10 Sites of Interest
This little Java download will make your life a hundred
times easier by attaching to your browser and giving
you one-click access to your favorite Yahoo services.
The killer app of Companion is its excellent integration
with Yahoo Bookmarks. If you access the Web from more
than one computer, you know it's a pain to synchronize
your bookmarks, if you bother to do it all. With Companion,
if you add a bookmark at work, you will have it at home
If Yahoo is your portal, this is one thing you gotta
CONS: Takes up valuable screen real estate.
Allows you to make text notes and access them from any
Net-connected computer. So who would use Notepad? Anyone
who wants to be able to make lists or other documents
that need to be easily updateable and accessible by
colleagues, perhaps. Notepad fits that bill well, and
it is a convenient way to access recipes, compose letters
Writers will especially appreciate this feature; no
more hand scribbling on Post-It notes!
CONS: There is a 5,000-character maximum, so
you won't want to store long notes.
Don't write any more paper bills! This is one of those
truly life-altering services the Web provides that were
never possible before. The service is reliable, cheap
and easy. Get with the Internet banking revolution!
Think of the time you'll save and the stamps you won't
have to lick.
CONS: Will there ever be security on the Internet?
There's always a chance that someone could hack into
Still the leader of the streaming-media portals, Broadcast
is now just another Yahoo site. It seems to have lost
its luster now that its been genericized by Yahoo, but
it remains the best place to find streaming media and
The Yahoo approach may have genericized Broadcast but
has also improved it by making its navigation simpler.
CONS: Broadcast could suffer due a possible lack
of attention by Yahoo.
Now sports the unwieldy title of Yahoo Geocities, but
it's the same old free homepage service you've come
to know and maybe love, unless you prefer Tripod. With
Geocities, even total HTML newbies can create tolerable
Web sites about their families, hobbies and favorite
Lots of site building wizards and tools and tips.
CONS: The horror of the long URLs!
Not the best option for businesses looking to establish
a Web presence, but a simple one nonetheless. For $29.95
per month you get a hosting account, 25 MB of disk space,
URL hosting, search engine submission, detailed statistics
and free upgrades of future Site versions.
The trustworthy Yahoo brand.
CONS: Can they be a viable hosting company for
Allows you to create your e-commerce site on Yahoo's
server, using a Web browser. Build a store and start
taking orders in minutes! Features: No per-transaction
fee, no startup cost, and no minimum time commitment.
Starts at $100 per month for 50 items.
Let someone else take care of the complexities of e-commerce
CONS: Cookie-cutter approach may not be that
Get in on the online storage boom. Briefcase is an easy
way to manage files between home and work, and to share
photos online. You get 10 MB of storage, which is plenty
for documents, but not so much for MP3s
Handy way to access and share files from any Net-connected
CONS: If your Internet connection is slow, Briefcase
may not be of much use.
Yahoo Family Accounts
Provides many ways for parents to control their children's
Yahoo accounts and monitor what their kids are doing
online. Also offers tips and tools to ensure that your
family's Net experience is family friendly.
Every parent would love this service.
CONS: If you're a parent, there aren't many cons!
The "Web Guide for Kids" is a useful version of Yahoo
specifically aimed at kids and education. Lots of great
resources for kids and schools, and it's child-safe.
Kids will love it.
CONS: Kids will love it too much, maybe!
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