Date:         Fri, 22 Jan 1999 00:05:22 -0600
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Subject:      TOURBUS -- 21 JANUARY 1999 -- ZDY2K / A NEW MERCURY CENTER SITE /
              WEB BUILDER'S TOOLKIT
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     TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP(S):
        ZDY2K / A NEW MERCURY CENTER SITE / WEB BUILDER'S TOOLKIT
     TODAY'S TOURBUS ADDRESS(ES):
        http://www.zdnet.com/zdy2k/
        http://spyglass1.sjmercury.com/cgi-bin/contests/register.cgi?beta
        http://home.hiwaay.net/~crispen/kellys_place/web_tools.html

Howdy, y'all!  :)

In my last TOURBUS post I told you of a "true," U.S.-only Internet
urban legend warning you that

     If you get an envelope from a company called the "Internal
     Revenue Service," DO NOT OPEN IT!  This group operates a scam
     around this time every year

I neglected to tell you that if you choose to ignore envelopes from
the Internal Revenue Service, you should also ignore any subsequent
envelopes you receive from the "Department of Justice," the "Federal
Courts System," and the "Sheriff's Department."  :)

I want to thank the folks at "The Freebie Times" and "Turbo-Tax" for
bringing today's journey of our little bus of Internet happiness to
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On with the show ...

Today's tour can best be described as a "short attention span" version
of our little bus of Internet happiness.  In other words, put on your
seatbelt.

-----
ZDY2K
-----

Two weeks ago, I mentioned several different Web sites where you can
find information about the Y2K problem.  I neglected to mention my
favorite Y2K information site: Ziff Davis' "ZDY2K" site at


http://www.zdnet.com/zdy2k/ .

The ZDY2K site provides the most levelheaded Y2K coverage I have seen.
For example, I was particularly impressed with their article titled
"What Supplies Do I Need for Y2K?"  You can find this article at


http://www.zdnet.com/zdy2k/1999/01/5571.html .

Some of the advice in this article is a tad bit "northern-hemisphere-
specific" (I rather doubt that the recommendation to 'prepare for Y2K
as you would for a winter storm' would apply to our Australian
readers).  Still, it is refreshing to see a Y2K article (and Web site)
that does not necessarily predict the end of the world come January
1st.

--------------
Mercury Rising
--------------

Over the past three years, TOURBUS has visited or mentioned the San
Jose Mercury News' "Mercury Center" at least a dozen times.  Their
"Good Morning Silicon Valley" section (which can be found on the Web
at http://www.sjmercury.com/gmsv/gmsv_morning.shtml) is consistently
one of my favorite Internet resources.

Well, the folks at the Mercury Center are about to unveil a new high-
tech news Web site, and they are looking for 100 people to help them
beta test the site.  If you are interested in helping them "kick the
tires" on their new site, hop on over to


http://spyglass1.sjmercury.com/cgi-bin/contests/register.cgi?beta 

The beta testing begins in February, and the Mercury Center staff will
pick 100 users "from a broad geographic spectrum." According to the
folks at the Mercury Center,

     There's no tangible reward other than our undying gratitude for
     your frank feedback and the chance to influence the design of a
     site thatís destined to become a prime destination for digerati
     around the world.

Who could ask for anything more?

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Web Builder's Toolkit
---------------------

As further proof that my parents have WAY too much free time, our last
stop is at my parents' Web Builder's Toolkit page at


http://home.hiwaay.net/~crispen/kellys_place/web_tools.html .

This is one of those pages that really doesn't need a lot of
explanation.  If you are looking for a collection of links to the
absolute best Web design resources available -- from graphic design
and layout information to fonts and Paint Shop Pro plug-ins -- this
page is for you.  And I am not just saying that because my parents
created it.  :P

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A Quick, Albeit Cryptic, Personal Note
--------------------------------------

I have been playing around with AOL's Instant Messenger (AIM) program
for the past couple of days, trying to decide if I will write about it
in a future TOURBUS post.  If you have AIM and want to know my screen
name, take a look at my signature at the bottom of today's post.  By
the way, if I do not respond to your IMs, please do not take that as a
sign that I do not love you anymore.  I have a feeling that, now that
I have publicly released my screen name, I am going to be flooded with
about a squillion IMs.  :)

     TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP(S):
        ZDY2K / A NEW MERCURY CENTER SITE / WEB BUILDER'S TOOLKIT
     TODAY'S TOURBUS ADDRESS(ES):
        http://www.zdnet.com/zdy2k/
        http://spyglass1.sjmercury.com/cgi-bin/contests/register.cgi?beta
        http://home.hiwaay.net/~crispen/kellys_place/web_tools.html

--------------------------------
TODAY'S SOUTHERN WORD OF THE DAY
--------------------------------

SINNER (Noun).  Middle.
Usage: "Bubba is a security guard at th' local shoppin' sinner."

[Special thanks to Susan Sanderson for today's wurd]

You can find all of the old Southern Words of the day at

http://netsquirrel.com/crispen/word.html 

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