From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 10 Feb 04 - Rider's Revenge #29


The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2239
Copyright © Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen - All rights reserved

Hi all... it's time for another Rider's Revenge issue, where I share sites that your fellow Tourbus riders think are useful, fun, cool or otherwise worthy of attention. If you have a favorite site that's of interest to an international audience, send it along for the next Rider's Revenge!

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Hey, That's My Dog!

Phillip from Hickory, NC floated by and said:

 > Have you done a piece on aerial photo sites such as GlobeExplorer 
 > or TerraServer? 

ED: Yes, we covered TerraServer, but not recently. Would you like to see an aerial view of your back yard, or other interesting places around the world? The Microsoft TerraServer site provides easy access to aerial image data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Russian satellites. GlobeExplorer has some great closeups of certain areas, but it seems limited to the USA.

Would I Lie To You?

Randy Cassingham, floating about in the ether, opined thusly:

 > If you're tired of the silly, untrue stories that people pass 
 > around like the flu, try "This is True".  It'll bring you TRUE 
 > stories, all new every week.  TRUE is an Internet Pioneer, one 
 > of the first and finest online newsletters -- since 1994! For 
 > a free subscription, go here:

I'd Like To Have an Argument, Please.

Michael from Manhattan offered up this juicy tidbit:

 > After reading your newsletter for quite a while, I'd like to suggest 
 > my hobby web site for Riders Revenge -- Computer Gripes.  There are 
 > no rants, raves, curses or ads.  Just problems and annoyances with 
 > computer related hardware and software.

Gone Phishin'

James Hannon, stepping out of the shadows in a trenchcoat, said:

 > With all the concern over spam, viruses, and e-mail fraud, I thought 
 > you might like to point your readers to the Anti-Phishing Working 
 > Group website, a resource for information about phishing.  The goal 
 > is to provide information about the problem of phishing, e-mail, and 
 > identity fraud.  Site resources include information on phishing, 
 > e-mail attacks, and identity fraud, along with links to anti-fraud, 
 > online privacy, and law enforcement resources.

ED: Phishing attacks involve the mass distribution of spoofed e-mail messages with return addresses, links, and branding which appear to come from banks, insurance agencies (health, etc), retailers or credit card companies. These fraudulent messages are designed to fool the recipients into divulging personal info such as account usernames and passwords, credit card numbers, etc.

Wipe That Smirk Off Your Face

Matt from Atlanta, GA stopped giggling long enough to say:

 > I am a longtime rider on your little bus of Internet happiness and 
 > wanted to let you know about a great site for kids called Planet 
 > Giggle.  If you have a child in your life that you want to inspire 
 > to greatness, then this site is for you!  It's all about empowering 
 > kids to Dream, Believe and Create.  There are fun activities for 
 > kids of every age.

ED: This does look like a fun site for kids, but that Flash intro is the longest, most boring thing I've ever endured on the Web. Press that little [SKIP] button and get right down to it.

Hull of a Site

Joe from Palm Springs CA, saluting briskly, offers this:

 > One of the greatest things about the Net is how it brings people 
 > together. If you were ever in the U.S. Navy, now you can find long 
 > lost shipmates. has more than 4,600 ship and 
 > command rosters listed with email addresses. And if you or anybody 
 > you know served on the USS Horne (DLG-30 / CG-30) they can check 
 > out to find lost shipmates.

The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2239
Copyright © Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen - All rights reserved

That's all for now, see you next time! -- Bob Rankin

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