1. Visit http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010562861033.aspx for more information on MS Excel use for plan payments calculations.
http://www.vistaprint.com/ - Free 250 business cards for your personal or business needs.
http://www.j2.com/ - Free voice mail and Free fax number providers (no local numbers)
http://www.openoffice.org/ - Free text editing software
http://www.mozilla.org/ – Free Internet browser. Fast and Easy to use.
http://www.voipdiscount.com/en/index.html - 300 free minutes of local calls
http://www.skype.com/ – talk for Free via the Internet
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html - Free Abode Acrobat reader allowing you to read PDF files.
http://www.m-w.com/ - A free, searchable on-line dictionary and thesaurus, word games, a word of the day, and many other English language and vocabulary reference tools
http://www.freeserifsoftware.com/software/pageplus/default.asp - Free desktop software allowing to design images
http://www.worldlabel.com/Pages/template_1.htm - Free templates for business cards printouts.
http://www.filext.com/ - FILExt.com is the file extension source. Here you'll find a collection of file extensions; many linked to the programs that created the files.
http://www.fotki.com/ – place to post photo for sharing with other people (can be open for visitors or password protected)
http://www.yahoo.com/ – Free email accounts
http://www.fedstats.gov/ - Federal date for each state such as population, income, education, homeownership rate etc
http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en – city statistics
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/default.aspx - Microsoft Free
templates library for all your business and personal needs.
http://www.download.com/ – places to buy software
http://fi.edu/time/Journey/OnceUponATime/dayofweekbirth.htm calculates day of the week when you were born.
http://www.excel-vba.com/excel-drop-down-lists.htm MS Excel help
http://www.netquote.com/ – one stop place to get health and other insurance prices for your personal insurance needs. Agents will contact you direct – no need to shop around.
http://www.privateeye.com/processor.asp - find all people living at your address, listed under your phone number and having your name
http://www.ellisisland.org/ - search for a family background and history
http://www.familysearch.org/ - search for a family background and history
http://www.tomshardware.com/ - new computer products
http://www.freecall.com/en/newyear.html - free calls worldwide (limits apply)
http://www.newegg.com/ online store with best prices
price search engines
http://www.paypal.com/ send and accept money
http://www.freecreditreport.com/ get your credit score
http://www.aaa.com/ – AAA Auto Club
http://www.forsalebyowner.com/ – Real Estate Listings by Owner
http://www.free-ebooks.net/ free e-books
http://www.audiobooksforfree.com/ – free audio books
http://www.ebay.com/ - eBay
http://www.mediamax.com/ - free Files storage (parking) 25 GB free accounts
http://www.myspace.com/ - free Profiles storage/ place to meet friends
http://www.salary.com/ – salary for each profession and job title
http://www.flightexplorer.com/ – free system allowing to monitor airplane location and time of arrival in real time mode
http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com/ – traffic information
http://www.weather.com/ – weather
http://www.wetpaint.com/ - free web pages for personal use
http://www.writeboard.com/ – free message boards
http://www.cityofchicago.org/ – City Of Chicago webpage (parking tickets, towed cars, missed tolls and more)
http://www.orbitz.com/ – airlines tickets
http://www.hotels.com/ – hotels, airline tickets, rental cars, more
http://www.asaptickets.com/ - less expensive tickets international
http://www.allwebcodesign.com/ – website templates
http://www.ilsos.gov/corporatellc/ - information on business owners in IL
http://www.firewallguide.com/freeware.htm - free firewalls for home use
http://www.wii.com/ – wii website
http://www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html - HD TV conversion FAQs
http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/news.htm - technology watch
http://www.evite.com/ – Free event planning (guests list, reply tracking)
http://pages.google.com/ – free webpages creator by Google
http://researchchannel.org/prog/ptitles.aspx - database of researches
http://www.facebook.com/ - Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them
http://www.smarthome.com/ – anything for your home, dog, garden etc
http://www.ece.org/main/content=AboutECE&SubSite=1&LeftNav=7 – Milwaukee Credential Evaluation Center
http://www.wes.org/ - Evaluation of credits from NY (better one then #57)
http://www.microsoft.com/ , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Surface - Microsoft Surface
Free Directory Assistance - Dial from any phone(1-800-466-4411)
If you need roadside assistance visit http://www.aaa.com/ or call AAA @
Place to upload and store images from your camera online (free storage, options to submit for printing immediately)
http://www.smseverywhere.com/send.htm free mssgs in the US
Free Everything http://chicago.craigslist.org/zip/
www.metromix.com/ - Chicago events
Home based typing resources
Warning: do not download software and do not give your email address to any companies. All resources must be available free of charge. Do not provide 3rd parties with your credit card and/or personal information.
Additional home-study websites for typing training:
(for home use only)
- online type speed testing tool
http://www.homeagain.com/ - chip your dog
http://earth.google.com/ - Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
http://www.everyscape.com/newyork-ny.us.aspx - you drive 3D advanced technology allowing viewer ‘drive’ around the city. Virtual Cities.
http://www.discovery.com/ - discovery channel. For Tech News - select ‘tech’ under ‘Explore By Subject’
Fly in space. Reserve Now.
An online video streaming service that allows anyone to view and add video links.http://www.quicksilverscreen.com/
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ - anti-virus software
http://www.freewebs.com/ – another place to build and host free website
http://www.carfax.com/ - car background info
Free resources to many info sources http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/resources.html
Online dictionaries http://www.onelook.com/
http://hotpot.uvic.ca/ - create tests online
http://www.cyberstyle.ru/newsline/view/3006 - Human Body Communication System
http://www.servicemagic.com/ - find local contractor for house related services
www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ - check you internet speed
85. http://realestate.aol.com/ - price of local houses in your area
eTouch (over the Internet, over IP)
Home and Industrial Robots For Sale
Voice over IP
Smell Over IP
Touch Over IP
Travel Related Links
http://travel.state.gov/ - US Department of State website for travel warnings
http://usembassy.state.gov/ - for phone numbers and addresses of US Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
http://www.cdc.gov/travel/ - you may require specific vaccinations to travel to specific regions,
http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/ other tips on travel
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/home.asp if you are a US citizen – you can register with the US Department Of State before you leave US
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1212.html - emergency and crises situations instructions by US Department Of State
consider prepaid credit card
http://www.amtrak.com/ Official site for Amtrak
http://scitechdaily.com/ - hi tech news
About 570,000 robot lawnmowers and 37,000 vacuum cleaners were in use in 2003. Entertainment robots, such as Sony's dog companion Aibo, continue to fascinate human beings. Last year, 692,000 of them were in operation.
The U.N. study estimates that 4.1 million robots marketed to consumers will be in service by 2007.