Let the Internet help during the long winter

Well, winter is here. As the weather gets colder, you will find yourself indoors more, looking for things to do. The Internet is a great place to find information, ideas, and projects to keep you occupied.

Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FAGD, FICD

Well, winter is here. As the weather gets colder, you will find yourself indoors more, looking for things to do. The Internet is a great place to find information, ideas, and projects to keep you occupied. In fact, once you sit down in front of your computer, you might find yourself spending a lot of time online, once you know the places to visit.

I thought I would use my column this month to give you a tour of the World Wide Web. Hopefully, you will bookmark a number of these sites and refer to them many times in the winter days ahead.

For the "do-it-yourself" types:

www.diynet.com
www.doityourself.com
www.appliance411.com
www.ehow.com
www.hints-n-tips.com
www.howstuffworks.com
www.livemanuals.com
www.soyouwanna.com

For the history buffs out there:

www.scopesys.com/anyday
www.on-this-day.com
www.440.com/twtd/today.html

For the information collectors:

www.infoplease.com
www.refdesk.com

For those shopping for a new or used car:

www.autobytel.com
www.edmunds.com
www.kbb.com
www.vehix.com

For those into movies, television shows, or radio shows:

www.meetacritic.com
www.mrqe.com
www.imdb.com
www.moviemistakes.com
www.moviesounds.com
www.moviecliches.com
www.classic-tv.com
www.radiolovers.com

Looking for freeware for your computer:

www.pricelessware.com
www.freewarearena.org
www.jumbo.com
www.tucows.com
downloads-zdnet.com.com/?tag=hdr

Looking for your family tree:

www.ancestry.com
www.cyndislist.com
www.genealogy.com
www.genealogytoolbox.com
www.rootsweb.com

Interested in studying about legal issues:

www.lawcentral.com
www.legaldocs.com
www.lawguru.com
www.lawyers.com
www.nafeb.com
www.nolo.com

Throwing a party? Check these sites out:

www.birthdayusa.com
www.birthdayinabox.com
www.birthdayexpress.com
www.evite.com
www.iparty.com
www.party411.com

These sites should provide you with hours and hours of inside entertainment over the winter months and beyond. There are some great ways to pass those long days of winter online if you know where to find them.

Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FAGD, FICD, practices general dentistry in St. Louis. He also is the editor of St. Louis Dentistry magazine and spokesman and critical-issue-response-team chairman for the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. His address on the Internet is www.dfdasmiles.com. Contact him by email at jeff@dfdasmiles.com, by phone at (314) 567-5612, or by fax at (314) 567-9047.

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