Times Article 027
Fun Stop for the Millennium!
back to the High-Tech Times. For this last issue of the year, century,
and millennium, I debated whether to bring you more info on Y2K, but
decided that any of you who haven’t taken care of those problems
probably won’t benefit from anything else I can tell you with less
than 30 days to go. And most of the technology problems I’ve
encountered over the past month have already been covered in my
earlier columns. So I’ve decided give you some fun stuff instead.
start out with the Weather Underground <www.wunderground.com>,
who can provide amazingly accurate weather forecasts for any Zip code.
For the past 90 days, they have been 92% accurate; that compares very
favorably with KITV (61%), KGMB (68%), and KFVE (73%) (by my own
count). And right above the forecast is a link to “Astronomy” that
will give you a view of your nighttime sky along with your weather.
those voyeurs among you, browse over to <www.camarades.com> to
view some personal online cameras. Yeah, I know, there are lots of
those cameras on the Web, but if you already have a video camera
connected to your computer, this site will let you set up your
own online Webcam within a few minutes. And you can even send
e-postcards to all of your friends around the world with your video
image, and a link to your new Webcam.
if that doesn’t tie up enough of your Internet bandwidth,
<chili.rt66.com/ozone/cam.htm> is the granddaddy of all live
Webcams around the world. I particularly like the Watering Hole Cam in
South Africa, the Cyberia Edinburgh live Webcam, and the Rome live
view with camera control.
to know how high our local ocean tides will be for the next six
months? Wander over to <www.opsd.nos.noaa.gov/tides/westHONO.html>
and find out. Then go view our little corner of the planet at <www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/west/latest_westvis.gif>,
and see what’s happening between Hawaii and the Mainland -- from
22,000 miles up! Wander through the Bishop Museum at <www.bishop.hawaii.org/>,
and don’t forget to send a Hawaiian e-postcard showing our Hawaiian
mentioned this next Web site last year, but I still enjoy Internet
Accessible Machines at <www‑cse.ucsd.edu/users/bsy/iam.html>.
They’ve more than doubled the number of strange devices that can be
controlled by you via the Internet, including PumaPaint, a paint-by-Web
robot, and “Where’s Fatso” <www.as220.org/where_is_fatso.html>,
that allows you to track the whereabouts of a very large cat at
MIT in real time.
there any fractal fanatics out there? If so, you’ll love all the links
especially as all of them provide freeware for downloads. Some of these
programs even let you generate your own fractals - headaches, too! And
since the Web is laid out fractally, browse over to <www.cybergeography.com/atlas/atlas.html>
for a great conceptual look at the Internet in map format.
you subscribe to Oceanic Cable, you can check out the TV listings at
It’s free, and a lot more accurate than TV Guide! You
can even click on a program to see a brief summary. Want radio stations
instead? The folks over at <wmbr.mit.edu/stations/> claim they
list over 9000 radio stations accessible via the Web.
up your kids, or the kid in you with Lego MindStorms <www.legomindstorms.com/>.
This is not your parents’ Legos!
free artwork? Try <www.mccannas.com/>, with some excellent tips
and tricks for PhotoShop, Corel, and Painter, as well as downloads. Or
travel over to <www.pixelfoundry.com/> and see what my buddy Kai
Krause can show you about making PhotoShop sing and dance. Still not
satisfied? Try browsing through the listings at <mambo.ucsc.edu/psl/cg.html>
to see what the pros are doing.
about fonts? Hundreds of
them! Head over to <www.acidcool.com/> and download to your
heart’s content. Looking for tons of 32-bit software? The folks at
<32bit.bhs.com/default.asp> claim that they have the best
“shareware, freeware, trialware, and drivers on the Internet.” [They
may be right!] Tired of Microsoft Office? Sun Microsystems offers their
StarOffice Productivity Suite free for the download at <www.sun.com/products/staroffice/get.cgi>.
I hear some leftover turkey calling me. So for my last weird and
wonderful site, browse over to <8ball.federated.com/> and have
Mattel model 3048AA fortuneteller that’s shaken (not stirred) by a
Lego MindStorm robotic cradle. A Linux server delivers your prayers for
guidance, and returns a live Webcam view of the action, and your answer.
that fortunate note, I wish all of you Happy Holidays, and a bugless
Y2K! See you next millennium.