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By one estimate, there are more than 500 billion web pages now. And by every estimate, most of those pages are junk. How do you find the best of the best? Search engines will get you only so far. To get the rest of the way, check out The Web’s Greatest Hits.
This book wasn’t created by algorithms but by one thoughtful and witty human being. Lynie Arden set out to find the world’s best sites in 500 categories, from arts to zoos, adventure to ZIP codes. She’s come up with 1,800 sites that fit the bill by delivering superior content, organization, usability, and features.
What would be cool to find right about now? The nearest Native American powwow? A history of nerds dating back to 3000 B.C.? The Swahili word for “thank you”? The best bar in Zurich, Switzerland? Zillions of new Windows wallpapers? They’re all here.
Got a problem to solve? Arden’s almost certainly found a site with your solution. Freebie study guides for the world’s great literature. College scholarship databases. Safety profiles of your next new car. Foreign-language dictionaries. Marketing tools. Retirement planners and exchange-rate calculators.
Speaking of money, if by some incredible longshot, you’ve got money unclaimed in some bank account somewhere, Arden’s found a site that’ll help you recover it. Consider that laughable? How about a site to help you master the art of improv comedy?
We found one or two clunkers, but nearly every site we checked out was a winner -- and you sure won’t find most of these on your own. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.