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     Today's TOURBUS Stop:     Patrick's Daily Web Tour
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Okay, I'll admit it.  Today's TOURBUS post is a tad bit self-centered, even
for me.  But one of the questions that I am asked most often is "what are
the Web sites that you visit every day?"  Today's TOURBUS post is going to
answer that question, and hopefully give you a list of neat sites that you
will want to check out yourself.

Most people assume that I spend hour after hour surfing the Web every day.
In fact, I usually only spend about thirty or forty minutes each day
surfing the Web, and I tend to always visit the same nine Web sites:

ABC News' Science and Technology Page

To be completely honest, this page almost always disappoints me.  ABC's
coverage of science and technology news is spotty at best, and their
science and technology page is bloated with so many bells and whistles that
it takes FOREVER to load.  Still, from time to time, ABC News does post a
pretty cool news story on this page that simply cannot be found anywhere
else (a good example is the story that they ran a few weeks ago that
included a Real Audio track of what scientists think dinosaurs sounded
like).  So, the ABC News Science and Technology page is usually my first
stop every morning.

The Associated Press' Cyber Corner

As I said a few months ago (TOURBUS, 6 November 1997), Cyber Corner is the
Associated Press' daily technology column.  It is updated every weekday
morning, and is a very quick summary of the latest cyberspace news, Web
page announcements, online happenings, and software releases.  Because
Cyber Corner's "sections" are so brief (usually only a paragraph each), it
is one of the best starting points for anyone interested in finding out
what is happening in the online world.


CNET's was the first online service devoted entirely to technology
news (in fact, we first pulled our little bus of Internet happiness into way back on 5 September 1996).  The best way to describe
is to say that it is the journal of record for the entire digital domain.
While I give the AP's Cyber Corner kudos for its brevity, I give
kudos for its mind-numbingly in-depth coverage of all of the latest news
stories that in any way involve computers, the Internet, and other form of
digital technology.  I am not kidding when I say that almost all of my
knowledge of technology current events comes straight from the articles
that I have read at

Navigating the main homepage is pretty self-explanatory.  The main
stories for the day are located at the top of the page (usually accompanied
by some pretty snazzy graphics).  Below that are the other stories of the
day.  At the bottom of the page are links to stories at other news
organizations on the Net (don't overlook this section - I can't begin to
tell you how many neat articles I have found at the bottom of CNET's main homepage).

After browsing the main homepage, I almost always hop on over to

----------------------------------------------------------'s The Net page,3,1,00.html?

While's main homepage contains articles about all aspects of the
digital domain, the articles on The Net page deal solely with the latest
Internet-related news and happenings.  By the way, like's main
homepage, The Net page also has a section at the bottom that has links to
stories at other news organization on the Net.  Again, don't overlook this

By the way, you don't really have to type in that long URL above to get to
The Net page.  Instead, on's main homepage, just click on the
words "The Net" on the left-hand side of the page.

Good Morning Silicon Valley

Words cannot describe how much I love Good Morning Silicon Valley.  Outside
of Dogpile (TOURBUS, 24 July 1997), Good Morning Silicon Valley is probably
my favorite service on the Internet (by the way, for those of you who are
playing our home game, we last visited Good Morning Silicon Valley in our
TOURBUS post of 2 October 1997).

Updated four times a day, Good Morning Silicon Valley is the high
technology section of the San Jose Mercury News' "Mercury Center."  My
favorite section of this site is the "Morning" section, which gives you the
latest technology stories from around the world.  As I said back on 2
October 1997, if you visit CNET's and Good Morning Silicon
Valley's Morning section every day, you are pretty much guaranteed to know
every technology news story worth knowing.


Yes, I'll openly admit it: I am a Mac user (I have a PowerBook 520C that I
upgraded a year ago with a 100 MHz PowerPC chip).  In fact, with the
exception of the first Thanksgiving spam post (which was written on my
parent's PC), every single TOURBUS post I have ever written was written on
a Mac.  :)

Unfortunately, finding accurate, balanced news about the Mac is darned near
impossible.  The mainstream media only seems to be able to report that
Apple is dead, and Guy Kawasaki's Macintosh EvangeList only seems to be
able to report that Apple's opponents are heathens who need to be hated and

Fortunately, the MacInTouch home page is a really good source of unbiased
(and bluntly honest) Mac news.  The page is updated several times a day, so
it not too uncommon for me to stop by this page once in the morning and
again in the late afternoon.

Wired News and ZDNN

What can I say?  I like technology news.  I usually visit Wired News and
ZDNN every day, but only to find out stuff that I didn't see at any of the
other Web sites that I visit.

Actually, I have a feeling that ZDNN will probably be moving up in my
booklist file pretty soon (I'm even thinking of making it a full-fledged
TOURBUS stop in a week or two).  A couple of days ago, when CNET's
was reporting the breaking news that the judge had turned down Microsoft's
request that Lawrence Lessig be removed from Microsoft's contempt hearing,
ZDNN's coverage included direct quotes from the judge.  Score one for ZDNN.

My Yahoo!

My last stop every morning is My Yahoo! (TOURBUS, 11 July 1996).  My Yahoo!
is a completely free and customizable news service from the nice folks at
Yahoo!  (Besides, after reading all of that technology news, it is nice to
take a break and read some hard news from around the world).

That's it for this week.  As you can see, I am a news junkie.  But, I hope
that today's TOURBUS post gives you a better idea of where I go every day
to find out what is happening in the online world.

Have a safe and happy weekend (and if you are a TOURBUS Plus! subscriber,
be looking for another post from me this weekend!).

     Today's TOURBUS Stop:     Patrick's Daily Tour of the Web
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