies to figure out what you've got, use your own military-grade encryption. That should keep them busy for many years to come. That said, if you have no intellectual property or state secrets to hide or whatever, you will be surprised by the storage capacity of the free and paid versions. Considered better than DropBox for the meagre 2GB of free space you get, you can have 10GB of free storage with Yandex Disk. And for a yearly price of US$20, you can bump it up to 110GB (i.e. the free 10GB + 100GB). Or for US$100 per year, you can enjoy 1TB + 10GB of storage space. Also, because it is based in Russia, it means that not even US government agencies (e.g., the CIA) can access the files on the Russian servers unless you provide an American government employee with a share link. Still not sure? Perhaps we should add the fact that the speed of the servers are the best you can find anywhere in Europe. Users outside Europe and Russia will have variable speeds depending on your location and internet speeds you have with your ISP. Also, keep in mind for international users that bottlenecks at Yandex end is a possibility since it must cater to the shear numbers of people living on the Russian/European continent (best to do it early in the morning Russian time).

Sync.com

If that whole Russian thing is still scaring the living daylights out of you, try this Canadian file sharing service. The good thing about the Canadian offering is that these people know a thing or two about good customer service, as well as offering a decent service for the price. For a start, you get 5GB free space just for signing up. Half of that offered by Yandex, but wait! It gets better. A tiny quirk is that each friend referral to the site who successfully sets up an account will earn you a free 1GB of extra space. Not in a sharing mood? No problems. Storage space and pricing are essentially double what the Russian version provides for the paid plans. So for the US$96 per year plan you will get 2TB. Don't worry, given how storage space doubles every two years for the same price, you can be sure the Russians will out do everyone else with something bigger and better.

pCloud.com

The alternative to Sync.com, and likely to be a direct competitor, is this file sharing site. The people who run this site boast a highly secure experience when storing and sharing files (see the makers of the Binfer app for their views on this), and the pricing for the paid plans and storage space are surprisingly similar to Sync.com. The only other thing setting pCloud apart from Sync.com is the chance to pay a once only lifetime price. For example, to have 2TB per month for the rest of your, or the organisation's, life, you only need to pay US$350 (assuming pCloud does not go under in some future financial crisis).

Filehosting.org

An unusual site in the sense that it requires no sign in or to pay for subscription plans. Everything is absolutely free, and you can upload and download in an unlimited fashion large files of any size. Forget storage space increasing every 2 years. The owner of this site does not know what this means, or sees no limit in storage capacity. You get as much storage as you can handle — the way file storage should be. And forget a lifetime once only payment to use the service. There is none. You just simply use it. The only caveat in using this site is to ensure you retain the share link URL in the email sent to you upon successfully uploading a file. If you should ever lose the email and hence the URL to download the file, you will have to upload the file again. No exceptions. Any files stored on this server will be automatically deleted after 20 days from the last download. To delete it at your own choosing, you will be provided with another link in your email. Just click on the link and the file will be gone. If you must use a cloud service to share a file with someone, this has to be the world's cheapest and simplest file sharing service you can find. Just don't expect top-notch security though. There is a reason why this server is free. Expect the files will be kept and inspected by the web site owner for whatever purposes he/she may find in secret. So never send confidential or sensitive files using this service. If you don't want the owner to snoop around, always encrypt the files.

FILM SITES

Hollywood

Internet Movie Database (IMDB)

FINANCE

A Guide to Crowdfunding

Balance Transfer Credit Card Comparison Site (Australia)

Compare and Find the Right Credit Cards (Australia)

Infochoice Credit Cards (Australia)

My Credit File

Receive a copy of your credit file despatched within one working day. And while you are at it, check out the Australian-owned credit card comparison service providing 100% unbiased reviews and information to help consumers make the best decisions when choosing the right credit cards.

The Guardian's Money Unlimited

No fuss and free advice on financial planning.

Savings Account Finder Comparison Site

Veda Advantage

The largest and most sophisticated provider of business intelligence in Australia and New Zealand.

FIRES

All about fires and what to do to prepare and survive a fire

The free essential information you need to know, as prepared by SUNRISE.

Aus-emaps

The locations of major bushfires in Australia.

NSW Rural Fire Service (Australia)

A more detailed map of all known bushfires in the state.

FLATMATE, FIND A

Easy Room Mate

Flatmate Finders

Flight Bookings (see TRAVEL)

FLORISTS, ONLINE

Interflora.com.au

Roses Only, Delivered Australia-wide

FOOD

Tea Site

see also FOOD, RECIPES

FOOD, RECIPES

Recipe Source

CD Kitchen

Food Epicurious

FREE BARCODE GENERATORS

Terry Burton's Free Online EPS/PNG/JPG Barcode Generator

Free Online Barcode Generator

FREE BOOKS

Feedbooks (eBooks for download)

FREE FILE CONVERSION

Zamzar, online file converter

FREE FONTS

1001 Free Fonts!

Abstract Fonts

Font Freak

FREE FONT CONVERTER

Free Font Converter (TTF, OTF, PS etc)

FREE FONT IDENTIFIER

What The Font (Font Graphic Image to Font Name)

FREE FORM MAKER

PHP Form

FREE LUNCH

Langar (or "community kitchen") for people looking for a free feed.

Langar is an essential part of Sikh places of worship (Gurudwaras). The kitchen is run entirely by volunteers through donations. It provides a free lunch for those who need it and for those who think there is no such thing as a free lunch (i.e., they just need to be reminded that not everything has to cost money, just a little of your time to help in the kitchen).

FREE, PATENTS

Patents, Free Online

FREE, SEO (SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION)

1. XML SiteMap Checker

Apart from building the web pages to help publish your content online, your next step is to get noticed by others on popular search engine sites. To start this process off, you must have a sitemap.xml file placed inside your web site at the root level. This file is essential for all search engines. It is the first essential step to telling search engines how your web site is structured (a kind of road map of where to go). It is nothing more than a text file organised in the XML format (similar to HTML but more strict in how it should be written, so find an example from another web site to see the pattern and so get you started) and contains the paths to a select or all the web pages in your web site. These paths tell the search engines which web pages to start indexing, and to follow any links on those pages until there are no more links to visit. The bottom line is, if you don't have a sitemap.xml or if it contains errors (such as the wrong paths to web pages), your web site cannot be indexed, and that could mean low rankings in Google and other search engine sites and the loss of organic traffic.

2. Google Keyword Tool

The next important step is to create the right keywords that best describe your content for each web page. Do not always think of the most common and obvious keywords. Try to think outside the box in terms of the more obscure or unusual word(s) that people might use to search on Google or other search engines. By doing so, your web site is more likely to have a high ranking in the search results. Otherwise, start looking at the competition and the keywords they use to get a high ranking. Better still, the Google Keyword Tool has saved the leg work of finding out the keywords of competitors by compiling all the search terms people generally use that closely relates to the keyword you have chosen. And it will give an indication on the volume of searching done for selected keywords (and so improve your choice of keywords to use in your web site)..

3. Online Meta Tag Generator

Having keywords and not know where to put them can be a bit of an issue if high rankings in the search results are a must for your web site. Adding the meta tags for an HTML web page will help immensely as this is the means by which you can summarise your page's description in the search engines, including all your keywords. Good meta tags do help to improve your search engine position. To help you get this part sorted, use this tool and you will be assured of the meta tags being generated the right way with ease.

4. Xenu Link Sleuth Tool

Nothing gets up the proverbial electronic nose of search engine spiders quicker than a web page with broken links. To solve this perennial problem, use this effective PC tool to find those little "broken link" critters. Also comes in handy for checking those pesky Alt tags, as well as generate the essential sitemap for your web site. Still want more? How about a check for backlinks to your URL? Certainly not a one trick pony, you can be assured of a useful multifunctional tool from Xenu.

5. Google Analytics

A useful tool for identifying how visitors reach a web site.

Rigor's free web performance report

Test a website's performance (similar to Web Page Test, see below), except this one provides details on problem areas within a specified web site as well as methods you can employ to improve. Performance simply means how quickly a typical web page in a web site loads to its fully completed stage.

Alexa.com

Enter a URL for a web site and it will show your USA website ranking. The measure is from 0-10; a higher number reveals more quality backlinks for the web site and hence the better the site's rank.

Backlink Checker

Use this tool to see who and how many web sites have created a link to your web site.

Google Trends

Google Trends is useful in getting the latest information about keywords and how the search trends for keywords change over time.

Check Page Rank

Check the page ranking position at Google PageRank. The measure is from 0-10; a higher number reveals more quality backlinks for the web site and hence the better the site's rank.

Keyword explorer

As the name implies, you can do two free keyword searches per day.

Microsoft Keyword Research Tool

Check volume of search for selected keywords used in the Microsoft Bing search web page.

Wordtracker Free Keywords

UberSuggest

Wordtracker and UberSuggest provide more help to find a range of keywords related to a given keyword.

SEMRush

Find out the search traffic in real-time from Google to a web site and compare with four of your competitors.

Screaming Frog SEO Spider Tool

Pingdom Tools

Google Page Speed Insights

Pingdom and Google Page Speed Insights (includes a browser extension) measure page load times to help you identify pages in your web site needing a reduction in load times.

Majestic SEO

Backlink Watch

Checks backlinks by seeing how web sites link to each other.

SEO Page Compare Tool

How does your web site fair on various search engines and competitors' web sites?

Sitemap Maker

Make a sitemap to see how easy it is for search engines to find all pages of your web site.

Web Page Test

Test a website's performance. Enter other competitor's web sites to make comparisons. The advantage of a faster web page loading is (i) a better user experience and more users visiting the site; and (ii) a higher ranking on most search engine sites (e.g., Google).

FREE, SERVICES

ASP-Shareware Organisation (free information on PAD files)

Free.com

HTML indexer - a tool for website indexing

ReaderWorks - a compiler for generating e-books from HTML files

Flash to HTML5 Online Converter

Shop Free

FREE, WEB CONTENT

Apple Developer Resources

CoolText, Web text generator

Da Button Factory (Create your own free graphic buttons)

1000 Pictures Free Desktop Wallpapers

FREE, SOFTWARE

AutoDesk TinkerCAD

This is the stripped down online "use your browser only" free replacement version to AutoDesk 123D Design for PC and Mac. Think of AutoDesk 123D Design as having features midway between TinkerCAD and AutoDesk's current flagship commercial software Fusion360 and you have an idea of what you get in the online version. You lose a little, but at least it is better than getting nothing. The company is aware of this and is offering a time-limited free version to the commercial version (maximum of 3 years for students of educational institutions who need to to learn how to use a CAD program) as an incentive to get users to move over to the best version. Otherwise, AutoDesk 123D Design is no longer supported by the company as it has gathered enough information to determine how users use its software. With the software no longer available from the company's web site (since January 2017) and with no further updates expected, you can still download the slightly better free version from some archived link sites, such as this one. If you have any performance issues with the Mac version of the app, read this Word document. Or create a virtual disk of your own running an older and right OS X version that solves the performance problem (the best way to go while the developer cannot finish the job properly — must be taking a page out of Apple's own software development book).

DAZ Studio 3D 4.7

Free 3D modelling program for PC and Mac.

Free CD Software

Freeware Files

MachStudio Pro 2

Free 3D Visualisation and Animation Program for PC (normally worth $3,999). No longer updated, but works beautifully for PC users.

Vue Pioneer 11

Free 3D Landscape Creator for PC and Mac

FREE, TRAINING

Free IT Training from Microsoft

Free HTML Goodies



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GAMES

Pogo - free online game site

His Core Arcade Games

Space Invaders, Play Now!

Free from http://www.neave.com/games.

GARDENING

Burke's Backyard

Plants of the World

Weekend Gardener

Yates

GateKeeper (OS X), Disable

GolfWeb

GENEAOLOGY

Ancestry.com.au

Search online for your ancestry, grow you family tree. (Username: ai_NatMuseumAU, Password: welcome5)

GIFTS, ONLINE DELIVERY OF

Gift Baskets Australia

Gifts and gift ideas for any occasion search through our huge range of Australian Gifts. Safe and secure online shopping.

Gift Sensations (Australia)

Hunter Valley Hampers (Australia)

Gift baskets and Hampers from Hunter Valley Wine Country)

see also FLORISTS, ONLINE



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HEALTH

A WORD OF ADVICE: Before embarking on any suggested natural health remedy or exercise from the following web sites, always seek the professional advice of your family doctor. He/she will be able to assess your current health status and determine if the remedy or exercise is suitable for your circumstances or suggest alternatives. In particular, your doctor will always let you know whether the remedy or exercise may interfere with any prescribed medication you may be taking.

Aromatherapy.com

A naturally controversial area and if applied correctly can have some known medical benefits. However, its primary aim is to elevate your positive emotions (in other words, you will only get smells and liquids that you and your body will enjoy). Why? Because positive emotions are essential to improving your health over the long term by releasing the right hormones and other biochemicals into the body from places like the pituitary glands and helps to keep your mind thinking in a positive way. Placebo effect or not, if it works for you, you should try it. It is not meant to be the ultimate solution to all ailments known to humankind, but rather see aromatherapy as part of a complete plan to maximising your health and wellbeing.

Natural Therapy Pages

Yoga for Beginners

A great site on yoga for beginners and the more advanced students. Numerous free (although recommended you provide a donation to cover bandwidth costs for the owner) downloadable DVDs in HD format for you to download. Are these people crazy? Perhaps. But as the owners say, "there is not enough giving in the world". We can't agree more. Thank you!

see also MEDICINE

HEALTH FOODS THAT WORK

Nutritional Yeast

A strain of yeast known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae are prepared for human consumption by killing off the little critters so you do not have to experience the fermentation process inside your gut. Once dead, they can be consumed in small quantities (usually sprinkled like salt over foods to give it a slightly salty, nutty and cheesy taste) to provide a variety of known and proven health benefits, including joint pain relief, extra mental alertness, and release energy reserves of the body. It comes packed with all the essential amino acids needed to be obtained from food for protein building, and it is rich in B vitamins such as thiamine, naicin, and B6. Some nutritional yeast products may come fortified with extra B12, but other than that, nutritional yeast is a remarkably complete food. Minerals of magnesium, copper and manganese are found in trace quantities within the yeast to benefit the body in a positive way. Finally, a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition claims the beta-glucan fibre derived from the nutritional yeast consumed over a 10-day period had physically increased the number of immune cells circulating in the blood stream. This paved the way for another study that showed beta-glucan can assist in reducing the chances of getting the common cold, and if you do get it, to recover from it quicker compared to those participants who received a placebo.

Vitamin C and Zinc

A well-known combination of an antioxidant vitamin and a mineral substance have been found to be effective in reducing the number of infections and lowering the likelihood of getting the common cold, and if you do get it, to reduce its severity and time to recover. The consumption of some vitamin C has been found to stimulate the production of white blood cells. Some of the white blood cells produced include phagocytic leukocytes which will release chemicals called interferons considered essential to combating viral infections. Another useful benefit of the vitamin is the production of collagen used in connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Also, there are different studies suggesting the vitamin can help to lower both triglycerides and bad cholesterol (known as LDL); and in one study it claimed that the vitamin helped to synthesize a neurotransmitter called synthesize norepinephrine considered of benefit in improving your mood. The only downside to ingesting vitamin C is never to take it in large quantities as it is toxic to the body. But in the right amounts, there is enough scientific evidence to show it has proven health benefits for the mind and body. As for zinc, it is an important mineral used in the production and functioning of many enzymes in the body needed to perform things like improving the immune system, and to convert vitamin A to retinol for a healthy functioning of the eye. Cell membranes also benefit from zinc by keep them strong and healthy.

Henriette's Herbal Homepage

HISTORY

Evolution of Life on Earth (SUNRISE)

Timeline Index

HOTELS

Booking.com

Global Hotel Alliance

Hotels Combined

Kayak

The world's second biggest hotel price comparison site (the biggest being Trivago).

Trivago

The world's top hotel price comparison site with over 700,000 hotels.

Wotif, cheap hotel deals in 36 countries

HOUSE, BUY OR SELL

All Homes (Australia)

Domain.com.au (Australia)

Finder.com (Australia)

Finder.com is a 100% free service for comparing the leading home loans and other products.

What price my house? (Australia)

Property.com.au (Australia)

Domain (Australia)

Real Estate (Australia)

realestateVIEW.com.au

HOUSE REPAIRS, RENOVATIONS & ADVICE

ConnectHome's Do It Yourself (DIY) Power Tools

Shop online for a wide selection of DIY power tools at low internet prices and fast home delivery service.

Everything you need to know about DIY

Expertise.com's Home and Garden Resource

Home One

Service Central (Find a Tradesperson)

HUMOUR

Funny.co.uk

Most Popular Funny Websites

HOME DECOR

ADS Painters & Decorators Limited (UK)

London's leading painters and decorators.

ConnectHome (UK)

Shop online for a wide selection of home and office furniture, kitchen appliances and gadgets at low internet prices and fast home delivery service.

Darby Creek Trading

Kitchenware Direct

Blinds and Curtains (UK)

HORSES

Monty Roberts Horse Breeding Farm

HTML, LEARNING

HTML Goodies (for beginners and advanced)

HTML5 - The Ultimate Cheat Sheet (PDF version available here)



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Icon Finder

IMAGES, FREE (You only need to give credit to original owners)

Free Images

Gratisography

IM Creator

Morgue File

New Old Stock

Mostly antique images taken by government agencies.

Pixabay (General photos and pictures)

Unsplash (Attractive hi-res landscapes)

IMAGES, FREE

No attribution required and use for as long as you like for any purpose.

Getrefe

Natural shots by professional photographers travelling overseas.

Picjumbo

General photos you can use.

Picography

Public Domain Images

INTERNET: ADVICE

13 ways to Increase Your Download Speed (also available from here)

NetSafe

Help with online harassment, bullying and abuse, as well as advice on online scams and security.

Report image-based abuse in Australia.

Report unauthorised use of sexual images online for the under 18 years of age for Australian residents only.

INTERNET: FIREWALLS

Fortinet Fortigate

As Wikipedia says, "Fortinet is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. It develops and markets cybersecurity software and appliances and services, such as firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion prevention and endpoint security". The company is now a leader in providing world-class security tools to the largest enterprise, service provider, and small business organizations around the world.

Corero SmartWall Network Threat Defense System

Strengthen your network security with real-time DDoS protection solutions using Corero SmartWall Threat Defense System appliances and services. When combined with the Fortinet Fortigate solutions, you will have a formidable defence system against rogue hackers and those state sponsored in China and Russia. Welcome to the future of internet security.

INTERNET: IP ADDRESS

Guardster

Free and paid anonymous web browsing services.

Hide your IP address

Pretend to be a German internet user for free

IP Tracer

Understanding Different IP Address Classes

x My IP

Check your IP number and other details while online.

INTERNET: DNS and IP ADDRESS LEAK TESTS

IP Leak

Perfect Privacy Check IP

IPx

Browser Leaks

Perfect Privacy DNS Leak Test

DNS Leak

INTERNET: REMOVING GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS

The links below are favourites for many users, but they are not the only ones out there. These services hide your IP address with an anonymous version (thereby removing the geographical restrictions), and with added encryption using a supplied public GPG key for the highest security.

Express VPN (Netflix-friendly)

IVPN (Malta)

LiquidVPN (Wyoming, USA, Netflix-friendly)

Mullvad (Sweden)

NordVPN (Panama, Netflix-friendly)

Windscribe (free and paid options that avoid US-based VPNs)

INTERNET SAFETY

see CHILD SAFETY INTERNET ADVICE

INTERNET: SEARCH ENGINES

see WEB SEARCH ENGINES

ISPs

Aussie Broadband

This ISP is recommended only because SUNRISE does not want to see more people on its preferred network provider. For those users already with this recommended ISP, we recommend that every time you see the ISP write to you in an email saying, "P.S. We love referrals at Aussie Broadband - if you have any friends or family members who would love our services, simply click here and fill out the form. We'll give you a $50 credit on your account when they sign up, and they'll receive a credit too!", just write back saying, "No thanks! Any more friends and family members will only slow down the network (it is already slow as it is. Even the 4G network is faster than wireless Aussie Broadband NBN)."

IT SERVICES

Managed Networks IT support (UK)

Managed Networks deliver proactive IT support to businesses across the UK designed and made to work, rather than just selling technology.



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JOB SEEKERS, AUSTRALIAN

Adzuna (formerly mycareer.com.au)

Adzuna is Fairfax's primary online job listings brand in Australia. Its greatest strength lies in its ability to search hundreds of websites and delivers all current job vacancies on one site, making Adzuna a valuable time-saving and powerful online tool for all job seekers. Welcome to the future of job searching, the way Australians like to see it.

Australia's Fair Work System

Information on Australian Workplace Agreements (AWA) and other workplace relations issues and their related agencies, and advice regarding Freedom of Association provisions of the Federal Workplace Relations Act 1996. A useful site if you ever need to make sure your employer is doing the right thing and you are getting a fair wage for a fair day's work.

careerjet.com.au

careerone.com.au

centrelink.gov.au

gigajob.com

Gigajob.com is a free and easy-to-use job search tool established in 1996 to help people find jobs in Australia and other countries fast. You can do your own searching, or receive automatic email notifications of suitable jobs after signing up (you can cancel at any time). And you can post your own job ads in the most proactive method of finding jobs you can do today. Employers are not left out in the cold too with tools to enable you to create jobs for free.

manpower.com.au

Open College's Career and Jobs Advice

Receive professional advice from the net's top career experts about finding a job.

Recruit.net (Australia)

Recruit.net allows job seekers to instantly find millions of jobs across thousands of web sites within a single search. Job listings are displayed from corporate web sites, job boards, recruitment agencies and numerous other sources.

Seek Communications Pty Ltd (Australia)

wagenet.gov.au

Your Fair Work Rights (NSW)

JOB SEEKERS, INTERNATIONAL

ICE Recruit

ICE is the Institute of Civil Engineers, and is the place for UK and International job vacancies for civil engineers.

JobLife (South Africa)

People in the South African market will be served well by visiting the combination of JobSpace, JobLife and Zigo for all local employment, training and internship programs. Job seekers can upload a CV to improve their chances of being employed, or to get extra training. Employers can post job ads and search CVs from job seekers. Can it be any simpler?

JobNexus Resume/CV templates

Surprisingly well-designed resume/CV templates you can download and use right now. No credit card or personal details to supply, or even an account you must set up. More importantly you can modify the templates from the privacy of your own home because they all come as Microsoft Word documents. Not even the paid variety of resume building and template download services of other sites can beat that. So enjoy! A TIP FOR JOB SEEKERS: If you see people asking you to fill in fields with your personal details on an online page just to download their allegedly free resume/CV template, always use bogus details. For example, First name: Any; Last Name: User; Address: Any Street, Any City, Antarctica, 0000. That is the kind of thing you should be doing. And if you see samples of text you could use to include in your resume, click all the options. Later, once you have downloaded the template, you can pick and choose which text suits your situation. Beware of the ones where they suddenly and unexpectedly spring it on you at the end that you have to pay even though they claimed at the start that the templates were free.

Jooble (International)

Jobs across the world. If you are living in specific countries or intend to make a trip or move to another country and need a job, Jooble is the place to visit.

New China Career

NewChinaCareer is the leading English language search engine for jobs in China currently offering 500,000 fresh career opportunities across China and Hong Kong. And don't think for a moment that those billion plus Chinese people living in the country have got all the jobs covered. China is always on the search for new and fresh talent from international (i.e., non-Chinese) people if you have the skills that Chinese employers are looking for.

Novo Resume/CV/Cover Letters templates (free)

Novo Resume/CV/Cover Letters templates (free)

Prepare your Finances when Working Abroad

JOB MAKERS

Airtasker.com

Based on the same approach taken by Freelancer.com, Upload.com and others to link freelancers with any jobs/projects you may have, The only difference here is that whereas Freelancer.com and others rely on freelancers around the world to work on projects you may have, Airtasker physically brings local talent right to your doorstep. Need the plumber for those leakages you can't seem to get fixed right? No problems. Just post a job on Airtasker and be surprised by how many tradespeople are willing to help out and do the work at the right price. Again like other sites, you can compare and choose who you think is suitable from the available talent pool of skilled persons. No job is considered too small for Airtasker. If there is something you need to get done and don't have the time to do it yourself, get it done with Airtasker. Finally, if you are not sure who comes to your home is a genuine Airtasker job seeker, you will know from the unmistakable blue T-shirt with the words "Airtasker" written right across the front. Don't worry, you are in safe hands.

Freelancer.com

A popular site for getting work done. Open up the range of people throughout the world to help on your projects, and be surprised at what you can get done. Even though it is an Australian-based job-creation and job-seekers paradise, practically anyone in the world can join. The only thing you need to be careful with are freelancers who are just starting out and actually don't have a lot of skills. Always check their portfolio and make sure they have done a fair bit of work for clients/employers using Freelancer. If the rating is very positive and people are making statements along the lines of "Bloody brilliant!", or "Geez, this guy knows what he is talking about", then you are on a good thing and towards a successful completion of your project(s). This is really the future of employment. But be careful not to exploit the freelancers. If you do intend to hire a person for a long-time, just employ them properly and give them all the entitlements they deserve for being a good worker. Nothing like a fair employer paying well to keep the employees coming back for more (and supports the economy too).

Upwork.com

Another popular site for getting work done. This is the American version of Freelancer.com. Expect quality freelancers to be available at this web site from America and across the globe.

Juice Extractors (Everything you need to know)

Just Answer (Ask for Advice on any topic)



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LEGAL ADVICE

Expertise.com's Legal Resource

Legal Aid (NSW, Australia)

Medical Compensation Legal Advice (Australia)

LIBRARIES, WORLD

British Library

Library of Congress (LC)

National Library of Australia

LIBRARY DATABASES

Library of Congress (LC)

LIBRARY SERVICES

FormSwift's English Lesson Plan Creator

FormSwift's Math Lesson Plan Creator

FormSwift's Science Lesson Plan Creator

Librarian's Index to the Internet (The IPL Librarian)

Virtual Learning Resources Center (VirtualLRC.com)

see also BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES, LIBRARY DATABASES, SUBJECT GATEWAYS, SEARCH ENGINES, ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS, DICTIONARIES, ELECTRONIC JOURNALS and SEARCH ENGINES

Lonely Planet, The



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MACINTOSH REPAIRS AND PARTS

PB Parts

DTT service

iResQ

iFix It (The best)

MACINTOSH TIPS

iCloud, Turn Off

Improving macOS Performance

Remove Extended Attributes

MALWARE & VIRUS FILE CHECKER

Bitdefender QuickScan

Fast and free online virus scanner.

Jotti's free online virus scan

Free scan of any file using multiple online virus checking sites.

MAPS

Find-A-Street

Google Maps

Map Quest

MBA (MANAGEMENT TRAINING)

Online MBA

Get information from the best online MBA programs with free reports from top ranked US schools.

MEDICINE

Center for Adolescent and Family Studies

BioMedSearch

World's largest free biomedical search engine.

Doctors.net.uk (UK)

Europe's leading online medical community.

Lancet Global Health Network, The

Health Insite

Henriette's Herbal Homepage

Medical Health Tests

Medlineplus

How to Meditate

US National Library of Medicine

WebMD, Comprehensive health database

Your Diagnosis

MEN'S SERVICES

Men's Shed

Provides a place for men to socialise, network, make friends and share skills. Includes discussion forums, lifestyle and health information, events calendar and more.

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Excel Viewer (PC) Installer for 97-2004 format

Microsoft Word Viewer (PC) Installer for 97-2004 format

Minute your Meetings

MORTGAGE, CHOOSE A

eChoice (Australia)

Mortgage Choice (Australia)

Mortgage Rate Comparison (Australia)

MOVIES, CHECK TIMES FOR

Urban Cine File

Reviews, previews and online trailers.

MUSIC AND VIDEOS

Sanity, New CD sales at

Incompetech's royalty-free music



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NASA

Multimedia Page

NASA's Visible Earth Images

NEWSPAPERS & ONLINE NEWS

Frontline World PBS

New York Times (U.S.)

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

The Age (Australia)

The Guardian (UK)

The Nation (Pakistan)

The Press (New Zealand)

The Times (UK)

This Day in History (UK)

Times of India (India)

Washington Post (U.S.)



O

Oxford English Dictionary Online

OLD PEOPLE INFORMATION SERVICE

Hells Geriatrics

Order Form with PDF Attach and Send

If you have a copy of Microsoft Excel for PC, you can enjoy this versatile and easily modifiable order form with a built-in VBA script to create a PDF of the order form, attach it to your Microsoft Outlook message, add a message, and send automatically. Use it to record your favourite items in two main tables (title names are modifiable). Then all you do afterwards is specify quantity and click the Send Order Form button. Nothing could be simpler. Suitable for people who have suppliers with the facility to process order forms as a PDF in email messages. NOTE: Send To and Customer fields are used in the VBA to create the email message. Enjoy!



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Patents, Free Online

Poetry Society, The

Plants of the World

PARENTS, INFORMATION FOR

Raising Children

An Australian resource for anyone wishing to understand how to look after newborns right up to teens.

PHONES, SMART

Forensic Flasher Boxes (also called Shoeboxes)

As used by law enforcement agencies, the Australian Tax Office, and anyone with an interest to hack your mobile phone and access all your personal data.

Unlocking services

PHOTOGRAPHY

Can Stock Photo (Search and buy royalty-free images)

Can Stock Photo offers over 6 million professional royalty free stock photos. High-quality images start at just $1.00 and offers a generous license agreement to give you the flexibility you need. Free weekly downloads with thousands of new images added every week.

Expertise.com's Design and Photography Resource

Foto Search Stock Photography and Stock Footage

Allows users to search from more than 7 million images and 65,000 video clips from 140 quality stock photography publishers at one site. Top footage vendors available include Artbeats, Corbis, Creatas Footage, Digital Hotcakes, Getty, Film Disc, National Geographic, Reel House, among many others. Users can also find royalty-free clipart pictures, illustrations, stock video clips and more.

Free online EXIF tool to view hidden data in your photographs.

Photographers Gallery, The (UK)

PhotoAccess (Australia)

PicScout

A free online tool for web site owners to check copyright and licensing information of image files. This tool will also help you to check against known images held in the Getty Images database and so avoid those infamous extortion letters from the lawyers at Getty Images that often like to demand highly inflated payments that do not represent the true and fair market value for similar licensed images elsewhere online.

Pixnio Images (Free for commercial or personal use).

PriceSpy, Australian hardware price comparison site

Pixabay

Royalty-free and purchase free images for your commercial or non-commercial projects.

PUBLISHER SERVICES

Book Data

CreateSpace (US)

Helps writers of new books to become self-published authors thanks to a range of packages you can purchase to turn your manuscript into a worldwide global success (but make sure people love reading it!). Editing, illustrations, book cover designs, marketing is provided. And you have the option to set price for your book. Print on Demand (PoD) from one to any number of books comes as standard.

IngramSpark (US, Australia, UK)

No special packages provided. It is assumed you have mastered the art of designing, editing, and promoting/marketing your books. This place just provides the lowest priced printing possible for both colour and B&W with a quality that is just as good as any publishing house on the planet. In fact, some publishing houses use IngramSpark to print their books. PoD as little as one book, or any number of books you need printed.

New Generation Publishing (UK)

Similar to CreateSpace in the U.S. with its various packages you can buy to help you self-publish your book to a professional level. Everything from editing, book cover design, to marketing your book. While it might be based in the U.K., no book from overseas is overlooked. And the services provided are second-to-none.

See also AMAZON KINDLE PUBLISHING, PRINTING SERVICES

PRINTING SERVICES

i-loveprint.com (China)

i-loveprint.com is a leading exporter and manufacturer of printing services in China. Major products printed are books, brochures, catalogue, folders, flyers, magazines, labels/stickers, and sticky memo pads, but can include any other printing materials.

PROMOTION

Tomoson.com

Similar to UpWork.com with its variety of freelancers available to hire for their expert services, but this one is catered to freelancers who specialise in marketing and promotion. If you have any services or products you wish to sell in the marketplace (whether online or elsewhere) and need ways to promote them, there are plenty of freelancers at this web site to help you in your aims. From blogging on various web sites to developing a advertisement brochure, you will be sure to find the right people at www.tomoson.com.

PROPERTY

iSeek Developments

Mainly for prospective property developers and investors seeking places in Australia with development potential. Now partnered with Homely.com.au, you can see which property will have development potential by clicking on a link to receive a free (and unlimited) feasibility report. Before embarking on any major project of this nature, do your own homework by checking the interest rate from the banks if you have to borrow money (this is expected to rise sometime in 2018), the location of the property, and whether the market is there from people willing to buy your property as well as the type of building you might decide to build on it.



Q

Quotable Quotations

Quotes for all occasions



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RADIO

RadioTower.com (Internet)

RECYCLING

Cash-a-Phone

Get cash for your old mobile phone!

Green Eco Path

REFERENCES

Grammar, Online English

Online Dictionary and Thesaurus

OneLook Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Quotable Quotations

see also DICTIONARIES

RENOVATIONS, QUESTIONS ON

see HOUSEHOLD REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS

RENT, HOME

TICA - Australia's Largest National Tenant Database

RESEARCH

CommerceNet - Latest technologies and surveys

US Patent search tool, free

US Patent Office

RESTAURANTS, SEARCH

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SCHOOL FRIEND, FIND A

Oz Reunion

SEARCH SITES

Blinkx.com (Video Search)

Dogpile.com

DuckDuckGo.com

An open-source community-based search engine with an emphasis on security and privacy. Of all the search engines, this is the one to watch not just in terms of competing against Google, but is gaining popularity as the most privacy-protected and security conscious of all the search engines, and so carving out a unique niche in this market. This means there is no policy or effort by the people at DuckDuckGo to collect data about your personal details and web habits as commonly seen with Google Analytics (and now being used by other corporations and businesses, such as Apple when selling the Mac version of FileMaker Pro 15 to help the company find some way to identify you through Google if your computer happens to have anonymous personal details and you do not want to provide personal details to Apple). In fact, many the biggest search engine corporations (including Yahoo.com) are quickly following in the footsteps of Google. DuckDuckGo, on the other hand, is a refreshingly different approach and far better in protecting your privacy.

Find How (Solving Everyday Problems)

Geody (World Map Search)

Google.com

Google.com (More secure)

Google.com (Search Mac Sites)

Google.com (Search Images)

MySpace (Search People)

Startpage.com

Startpage.com is the world's most private search engine. It fetches results from the Google search engine without saving the users' IP addresses or giving any personal user information to Google servers.

Yahoo.com

SECURITY ISSUES, CYBER

Computer & Communications Industry Association

Protecting Yourself from Cyber Criminals

Security issues published by SUNRISE

Security measures published by SUNRISE

Service Seeking - Get A Better Quote (Australia)

For education courses in cyber security, see EDUCATION, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

SHOPPING

Shopzilla.com

Wal-Mart

SOCIAL

Consumer World

eHarmony

The most reputable and trusted dating site for Australian people.

Facebook.com

The biggest social network on the planet.

Meetup.com

Events happening around your area in Australia brought together by dedicated organizers to suit your interests and meet new people.

Myspace.com

An alternative social networking site.

SOFTWARE, 3D

Blender 3D

AutoDesk Maya 3D

Foundry Modo 3D

Maxon Cinema 4D

SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS

Apponic

BrotherSoft.com

CNET Downloader

Formerly VersionTracker.com was the most popular prior to 2009, now just a news and advertising site combined with a search engine to find software titles.

FileCroco.com

FilePlanet.com (for Gamers)

Freeware Files

MacUpdate

The most popular Mac software download site as of 2009. Only one problem: the people who run the site are not always willing to listen to software developer's requests for reasonable changes. So a lot of rubbish and old comments can remain about a particular software title even if improvements have been made.

MegaMacs, US second-hand software shop

PHP scripts for webmasters, free and ready-made

Hotscripts. Javascripts for webmasters, free and ready-made

Sofotex.com

Software Informer

The 500 most visited web site in the world specialising in software downloads for Mac, PC and Linux. A popular site with more than 700,000 unique visitors perusing its pages every day.

Picture

Typhoon Software Downloads

Windows 7 Downloads

SOFTWARE, FREE

Blender 3D

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.
 

Blender Instructions (5.9 MB) is a PDF document prepared by SUNRISE summarizing how to use Blender. It is designed primarily for new Blender users (but can be used by experienced users who need a quick refresher) to help get them started and be productive with this software. This summary has been updated for version 2.8. In fact, this latest version has so many improvements that it may now be able to compete with the likes of Maxxon Cinema 4D and 3DS Max, and without the hefty commercial price tag. At last, Blender may have come of age. And it is amazing what open source software can achieve.

SOFTWARE, BEST

Adobe After Effects

There is nothing in its class in terms of the power and flexibility in designing motion graphics and special video effects. It is the world's most popular software. Once you have mastered the basics of Adobe After Effects, you will be creating outstanding presentations that make you think why you would bother with Microsoft Powerpoint or any other slide presentation software. The only thing extra we would recommend in complementing this top-quality software is a copy of Adobe Premiere for handling videos and a select range of powerful After Effect plug ins (e.g., Elements 3D).

Affinity Designer

The most complete and easiest vector graphic design software at a price that blows Adobe Illustrator away, and yet just as powerful. The only way Adobe can now compete is to offer low-cost monthly subscriptions to its flagship software to lure customers back to its brand, or else expect Adobe to make a takeover offer for Affinity sometime in the near future to reduce the competition.

Affinity Photo

The alternative solution to Adobe Photoshop, especially if you think Gimp is a little too geeky and the user interface is a shocker. There are many graphic editing tools out there on the market, but this is the better of the bunch, just after Adobe Photoshop.

Sparkle One Pro

The most complete and easiest web page creation tool for web designers and serious web programmers. Best of all, you do not need to know any coding to create the world's best web sites. Things have moved on since the days when Macromedia and Adobe provided Dreamweaver as the only truly professional web page maker.

SPARE PARTS

Appliance Parts Warehouse (Sydney, Australia)

BigWarehouse Spares for Appliances (Australia)

Spare Parts Warehouse (USA)

For laptop parts and repairs

SPORTS

Basketball, NBA (U.S.)

FIFA Soccer

Golf (CBS Sports)

Motorcycle Online

Surfing Australia

SPRACI

World party rave and club information

STOCK EXCHANGE

Australian Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange

New York Stock Exchange

Stock Photos

SUBJECT GATEWAYS (OR PORTALS)

LibrarySpot

Sydney Morning Herald (Australian Newspaper)

SUPERANNUATION, CONSOLIDATE

Free Superannuation Records Check

myGov (ADF/DB)

Super Finder Tool (PSSap)



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TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES & SERVICES

How to Call Abroad

Reverse Caller ID (U.S.)

Reverse Phone Number Search (Philippines)

SuperPages (US Yellow Pages from Verizon)

Infobel International Telephone Directories

WAYP International Online Phone Directories

White Pages (Australia)

White Pages (Philippines)

Yellow Pages (Australia)

Yellow Pages (Philippines)

Philiphone.com Business Search (Philippines)

TELEVISION STATIONS (WORLDWIDE)

ABC (Australia)

BE3 (Ireland)

BBC One (UK)

BBC Two (UK)

BBC Four (UK)

BBC News (UK)

Discovery History (UK)

Discovery Science (UK)

National Geographics (UK)

Sony Movie Channel (UK)

Bloomberg Television (UK)

ABC (U.S.)

CBS (U.S.)

NASA Television (U.S.)

NBC (U.S.)

Sundance TV (U.S.)

CNBC (U.S.)

Showtime (U.S.)

FXX (U.S.)

Comet TV Sci-Fi Network (U.S.)

Seven All Channels (Australia)

Nine All Channels (Australia)

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Seven All Channels (Australia)

TV GUIDES

Australia

Ireland

New Zealand

UK

US

TELEVISION, ONLINE (WORLDWIDE)

Fandor

Watch 5,000+ Online Movies.

FilmOn

Watch 600 Live TV channels and more than 45,000 movies and shows free in SD, or subscribe for HD.

FirstOneTV

Watch Live TV channels from multiple countries. As of 2019 requires Adobe Flash Player and to temporarily disable ad blocker. When finished, uninstall flash player for greater privacy.

Free TV All

Hulu.com

Laola1.tv (Sports)

Netflix.com

TV Tube (US Channels only)

TV Web 360

TELEVISION, ONLINE (REMOVING GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS)

DNS Trick

Unlocator

Watching TV Abroad

ZoogTV

THIRD-WORLD AID

Micro-lending to third-world leaders in villages through Kiva

TIMERS, ONLINE

Free Online Egg Timer

TRANSLATORS, ONLINE LANGUAGE (TRANSLATION SERVICES)

London Translations

A translation company based in London, England, serving businesses throughout the world.

Google Translate

World Lingo free language translators

TRANSPORT

Taxis Combined (Australia)

TRAVEL

Expedia.com (Australia)

Search your favourite travel destinations and get discounts on airline tickets and online reservations.

Australian Booking Travel Site

Flight Centre, Bookings

Last Minute

Rooms available at 1/4 the normal price. Won't know the name of the city until the last minute once you get accepted by a hotel or motel.

STA Travel, Bookings

The Lonely Planet Site

Travel Mate

Web Jet, Bookings (Compare flight costs for all airliners)

TV, see TELEVISION

TYRES (or TIRES)

As of 2018, the top three recommended tyres are as follows:

  1. Nokian iLine (Scientifically formulated and patented tyre chemistry from Finland designed to handle wet and dry conditions with uncanny ability, is quiet on the road, and has extra long durability for £43. Best suited for winter conditions, but the manufacturer does sell a summer version more suited for Australian conditions).
  2. Michelin Energy XM2 (Excellent mileage, quiet on the road, excellent handling in dry and wet for AU$112).
  3. Goodyear Assurance TripleMax (High mileage and fuel efficient tyre for AU$123).
  4. Hankook Ventus V8 RS H424 (Excellent performance tyre for AU$123).



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UFOs

Rense UFO information

SUNRISE UFO Research

The first outside of the US military to provide the technological answer to observations of UFOs at close range from genuine UFO reports. Actual explanation of how the technology works requires a full understanding of Albert Einstein's Unified Field Theory and knowledge of advanced electromagnetism. Once you have this knowledge, it means the Abraham-Lorentz formula for exponentially accelerating a charged object is not only feasible to implement in reality, but also the formula is subject to further improvements as SUNRISE has realised exactly how radiation interacts with matter based on the latest new scientific explanation.

The Majestic Documents Web Site

UFOSeek

USGS Mapping Service

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Password: anyuser2019AA

US National Library of Medicine

US Patent Office



V

Visible Human Project

VPN Survey (Best of 2019)



W

WALLPAPER, FREE (DESKTOP PICS)

8kpics.com

WEATHER

Australian Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

Weather.com

Radar Weather Maps (Australia)

Weather Zone

WEB PAGE DESIGNING TECHNIQUES

Delicious Slides' Free WordPress Web Templates

WebReference

Website Setup for Designers (formerly PageResource.com)

The HTML Writers Guild

WEB DESIGNERS

Pebbled.io

A 15-day trial allows you to use any service offered (only limited by how much time it takes for the designers to create what you want). Unlimited advertising materials, unlimited logo concepts, social media designs and print designs with unlimited concepts and unlimited revisions! Anything that requires a designer is included in the trial package! While these people can do a lot of things, click here to find out what they won't do. Otherwise, if you are happy, then the price per month will depend on your choice of a plan, which could be either $79 for Core Plan, $249 for Plus Plan, or $499 for Enterprise Plan. Fortunately, you can cancel at any time after you have received the source code (in the paid plans) to implement on your own web site.

WEB SITE ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE (SEO)

GT Metrix, web page performance report (free)

Built With Web Site Report

Similar Sites, including keywords analysis report

WooRank Web Site Report

WEB SEARCH ENGINES

see SEARCH ENGINES

White Pages, Australian

WHAT TO DO, FUN THINGS

Things to Do (Sydney, Australia)

Wildbear Entertainment

Professional Australian commercial, educational and promotional video production company.

WINE

Cellar Masters - An Australian Wine Specialist

Vintage Cellars

WOMEN'S SERVICES

MamaMia Newsletter

Wreaths, Autumn/Winter/Spring/Summer (Darby Creek Trading)

Worldometers, global statistics about the world today



Y

Yahoo/Oath

Yahoo/Oath Mail

Yahoo/Oath Privacy Dashboard

Yahoo/Oath Account Security

Yellow Pages, Australian