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Feeling a bit overwhelmed by what is available on the internet? No worries, here is our selection of the better sites to visit and some useful free tools to assist you.

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Aboriginal Artworks, KJC



Provides advice, information and ideas for inspiration.

Advice from an Expert (Just Answer)

Money Security

Airlines (See TRAVEL)

Amazon Books (Biggest online bookstore)


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


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


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

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Adobe Systems, Inc.

Alternative Medicine

Apple, Inc.


The Louvre

Victoria and Albert Museum

Ask Philosophers, for responses to questions you may have.



eBay (Misspelled Auctions)


Australia Post


ACT Legislation Acts

Free Superannuation Records Check

National Energy (Energy-efficient solutions)

Superannuation Information (ATO)

White Pages

Yellow Pages



eBroadcast, Listing Guide

Your TV, Listing Guide



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).



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.



Aussie Home Loans



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



Beatles Music

Play Guitar Like the Beatles


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


Australia Post - PostBill Pay



Show Biz (Australia)

Ticketek (Australia)


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)


HTML Kindle Publication Template (SUNRISE)

HTML ePUB Apple iBook Publication Template (SUNRISE)

HTML ePUB Standard Publication Template (SUNRISE)


businessesVIEW.com.au (Australia)

Commercial Property Guide (Australia)

commercialVIEW.com.au (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)


Advice for Latino Entrepreneurs (U.S.)

Business Insurance Quotes (U.S.)

Expertise.com's Small Business Resource

Zigpac Stickers Suppliers (China)


Freebies Bug

Free web design content.

Flaming Text



Web Capture

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


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


A Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy Online

CoolTech Zone's Child Internet Safety Guide

Top Medical Assistant Schools' Internet Safety

As the people at TMAS can't seem to get enough of this subject, or feel we are lacking in adequate advice in this area, here is another take on what appears to be a highly popular subject in the world today. We hope the younger members of our society thinks so too.

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


CellarMaster - An Australian Wine Specialist

Civil & Electrical Engineering

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




OzBargain (Australian freebies)

Cracker Classifieds (Australia's Largest)

Trading Post


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)


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


A variant on the SARS virus, Covid-19 (now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)) had its origins in late 2019 from a bat whose infected blood has managed to cross over to humans, either with the help of an intermediary wild animal such as a pangolin, or directly to humans. Indeed, it is likely to be the latter as bats are a delicacy in China and any "accidentally" uncooked bat meat used in a Chinese-style soup dish may have permitted the virus to make the transition to humans. Understandably, the Chinese authorities prefer to see the situation as probably nothing more than touching a wild animal and humans ended up accidentally touching their mouth, nose or eyes with their contaminated fingers. However, we can't ignore orally ingesting uncooked meat. Question: Why can't China look for alternative food sources (and grow them locally) and educate the masses on the fallacy of traditional views regarding the so-called healthy properties of consuming wild animals? Clearly, Covid-19 is not a health benefit.

No matter how it started, the world is now facing a pandemic thanks to this new virus. The relative ease of catching the virus even from people with no or mild symptoms not to mention the way most people are social creatures (known as super spreaders) that want or have to meet people on a regular basis, and how the current economic system has been structured to force people to come together to work, to buy things, and have people moving around the world inside confined spaces in transport vehicles, airports and other centralised locations for allegedly important business meetings or to have holidays means that the virus has effectively become a worldwide pandemic. This is true while authorities around the world are not able to contain everyone who has become infected.

Why do people come together to work? It is mainly:

  1. To prove to employers that you are doing your job and putting in your hours in a predominantly L-brain society where everything must be observed because we cannot trust people to do the work and/or employers are looking to exploit people to do more work for the same amount of time if they discover people are getting efficient and have extra time.
  2. To satisfy people's desire to constantly socialise.
  3. Some jobs must be performed from certain locations, such as customer service jobs that require contact with customers from a central location.

It is inevitable that a large proportion of people throughout the world will get Covid-19. Containment is no longer possible other than to request people to stay home for at least two weeks (preferably longer in about 10 per cent of cases that can last 28 days, and an even longer period of up to four months for a smaller percentage of mostly older people or those with low immunity responses to properly clear the infections) for just the slightest indication of going under the weather, including a runny nose, a sore throat, and experiencing unexpected coughs and sneezing. Certainly, if you develop a temperature reminiscent of a fever and there are signs that you have breathing difficulties and/or feeling fatigue or body aches, you need to call a medical clinic (don't visit your GP or hospital).

However, it is also possible you may show no symptoms if you are infected. In which case, you can still cause asymptomatic transmission of the virus to others. The only solutions available to stopping the virus spread are:

  1. Keeping your distance from other people (dogs, cats and other pets do not get Covid-19 and should be safe to touch so long as they have not been touched by infected human strangers).
  2. Taking the vaccine for Covid-19, when it becomes available.
  3. If steps 1 and 2 are not taken, the only remaining solution is to allow for herd immunity to take hold (which means 15 per cent of older people and a fraction of 1 per cent of young people will die, while the rest of the population will survive and develop the natural immunity to the virus).

As the authorities are understandably concerned because many consist of older people who make decisions (as well as the fact that much of the population is generally older), if we are to save as many older people as we can (which could be a family member), it is clear steps 1 and 2 are the best options and the ones we must focus on.

For younger people wanting to push the world in the right and positive direction, such as properly tackling climate change with renewable energy solutions, controlling excessive profit mentality of older males, and giving everyone a fair go in contributing original and creative solutions in different areas of society, the preference is for step 3. Authorities and the media are finding and televising examples of young people with no known health problems or complications dying from Covid-19. The cases are rare compared to the number of older people who have died from the virus, but it is the only available way to try to change young people's views.

Assuming we want to keep as many older people alive as we can and while the vaccine is not yet ready, we must all apply social distancing measures with one another. There is currently no choice on the matter considering the virus is spreading. The simplest way of doing this is by going home and resting as soon as you feel unwell (e.g., a sore throat, runny nose, and a temperature). Even if you are feeling okay, social distancing is essential in everyday life until the vaccine is ready for distribution and everyone has had the jab. This includes going to the supermarkets, visiting hospitals, filling up the car with petrol, or any place where people are likely to congregate. To help you remember the importance of this step, imagine everyone are docile zombies. If you get too close, the zombies could grab you and give you a nasty bite. Keep your distance, and the zombies cannot do anything to you.

The biggest problem authorities have with this virus, apart from being highly contagious, is not knowing whether the person next to you has the virus (as the symptoms could be virtually non-existent, not just during the early stage of getting the virus until the symptoms suddenly appear up to a week later, and even then it could be extremely mild, or no symptoms at all for some people throughout the entire period when the virus is present in the body).

If you are feeling unwell, don't try to soldier on by coming to work with something as mild as the sniffles and later end up coughing and sneezing all over the place. People will definitely not appreciate it.

Another major weakness of economic systems is how some governments do not trust people to make reasonable decisions to stay home (even with a doctor's medical certificate) and be given as many days as is reasonable to ensure people properly recover from the flu, colds, and now Covid-19. Often you must constantly go to the doctor or pharmacist to provide a medical certificate lasting a maximum of three days (but gets shorter after the first visit because the assumption is that it is probably just the common cold and people should get back to work as quickly as possible, even if the virus is still lingering in the body). In addition, limited sick days are provided, and casual/contract workers get no sick days. So they are forced to infect other people when coming to work to earn an income. This draconian approach to employment for the most vulnerable workers (let alone permanent workers with some sick leave) should be long gone by now. This is the 21st century. People should be treated as human beings. Give people adequate rest and recovery. Governments must take reasonable steps to lead their nations' economic systems by legislating that all vulnerable workers will receive income protection during sick leave and to give financial support to businesses to ensure everything ticks over and worker's jobs are protected at this difficult time, especially when the workers can prove their sickness to a doctor and need adequate time to recover.

The greatest concern with this virus outbreak will be the elderly, and anyone with lung problems (e.g., people who smoke or have some other complication) as well as reduced immunity response (mainly because of other health problems, but not necessarily because of Covid-19; in fact, improving your immunity response does not stop you getting the virus, but it could aid in your recovery and reduce the symptoms). For these people, it is highly recommended that they be given a quality P2-class or higher filtration air mask. Authorities may request that medical professionals have priority to these limited products. but it still remains essential for anyone who is not sure they are infected or have come from infected countries and intend to walk around in public. The virus survives for 2 hours travelling on very fine water droplets from a sneeze. If a person is merely coughing without covering the mouth, you should be no less than 3 metres when facing the individual. If the person is sneezing without covering the mouth, you need to be standing further away. An MIT study has shown slow-motion B&W film of droplets from a sneeze travelling a distance of 8 metres. So you need to stand more than 8 metres. To allow for closer contact, the person doing the coughing or sneezing must cover their mouth by any reasonable means. Beyond that, standing 1.5 metres behind or side-on to another person is sufficient. However, if an infected person sneezes or coughs, a quality air mask will stop the droplets. Even without sneezing, touching a surface by an infected person also requires care. You need to be aware that the virus can survive on a surface of door handles, tables, chairs and other surfaces for anywhere between 4 hours to 9 days (possibly longer if the conditions are colder and more humid in the air or there is moisture on the surface).

When droplets from a typical sneeze lands on a surface, the lifespan of the virus varies significantly. A study published in March 2020 in the New England Journal of Medicine has revealed the following facts at a certain fixed temperature and humidity:

  1. Copper: The virus can survive on the surface for up to 4 hours.
  2. Cardboard: Up to a day (but other studies suggest up to 36 hours or as little as 12 hours).
  3. Plastic: Approximately 6.8 hours (but other studies suggest up to 72 hours).
  4. Stainless steel: Approximately 5.6 hours (but other studies suggest up to 72 hours).

The lipid surface structure of the virus has been found to be quite delicate. A bit of detergent or alcohol is enough to affect the surface structure and break it apart. Thus the viruses can be killed in a matter of seconds.

If you do get the virus, it can linger in the body for up to 14 days for most people (the symptoms may seem mild for first 6 days, but will worsen quickly; the worse will be from day 8 to 10; if you survive, things will quickly get better over the next three to four days). For about 10 per cent of infected people, Chinese researchers claim it can be as long as 28 days. And as of mid-March 2020, the latest research suggests that an even smaller percentage of people my require up to 4 months to be fully cleared of the virus. And if that is found to be true, we should expect multiple waves of the virus to spread across the community. Why? It is because most authorities are still relying on the 14-day quarantine figure before people can be released into the community (these people should always be tested prior to letting them go), and there are some people who barely show symptoms but are carrying the virus and infecting others as they move about through the community (not necessarily to deliberately infect others, but because they are unaware they are infected). So, in the end, it is looking like it is inevitable for just about everyone to get the virus at some point this year or next year. The only hope people have at the moment is the vaccine, which is not available until 2021. However, it would appear that Queensland researchers have a vaccine cure and are looking for volunteers to go on a drug trial. Dr Lisa Jackson is also leading a team in the United States with their own vaccine solution. If this is true, then this could be the game-changer world governments are looking for.

Alternatively, those who have already contracted the virus do have another solution. Researchers at the University of Monash have discovered that the anti-parasite drug ivermectin can significantly reduce the number of Covid-19 viruses in the body within 24 hours, and will kill all the virus in 48 hours. Efforts are being made to determine a safe level of dosage for humans and to conduct a trial on infected persons to see its effectiveness.

Until the trial is over (which will take a minimum of 16 weeks and up to 12 months to fully determine the safety and efficacy of the vaccine), if you want to prolong the time before you eventually get infected, you need to avoid touching;

  1. strangers (and even family members if they do have the infection, although this will be difficult when living under the one roof); and
  2. public surfaces in shops, public toilets, cinemas and anywhere there is likely to be plenty of people congregating.

Don't think about the adults only. Consider the children attending schools and what they might be doing to spread the virus. Children may get less symptoms, but it does not mean young people can't get the virus and spread it. If anyone can spread the virus far and wide and do a good job at it, it will be the children. To reduce the spread, schools should close (certainly they will close if a student is found to be infected and has attended classes with other students). Not all will agree with this move. Some nations, such as Australia, are trying desperately to keep them open because the authorities do not want school kids to stay at home and infecting elderly people or their parents (or medical professionals with children are not forced to go home to look after the children). Better to infect other kids. Well, it won't make any difference whether to stay at school or at home as the 2-week Australian school holidays in April (including Easter holidays) are just around the corner. This will be the litmus test to see how many children do get infected, especially if they get bored hanging around at home and decide to sneak out of the house to meet with friends, visit the cinemas or food stores, or just walk about in the community. Like some adults, it will be very difficult to contain infected children if the symptoms are extremely mild or non-existent and there is a desire to get out and about within the community. Either everyone should be properly kept in isolation for a period of time, or face the reality that the virus will be transmitted from person-to-person to everyone, including the elderly.

No doubt the authorities will try very hard to crack down on anyone not following the rules of self-isolation for an extended period of time.

A good decision by the Australian government on 19 March 2020 to ban international flights to Australia for non-Australian residents. Approximately 80 per cent of all infectious cases are due to people coming to Australia and not aware of their symptoms. Australian citizens can come back home (as of 22 March, no Australians can return home, but the government is working with Qantas to arrange for flights to bring back Australians stuck overseas), but must immediately go into isolation for a minimum of 14 days followed by testing to confirm they are cleared. Unfortunately, not all Australians who do return from overseas are adhering to this quarantine rule. For these overseas Australians arriving home, they will face strict quarantine measures enforced by the army inside hotels

Then there are those already infected within the nation and spreading the disease. It would appear that either some people could be flaunting the social distancing rules, or there is something about this virus that is making it harder for people to tell the difference or notice the symptoms.

For example, a number of Australians usually avoid watching the news mainly because of the amount of doom and gloom messaging that gets shown. People prefer to think positive and focus on their lives and social interactions. If this is true, then perhaps the time has come to radically change the media landscape of the kinds of stories people read. How about showing the benefits of staying home and away from work while Covid-19 is yet to be eradicated? Think about the extra sleep you can get. More time to be innovative and get things done at home. Watch the latest good news stories about what is happening on the vaccine front, and the kind of future we could be heading when the virus is gone. New jobs. New way of working. Even the sight of clear skies free of pollution in China and other nations, new job opportunities for budding young photographers ready to take pretty pictures of nations in a cleaner environment to help prepare for the economic boom in tourism to come, the "care army" established to help elderly people, less carbon dioxide emissions in the air, and now we hear the ozone layer is "healing" itself thanks to the less pollution. Surely all these things must provide a welcome relief from the regular bad news. Seriously, give people a good reason to stay indoors, watch the news, and do the right thing on the Covid-19 front by seeing the positive things today and things we can hope to bring for the future.

Then there are the inconsistent and changing messages coming from the authorities on what is okay to do, and what is not. Just to give an example, the authorities were quick to say recently that it is not okay for people to get on a beach or sit in a park when suddenly there is a large gathering taking place. Yet people are confused by the messaging they receive about this because (i) they are getting fresh air and not getting cooped up in an air-conditioned office with other people working in the same place; (ii) when they arrived at the beach or park, there were few people, and even when it reached a peak, the separation distance was at least 1.5 metres or more as in a supermarket (where people stand, so why not sit down as well?); (iii) the maximum indoor gatherings accepted in Australia was 100 people, so why not 100 people outside too?; and (iv) in Germany the maximum number of people that can be seen walking (or sitting) together (i.e., under 1.5 metres) is 2 and both should be family members, but no such extreme measures were seen to be in place in Australia. So why not 3 or 5 family members? And, of course, people in parks and beaches do have to walk around occasionally. Indeed, people are permitted to go outside to get some exercise. So long as they observe the minimum distance of 1.5 metres, it should be fine, right? So you can start to see the confusion people are having with the rules. Now it seems like the requirement from the authorities have suddenly changed (yet again) to say that Australians can no longer be seen in any close proximity to other people in any gatherings, but keep yourselves isolated indoors.

Then there are another group of people who have kind of listened to the news but remain partly in denial and think it is just another flu. Well, the symptoms are very similar, and most people survive it. So what is the big fuss other than to protect the older members of our community? There is nothing we can do about it if some older people die until the vaccine arrives. Might as well live it up a little. The same is true of some Australian men who will still come in to the men's change rooms of gyms coughing and spluttering (and clearing the throat) a number of times thinking they only have the common cold. Are you sure about that? How about doing something nice for people by staying home and recovering from whatever you think you have got for the sake of the health of your fellow human beings? This becomes a more essential action when it comes to Covid-19 because it is more infectious. With the ordinary flu, you will usually infect on average about 1.3 to 1.4 other people. Then those people will infect another 1.3 to 1.4 other people and so on. By the time this is repeated ten times, your flu would have infected 14 people. With the dreaded Covid-19, you can easily infect at least 2.5 and probably closer to 3 other people. If the disease spreads tens times, you will have infected anywhere between 59,000 and 78,000 people. This is the way infectious diseases spread, which is exponential in nature until something can stop or reduce the growth by some action. So yes, the symptoms are very similar, but Covid-19 can affect far more people in a short space of time, and so overwhelm the medical services. And it has added potency in the way it can affect the lungs and make it difficult to breathe for people with limited lung capacity through age or some other medical condition, and the immune system is not effective at creating enough antibodies quickly enough to fight the virus.

As of 23 March 2020, all gyms have closed to enforce this social distancing requirement and keep people at home if they are sick. Boot camps done outdoors were allowed a maximum of 10 people to participate, but has dropped to just 2 people. Beyond that, you should try to take regular outdoor exercises such as walking, running and performing sit ups away from others (if you see anyone getting close to you, pretend you have a disease by coughing and clearing your throat profusely; it is amazing how quickly people more away from you), or perform the exercises inside your home. For creative ways to exercise at home, visit YouTube

As for the social distancing rules, this goes against what is natural for most people to do. So you will find some people struggling to keep away from others. You may overhear a young student say to her friend, "OMG. I can’t believe I am not going to see you for 5 weeks". Few people are comfortable living on their own for extended periods of time. The majority prefer almost constant attention and/or social interactions with others to help make them feel less depressed and/or have that feeling that they are being loved or needed by another person. To solve this predicament, people must find creative ways to interact with people online rather than in person for the time being.

However, the biggest concern for Australia has to be the premature release of infected passengers from the Ruby Princess cruise liner in Sydney, and it is not surprising that the number of cases of infected persons in Australia have jumped up since 16 March. This one ship has been the major cause for most of the infections within Australia. And now, combined with infected people showing asymptomatic symptoms, the problem is spreading.

To minimise the transmission of Covid-19 (but probably not something that we can completely eliminate until the vaccine arrives), everyone entering the borders of a nation should be tested and kept in quarantine and in isolation until the results show a negative result. People on cruise liners should be kept on the boats, but a group of medical professionals and a team of cleaners should come onboard to test all the crew and passengers, and to clean the ships. Extra food and fuel supplies should be provided. Those people infected need to be isolated to one part of the ship and monitored. Uninfected people should be at the opposite end and given adequate fresh air, food, and opportunities to talk to their families back at home. Any extra medical help needed can do so by sending in the extra medical equipment needed on board the ships.

As for everyone else already inside the nation, not only must you stay home when you know you have a sore throat, but you should stay home to minimise the risk of infection from close contact with another person. There is very little you can do with family members living under the same roof. Living in separate rooms may help but eventually if one member gets infected, you can be sure the entire family will get it. This is more an isolation by households. Furthermore, you must maintain the separation distance with other people when you go out to get essential supplies. In addition to this are the hygiene requirements. Always keep your hands as clean as possible on a regular basis. Use the supplied sanitary tissue dispenser in the supermarkets to clean your hands and wipe down the surfaces of carrying basket handles. Or wear thin gloves (and a mask) and when you get home, wash the gloves (and mask, or replace it) and clean the door knobs or handles on the front door to your home. Then take a shower to clean yourself, and wash your clothes you have just worn after going outside.

If you don't like to wear gloves, purchase a hand sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol content (and the rest can be water), and use it regularly. Alcohol in a bit of water is an effective means of destroying viruses and germs, including the dreaded Covid-19. Authorities will also recommend the water and soap treatment to washing hands as the cheaper option to help avoid mass panic from people overbuying bottles of sanitisers. In fact, there is an effort to encourage people to use soap and water only by writing articles to show that hand sanitisers do not work. What the articles often fail to mention is that hand sanitisers with a reasonable amount of alcohol is more than effective at killing Covid-19. Authorities only recommend the soap and water approach to allow the alcohol-based sanitisers to be made available to medical professionals who use it the most.

Having trouble finding an alcohol-based sanitiser? Create your own by diluting 70 percent methylated spirits in 30 percent water. Methylated spirits contains alcohol in the ratio of 94% ethanol, 5% methanol, and 1% of other chemicals (mainly to stop people from drinking this poisonous stuff). Never drink methylated spirits under any circumstances, no matter how desperate people are becoming in purchasing alcoholic drinks from the bottle shop in what they consider to be an essential supply (like toilet paper and all the rest). Or if you must drink something alcoholic as a bit of an escape from reality, replace methylated spirits with a good bottle of Vodka (40% to 95% alcohol content) or Gin (36% to 50% alcohol content). Put the diluted alcohol solution inside a spray bottle and use it on your hands as an effective sanitiser. Otherwise, soap and water still remains a cheap and effective option too.

As of 30 March 2020, the Australian Federal Government is relaxing rules on accessing alcohol-based sanitisers by allowing people to manufacture their own sanitisers using food-based alcohol sources. This will allow supplies to increase over time.

Speaking of drinking alcohol, there are a couple of myths we should tackle. The first is the idea that drinking enough alcohol to enter the bloodstream will kill the virus is not entirely true. Whilst alcohol can kill viruses, you need to drink so much alcohol to kill all the Covid-19 viruses in the body that you might as well be dead anyway. If you need evidence of this claim, just read this article. A sufficiently high proof alcoholic drink may kill viruses in the lining of the mouth cavity, tongue, and a bit of a gargle to kill whatever is in the throat region may help. But there are far too many of these little virus critters on the lining of the lungs and throughout the body. The only effective solution is to get the body to create its own antibodies and let them work their way through all the biological nooks and crannies where viruses may survive and do the job properly of killing the viruses.

The second is not so much a discussion on alcohol but is along similar lines. There has been talk by some people about whether consuming hot foods can kill the virus. The thinking is that scientists say heat kills viruses. This is technically true, but like alcohol, you need the entire body to be immersed in a high enough temperature as well as breathing in hot air to help reduce the number of viruses. Unfortunately, the body cannot be too hot for too long or else organs in the body will collapse. Furthermore, those viruses lingering deeper inside the body can still survive, even if you happen to live in hot and humid areas of the planet, such as in Indonesia or Brazil. The same is true of sitting in a hot bath. The body has a way of maintaining a stable temperature, especially in the torso region where the critical organs lie, of around 36.5°C to 37°C (97.7 to 98.6°F). The only definitive solution here is to allow the body to build up the antibodies needed to combat the viruses.

Other known facts (based on available evidence as of April 2020):

  1. Covid-19 is not known to be transmitted by mosquitoes.
  2. It is okay to receive packages from a company or business from any area where Covid-19 has been reported. However, packages from individuals could be risky. Businesses and companies have strict rules on cleanliness and ensuring people working there are not carrying Covid-19. The risk is very low in this situation. However, people working from home who send packages to other people could be slightly more problematic because it requires their honesty to show they are free of the virus they may carry. If not, there is a greater risk for other people handling the packages, such as postal workers for the first three days of picking up the packages from the sender. We see this increased risk through the baggage at airports by baggage handlers. As you don't give enough time for baggage at airports to be cleaned or for the virus to die off with time, you will need to wipe the handles and surfaces with an alcohol-based sanitiser or disinfectant spray. With cardboard packages, you should be similarly careful. Consider wiping down the outer surfaces before picking them up. If the item inside the package was sent more than 5 days ago, there is an extremely low risk of contracting Covid-19. Again taken the reasonable precaution of wiping down the item in a similar way for 100 per cent certainty.
  3. Older people are no more susceptible to catching Covid-19 than a younger person. But when older people do catch the virus, the risk is higher for these people to die from the virus.
  4. Rinsing your nose with saline will not protect you from Covid-19. Alcohol solutions can kill the virus, but once you breathe the virus into your body, it usually reaches the back of the throat and that is where it will start before the viruses start working their way to the lungs.

In the end, either we let the body develop the antibodies naturally, or we get a jab of the vaccine when it comes out.

Unfortunately, with the way things are progressing at the moment, even with tough measures to "flatten the curve" to help the medical services to handle the number of infected cases, all it takes is one unusually extended period of infection for one person who chooses not to get tested and waves of the virus will go through the community. Hopefully the authorities can detect for this, track down the source, and get it under control within reasonable time. However, if it is true there are people who are asymptomatic, they may never know for sure if they ever needed to be tested. And finding these people is going to be hard for the authorities. Already scientists have estimated that for every person identified with Covid-19, there is likely to be ten other people already infected that we don't know about. So whatever official estimates the authorities are giving to the public on the numbers infected, it is likely to be ten times greater. Therefore, the virus will spread. This is going to be a long-running issue and not likely to end in 6 months from now (i.e., in September or even November 2020). Only the vaccine for Covid-19 can promise hope for everyone to get the required immunity and so put an end to this virus. The sooner the trials of the vaccine are completed and in mass-production ready for distribution, the better it will be for everyone.

Other information you may need to know regarding this virus is that any country with an easy flow of people going in and out (such as in Europe and Asia) are at greatest risk.

For those already infected within a nation, the next level of weakness is the way the economic system has been structured. There is an inherent in that in order to conduct business and deliver goods and services, people have to travel to get to a destination. But that means a lot of people will be doing the same thing. It is, therefore, natural to see the numbers of people get concentrated during travelling as well as reaching a certain destination point. The same is true of those consumers who need to take a holiday and end up meeting other like-minded holiday lovers on the same transport vehicles and at the same destinations. Even if you are not travelling, goods and services usually have to be offered from a centralised location, and that means within a city. It forces people to come together during the day to get what they need or want and so decrease the spacing between people. Also, the desire by governments to expand populations as a way to get more people to pay their taxes, get jobs, and become consumers for businesses, is forcing more people to come together. Because of this inherent weakness of the system, it can amplify the problems associated with a virus spread. It is expected that some aspects of this system will change in a post-Covid-19 environment. Even now people are changing their ways of conducting business.

In addition to all of this and with Covid-19 circulating in the community, the ones to be affected the most will be older men (mainly because they choose to smoke cigarettes and have learned to accept the polluted air from their businesses), but older women and anyone who has experienced respiratory infections in the past are also at risk. Also, don't think that young people will not be affected. Some young people have died from Covid-19, but usually because of some other complicating factor that the body could not handle together with combating the coronavirus. However, there have been reports of young people dying from Covid-19 with no other known medical conditions.

Medical specialists remain unsure exactly how many people are going to be infected throughout the world, so it is irrelevant to say that Covid-19 is not dangerous simply because more people die from the common flu. It is too early to tell. Estimates have it that between 40 and 60 percent of the human population will get infected just because of how infectious this virus is and how difficult the authorities are finding in containing the virus due to the mild symptoms most people will experience. In Germany, authorities have resigned themselves to the fact that up to 70 per cent of the German population will get the virus. Even with a mortality rate of 2 to 3 per cent, that is still going to be in the millions of people around the world who will die. But since 10 per cent of infected people will still carry the virus for up to 28 days, and a smaller percentage may require up to four months to be properly cleared of the virus, we should expect some infected persons to escape quarantine measures and repeat the situation for authorities to control the outbreak. Everyone needs to be provided with a testing kit to determine for themselves whether they are cleared or not. Otherwise, it is expected that we will all get Covid-19 at some point either this year or next year. Only the vaccine will be the saviour, or we let the body provide the natural defences.

The best recommendation so far is that if you have received a positive result to the virus by medical professionals, you must immediately isolate yourself for 14 days. Thereafter, you must get re-tested every 14 days until such time as you receive a negative reading. Use the testing results as proof to your employer and the government that you need further income support while you are recovering.

For everyone else who think they are okay, try to see if things can be done at home, or go out infrequently and very early in the mornings where there are the fewest number of people to do your essential things (the authorities recommend you should only be outside to buy essential supplies, going to your workplaces for essential work, or getting some exercise).

As gyms have closed, exercise at home or a local park, away from other people in the mornings. Do not over exercise or it can reduce your immune response. Enjoy the exercise and be sensible about it (i.e., don't work hard). And if you know you are sick, do not attend any location to exercise where other people are likely to be around.

As for working during the day, see if your employer can allow the work to be done at home. If not, make sure you do not get confined in a small room (even on your own) for long periods of time and shut off from normal fresh air. Air conditioners are not going to be the safest way to get fresh air. Natural fresh air outside is the best approach.

As an added complication, people in the southern hemisphere are facing the annual flu season during the winter months between June and August. Already the authorities have quickly learned how difficult it is to separate normal flu symptoms from Covid-19. The latest requirement (and so avoid overburdening the public health system) is to wait until there are clear signs of breathing difficulties or shortness of breath and/or fatigue (and body aches) together with flu-like symptoms (such as coughing, sneezing, a sore throat, a feeling of getting the chills, a high-temperature, and a headache) before seeking medical help. Otherwise, you can be tested more quickly if you know that your flu-like symptoms coincided with meeting someone who has returned from overseas or very soon after you have returned from overseas (you should be at home isolated for 14 days minimum on arrival). And elderly people who get flu-like symptoms should be automatically tested. The suggestion by some authorities that you should know if you were in contact with a known infected person before seeking medical help will not work. You may never know for sure if the people you have met has already contracted the virus (as the symptoms could be extremely mild or non-existent). You must make a reasonable call based on your personal circumstances and the kind of health symptoms you receive. For example, if you strongly believe your respiratory illness arrived unexpectedly and seems too early to get it before the start of winter, then do consider seeking medical help, and especially if you think it has flu-like symptoms, such as a headache and some body aches. Respiratory breathing problems definitely requires medical help. Don't hesitate to seek help here. And if you feel unusually tired and with a sore throat, there is a good chance you have the virus. Therefore, get tested and decide if you need medical help. Otherwise, the only other option to stop the spread of the virus is simply to shut down the economic system and send everyone home and kept in isolation for up to four months (assuming everyone adheres to this rule). That is the best way to stop the virus from spreading.

As people wait for the Covid-19 vaccine, it is highly advisable to get the latest general flu vaccination (available from April in the southern hemisphere, and October in the northern hemisphere) for the upcoming winter months as this will reduce further complications from things like influenza that could make it harder for the body to combat Covid-19 at the same time. Needless to say, by the time the vaccine for Covid-19 is released, everyone should take it.

Click here for some advice on what to do to prevent getting Covid-19 and what to be prepared for should you get it.

Finally, we need to discuss the economic impacts this virus will have and what governments are doing to help the population get through this period.

Due to the virus or people's fear of it and the decision by consumers to spend only on essentials and save the rest or take money out of the bank (as well as change investment portfolios of superannuation funds to a more conservative and less risky one), a recession is almost inevitable. It is highly recommended that people get their finances in order. Loans need to be paid off (if this is possible). Government stimulus packages will come but they are temporary to help with immediate survival-based needs (i.e., purchase food etc.) and prepare businesses to start up again. If a recession does come (and so far everything is pointing in this direction), this is the time for nations to start innovating and developing new technologies and do it using local materials and labour. Also, we should look at ways to be more self-reliant by re-evaluating our processes and what we do. Relying on other nations for everything is not a good strategy. As the recession sees a shake-up of the old economic system, it is a good idea to be training people in new jobs and prepare them for the next economic boom in selling new technologies to other nations. And those technologies will need to solve major world problems, including climate change.

Until then, the UK government is currently providing income support to its citizens who have been stood down from their positions by their employers due to the coronavirus. These people will be eligible to 80 per cent of their normal wages for up to 12 months (capped at AU$2,500 per fortnight).

Canada has done a similar thing to help financially support its citizens.

From an Australian context, the Australian Federal government has also provided support to many of its citizens in ways that many had not seen in the history of the Commonwealth or since early settlement on the continent. No one saw it coming. The range of support measures are unprecedented and many people welcome the initiative.

There will be a range of support provided.

Firstly, the Australian Federal government will provide a partial wage subsidy plan known as Job Keeper payments to employers looking at retrenching staff because of significant profit loss caused by the coronavirus. It is capped at $1,500 per fortnight for each employee. The amount being offered is decent as it provides around 100 per cent of the wages earned by the lowest paid people in retail, hospitality and tourism, and nearly 70 per cent of the average wages for most other people. To be eligible, you have to be currently employed, or formerly employed until March, in positions that were full-time, permanent part-time, or casual positions lasting more than 12 months. The payments will last 6 months to support 6 million people (and costing $130 billion). But to receive this, employers must also show evidence of a reduction in profit by at least 30 per cent by small to medium businesses, or more than 50% for big businesses. The money is suppose to be provided to employees on the proviso that it will encourage employers to retain their staff using these payments.

For public servants and other people already receiving significant money from the government, such as private schools, they would not be eligible.

The only slight teething problem with this otherwise excellent announcement is that nearly all casual positions in the hospitality industry are so temporary and insecure that people are unlikely to stay in the same position for 12 months or more. It is natural and expected of people to move between casual positions, not because they are bad workers, but rather employers are constantly on the look out to find new (and usually younger) casual employees willing to receive less money. Then there are other casuals who choose to leave the jobs after experiencing poor working conditions in hospitality and learning about wage theft from their employers (which hopefully things have improved since the debacle arose in 2019). Furthermore, people in the entertainment industry are naturally expected to have short term employment usually lasting a performance or contract period. Based on this realisation, it is likely we will see many casuals not eligible to receive the Job Keeper payment. In fact, it has been calculated more than 955,000 casuals in all the industries will not be eligible.

Another thing to bear in mind is that the Job Keeper payments are no guarantee employers will retain staff. It would only delay the inevitable if employers are seeking to do a "human winter clean" of its workforce. Employers can still choose the employees to keep and the rest be replaced or streamlined to what the business needs.

For other Australians who have lost their jobs before 1 March because of coronavirus, and sole traders/contractors can prove income loss of 20 per cent or more and earning less than $1,100 per fortnight, they will receive the standard Job Seeker income support of $567 and an additional AU$550 known as the Coronavirus Supplement Payment.

As of 24 March, students on Youth/Austudy/Abstudy Allowance and apprentices are not left out in the financial cold. They can also benefit from this supplement.

For everyone else in the country already unemployed, the Federal Government has granted them two AU$750 payments (the first arriving sometime between 31 March and 30 April, and the second on 13 July). If you need more money, get a job and get fired at about the same time in order to obtain the extra benefits. As the unemployed are the official disdain of government life, welfare recipients will use the money to pay off bills and perhaps have something left to purchase some extra food, but nothing much more than this. If this is not enough, hopefully these people will have a superannuation fund with adequate amounts in the account. If so, people can take out up to $10,000 in 2020 and another $10,000 in 2021 with almost no delay or other restrictions. Legislation will be changed to allow for this.

By treating one group of people with such contempt compared to the rest of society (and so further eroding the confidence of the unemployed in getting a job) carries with it a significant risk to society and the economy as a whole. If the Federal Government wants everyone to do the right thing of self-isolating, informing medical professionals of flu-like symptoms, and generally stop the spread of the virus, it is vitally important to treat the unemployed in the same way as everyone else. Failure to do so will likely see many more people get infected as the unemployed leave their homes to find ways to survive. The problem exacerbates should homeless people start roaming the empty streets for a feed and a place to sleep.

As of 27 March 2020, hotel managers unable to fill rooms have begun to help homeless people by allowing them to stay in the rooms for free.

As a result of these important changes needed to protect people from excessive loss of income, the Federal Government has effectively acknowledged the standard welfare support known as Job Seeker/Newstart payments of $567 per fortnight is inadequate. This is despite the landlords granting renters an opportunity not to pay their rent given the current circumstances and financial hardship for the next 6 months (and only because the landlords themselves are not required to pay mortgages to the banks). The general cost of living by way of purchasing essential foods and paying general bills, such as electricity, is clearly too high. Even after regular calls from business people and social commentators to increase the Job Seeker payment by $90 for the last 20 years, the Federal Government has been refusing to do so because it wants to cause financial hardship to unemployed people.

As we learn how the Federal Government has been using the "stick" approach to get the unemployed to accept any job (even low paid and casual jobs if necessary), not-for-profit and small businesses can receive a tax-free cash payment of up to $100,000 with a minimum $20,000 for eligible companies, and take out an interest-free government guaranteed taxpayers loan for small businesses of $250,000 for a term of up to 3 years. Most companies are reluctant to take out more debt. However, this money is meant to encourage business owners to retain their current workers (no guaranteed that it would considering business owners can use the money for any other purpose). And it will force businesses to somehow get going and earning a profit when the economy starts up again.

For other loans, the banks have agreed not to pressure mortgage holders and businesses to repay the loans for at least the next 6 months.

The Australian government will consider in the near future any help needed by major supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths, IGA and so on) to make home deliveries for those vulnerable older people and those that have to isolate themselves. This will be an important next step to stopping the virus spread.

Also, it is imperative for governments to get more truck drivers on the roads and transporting supplies to supermarkets. The more people see more shelf space in supermarkets going empty with no signs that anyone is filling them (despite constant reassurances from food manufacturers and the government that it is not a supply problem), the more they will panic and soon start to fight one another for the remaining supplies. Show that everything is under control by getting those essential supplies to people (and carefully rationed to each household) in the stores in a timely manner. As of 24 March, there are some signs that this aspect is improving in the supermarkets (less so out in the major rural towns). Truck drivers should be given a reward for their efforts (beyond the salary they receive) such as a free repairs and maintenance service on each truck involved in transporting supplies during the virus outbreak period. New parts, oil change, new tyres and so on. All taxpayer paid.

A long time coming but as 2 April 2020, childcare centres can open and look after the children of essential workers and anyone else who is currently working through the pandemic period at no cost to them. A $1.6 billion support package will be used to pay childcare workers with this task. No worker with children needing care will pay for this service.

Victorian and NSW State governments, and later the ACT Territory government, have decided to shutdown all government schools starting from Tuesday 24 March 2020 (but teachers and other staff are required to continue working and converting handouts to digital form until the official school holidays arrive in early April). Other states and territories have yet to decide if this is the right thing to do. The Federal Government is hoping this will not happen because medical professionals may be forced to return home to look after the students. But as the Scandinavian countries have been doing for some time, maintain a skeleton crew of adults to keep schools open for a fraction of those students that need '"watching over" while essential services from medical professionals can continue to maintain those services.

All these measures will certainly help to cushion the economic blow on people and businesses. Combined with police enforcement to ensure people only travel for essential purposes, don't congregate in a large group, and keep people at home, governments are hoping this will end in 6 months time and the economy can kick start again. The only thing is, the Covid-19 vaccine is unlikely to be ready in 6 months. Indeed, it would be astonishing if it could be ready in 12 months, but never say never under the circumstances. If it should take 12 months for the vaccine to arrive, expect more stimulus packages to be released by some world governments, including Australia.

In regards to voting in the by-elections for people living within Queensland, there is obviously a risk of spreading the virus at voting booths (the Australian Government believes bringing in your own pencil/pen and using the sanitiser supplied at voting stations is enough protection). It is time to build a world class and most secure online voting system. The Australian government are not noted for being a world expert in security. However, given that more and more Australians now have a MyGov account and can be verified using the mobile phone during login, it should be expanded to allow for voting on all local, State and Federal elections. Once the person has verified him/herself, one vote can be sent to ensure the voting process is done correctly and democratically.

Clearly more needs to be done on the technological front to minimise or even stop a similar "virus spread" from happening again, and if it does, the technology will still allow people to do things safely, with privacy respected, and done ethically. Learn more about the aims of people in creating this technology for the benefit of everyone.

As for talk by the Australian Federal government to find words as a means of curtailing unwanted behaviours among its citizens, there is one that keeps coming up as if it is unique to Australia. Basically it is the word "Australian". It tends to come up quite regularly when we see on the news of some unfortunate people fighting each other over a packet of toilet paper. Bad enough for this to happen, but then the government will say in response to this that this is "not Australian". Why? Being Australian has nothing to do with it. If one is going to rely on national identity to get people to do the right thing, then let the truth be known. It has always been the Australian way of life for convicts or ex-convicts in the 19th century to go around stealing food, and even stealing from the rich and giving to the poor (mainly themselves and their friends and family) before getting chased by bushrangers. Now that is the Australian way of doing things. But if we don't do this, it does not mean we are more Australian. It just means that we are being a bit more civilised, caring and possibly more creative in finding alternative solutions. It has nothing to do with being "Australian". All nations will do the same. Let us not get into a rut of calling certain behaviours "Australian", "American", "Russian" or whatever. What people do has been observed in other nations. It is never unique to one nation and not the rest. It just is. All we need to do is focus on the behaviour if something is not favourable and do something about solving it. If it is a supply issue, deal with the supply or be honest about it and seek alternative solutions. Indeed, there was a time when people in Britain rarely washed themselves for nearly a year at a time (or when they decided to get married). Those people can survive without toilet paper. But if not, wash your bum with the usual soap and water. You certainly don't need toilet paper in vast quantities to achieve this simple task, and certainly no need to be fighting each other for toilet paper. God knows what might happen if people have to fight for food. We hope people never gets to this point. But if it does, it goes to show the weakness of the current economic and democratic system and our failure, especially by its leaders, to not be creative and think long-term by creating the right kind of system for everyone.

We are not an imaginative lot. Not knowing an alternative solution to how to clean one's bum in Australia, of all places? The same is true of solving climate change, which is to build more coal-fired power stations. Too focused on profit and sticking to what we know is the problem. But that does not mean it is an Australian characteristic We only have to look to China to realise how unimaginative it is in not stopping the wild animal trade and seeking an alternative solution to the food source problem within its borders.

In fact, it is a common problem throughout the world.

Let's hope there is still time to change the system to something that is much more balanced and better for all people on Earth.

The benefits of a new world order

This situation would not happen (or at least a far less of a stimulus package delivered) if society had established a new world order that breaks up the economic system into a separate system designed to allow people to work on the land and have their own small homes (with renewable energy generation on the roof or portable wind mills), grow the food, protect the water supplies, and so on. A large population focused on this aspect with people living in their own plot of land (and sharing food with one another) would ensure the virus is never able to get transferred from person-to-person. Only city people are the ones at greatest risk of getting the virus. At the same time, one system can support the other (and vice versa). In that way, city people are guaranteed of fresh and clean food and water and at the same time avert climate change and be more resilient in handling recession and depression periods, and people on the land have the equipment and resources they need to rebuild the environment and make it productive while city people go about developing new technologies and making them available to the world. There is much humans have to learn in the coming years as we head toward more economic pain from climate change (and hopefully no more infectious viruses gets released in the future).





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The process of avoiding the privacy intrusive nature of Apple, Inc. in gathering information about you, your personal views, your business confidential information, and everything you do online (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 no control over the information once it leaves your computer and ends up sitting on an Apple server. 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". 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 between them.

Little Snitch

Arguably one of the most effective tools on the planet in blocking virtually any electronic information seeping 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 on a regular basis. 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 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 you can sit back and watch what happens while the internet access is turned on and see all the Little Snitch messages pop-up. Apple is no exception. This is usually a sure-fire sign that Apple is looking for something from you, and in most cases the data it wants is not necessary in to use your computer or applications. 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 (High Sierra, Mojave and Catalina) is notorious for sending information about you and what you do in a surreptitious manner. If it cannot send the information straightaway, macOS and certain Apple apps are designed to quietly sit in the background pretending not to be launched or claim the document was closed when, in fact, the data is being retained in memory. The same is true of 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, or on specific folders) and expects you to accept it. 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, who you are, the apps you use, steal your intellectual property, and so much more. And all this is kept in particular locations set by Apple or reserved in memory. This is a sure-fire way of compromising your security should your computer ever go alone; and this is before you even get hacked if the security of macOS is not great) 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 macOS 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 on 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.

Tor Browser

It would appear that 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 through malware tools. 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: Tor Browser. Not perfect, but TorBrowser in its most up-to-date form is the most secure. The browser is a popular choice among military officials. However, keep in mind a few points: (i) Whistleblowers should not use Tor from a work computer within their organisation. It is easy for the IT administrator to know who is using the browser. Use an anonymous and public machine with Tor running on it (or bring in your USB thumb drive with a copy of Tor). Make sure there are no cameras in the area or on the computer (cover it if you must) before doing your thing; (ii) While there are some illegal dark web sites that benefit from Tor in performing their dubious activities (mainly to distribute illegal content), the actual people working on Tor are there to give you the privacy you deserve. How Tor is used is not their responsibility. Just like a car manufacturer selling a car has no responsibility how you use the cark after you have bought it. It is up to you to use it for good purposes. The network is very secure and the only thing authorities can do to counteract this situation is to emphasise the existence of the dark web and over-estimate the number of illegal sites to the public in the hope people will be frightened off from it. However, it should be noted that much of the activity people perform with Tor are there for the right reasons to visit perfectly legal sites. It is simply to avoid the privacy invasive aspects associated with certain sites. The true purpose of the Tor is to be anonymous. The only times you will not be anonymous is if you choose to login to your accounts online (unless the owners of those sites offer a privacy-protected option, such as Facebook users able to use https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/ for logging into their FaceBook with anonymity). Tor cannot protect you from this situation. The people providing those accounts will know it is you once you have logged in. Apart from doing things to discourage you from using Tor, such as solving online puzzles involving the clicking of squares containing traffic lights and repeating the puzzle at least 15 times, generally there is nothing wrong in using Tor for this purpose. Just keep in mind that you will not be anonymous once you are logged in. Only use Tor in a normal manner without signing into any account. And when you do need to send data to someone anonymously, use an anonymous emailer from a location that no one can identify who you are.

Alternative PDF editors to Preview.app

Preview.app is a classic example (the other is the latest QuickTime that has grabbed the same technology from Preview) after a period of inactivity or when accessing another app (especially if it has no documents opened) to give you the impression that it is not running. It is not on the Dock, so you assume the app has quit. Well, don't be fooled. It is there running in the background. Just press Option Command Esc keys to see the app active. Furthermore, the app will not clear the memory set aside from a previously opened document even it 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. Even after quitting, 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 has somehow 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). Don't expect Adobe Acrobat to respect your privacy too. It is only slightly better on quitting the app, but if you close a PDF document, Acrobat will not properly release the document. You will notice this when you try to delete the PDF document through the Trash can. Use another PDF editor/reader. 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.


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, your future employers, advertisers and anyone else that sees the value in your presence online doing certain things on Google. 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 web sites and talking with friends, then check out the links. We also cannot recommend more highly the benefits of not creating a Google email account or use an Android phone (Android OS is actually 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 (e.g., 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.


The search engine with the unusual feature of not keeping 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.


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 this might be a good idea to install something equivalent to Little Snitch to solve this pesky problem). If you must use an ordinary browser, set it to maximum privacy and with Private Mode on to ensure your history of sites visited is deleted. But as with commercial offerings, not all will do a perfect job. To do this job properly, always use Tor.


The process of avoiding the privacy intrusive techniques employed by your 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. When governments get too much control over there citizens, the ability to reverse this power is more important for the citizens. Somegovernments will still argue for some balance. But at the end of the day, a new world order that ensures people have what they need and can contribute positive things to the community is all that is needed for governments and the people to feel secure and happy (as for terrorists, it is time we all show a bit of love for one another and then society will repay in kind and will feel genuinely secure). The choice is up to governments and ourselves to decide. For those feeling the pressure of governments breathing down their necks, any means of keeping governments away when it comes to snooping around in your personal life is a godsend . For a start, you should look at the techniques covered in DeMicrosoftise, DeApplise, and DeGooglise for a dramatic improvement in your privacy protection. 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 considered too hard to implement. So, to be a little more realistic, and given how hard people find it to live without their mobile phones and internet connections (you would swear there must be a virtual umbilical cord attached to their bodies and the devices), some network connections 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, right? You understand why people do the things they do,? So use your intelligence to decide the right information to go for, see what's most important and useful to society, and will help you to achieve good things in the world. Set an example for others to aspire to through the right choice of information). 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. Of course, 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), but could be designed to see what you are doing. Finding VPNs that are free and genuinely privacy-protected is hard, 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 soon be taking place, and with many Western ISPs facing tougher times ahead. 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, and asking everyone to like you — we all should love one another, right?) 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. Or turn off location in your current mobile phone. Huawei is considered the least secure. So, to get around this, the Chinese government will encourage more users to see the value of a Chinese-made smartphone and network and its own free world-wide internet access system by 2026. Samsung is not particularly secure either even though the company makes reasonable efforts to appear to be doing its bit to improve security. The biggest issue with Samsung smartphones is how the microphone that you 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, the microphone will pick it up and the signal 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 microphones that never properly disengage from the world, mainly because manufacturers think people will always be talking to the TV to get the functions they want, such as changing channels). Apple 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 keep in mind the Russian and Chinese governments will have their own means of spying on you through these networks). The other thing to be careful are the types of apps you download and use on your smartphone or computer. If the apps are not well-designed and have not gone through a rigorous quality-control check (you should leave new apps alone until they have had time to be properly tested), they can leave behind loop-holes and security bugs. A classic example is the mobile app from PayPal. The poor quality nature of the app in the early stages of its release allowed third-party individuals to make unauthorised transaction on your PayPal account (if you have one). And also be careful about free WiFi hot spots for public use. There is usually a good reason they are free (to attract people to shops, but also to see what you do). Do not use public WiFi networks for sensitive work such as accessing your bank accounts. It is okay if you are merely browsing news sites or downloading some software. You need effective encryption on a network of this nature. If you don't, just use it for general purposes. Finally, to complete the picture, we highly recommend that you check the following links and decide whether any of them are worth implementing.

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 great 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.


An alternative to Guerilla Mail.


Just want to receive an email message, but don't want to give out your real email address (especially if it is a spammer sending you the message)? Use this free service. Delete the message once you are finished..

The Journalist Privacy Guide


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 themselves!). Use the latest version to fix known bugs that have been exploited by governments. For example, governments had been 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 their actions (and don't use your real name as there are ways to figure out who you are).



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 its supposed competitor. 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 not to use it. Of course, one has to be practical about this considering people still have to use a computer. So consider downloading and installing Linux OS. It is a free, open source solution. More importantly, it is stable and remarkably 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, but this time it works 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.


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.


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 selling them to governments or profit-making companies, not to mention the recent security breaches (see TechJury's excellent Infographic), the time-consuming nature of constantly handling the social aspects of having your own account, and the way people can abuse their position of supposed anonymity by publishing nasty remarks about you (known as trolls), which if you can't handle it or have techniques on how to deal with them, might be worth getting away from altogether. Social media sites include Google Plus, Pinterest, FaceBook, Twitter, Skype and many others. To reverse the trend of joining a social media site as a way of reducing 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. It hasn't killed anyone. So why should social media suddenly need to change this traditional approach to finding these sorts of people (or better still, broadening your thinking by listening to different views can be a transformative experience too 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 reassurances of people saying they liked what you did or you as a person, or whatever views you may have. Everyone should naturally like you as a person. You do not need to prove to anyone that you are a worthwhile and fantastic individual. And be realistic. You are not going to please every single person in the world. Just do your best in your contributions to society and be comforted by the fact that there are so many people out there who do care about you and want to see you do your best. Sure, you are going to find plenty of like-minded individuals out there who will like what you do and the way you think and believe. This is normal. We all need to feel like we belong in some small way. 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, especially among 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, or maybe not. If it is valid criticism, accept it. Acknowledge we are not perfect. So long as you are trying to learn and be a better person, that is all that matters. But remember, it is not you that is the problem. It is often your views, your concepts, or the beliefs you hold that may need re-evaluating, or to change your actions, if you can see the harm created to others. That is what it comes down to. Is what you are doing helping people? Or is it causing harm to someone, even to those you might describe as your enemy. Really. Why must you treat certain people so badly? Because they have harmed you in some way? It is probably because they were hurt and/or lacking in love and not some means to "get back at you". But they are limited in the way they can solve a problem. They don't know of a better way. So why not sure a better way? Don't follow the herd. Travel your own path in life and find a better way of achieving things that works for everyone. Or you can stick to what you believe. Fair enough. Just remember that you are here to improve yourself and become more balanced, and to help others as well. Consider all the variety of views from people. Your social media page and what people say is an opportunity to gauge what others think and to give you insights and thoughts that may not have considered before and could help to improve yourself and see a different way of doing things. 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, just 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 should you be a little less confident 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 are doing and believe can be achieved right now by anyone. 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 in achieving something great. However, never allow the page to ever dominate your life. There are far 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 can become the moderator of comments that are helpful and useful to your cause. Finally, if you do wish to maintain a social media account, don't get lazy to sign in to other web sites using your Facebook account. Other people will learn a lot about you when they check your account and see what you do. Use an anonymous disposal email address to receive and send emails, and when you are ready, you can delete the email address. And these disposal email addresses will not carry personal information. With that said, if you still 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


Cambridge Dictionary

Macquarie Dictionary

EssayOnTime's Free Grammar Checker

A genuinely free grammar checker (as of 2020) for students or anyone who needs to check their writing. There are no signs up (a rarity these days). All you do is type or paste the text or upload the Word document, and it will highlight issues. Of course, you have the option to check spelling, and make citations for research-based documents. A worthy entrant to this listing. And just to set itself apart from other similar services elsewhere, it has made an unexpected addition to its range of services by assisting women and girls to find college and business scholarships. Hopefully this link will be helpful.

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

Touted as the world's number 1 grammar checker, you ahve the opportunity to find out if this is true. You be the judge by trying it. Is it really the best?

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.


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 Tech Dictionary for IT Professionals



Cultural Competence Quiz

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


All drones weighing more than 250g will need to be registered with the Federal Aviation Authority. Other than that, what you are looking for is a drone that can hover still in the air even in a little bit of wind, stay in one spot using accurate GPS, have a three-axis gimbal for maximum optical stability of the images and video taken, a minimum 1080p HD camera (we recommend 2K or 4K camera, although some manufacturers simply reuse the same small lens from an older HD camera and put in a 4K light-sensitive chip which is no better than standard HD and may, in fact, slow down processing resulting in video that is not smooth, so make sure you get a large lens coupled to a 2K or 4K light-sensitive chip with no fisheye distortions unless you want this as an option, and also consider getting one with a built-in memory card to help record the visual data faster to the memory), and a decent range the drone can travel. If the drone is likely to be invisible to the naked eye at more than 1.2km, you should have a drone with a decent 30 minute flight time and ability to return home to the landing pad when out-of-range of the controller and/or certainly return home when the battery power drops to below a minimum level and needs re-charging.

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro (replaces the highly popular DJI Phantom 4 v2, which is no longer in production but worth grabbing at under US$400 if you can find one on the market)

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Comparing DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, the DJI Mavic Pro is better priced (at around US$900) for its features compared to Mavic 2 Pro. And you still get a 7 km range drone with 27 minutes flight time and a proper 4K camera for video at 30fps, 12MP still photos with HDR, as well as create 32MP spherical panorama shots. Comes with an unusual assortment of autonomous features, such as avoiding obstacles within 15 metres of its flight path. Foldable design makes for easy carrying, and it includes two batteries, four replacement propeller blades, controller, recharging unit, instructions, cables and carrying case. However, if you want to pay US$1,500 for the Mavic 2 Pro, the main changes are a couple of minutes longer flight time, up to 8 km range, a 100Mbps higher video details (including over 1 billion colours) video compared to the 60Mbps (16 million colours) for the Mavic Pro, still photos of 20MP resolution compared to 12MP for the Mavic Pro, an ISO camera range between 100 to 12,800 compared to 100 to 5,000 for the Mavic Pro, and can move a little faster at 72km/h in still air compared to the 65km/hr of the Mavic Pro. The latter is despite the slightly extra weight put on the drone for a newer and heavier camera bringing the total weight of the drone to 907g, compared to 754g for the Mavic Pro. Essentially you are paying for a better camera. And that is why the Mavic 2 Zoom exists mainly because as it comes with an optical zoom. However, to make it cheaper than the Mavic 2 Pro, the camera itself is closer to being the same as the Mavic Pro in resolution, colour depth, ISO range,etc. And for all that money, it is more than suitable for high-quality and smooth-moving aerial photography work. Only the most discerning Hollywood producers of major movie blockbusters may choose a drone that allows them to attach their own higher quality camera, or use a manned helicopter to do the work.


DJI Mavic Mini

A remarkably compact drone with an excellent camera at under the $500 mark. Ideal for beginners and designed specifically for people who want the simplest way to control the drone and yet achieve excellent results from the camera, such as travellers going overseas. It comes with all the legendary stability when hovering, including a 3-axis stabilized gimbal that eliminates vibration when taking video as you would expect from a quality manufacturer such as DJI.


JJRC X9 Heron

We are entering into what is effectively the beginners market, and quality of drones from manufacturers at this price point can vary dramatically. in fact, some manufacturers will take advantage of consumers by re-brnading cheaper Chinese made drones and sell then at least 5 times the normal selling price in China and may even instruct Chinese manufacturers to use cheaper materials and electronics to ensure the products do not last and will break easily in the hope consumers are silly enough to keep buying the same product again and again. To avoid this situation, a quality and durable drone with a decent 1080p camera can be bought for as little as US$150, such as the X Drone HD (not the DroneXPro). However, to get the stability in the images and video taken by the camera, we recommend one with a 3-axis gimbal. Hence the above recommendation at this price range. Or consider the JJRC X12 Aurora for that little extra stability and quality.


Wow HD


Documentary Heaven

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




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. As the name suggests, it simply means that another person does the writing and editing for you and you pay for the service while everyone assumes you were the author. The latter is only good if what you need to write is not in your native language (e.g., book translations) or you have the ideas but need someone else to write is down in a way that suits the audience who will read it.

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.









Wordy (UK)



Ginger Grammar Checker

Hemmingway App


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.


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.


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.


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 and compassionate academic staff with real experience behind them.

NOTE: Praying is optional, and once you have your degree, you can work in any hospital you like.

University of Cincinnati HIM Resource Center

Prefer the management side of things in the health sector? This university will teach you the latest and 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.

Top Medical Assistant Schools (USA)

Hard to figure out from the bunch which is the best medical school to go to? This web site should sort you out in a jiffy. There is also the option of online training (if you are a bit squeamish in the early stages of seeing blood in real life). Study at your own pace and all within your lifestyle. When you are feeling ready, do some practical work, past the tests, and start kicking some ass in the industry. As the population grows, the demand for medical assistants will only grow.

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.


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


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."


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)


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.


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.


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.


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.



Access over 1.5 million scholarships to help you pay for college

The Best Scholarship Search Platforms

Reviews of best free scholarships


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.


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.



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.


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.


Einstein, Dr Albert (Resource Page)

Electric Library Encyclopedia


Energy Watch

Go Switch (Australia)

Compare electricity and gas providers in your area.

Electronic Circuit Symbols



Issues in science and technology librarianship

New Scientist

Scientific American archive

Emailer, Online and Anonymous


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


Encyclopedia Britannica

Electric Library Encyclopedia

Wikipedia (Open Source Encyclopedia)

Plants of the World



ICE Recruit (U.S.)


TripBuzz.com (U.S.)

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


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.



CSIRO (Australia's top Scientific Research Organisation)

Farmers Info

Grain Growers Association

Pest Genie

Plant Net

Rural Assistance Authority

Weed Identification Tool


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.



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


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).


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.


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).


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.



Internet Movie Database (IMDB)


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.


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.


The locations of major bushfires in Australia.

NSW Rural Fire Service (Australia)

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


Easy Room Mate

Flatmate Finders

Flight Bookings (see TRAVEL)



Roses Only, Delivered Australia-wide


Tea Site

see also FOOD, RECIPES


Recipe Source

CD Kitchen

Food Epicurious


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

Free Online Barcode Generator


Feedbooks (eBooks for download)


Zamzar, online file converter


1001 Free Fonts!

Abstract Fonts

Font Freak


Free Font Converter (TTF, OTF, PS etc)


What The Font (Font Graphic Image to Font Name)


PHP Form


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).


Patents, Free Online


A major problem with people helping you with any SEO-related activities needed for your web site is who to turn to and who will do a good job at a reasonable price. There are many scammers out there all claiming to spruik their alleged expertise in this field, but often do nothing but run off with your money, or do a pretty bad job with their SEO work anyway. Even more embarrassingly, the so-called SEO experts' own web sites are riddled with worse SEO problems than yours. Time to run for the hills if you see this situation. Or better still, do your own SEO. Download the tools and understand the essentials of applying SEO to your web site by checking out the following links and useful tools. But don't be totally put off by web sites that do offer SEO services. There are some genuine people who do provide a quality service. If you have a choice, download the tools and do the work on your own. But if time is limited and need help, consider some of the quality SEO online services. We will give some examples below.

1. XML SiteMap Checker

Apart from building the actual web pages to help publish your content online, your next logical step is to get noticed by other online users on popular search engine sites. To start this process off, you must create a thing called sitemap.xml. This file has to be placed inside your web site at the root level (where the index.htm file for the home page is located). By having this file, you are providing search engines a roadmap of where to go and which pages to look at and have it indexed for inclusion on the search engines database. Then, when people do a search, hopefully the information contained on those web pages will match the search criteria. It is the first essential step to telling search engines how your web site is structured. 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 do go ahead and find an example from another web site to see the pattern to help 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, or a malformed XML structure in the file itself), your web site cannot be indexed, and that could mean extremely low rankings in Google and other search engine sites, and so naturally the loss of organic traffic (that's "baaaaddd!!!!!").

2. Google Keyword Tool

The next important step is the right choice of keywords that best describe your content for each web page. The keywords mainly go inside the meta tag at the top of the HTML page that handles keywords (check a typical HTML page to see what this looks like), and those words should also appear sprinkled about in the content of the page as well. When deciding on suitable keywords, do not always think of the most common and obvious ones. 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. Or if there are no better keywords compared to your competition, you will have to pay Google to advertise your site. That is your final option. It is as simple as that. So the more you pay Google or other commercially-driven search engines, the higher your site will appear in search engine results or as a random advert on the side of the search engine listings. To figure out the keywords to choose, Google has come to the rescue through the Google Keyword Tool. A valuable tool that will save you the leg work of finding out the keywords of competitors. It will leverage on the experience and knowledge of Google by looking at the database of compiled 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 the right keywords, but not knowing where to put them can be a bit of an issue if high rankings for your web site in the search results are a must. You have to know how to add meta tags into web pages and do it the right way. 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. For an equivalent version on a Mac, try the free web link checker known as Integrity.

5. Google Analytics

Another useful Google 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 and the methods you can employ to improve the situation. Performance simply means how quickly a typical web page in a web site loads to its fully completed stage (when all texts and images are visible and ready to be read). It is good and fine that online users can find your web site through a search engine, but if the pages load slowly, it can be a bit of a turnoff for the users. And some search engines employ sophisticated algorithms to reduce the ranking of web sites that are slow compared to other similar sites. It is best to maximise performance to ensure a high ranking on most search engines in existence.


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. Why backlinks? Search engines employ a sophisticated algorithm to determine the likely probability that your web site is of high quality. Among the various tests performed and calculated by the algorithm is one where other web sites provide a link to your web site. Of course, the assumption here is that other people do find your web site of reasonable quality or is useful to them and their readers to go to the trouble of creating a link. Generally this can be unfounded, such as when people exchange URLs to add as a link to their web site as part of the normal business process of "I scratch your back if you scratch mine" so that both will benefit from a high ranking. But it isn't a guarantee that a site is genuinely of high quality. Since search engines are not sophisticated enough to know what is a quality web site, they can only go by how many backlinks exist to your web site from other people's web sites. The more backlinks there are to your web site, the likely your web site is of a higher quality than your competitors and, therefore, get a higher ranking in search engine results.

Backlink Checker

Want to know how is linking to your web site? Use this tool. It will tell you who and how many web sites have created a link to your web site.

Google Trends

Google Trends is another useful tool in getting the latest information about keywords and how the search trends for keywords change over time. It will give you insights into how online users may change their choice of keywords to find certain web sites.

Check Page Rank

Similar to Alexa.com, but with the broader experience of Google to give you an insight into where your web site sits among other web sites. 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 (or number) of searches performed on the Bing search engine for selected keywords entered by online users.

Wordtracker Free Keywords


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


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


An site that emphasises accuracy in choice of keywords and ranking on the Google search engine. It is often a hard thing to determine just how accurate other SEO tools and web sites are in providing their results. This is one of the very few that attempts to focus on accurate results. There is a free option, and a pay-per-consumption for more keywords you may require. Check it out and let us know if you think the web site is good.

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 for all the major search engines to use and index the pages on your web site.

Web Page Test

Test a website's performance. Enter other competitor's web sites to make comparisons. The advantage of 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).

Web Site Load Times, How to Improve

A complete guide to improving load times for any web page. If you find the Web Page Test is showing sluggishness in your web site, then follow the simple guidelines suggested by this site.


1. Beakira.com

It is recommended that you learn and do your own SEO to see the results firsthand from your actions and decide what works and what doesn't. And it is likely to be the cheapest too. But if you must pay someone else to provide SEO services, high quantities of positive reviews have been made of Beakira.com, at prices that are more reasonable than the competitors. Results work best if you have a quality web site with something to offer and/or sell to online users.


If you only want accurate keywords from Google to use in your web site, the makers of this web site have made a special effort on this front. Check it and see if they are right.


ASP-Shareware Organisation (free information on PAD files)


HTML indexer - a tool for website indexing

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

Flash to HTML5 Online Converter

Shop Free


Apple Developer Resources

CoolText, Web text generator

Da Button Factory (Create your own free graphic buttons)

1000 Pictures Free Desktop Wallpapers


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 IT Training from Microsoft

Free HTML Goodies



Pogo - free online game site

His Core Arcade Games

Space Invaders, Play Now!

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


Burke's Backyard

Plants of the World

Weekend Gardener


GateKeeper (OS X), Disable




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


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)




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.


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


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


Evolution of Life on Earth (SUNRISE)

Timeline Index

Homebrew for Mac

The missing macOS utility that makes life easy for developers. To install Homebrew:

  1. Open Terminal.app from the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder.
  2. Run the following command: /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
  3. Enter the administrator password to begin installation
  4. To confirm the installation was completed successfully, run the following command: brew help.


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)


Monty Roberts Horse Breeding Farm



Global Hotel Alliance

Hotels Combined


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


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

Wotif, cheap hotel deals in 36 countries


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)



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)


HTML Goodies (for beginners and advanced)

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



Most Popular Funny Websites


Icon Finder

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

Free Images


IM Creator

Morgue File

New Old Stock

Mostly antique images taken by government agencies.

Pixabay (General photos and pictures)

Unsplash (Attractive hi-res landscapes)


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


Natural shots by professional photographers travelling overseas.


General photos you can use.


Public Domain Images


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

Cyberbullying, Stop (also available from here)


Help with online harassment, cyberbullying 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.


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.



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.


IP Leak

Perfect Privacy Check IP


Browser Leaks

Perfect Privacy DNS Leak Test

DNS Leak


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)






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)."


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.



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.





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.


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)


Your Fair Work Rights (NSW)


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



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.


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).


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)



Expertise.com's Legal Resource

Legal Aid (NSW, Australia)

Medical Compensation Legal Advice (Australia)


British Library

Library of Congress (LC)

National Library of Australia


Library of Congress (LC)


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)


Lonely Planet, The



PB Parts

DTT service


iFix It (The best)


iCloud, Turn Off

Improving macOS Performance

Remove Extended Attributes


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.



Google Maps

Map Quest


Online MBA

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


Center for Adolescent and Family Studies


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


Mood Gym

How to Meditate

US National Library of Medicine

WebMD, Comprehensive health database

Your Diagnosis


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


eChoice (Australia)

Mortgage Choice (Australia)

Mortgage Rate Comparison (Australia)


Urban Cine File

Reviews, previews and online trailers.


Sanity, New CD sales at

Incompetech's royalty-free music



Multimedia Page

NASA's Visible Earth Images


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.)


Oxford English Dictionary Online


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!


Patents, Free Online

Poetry Society, The

Plants of the World


Raising Children

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


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


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)


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


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


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.



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.



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.


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.


Quotable Quotations

Quotes for all occasions



RadioTower.com (Internet)



Get cash for your old mobile phone!

Green Eco Path


Grammar, Online English

Online Dictionary and Thesaurus

OneLook Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary Online

Quotable Quotations





TICA - Australia's Largest National Tenant Database


CommerceNet - Latest technologies and surveys

US Patent search tool, free

US Patent Office


MenuLog — Australia's largest restaurant guide



Oz Reunion


Blinkx.com (Video Search)



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 (More secure)

Google.com (Search Mac Sites)

Google.com (Search Images)

MySpace (Search People)


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.



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





Consumer World


The most reputable and trusted dating site for Australian people.


The biggest social network on the planet.


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


An alternative social networking site.


Blender 3D

AutoDesk Maya 3D

Foundry Modo 3D

Maxon Cinema 4D




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.


FilePlanet.com (for Gamers)

Freeware Files


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


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.


Typhoon Software Downloads

Windows 7 Downloads


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.


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.


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