Useful Web Sites

A free service

A

ADVICE AND TIPS

DotDash.com

Provides advice, information and ideas for inspiration.

Advice from an Expert (Just Answer)

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 nice and clean template to build your next great story for your readers.

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 and Mac)

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

Download Kindle Previewer 2.94 (PC and Mac)

Already has 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)

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 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



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BABY AND PREGNANCY ADVICE

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

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

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 that 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.

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

Small Business Resource

Private Fleet (Cars)

Workplace Relations Site (Australia)

BUSINESS SERVICES, SMALL (INTERNATIONAL)

Business Insurance Quotes (U.S.)

Expertise.com's Small Business Resource

BUTTON MAKERS, WEB (FREE)

Freebies Bug

Free web design content.

Flaming Text



C

CAPTURE, SCREEN

Web Capture

For capturing full length screenshots of web pages.

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.

Honmaksan

Manufacturers and Sellers of Car Engine Reconditioning Equipment for Vehicle Repair shop owners

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

CDs, see MUSIC

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 some rather 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

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. to gather information about you, your views, your business confidential information, and your online habits while you browse online. Apple is almost as bad as Google in terms of the information it can gather and keep on its servers via the push technology enabled on your iOS and macOS devices. And yes, law enforcement agents can gain access to all your information on Apple servers, iPhones and macOS machines (as required by law). There is no hiding the fact. The only thing going for the company at the present time is that at least future employers (other than Apple) will not be able to access your personal and business confidential information. Nevertheless, if you are worried about how much Apple likes to intrude in your private and business life for whatever purposes the company has (often under the public perception of providing marketing information to users and/or so-called improving its services to you), 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 to get away from the privacy issues associated with Apple devices.

Little Snitch

Arguably one of the most effective tools on the planet in blocking electronic information coming out of your computer in a surreptitious manner to Apple servers. Anything this utility finds as trying to attempt to connect to Apple while you are online will pop-up with a message on the screen prior to the data being sent so you can decide whether to permit or deny the connection. 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 how many apps on your Macintosh computer will try to call Apple and send data to the company. 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 where they tell you the server address has the word "apple" in it. This is usually a sure-fire sign that Apple is looking for something, and in most cases the data it wants is not necessary for you to use your computer or achieve your aims. So block them with this great utility and discover a newfound sense of security you never had before.

OnyX for mac

The latest macOS (including High Sierra) is notorious for retaining information about what you do in caches, log files, and even force the retention of multiple old copies of your documents in a fixed location as part of Apple's own preferred backup solution it wants you to accept. Whilst such a move may be nice for Mac newbies and youngsters and to let you know Apple is thinking about you (cough!), this method of retaining old documents is one of the most effective means for the company to learn what you do, who you are, the apps you use, and so much more. So use Onyx to set up OS X to be more privacy-protected and secure in the Parameters tab, and delete caches and log files for maximum protection of your personal data.

WaterFox web browser

A particularly good and secure web browser without all the telemetry and other so-called beneficial data getting sent to FireFox developers. This one uses the original free open source version of FireFox but has been carefully streamlined for strictly secure web browsing by a 16-year-old male programmer. No secret sending of data you do not intend to see or not aware of. The decision to make this app secure is a wise one as even a programmer needs to feel safe and secure using a web browser. Like the commercial for the toothbrush most recommended by the dentist who can't show his face on TV, this is the unknown programmer who is showing us the web browser he prefers to use. Best thing of all, where the latest FireFox may not run on OS X Mountain Lion, the latest WaterFox will.

Brave web browser

An alternative web browser with reasonable security and a particularly strong set of advert blocking features. This is considered by many users to be more privacy-protected than Apple's own Safari web browser. However, the inability to switch off automatic update checking means it is possible for the developers of Brave to still snoop and gather information beyond simply checking the version number. You are better off sticking with WaterFox.

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 time 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 opened in Preview.app has been closed. Not even trashing the closed document will work until Preview.app is properly quit. Which means the app is trying hard to retain data from the last document opened until you find a way to re-open Preview.app (because it is hidden from the Dock) and do the job properly of quitting it. The best approach is to press Option Command Esc and select Preview. From there you can Force Quit the app. Retention of your sensitive documents in memory (i.e., inside your RAM) irrespective of whether you have closed them is another way Apple can gather information about you. And under the new memory management system since OS X Mavericks, Apple can quietly send additional data held in RAM. 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 to gather 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 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 reading and enjoying some information presented in visual (text or static/moving pictures) and audio form from web sites on the internet just to gather new ideas and 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 across all sensitive personal electronic devices to beat spyware tools, 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 (in order 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. Now that is 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.

Brave web browser

One of the better web browsers with good security and strong advert blocking features. Don’t use Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox. All will either retain information about you including a history of where you visited for sending to their servers (even when you eventually delete your history), or with Firefox there is a security bug that allows people to send and run malicious code on your computer. The most dangerous code 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.

DEGOVERNMENTISE

The process of avoiding the privacy intrusive techniques employed by the government to gather information about you and who you meet. This is more useful for journalists who need to be independent in their work, but anyone can benefit from the techniques suggested here. For a start, you should look at the techniques covered in DeMicrosoftise, DeApplise, and DeGooglise for protecting your privacy. If you have a network online, always establish a Virtual Personal Network (VPN) to hide your IP address and use it to by-pass Australian-based servers (if the VPN server is located overseas) giving you access to the internet and allow you to send and receive emails with anonymity. Use high-grade 1024-bit or higher file and email encryption for communicating with whisteblowers* or other people. And do not advertise yourself on FaceBook, Twitter, or other social media sites that you are a journalist and show a picture of yourself. 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 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. Finally, to complete the picture, we recommend that you check the following links.

GPG Encryption Tools

The essential tools you need to encrypt to a high-grade files and sending/receiving email messages. 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

The Tor 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 the volunteers are not collecting information). Use the latest version to fix known bugs that have been exploited by government-funded clandestine agencies in the past. 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, and you should be protected to a very high degree. 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, or businesses fully accountable for its actions.

See also INTERNET: REMOVING GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS

DEMICROSOFTISE

The process of avoiding the privacy intrusive techniques employed by Microsoft to gather information about you, your views, and your online habits while you browse online. Microsoft generally follows on the path of Apple, often watching the more controversial technologies introduced by the other company. When enough people seem to be not aware (mostly younger consumers) or choose to ignore the problems, Microsoft usually takes onboard the same technologies. Therefore, deMicrosoftising your life is often the same as for Apple.

OpenSUSE Linux Leap

The simplest solution to dealing with Microsoft Windows is to download and install Linux OS. It is free, open source, stable and secure. Annual updates ensure Linux is the best it can be. 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.

Brave web browser

One of the better web browsers with good security and strong advert blocking features. Use this alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer. A Linux version is also available if you decide to go the Linux OS way.

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

Kibin.com

An innovative web site designed to bring together a community of "diverse interest" editors to really help you get your writing to a top notch level. At Kibin, you will receive a good edit of any text (school essays, chapters of your first book, brochures, etc) at respectable prices. Flexible enough to let you choose editors in your chosen field of interest to look at your work. You can even set how much time the editor has to look at your work and pay accordingly through PayPal or, if you are feeling confident in your writing skills, edit other people's work and use your accumulated credits (or money earned) to ask others to edit your work. How much simpler can it be?

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.

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 shorthand 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 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.

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 you for you.

The Need for Cyber Diplomats

EDUCATION, MBA

Financial Times' Global MBA Rankings 2012

Nothing but the best for those looking to become masters of the business and management universe. 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 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.



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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

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. Also get an 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 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)

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.

Google Keyword Tool

Useful when looking at the competition, checking the volume of search for selected keywords in the Google search web page (and so improve your choice of keywords to use in your web site), and seeing how many people may be linked to your web site (which sometimes helps to improve your chances of appearing towards the top of the search results of Google.com and other search engines).

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.

Online Meta Tag Generator

Meta tags for an HTML web page helps to summarise your page's description in the search engines that support them. Good meta tags help to improve your search engine position..

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

Xenu Link Sleuth Tool

PC software tools for finding broken links, checks Alt tags, generate sitemap for the web site, check backlinks for the URL, and the Google cache for the page in your web site.

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.

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.

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.

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



G

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



H

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!

Yoga Postures

Even individuals who have just started practising some yoga poses can still reap the benefits of more challenging yoga postures from this web site. Only try if you are reasonably confident in the basic stuff.

YogaProps blog page

A great opportunity to talk to like-minded yoga-loving or "just trying it out for the first time" individuals willing to learn or pass on useful knowledge and tips to others on the best way to achieve your health and fitness through yoga. Also a place to purchase mats and anything else you might need to enjoy a long and healthy life of yoga.

see also MEDICINE

Henriette's Herbal Homepage

HISTORY

Evolution of Life on Earth (SUNRISE)

Timeline Index

HOTELS

Booking.com

Global Hotel Alliance

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)



I

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: 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: SEARCH ENGINES

see WEB SEARCH ENGINES

INTERNET: REMOVING GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTIONS

The links below are favourites for many users. 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.

IVPN (Malta)

Mullvad (Sweden)

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.

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.

likeajob.com.au

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 from thousands of web sites with 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

Free Resume/CV samples

Find the right resume/CV sample for promoting your skills to prospective employers. Get other useful information on various resume writing and job search services.

Free Resume/CV templates from www.hloom.com/

Top-class and well-designed resume/CV templates you can download and use right now.

ICE Recruit

ICE is the Institute of Civil Engineers, and this 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?

Jooble (International)

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

Zigo Job Search (South Africa)

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.

Juice Extractors (Everything you need to know)

Just Answer (Ask for Advice on any topic)



L

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



M

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



N

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!



P

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



R

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

MenuLog — Australia's largest restaurant guide



S

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 in terms of competing against Google. It is fast becoming the search engine of choice for more and more users. More importantly, it avoids having the need 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 big corporation search engines (including Yahoo.com) are quickly following in the footsteps of Google. Duck Duck Go, 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 (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 (5.7 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 you get started and be productive with this software. It also highlights some of the major criticisms of the software as well as give you solutions on how to deal with those problems, so you can make the most of the software package in achieving your goals.
 

World's best video tutorials for learning Blender from the experts (suitable for Blender version 2.6.1 or higher):

1. Setting up for Mac users (30.6MB)

2. Understanding the Interface (25.8MB)

3. Splitting and Joining the Viewports (10.5MB)

4. Navigating, Scaling and Rotation (98MB)

5. Basic Modelling (62.9MB)

6. Introduction to Materials (18.9MB)

7. How to Apply Textures (52.1MB)

8. Introduction to Rendering (21.6MB)

9. Introduction to Lighting (3.3MB)

10. Introduction to Animation (24.2MB)

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

Free Superannuation Records Check



T

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

CBS (U.S.)

CNN (U.S.)

NBC (U.S.)

BBC (UK)

ITV (UK)

Channel 4 (UK)

Channel 5 (UK)

ABC (Australia)

TV Guide (Australia)

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.

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



U

UFOs

Rense UFO information

SUNRISE UFO Research

The first and only scientific web page outside of the US military to provide the technological answer to observations of UFOs at close range from genuine international UFO reports.

The Majestic Documents Web Site

UFOSeek

US National Library of Medicine

US Patent Office



V

Visible Human Project



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 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

Yellow Pages, Australian