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for a quick introduction to the most popular open source project in the world!
In my opinion the most spectacular computer generated wallpaper is made by the talented Ryan Bliss at Digital Blasphemy
. He offers a handful of free images, yet for a small fee ($25 per year, or $15 for 3 months) you will get access to over 600 high quality images. For those with wide-screen or dual/triple head monitors many of the images are available in extended sizes.
Here is a listing of some other popular wallpaper sites:
Interesting/useful Web Sites
- Arstechnica: original technology news and reviews
- The alt.usage.english Home Page: Good source for propper English spelling and grammar
- Bugmenot.com: free accounts to bypass mandatory registration from various sites
- canada411.yellowpages.ca: Canada 411 phone number look up (and reverse lookup)
- Darwin Awards: commemorates those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it
- Digg: user submittmed and ranked news
- Dilbert: every geeks favorite comic (there are alternative non-flash sources here, here, here, and here)
- Down for everyone or just me? Find out if access to a site is down for everyone or just you
- Encyclopedia Dramatica: "IT'S FOR THE LULZ, STUPID!!!"
- FAIL Blog Fail, Owned and Pwn moments in pictures and videos
- FailedSuccess.com: 'Purveyors of useless knowledge'
- Fark.com 'It's not news, it's... FARK'
- Feedbin Best replacement for Google Reader
- FREE Rice Help feed the hungry while also expanding your vocabulary!
- fukung.net Humorous images!
- Gethuman.com: provides a list of secret sequences to get past the annoying automated phone systems so you can speak directly to a human operator (currently only lists U.S. companies)
- jinx.com cool gamer/geek clothing and gear
- Google Books: on-line searching and reading of books
- Google Dictionary
- Google Maps: the ultimate online map!
- Google Scholar: searching peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations
- Google Sky: Google maps for the universe!
- Google Talk: cool text and voice chat system, no client program needed for text chat yet voice chat requires a (free) download
- The Hacker FAQ: Old, yet still valid!
- I Can Has Cheezburger? Funny Pictures of Cats!
- Improbable Research: hosts the Ig Nobel Prize awards, which are awarded each year for 'achievements that make people laugh, and then make them think'
- Hot Topic: Music & Pop-Culture inspired clothing
- The Jargon File: The online version of the The New Hacker's Dictionary
- lifehacker: 'tech tricks, tips and downloads for getting things done'
- Localphone.com: SUPER Cheap International Calls (SIP/VoIP or via local access numbers across the planet)
- mailinator.com: temporary email addresses
- memebotr: interesting articles and websites
- NationMaster: vast compilation of data from the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD
- Netlingo: Internet jargon dictionary
- NumberInvestigator.com: Provides free information for Canadian and U.S. landline and cell phone numbers
- OnlineConversion.com: 'Convert just about anything to anything else.'
- Operation Clambake: the silliness that is Scientology (try not to laugh your ass off!)
- Ottawa weather (alt): weather in my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario (the capital of Canada!)
- Pop Candy: interesting things happening in the media by Whitney Matheson
- PriceCanada.com: Find the lowest price at Canadian retailers
- Reddit: user submitted news
- RedFlagDeals.com: Canadian bargain hunting community
- remember the milk: task management using the power of the cloud (access from any web enabled device)
- SkyscraperPage: stats, images and comparisons of skyscrapers from around the world
- Slashdot: 'News for nerds, stuff that matters'
- The Smoking Gun: exclusive info you won't find anywhere else
- Snopes.com: Urban Legends Reference Pages
- Something Awful: comedy and satire are just the beginning - mostly pokes fun at the worst of the web and other media
- Starship Dimensions: neat site that graphically compares full-scale sci-fi spaceships
- StumbleUpon: user suggested & reviewed web searching/recommendations
- superdickery.com: strange comics from years ago
- temporaryinbox.com: temporary email addresses
- thedailywtf.com: silly yet interesting stories of IT life
- Things of Interest: interesting stuff, such as How to destroy the Earth
- TruthOrFiction.com: 'your Email Reality Check'
- UncyclopediA: Wikipedia satire site, with lots of silly pages to read when you are bored (how about some Chuck Norris Facts?)
- Urban Dictionary: slang dictionary based on user contributions
- Wikileaks: 'an uncensorable system for safe mass document leaking and public analysis'
- Wikipedia: 'the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit'
- Wiktionary: 'the free dictionary that anyone can edit', run by the same group that created Wikipedia
- You Tube: user submitted (and mostly created) videos