Sunday, December 31, 2017

Looking for answers

Q and A sites

The Next Web again shows its prowess by listing good places to go to get your questions answered.
There appear to be seventeen such sites rather than the thirteen suggested at source but who am I to criticise when I'm pinching their list.

Don't answer that

Friday, December 29, 2017

Tech it to the limit

Exceptional technology sites

  1. Tech Crunch
  2. The Next Web
  3. Wired
  4. Tech2
  5. Gizmodo
  6. c|net
  7. Mashable
  8. The Verge
  9. Digital Trends
  10. techradar
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Porn broker

It is as you suspected - pornography is popular. Maybe the adult cinemas and stick books have taken a pounding and the age of those climbing the forbidden stairs to shops with an X rating is increasing. But online Pornhub, a Canadian site, is at position 38 on Alexa and 24 on SimilarWeb. Other porn sites featured are [Alexa rankings] LiveJasmin (47), TXXX (77), xHamster (81), Bonga Cams (83), XVideos (117), Redtube (217 - 97 on SimilarWeb) and XNXX (258 - 31 on SimilarWeb). To round it out, let's include another couple featured on lists for the number of hits or amount of traffic: T'n'A flix and Youjizz. Only that cuts out Tube8, Beeg and Youporn. More porn than you can shake a stick at


This necessarily comes with a disclaimer. If you are encyclopediac in your endeavours, at some point you're going to come across erotica and, whatever your own attitudes, decide to either include it in order to be truthful and comprehensive or omit it on the off chance that this little chunk of cyberspace will hold any attraction to minors.
For that reason there's only one hyperlink that leads to the site itself and it begins with X-V

Those searching for the appropriate level of titillation are unlikely to search by the name of the website. The search terms they do enter then take the panting viewer to sites of varying degrees of quality and consideration.
The arty photographs in Beeg looks pretty good but it's still hardcore porn so I decided not to hyperlink to it.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Auction hows

How do online auctions differ from the eCommerce and online shopping we've canvassed? It's true you can sell a pair of T boots or buy a Dodge at auction, the differences are as with traditional auctions which many of these sites are cyber facsimiles of. Indeed some of the first ten listed sell only within the continental United States; the reason we're featuring them here is to illustrate these different types of auction: charity thrift shop, barter based on credits (Listia), leftover inventory from brand names usually sold at discount prices (uBid), official portal to government auctions(GovDeals, Municibid), goods seized in the course of law enforcement (Property Room), property seized or acquired for nonpayment of internal revenue taxes (IRS Treasury Auction), live auctions (Auction Zip) and traditional estate liquidations (

The remaining auction sites are of a more general nature and closer to home. GraysOnline is your traditional auction house, everyone heard of Lloyds before there was an Internet. The ephemeral nature of the Web in some circumstances is again at play here as we see that CQout, fantastic name and all, has closed its doors.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Up for Auction

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Image result for aboutus.orgAs with websites, there are a number of website directories that are now defunct including, Anime Web Turnpike, Biographicon, DMOZ (Open Directory Project), Google Directory, Internet Public Library, Intute, LookSmart, Lycos' Top 5%, Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Kids, and Zeal.

We also want to look at the way these directories intertwine with our other web page types. Say you're one of the 2700 pig farmers in Australia and, sure, you're as likely to look up unrelated matters as anyone else but let's say you're conducting searches for sites relevant to your vocation:
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Direct or ease

[a collection of web directories as supplied by Curlie with some Wikipedia thrown in]
Alan's Sorted Hotlist
Alive Web Directory
Aviva Directory
Best of the Web
Blogs Index
The Catalogue of Catalogues
Directory Journal
Earth Station Nine
Jasmine Directory
Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web
New York Public Library Best of the Web 
Peter Ghiringhelli's Weborama 2011
Robin's FYI
Seven Seek
Single Function
Smart Links
Starting Point Directory
Sue's Best Links's A List
Virtual Library museums pages
World Wide Web Virtual Library (VLIB)
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Abbreviated, Abridged

Appearing just below Netflix in popularity is whose brief is to shorten your URLs for Twitter purposes. Now at first I thought this had to be a specialty task and there may be no other services doing this. Turns out there are [thanks to our lifeline lifewire]

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