“On Hold” no more, thanks to this app

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I wanted to get a head start on learning the day’s news, so I turned to Newswer.com to see the latest headlines. Several issues caught my interest and I chose to read the entire news story. What a disappointment that was! I guess most online readers get bored after about 400 words. Newser keeps their stories very short. All the more reason for daily newspapers to keep publishing. It’s news we news junkies can hold in our hands and be assured that the whole story will be covered. Now that I have that rant off my chest, it is time to move on to websites of the week. None of them focus on news, by the way.

Rad Dudes (www.raddudes.com). This is a humor site, loaded with old, funny photos that look like something from the 1980’s. If you are not into cute puppies or lolcats, maybe you can find your day’s worth of laughter here. Be sure to check out the rad dude knitting in the subway.

Get High Now (www.gethighnow.com). Don’t worry, it’s legal. And free to boot! I found this listed among Time magazine’s list of 50 Best Websites of 2009. There are more than 35 audio and visual presentations that, when you settle back and view, or listen, will put you in a pleasant trance state. You need Quicktime to run the features, so be warned. I loathe to run Quicktime but that’s just a quirk I have developed. My connection was too slow for loading this, so I have to take the word of the Time reviewers who put this on their Top 50 list.

Craiglook (www.craiglook.com). Not to be confused with craigslist.org, the similarly-named site has duded up the popular (or notorious) listing site by adding a more interesting interface. As you probably know, Craigslist.org is all writing—all lists. Craiglook makes searching on Craigslist more colorful. Make sure you use “.com” after Craiglook. Craigslist is “.org.” Happy hunting.

Fonolo (http://fonolo.com). Here’s a handy application we all can appreciate. Fonolo lets you skip phone menus for hundreds of companies. You know where you need to “know your party’s extension,” or stay on the line? Well, the cool thing about Fonolo is that you don’t have to wait around for someone to answer. Instead, someone will call you back! Sounds nifty, huh? This is another site I did not test. If you try it or are already using it, drop me a line. This site can save bunches of cursing from impatient souls put on hold—again.

Shop Goodwill (www.shopgoodwill.com). Maybe you are already shopping the local stores in which case we will eventually run into one another. But this website, another pick by the Time magazine reviewers, is a lesser-known auction site full of goodies waiting to be grabbed. If you are an online auction addict, you probably know about Shop Goodwill. Personallly, I prefer to visit a bricks-and-mortar version. Either way, the proceeds go to a good cause.

CyberScribbles is on an every-other-week schedule until further notice.

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on April 30, 2010.

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