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NetNomad 72

Five offbeat, timely reviews of Web sites on the arts, politics and news -- with a dash of the absurd thrown in for good measure.
Jargon File Resources

Hackers are known for many things, one of which is their penchant for slang. You can't be in the hacker group if you don't have the slang down pat, and The Jargon file is "a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor." We learn here that hackers "speech generally features extremely precise diction, careful word choice, a relatively large working vocabulary, and relatively little use of contractions or street slang."

Typing Speed Test 1.1

Here it is, 2001 and there's still no sign of half-decent voice-activated typing. No, we're still typing, some better than others. If you want to find out exactly how many words you type per minute, you can use the Typing Speed Test to type out the text for 60 seconds. At the end of the prescribed time the test will end and simply click on the Results button to find out your "score."

The Demined Trust

The Deminded Trust was set up in order to help provide low-cost landmine clearance machinery for Third World countries. The Red Cross believes that as many as 2000 people are killed or seriously injured by landmines every month. The site includes a complete history of the charitable organization, along with various activities and other useful links.

iLOR Search Engine

Here's a brand new search engine on the block and it is called iLOR, which takes its name from "Internet lore." iLOR is not just a "search engine" but a "Research Engine." The search result page is almost identical to Googles, but if you "mouse" the result you will be provided with a number of options. You can add the page to your list that keeps track of your searches; you can "anchor" the search so you can open window containing a link to the search results page; or you can open the search result in the taskbar or on a separate page.


It is nothing but bare-bones text, but this magazine of world music is definitely worth a visit. There are tons of timely CD reviews, mostly of the world variety, but thankfully their criteria for "world" is very broad and includes everything from Kirsty MacColl, The Rising Sons, Los Lobos and more. There's also interviews, book reviews and charts from around the world.
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