TechMan was in the digital attic the other day, and what did he find but a pile of old Web page bookmarks.
After blowing the digital dust from them, he realized that most of them he had forgotten about.
TechMan is a bookmark hoarder. As you well know, a bookmark, also called a favorite, is a link to a Web page you have visited in the past and have appreciated enough to save the URL.
The most common way to make bookmarks is through your browser. Since TechMan uses Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome on various computers, he is a triple threat on bookmarks.
All modern browsers allow bookmarks (favorites) to be organized into folders, and if you are a bookmark pack rat, TechMan highly recommends such organization. Otherwise your favorites list will get to be like your garage. You know something's there, but you can't put your finger on it.
TechMan also stores bookmarks in the "cloud," the current trendy word for the Internet. There are a number of social networking bookmark services that allow you to store bookmarks in the "cloud" so you can access them from any Web connection. You also can share your bookmarks with others.
The most common such site, and the one that TechMan uses, is delicious.com. Delicious stores your bookmarks, allows you to organize them and shows the most popular bookmarks of the moment.
So here are a few bookmarks TechMan dug out of the attic:
Blogger Kevin Kelly listed books that have changed his life and then links to similar lists from others: kk.org/cooltools/archives/002879.php.
Lost the manual for your microwave oven? More than a million user's manuals for everything from cars to cameras are online at safemanuals.com.
TechMan has always borrowed audio books from the library, but they had their inconveniences. Sometimes you had to juggle 12 tapes or six CDs to listen to the whole book. And sometimes after listening to tapes one and two, you found that tape three was damaged and would not play. TechMan hates when that happens.
MP3 players solved those problems, and now you can download audio books (and videos) from your local library, with one big caveat.
Overdrive.com is a commercial site that has arrangements with many local libraries to allow free downloading of audio books. If you go to the site, you can find your library, log in with your library card number and find an audio book you want. Books are good for three weeks and can be renewed.
Here is the caveat. At this point audio books from your library (at least in the Pittsburgh area) are available in only the WMA format. That means you cannot download them to a Mac or an iPod. Bummer.
There are so many fascinating museums in the world that you could never visit them all in a lifetime. But you could sample a lot of them virtually at icom.museum/vlmp/. This site has links to the Web pages of myriad museums around the world.
Two other quickies. Wonder where all those "Saturday Night Live" clips went that used to be on YouTube? Well NBC had a copyright snit and made YouTube pull them. They are now on Hulu.com with a lot of other video.
Are you a fan of the PG comic Bizarro? At bizarrocomic.blogspot.com you can see the comics with commentary from cartoonist Dan Piraro.