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By Curt Davis - December 07, 2001 (From the Interesting Stuff Newsletter)

I thought I would start this time with some handy free services you will find handy if you ever need them... Science and Technology Sources on the Internet is an extensive listing of Freely Accessible Databases available to the Public.

Infopackets is a computer help desk which offers free tech support. They specialize in providing Windows help in the form of online video tutorials.

Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch?'s FreeLunch provides you with FREE access to over 1,000,000 economic and financial data series.

The Internet Prospector publishes a monthly electronic newsletter and serves as a World Wide Web reference desk for prospect researchers and other information professionals. The Internet Prospector website has lots and lots of great free information so spend some time here and browse through all of the great reference links - you won't be disappointed!

The RDN Virtual Training Suite is a set of online tutorials designed to help students, lecturers and researchers improve their Internet information skills. You can work in your own time at your own pace. There are lots of topics and each one includes quizzes and interactive exercises to lighten the learning experience. A great resource!

Governments on the WWW is a Comprehensive database of governmental institutions on the World Wide Web: parliaments, ministries, offices, law courts, embassies, city councils, public broadcasting corporations, central banks, multi-governmental institutions etc. Lots of interesting stuff here!

Just in time for the holidays... Dr Toy's Toy Information has Over 1,500 award winning toys and children's products fully described with company phone numbers, photos and links to useful information for children, educators and parents.

Here is a useful service that you might find handy the next time you run across one of those looooong URLs... Make a shorter link will make that long link shorter - give it a try.

Wikipedia is a Free Encyclopedia, a collaborative project to produce a complete encyclopedia from scratch. WikiPedia started in January 2001 and already has over 16,000 articles and it's growing...

If you like to read the classics, then Classic Reader is for you! You can read, search, and annotate great works of literature by authors such as Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, and more. All of the books in the Classic Reader collection are the full unabridged versions.

The USGS Earth Explorer is very cool! Query and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products through the U.S. Geological Survey. Log in as a guest or as a registered user. Registered users have access to more features than guests do and it's free so why not register.

AMEDEO is a free medical literature guide service. Select a topic, define your favorite medical journals, and you will receive a weekly AMEDEO E-mail with an overview of new articles published in your personal journal subset. A great site!

Kid Info has some of the Web's best student homework reference resources.

The Wall Street Transcript Online is a unique and independent investment publication interviewing well known analysts, money managers and CEOs who recommend stocks, analyze market trends and rate management performance by sector. Lots of interesting stuff here:

The Probert Encyclopaedia is a comprehensive reference resource of over 90,000 articles and 3,600 illustrations, addressing every aspect of life, from the ordinary to the obscure arranged by subject topic.

Identity theft is a very serious issue these days and unfortunately it is happening to more and more people all of the time. Learn about identity theft from the US Department of Justice's Identity Theft webpage:

Here's a handy search tip you will find useful if you didn't already know it... Google will allow you to conduct reverse phone searches simply by entering the phone number in the search window. Google will give you the name, address and even mapping directions if you need them so give Google a try next time you need to find anything on the internet (including reverse phone searches):

Rebecca's Guide to the Perplexed has lots of links to stuff that will unperplex ya... No frills here just a fast loading reference page with some quality links!

Daypop is a current events search engine. Daypop crawls the living web at least once a day to bring you the latest information relevant to your searches. Use Daypop to search for the latest news, the newest movie reviews, sports results or the hottest memes.

Here is a cool place - the Wayback Machine. If you haven't seen this place you should definitely drop by and give it a look see! Surf the web as it was courtesy of the Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine:

AlterVistas (not to be confused with Altavista) is a search engine for bizarre webpages - So come in and explore the weird side of the web courtesy of two students from Bournemouth, England:

The Dismal Scientist Layoff Calculator estimates the probability that you will lose your job by year end 2002. The probability of losing your job is determined by where you live, your occupation, the industry you work in, and if you work for a public company, then how well your company is doing as judged by stock investors. Very interesting!

The 20th twentieth century Year by Year is a history chronology courtesy of Infoplease with lots of interesting stuff. View the timelines, best and worst, disasters, entertainment, sports and more!

Facts about Newspapers 2000 is a Statistical Summary of the Newspaper Industry with lots of interesting information.

Well, I guess that's about enough Interesting Stuff for now... :)