There's quite a few new readers of Neat Net Tricks with this issue, thanks to my friend Steve Bass who writes the TechBite Newsletter. Steve mentioned NNT in a recent issue and I'd like to welcome those of you who found your way here from his publication. If you're not familiar with the Bass collection, I think you'll like his variety and wit and you can view his work at http://www.aweber.com/z/article/?techbite and subscribe at http://www.techbite.com/ . It comes as no surprise that most of our newest readers of NNT chose only the free Standard edition. Ah, you're a frugal group indeed; but if you'd like to see what you're missing by not giving the Premium edition a try, just hop over to http://www.NeatNetTricks.com and scroll down to "Sample Newsletter". Then, if that tickles your fancy, subscribe at http://www.NeatNetTricks.com/store and enjoy three more issues risk-free. If after all that you don't agree NNT Premium is worth the piddly 50 cents per issue, I'll give you all your money back with no questions asked (but no one has ever asked for a refund). What you will find in the Premium edition is more content, helpful graphics, timely topics, full-length features, no ads, and a lot more to make that computer of yours a much friendlier and enjoyable beast. And with that pitch, on with the show, and Happy Holidays to all. May 2009 be good to you and yours. Regards, Jack * * * * * 01. DEEPDYVE says it's a cut above the traditional search engines because it gets into the 99.8% of the Deep Web that others can't reach. You can try the Beta free at http://www.deepdyve.com/why_deepdyve but you'd have to be heavily into research to consider their $45 per month Pro version. 02. THE RADIO at http://www.theradio.com lets you search for a song or an artist, displays the available music, and plays selections in sequence until another is chosen. There are also channels you can choose for your favorite music genre (I counted at least 160 of them) and a tab that displays the history of your selections. If you can't make a choice, there's a "Top 40" chart for a dozen genres. (Thanks Gary H., for the suggestion!) 03. BEATMYPRICE at http://www.beatmyprice.com/ asks you to enter the item you're shopping for and the best price you've found thus far. It then displays other sources where you may find a cheaper price. 04. DUKA US provides Web-initiated phone conferencing for up to five participants. Register for a free account at http://labs.jaduka.com/dukaus/ . 05. FLAUNTR. Edit your photos for free at http://www.flauntr.com . Use their abundant supply of designs, fonts, shapes, and editing effects. No download or installation is required. 06. WEB ANYWHERE is a Web-based screen reader for the Web, enabling visually-impaired users to access the Web from any computer that has a sound card. It runs on any operating system and browser, even public terminals. This is a free open source project and details are at http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/ . 07. YOPMAIL. Ready for yet another throwaway (disposable) email address? These are handy for anonymous sign-up on forums, meetings sites, or newsgroups to avoid spam in your personal email address. Get yours at http://www.yopmail.com/en/ . 08. GUESS YOUR NUMBER. This at http://www.quizyourprofile.com/guessyournumber.swf may drive you crazy trying to figure out how it's done. 09. TIME WASTERS. With the hustle and bustle this holiday season, we may find little opportunity to kill time. Nonetheless, I'd like to wrap up this year with a few tidbits that have little practical application but are guaranteed to while away the few precious minutes we may have to spare: ASSEMBLER is a new physics-based wonder where you move some depository equipment to get your green crate in position. If that makes no sense, give it a try at http://www.gamereclaim.com/2008/10/128/ 99 BRICKS at http://www.kongregate.com/games/WeirdBeardGames/99-bricks lets you build the highest tower. With 99 bricks at your disposal, how high will your tower be? Do you care? COLOR INFECTION. The goal of the game at http://www.tapirgames.com/Games/ColorInfection is to infect all yellow balls with brown color by colliding them with brown balls but keeping the green balls uninfected. Got that? GYROBALL at http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=34651 is incredibly hard and the background music is maddening. DRAWMINOS. I'm sure you've seen massive displays of dominos that someone has labored for hours arranging them so that, when the first one is tipped over, the entire display goes in sequence as we ooh and ahh. Well, you can do this same thing virtually at http://drawminos.com/. SNAKE TROUBLE. While eating mice to grow longer, avoid running into yourself. If this appeals to you, dinner is at http://www.onemotion.com/flash/snake-game/ . SPIN THE BLACK CIRCLE. Based on gravity and angles, I promise you won't get far on your first attempt at http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=27404 . ===============Neat Net Tricks is copyrighted, 2008, all rights reserved. You may quote or forward copies of this email with credit to "Neat Net Tricks, http://www.NeatNetTricks.com ". Neat Net Tricks is registered with the U.S. Library of Congress, ISSN: 1553-4619. There is no cost to subscribe. To subscribe or unsubscribe, visit: http://www.neatnettricks.com/subscribe .