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Last checked 10/20/2016

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The Internet Traffic Report monitors the flow of data around the world. It then displays a value between zero and 100. Higher values indicate faster and more reliable connections.
  • Get Net Wise is a site that tries to protect Internet users, especially those who are not technically inclined, from the evil doers. There is a section for kids, also.
  • The Tourbus has been around for awhile and was very useful. Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin drove this thing and it is worth a visit. Check out the archives.
  • Internet 101 has information on browsing, using email, Internet safety, and how to use search engines.
  • Learn the Internet is for beginners with a good overview of a variety of issues related to using the Internet.
  • About-the-Web has plenty of tips and tricks for newbies. Covers all aspects of using the Web: email, browsers, search engines, etc.
  • Web Developer's Handbook is a great collection of reference material, links to tutorials, scripts, etc.
  • The Web Developer's Virtual Library of Tutorials has some great material.
  • Internet Traffic Report shows you whether it's just your computer that's slow or the whole network.
  • Stroud's Internet Resources has some how-to articles for web site developers.
  • INTERNIC Whois Enter a domain name and get information on its owner.
  • ARIN's Whois
  • Network Solutions' Whois
  • Better-Whois4 out of 5
  • Whois.net
  • AllWhoIs Now that there are multiple databases owned by multiple domain name companies, you need a tool that will search all databases for a domain. Enter a domain name and get information on its owner.
  • Network Tools4 out of 5 has tools like finger, ping, traceroute, etc. Also has details on IP addresses.
  • DNSStuff.com has Whois, reverse DNS lookups, IP tests, host name tests, email tests, URL deobfuscator, HTML validator, etc.
  • How DNS Works is a pretty thorough explanation of how the Domain Name Servers work. In comic form.
  • SpeedTest5 stars checks your connection speed by writing to a cookie file and then reading it back. Intuitive site with a lot of options.
  • December Net Tools has a large collection of Internet tools including email clients, FTP clients, browsers, utilities, etc.
Tutorials
The following sites are especially useful for folks new to the Internet:

Browsers
About Listservers
About Usenet and News Groups
  • Google Groups is a very good search engine to help you find specific news groups. You don't have to subscribe to the group. You just read the messages in your browser. Also, check out Google Groups - Beta - don't know what the difference is.
  • Usenet Info Center4 outta five is a great site for information about Usenet groups.
  • Public News Servers is a list of alternative news servers.
About Email
  • Thunderbird is the best free email client (as of 2016).
  • Pegasus where you can get the shareware version of the Pegasus e-mail reader software.
  • Abuse Net You send them your spam mail and they will trace it back to the sender and complain for you.
  • Spam Cop You send them your spam mail and they will trace it back to the sender and complain for you.
  • CAUCE - Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email tells you what spam is and what to do about it.
  • 10 Best Free Email Providers includes Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.
  • 50 Email Tips and Tricks
  • More Email Tips and Tricks from the HowToGeek.
  • Guerrilla Mail allows to create a fake email address that expires in a few days. Use it when sites require an email address but you don't want to give them yours.
  • MailDrop allows to create a fake email address that expires in a few days. Use it when sites require an email address but you don't want to give them yours.
  • Mailinator Make up any name and add mailinator.com as the email address, and then any email sent to that address is available on the Mailinator site to all who know the name. Not real secure but handy in a pinch.
  • 7 Free Disposable Temporary Email Address Providers
  • Uncovering Headers in Spam Mail is a heavy duty article about how to find the true source of spam by examining email headers.
  • Mail Tester - verifies if an email address actually is real. Useful when testing fake email addresses to use when sites request that you enter your email address and you don't want to.
  • Advice: Use anyword@example.com when asked to enter your email address by a nosey Web Site. Example.com, example.org, and example.net are currently reserved domains for testing purposes. If you use them, you won't inadvertently send mail to a real address.

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