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Where to find some unusual news

eRin pheiL

Today I’ve put together a column with a little something for almost everyone. Let’s do a bit of easy exploring and learn about some items of interest on the Internet.

First off, for those of you who like reading up on some of the world’s more “unusual” news topics, you are in luck. Here are two Web sites that’ll keep you both informed and entertained to no end.

Head over to the AP’s always-up-to-date listing of strange news at Yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=index&cid=816.

The last time I visited this site, a sampling of the headlines included: “Tennessee school holds cow drop raffle,” “Thief takes 5,000 pounds of used grease,” and “Manhattan hotel charges $1,000 for omelet.” Excellent!

Another site promising to keep you informed of the world’s odder news stories is a site called “This is True.” In actuality, “This is True” is a syndicated newspaper column by Colorado humorist Randy Cassingham.

You can visit his site (www.thisistrue.com) and receive a free subscription to his weird-news-stories newsletter.

Not only are his newsletters fun and free, they’re delivered only once a week. This means that signing up does not translate into becoming overloaded with tons of e-mails you don’t have time to read.

Some of you may not enjoy reading about weird news. I’m sure most people have something, though, that they enjoy reading on the Internet. What tickles your fancy? Sports articles? Movie reviews? A friend’s blog? The online version of your VCR’s instruction manual?

No matter what you like to read on the Internet, chances are that at some point, you’ve had to scroll. You’ve dragged your mouse downward and scrolled doooooown the page to read all your text. You’ve done it a thousand times, surely. But did you know there’s an easier way?

Next time you find yourself reading a lengthy page of text and you have the need to scroll down – don’t. Instead of reaching for your mouse and clicking the down arrow on your scrollbar, just tap your spacebar. That’s right. The spacebar will scroll your screen downward by exactly one page-length.

Reading lengthy pieces of text becomes much easier when you simply read to the bottom of the screen, tap the spacebar and then continue reading from the top.

No more scrolling on long pages! No more “getting lost” in the words. Give the spacebar a try. For most people it truly makes reading lengthy pieces of text easier. I promise.

Lastly for today, I want to share a piece of security-related information. Many people send me e-mails including something along the lines of: “I don’t keep much personal information on my home computer. I don’t have my credit card numbers stored on my home computer. So why in the world would anyone have any interest in breaking into my home computer?”

The simple answer is that not all hackers are looking to steal your identity or personal/credit card information.

Many are merely looking to gain control of your computer so that they can use it to launch attacks on other computer systems. By using other people’s computers, hackers can hide their true identities and locations as they launch their attacks and viruses.

eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com). Based in Frisco, timeforcake is a creative Web and graphic design firm. eRin can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at info@timeforcake.com.

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