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ATPM 11.12
December 2005



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About This Particular Web Site

by Paul Fatula,

Tractor Data

Last week, I saw a Lotus in a nearby parking lot, and a friend of mine saw a Spanish farmer driving a Lamborghini. Tractor, that is; I had no idea. Indexed by manufacturer, this Web site has information about all sorts of tractors, from high-end sporty Italian models to those you must Fix Or Repair Daily.

Macintosh Web Browsers

OmniWeb, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, iCab, Lynx…how many Web browsers are there for the Macintosh anyway? According to this Web site, there are no fewer than 87. On this one long page you can read about each one of them, and follow links to download the latest versions. (Note that the most recent releases are on top, so if you’re hoping to relive your NCSA Mosaic days, you’ve got some scrolling to do.)

Web Sudoku

When I walked past my local Borders and saw the windows crowded with signs bearing an unfamiliar word, I didn’t pay it much attention. When I saw fellow public transit passengers working something that looked like a numerical crossword-puzzle, I shrugged my shoulders and went back to my book. But when I started seeing SUDOKU written in large print on the front page of local newspapers, I started feeling stupid: was I the only one who didn’t know what the word meant? Wikipedia led me to this Web site, which advertises billions of puzzles. I found five to be enough.

Terry Love’s Consumer Toilet Reports

Everybody who rides a tractor, surfs the Web, or solves a sudoku is eventually going to have to take a brief pause for nature’s call. So in the words of the great Axl Rose, where do we go now? Terry Love’s Web page has basic information and owner comments for dozens of toilet models, ranging in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. (Though if you’re looking for something more decorative, you should check with Clark Sorensen instead.)

Lowe’s How To Library

Once you’ve picked out your toilet, you’re going to need to install it. I don’t usually like promoting big-name commercial sites on here, but I’ve really got to hand it to Lowe’s. The home improvement instructions hosted on their Web site are top-notch. They’re clear, illustrated where necessary, and helpfully cross-referenced. Best of all, they strike just the right balance between encouraging you to do it yourself and warning you when it’s time to call in a pro.

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