Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ultimate "How To" Services at Your Fingertips

Have you ever needed to fix something and no one was available to help you? Now you can just power on your computer and visit one of these web sites for instructions. has short, instructional videos, some made by experts and others by amateurs, about a variety of topics including topics about how to get video onto your iPod, how to protect your computer in a storm, how to fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds. is another site for do-it-yourselfers with step-by-step instructions in categories like Car Information, Careers & Education, Computers, Holiday Traditions, & Sports and Fitness. Find out how to change your mouse speed, add a gradient color as background to a Word
document, buy a used car, or drive in the fog. bills itself as "The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit," in the true spirit of wikis -- user-generated content approach. Learn how to fix a broken bicycle chain, be punctual, carve a pumpkin, get out of a cellular service contract and more at this site. There have been 50 changes to describing the correct way to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Who knew?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

America's Newspapers

Have you clicked on Special Reports in America's Newspapers? Special reports cover a variety of topics in depth and with a global perspective. The newest report is called World Environment.

World Environment contains articles and pictures about environmental issues and conditions throughout the world. Also included are background information and government documents on these important issues.
Environmental issues covered include:
• green energy and economics
• global warming
• air pollution
• natural resources
• ecology
• conservation
• environmental policies
• biodiversity
• early reader section
• and more

Areas of the world covered include:
• Africa
• Asia
• Australia, Oceania, Antarctica
• Europe
• Latin America
• Middle East
• North America
• UK and Ireland
Related maps and links to web sites are included. Suggested search terms to help locate additional information in your NewsBank products are listed to encourage further research. All articles are easily accessed and can be printed or e-mailed from within the site.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Create and Share Diagrams on the Web

Create and share diagrams online at
Draw and share diagrams in your web browser without downloading any software. Diagram flowcharts, redesign your office or classroom layout, floor plan, technical drawings, network diagrams, and more. Gliffy has two ways to make document sharing easy:

Collaboration enables others to see and edit your work by simply entering their emails.
Publishing creates a read-only image of your diagram that you can embed in a blog or wiki if you like.

There is a free version with ads, but the company is working on a fee-based, ad free version also.