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Monday’s Link Roundup.

This Monday’s Link Roundup can start your week off with a good chuckle. Check out Fumblerules of Grammar. Fans of William Safire won’t be disappointed. And for another delightful distraction, hop on over to Whimsical Photographic Abstractions of the Joy of Reading.

  • The Birth and Decline of a Book: Two Videos for Bibliophiles.”Why Do Old Books Smell? Produced by Abe’s Books, and drawing on research from chemists at University College, London, this video looks at the science behind the aroma of used books…When you’re done watching the video, you might want to spend time with a second clip that deals with another part of the lifecycle of the book — the birth of a book. Shot by Glen Milner at Smith-Settle Printers in Leeds, England, this short film lets you watch firsthand a book — Suzanne St Albans’ Mango and Mimosa – being made with old school printing methods. Enjoy.”
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? “In the world of digital documents, you might ask do we really need brick and mortar museums? Not quite the same as man and machine, but it is a question of digital versus “the real thing” and a topic that must be discussed among archivists today.”
  • Whimsical Photographic Abstractions of the Joy of Reading. “As a lover of books and advocate for reading, I was instantly enthralled by photographic artist Joel Robinson’s whimsical visual abstractions of the reading experience and the joy of books that capture with equal parts imagination and reverence the familiar mesmerism of getting lost in a great book, the pleasure of curiosity tickled, and the explorer’s wonder of discovering new worlds.”
  • Nostalgia As A Drug. “Nostalgia is seductive. We yearn and yearn for bygone days, when life was simpler, or more creative, or more exciting, or more…whatever. Whatever we need at the moment. Are those good old days really that much better, or is it just easier to imagine they are because we can “remember” only what we choose to?”
  • How to Open a Memoir. “I’m honored to provide a guest post by multi-published author and writing instructor Sara Mansfield Taber, whose latest memoir, Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy’s Daughter, has just been published by Potomac Books. I first met Sara when taking a workshop taught by her at The Writer’s Center, and I’m flattered she’s willing to share some of her wisdom here today, a post relevant to any creative writer.”
  • Fumblerules of Grammar. “Late-1979, New York Times columnist William Safire compiled a list of “Fumblerules of Grammar” — rules of writing, all of which are humorously self-contradictory — and published them in his popular column, “On Language.” Those 36 fumblerules can be seen below, along with another 18 that later featured in Safire’s book, Fumblerules: A Lighthearted Guide to Grammar and Good Usage.”

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Encore! 6 Top Sites for Free Online Videography Training.

If video personal histories appeal to you but your experience with video production is limited, help is just a click away! You’ll find a wealth of valuable resources in these five sites…Read more.

Monday’s Link Roundup.

For this Monday’s Link Roundup I’ve found some great tech articles for you. Two that particularly interest me are Kindle’s Personal Document Service and 5 cloud storage services compared.  Kindle offers some intriguing possibilities for personal historians. And if you use a cloud service as I do, then do yourself a favor and compare services. You may want to switch.

  • We’re Crazy About Books and Confused About eBooks. “…you don’t have to read books to be crazy about them. Published authors command attention and respect even from the people who don’t have to budget how much they’ll spend at their local bookstore … A book is a social object, to riff on Hugh McLeod’s conversation. Not only that, it’s a fetish item or physical souvenir. We gift books. We hold onto books after we’ve read them because we largely can’t make a case to let them go.”
  • What Hoops Will You Jump Through for Your Clients? “… we usually do our best to meet client requests–even that means jumping through some hoops to keep the client satisfied. However, some customer requests are just plain unreasonable. This post describes some “hoops” that aren’t worth jumping through–even to make a client happy.
  • Kindle’s Personal Document Service. “It’s looking like a Kindle Christmas in my family…Why? It’s all about Kindle’s new Personal Document Service. Designed to make it easy for Kindle owners to send personal documents to their reader, it also allows them to authorize others to send documents too. This means I can “publish” family stories by simply emailing the document to my family’s Kindle addresses.”
  • Free For All: From CreativePro.com. “This month’s mixed assortment of free resources includes 2012 calendar templates; a vector kit of pre-press and markup symbols; 13 typefaces; 60 photos of paper; and one way to sign and send a document without a fax machine.”
  • Unlikely Book Club.[video] “Steve Hartman reports on the book club that’s inspiring people in other states and countries. It all began with an unlikely friendship between two men, one a lawyer and the other homeless.”
  • 5 cloud storage services compared. “… personal cloud services have been slowly easing their way into almost everyone’s computing plans.That’s not you you say? You don’t use a cloud service? Really? Do you use Dropbox to store files? Do you get your e-mail at Gmail? Are you experimenting with Apple’s iCloud? Doing work with Google Apps, Office 365, or Zoho Docs? Congratulations, you’re a cloud user.”
  • Protect Your Legacy for up to 100 Years. “The SanDisk Memory Vault is the first product from SanDisk engineered to preserve your most important photos, videos, documents, and scanned files for generations to come. The company claims the device has been tested to support data retention for up to 100 years.”

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From the Archives: News Flash! Not Everyone Wants a Life Story Told.

News Flash! Not Everyone Wants A Life Story Told. I know. I know. This isn’t news to you, right?  But I think deep down we personal historians secretly believe that if we find the right combination of price, promotion, and product, people won’t be able to resist us. Clients will be beating down our door. Wrong! Even if you give your services away for free, you still won’t get many takers. Let me explain. I initiated and have coordinated a life stories program over the past two years at Victoria … Read More

Monday’s Link Roundup.

The highlight of this Monday’s Link Roundup is Danny and Annie. It’s a poignant and charming animated treatment of a couple’s years together. Do yourself a favor and watch it. You won’t be disappointed. For a simple, elegant way to view web pages check out Readability. I’m using it and it’s terrific.

  • Help Document the World’s Story on 10.10.10. “On October 10, 2010 (10.10.10), across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to the largest participatory media event in history.”
  • Danny and Annie from StoryCorps. A lovely animated short. “Danny Perasa and his wife, Annie, came to StoryCorps to recount their twenty-seven-year romance. As they remember their life together from their first date to Danny’s final days with terminal cancer, these remarkable Brooklynites personify the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people when we take the time to listen.”
  • Readability™ . “…a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading.”
  • Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up Or Mangles. “English is a Rubick’s cube of confusing possibilities, but the new book, “100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up Or Mangles” from the editors of the American Heritage Dictionary will set straight all the little linguistic hurdles that effect us, once and for all.” [ Thanks to APH member Marcy Davis for alerting me to this item.]
  • Free Genealogy Backup Service.BackUpMyTree, a free online backup service for your genealogy files, launched today. [September 13, 2010]After you install BackupMyTree software, … the software will automatically find family tree files on your computer. It creates a remote, off-site backup you can restore if necessary, and maintains multiple previous versions of your files.”

Wow! More Free Resources!

As those of you who frequent my site know, I occasionally pull together free Internet resources. Previously I compiled a mega list of 100 Free Resources for Personal Historians. This was followed by 20 More Free Resources for Personal Historians and More Free Stuff! Well I’m back with more free resources to help you with your personal history work. Please note I don’t personally endorse any of these sites because I haven’t tested or used all of them. If you are familiar with some of these services  or products and would like to leave a comment about your experience with them, I’d welcome such a review.

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25+ Free Vector World Maps. “If you are in search of a high quality vector World map, then your search is now over. Most of the vector maps below are of the highest detail and accuracy, some have been designed specifically for designers and others to be used by everyone for whatever the project. They are all in either .ai (Illustrator) format, .eps format or .svg formats.”

Photovisi. “…a free and easy to use online tool to create photo collages. Select one of the many collage templates, add your photos and then customize by dragging items around. After the collage is finished, it’s available for download and print!”

Diagram Designer. “Simple vector graphics editor for creating flowchart, diagrams and slide shows.”

30 Boxes – Online Calendar. “…lets you connect with the people who matter most.”

Zoho. “… a suite of online applications (services) that you sign up for and access from our Website. The applications are free for individuals and some have a subscription fee for organizations.”

Wordle.“…a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.”

Babylon. [Free Trial] “It offers text translation in 33 languages and Wikipedia results in 21 languages, all in a single click.”

The Levelator. “Do you believe in magic? You will after using The Levelator® to enhance your podcast…It’s software that runs on Windows, OS X (universal binary), or Linux (Ubuntu) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example.”

Apture. “The leading provider of context for readers and publishers. By adding Apture’s simple code to their website, publishers can plug the holes in their content and let readers open related background material, view related photo slideshows, or watch videos from these popular destinations, all in an innovative second layer that keeps users on the page. Best of all, it doesn’t require any editorial effort.”

toggl. “A helpful tool for freelancers charging by the hour who need to keep track of exactly how much time they spent on what task.”

Cacoo. “…is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts.”

PDFmyURL. “A simple, one-function site that converts any live Web site into a static PDF file–something handy for offline reading, long-term archiving, and sticking on PDF-friendly e-book readers like Amazon’s Kindle. It can also be a lifesaver, if you’re on a computer without PDF-making software that would otherwise enable you to “print” a PDF copy of your own.”

TribalPages. “Build your Free Family Tree website online. Invite friends and family to view or update your site. Each private and secure website is loaded with Photos, Charts, Reports, Maps, Relationships, Events and Stories. Just add names of your relatives or import a GEDCOM file and instantly create your website. Your site can create custom newsletters for each member with birthday and anniversary reminders, recent site activity and send them out every two weeks.”

Celtx. “The world’s first all-in-one media pre-production system. It replaces ‘paper & binder’ pre-production with a digital approach that’s more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share.”

Pixorial. “… created to liberate the world’s video – to empower people of all ages to share, create and connect with friends and family through video.
With Pixorial, you can easily send, upload, edit, organize and share your video memories.”

50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills. “You will find copywriting blogs, dictionaries, references, teaching classes, articles, tools as well as related articles from other blogs.”

75+ Online Travel Resources. “We’ve rounded up 75+ sites to help you on your way, including travel search, deal sites, travel social networks and user-generated reviews. Bon voyage.”

20+ Free Press Release Distribution Sites. “We’ve gathered 20+ sites that will help you with getting your press release out in the world for free.”

OpenZine. “A publishing platform with web browser based tools that provides an easy way for anyone to make their own magazine, for free…To preserving the design experience of print we’ve created amazingly powerful one click layouts. You can even change them as you go!”

OurStory. “… is here to help you build and enrich your relationships and connections by guiding you (and others in your circle) to recall, write about, and illustrate life’s most important memories. In one easy-to-use, organized place, and in a rich environment that celebrates all of the stories – big and small – with the words, photos and voices that help tell about your journey, at the same time honoring your choices regarding privacy. OurStory delivers—finally—a way to hold on to life’s incredible moments, and to keep them in a place where others can share in your journey.”

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6 Top Sites for Free Online Videography Training.

If video personal histories appeal to you but your experience with video production is limited, help is just a click away! You’ll find a wealth of valuable resources in these five sites.

  • Videomaker. “This is the place to start for videography training. Here you will find hundreds of articles about audio/video software, video editing hardware, and help with video lighting techniques.”
  • Video 101. “Offers tutorials on the fundamentals of film and video production. Includes video clips, flash animations, and explanations.”
  • VideoUniversity. “Hundreds of free articles for new and advanced videographers. Here’s a sample:  50 Ways To Improve Your Video Business; Video Art – An Introduction;  Audio for Video — Part 1 Tape Formats and Hardware;  Audio For Video – Part 2 Microphones & Techniques;  Audio For Video – Part 3 Audio Production Techniques.”
  • MediaCollege. “… a free educational website for all forms of electronic media. We have hundreds of exclusive tutorials covering video & television production, audio work, photography, graphics, web design and more.”
  • Vimeo Video School. “…a fun place for anyone to learn how to make better videos. Start by browsing our Vimeo Lessons, or find specific video tutorials created by other members.”

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News Flash! Not Everyone Wants A Life Story Told.

I know. I know. This isn’t news to you, right?  But I think deep down we personal historians secretly believe that if we find the right combination of price, promotion, and product, people won’t be able to resist us. Clients will be beating down our door. Wrong! Even if you give your services away for free, you still won’t get many takers. Let me explain.

I initiated and have coordinated a life stories program over the past two years at Victoria Hospice. This is a free service. It provides patients registered with Hospice an opportunity to be audio interviewed about their life by a trained Hospice volunteer. The majority of those approached decline the offer. Why? I don’t know for certain but I suspect these are some of the reasons:

  • some people nearing the end of life have too many physical and emotional issues and can’t cope with the notion of adding one more thing to do.
  • for some, committing to a life story may feel too much like wrapping things up -  like making funeral arrangements.
  • for others, there’s a sense that their lives haven’t been significant enough to warrant a life story.
  • some are uncomfortable with the idea of talking about their lives to a stranger.
  • for others, there’s the feeling that to  record their life story is “tooting your horn”.

Your clients may not be receiving palliative care. But when I look at my list, I realize that these obstacles apply just as well to the people you’re trying to reach.  If you stood on the main intersection of your home town with a big placard that read “Free Personal Histories”, do you know what? Very few would sign up.

So here’s the thing. Don’t beat yourself up! If you’re doing what you can to market and promote your business and the telephone isn’t ringing off the hook,  it really may have nothing to do with you. Take a deep breath, pour yourself a drink, and forget about marketing for now. On the other hand if you’re feeling masochistic, you can read some of my previous articles on marketing and small business. ;-)

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100 Free Resources for Personal Historians.

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Here’s a list for both the newcomer  to personal histories and those with many years of experience.  It’s an eclectic list which ranges from creative writing prompts to photo retouching software and from free fonts to a dictionary of military terms. Even if you’re not a personal historian, you’ll find something here that you can use. Have fun! And let me know if you have some favorite free resources you’d like to add to the list.

  1. Creative Writing Prompts – Point your cursor to any number, read the prompt and then write your story!
  2. Convert PDF to Word(Doc) - quickly and easily create editable DOC/RTF files, making it a cinch to re-use PDF content in applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect.
  3. Timeglider – web-based timeline software for creating and sharing history and project planning
  4. GIMP – downloadable software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.
  5. Microsoft Word Tips – This site contains thousands of tips and tricks on how to use Word better, faster, and more easily. You can quickly access the answers you need.
  6. The American Heritage Guide to the Best of the Web – a critical guide to the World Wide Web’s very best sites about history and about topics of historical interest.
  7. Brainy Quote – One of the best!
  8. The Elements of Style – the classic reference book by William Strunk,Jr.
  9. Universal Currency Converter – Perform currency and foreign exchange calculations.
  10. OneLook Dictionary – 13,587,880 words in 1024 dictionaries indexed.
  11. Library and Archives Canada – Canada’s national collection of books, historical documents, government records, photos, films, maps, music…and more.
  12. The National Archives and Records Administration – The  American record keeper.Valuable records are preserved and available for research.
  13. AlternaTime – A massive collection of various timelines on the Web.
  14. Symbols.com - contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics.
  15. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) – Provides and promotes bibliographic access to the U.S.  documentary heritage.
  16. MediaFire – Share your files and images through just one site without ever having to worry about disk space, hosting, or bandwidth again.
  17. Synonyms.net – the web’s most comprehensive synonyms resource.
  18. Prelinger Archives – holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials.
  19. Flickr (Creative Commons) – a source of thousands of free photos provide proper attribution is given.
  20. Microsoft Office templates – over 250 free templates and documents.
  21. KnowFree.net – a place for users to exchange freely e-books, video training and other materials for educational purposes, self-practice only.
  22. The Online Books Page – a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.
  23. Scribd — the website where more than 60 million people each month discover and share original writings and documents.
  24. Wordcounter – ranks the most frequently used words in any given body of text. Use this to see what words you overuse
  25. Free Artistic Photos – Photographer Lucian Husac has made available his own  pictures. You can use all his pictures for free (for non-commercial reasons).
  26. Flash Kit – A huge archive of royalty free sound effects for download and use in your multimedia projects.
  27. The Freesound Project – aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, … released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License.
  28. Audacity – a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
  29. Movie Masher -  A set of Adobe Flash™ applets that provide front-end tools for common video editing tasks.
  30. Writeboard – sharable, web-based text documents that let you save every edit, roll back to any version, and easily compare changes. Write solo or collaborate with others.
  31. 1001 Free Fonts – started in December 1998 it has since grown to become one of the most popular free fonts archive online.
  32. What The Font! – Seen a font in use and want to know what it is?
  33. Work.com – the entrepreneur’s owner’s manual to where to go, what to know, and how to get the most value from the ever-growing array of Web resources for the small business owner/operator.
  34. Open Office – the leading open-source office software suite  for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
  35. FreeTranslation.com -  allows users to obtain free translations of both text and web pages.
  36. HP Learning center – Free, online classes, available 24/7 covering business basics and more.
  37. Alerts.com – a service where you can manage alerts from every available service all in one place. Whether it’s the weather, news, traffic, birthday or event reminders, price notifications or the latest scores of your favorite team.
  38. CutePDF Writer – the free version of commercial PDF creation software.
  39. Nero 9 Free Version – Enjoy basic data burning and copying capabilities for your CDs and DVDs.
  40. Infoplease – a comprehensive reference source that combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. A single search engine allows you to search all these sources at once.
  41. Creative Commons – a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.
  42. Writers’ Zone – a growing resource for writers who want to get their work published, or who want to develop their careers.
  43. Acronym Finder – the world’s largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
  44. Dictionary of Military Terms - the United States Department of Defense’s Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms.
  45. Tech Terms Computer Dictionary – the free online dictionary of computer and technology terms.
  46. morguefile – a free photo reference archive which provides a repository of free raw photo materials.
  47. Seamless Vector Patterns – Over 500 different types of vector patterns which are perfect for print and great to be used within web design.
  48. GrammarBook.com – helpful rules, real-world examples, and fun quizzes.
  49. Prompt Generator – Use this Prompt Generator to find great questions for interviewing clients.
  50. Writing Prompts – A list of great questions.
  51. Speech Tips - a step-by-step guide from the speech planning process, through the speech writing stage, to preparation for your public speaking engagement and ultimately to delivery of the speech itself.
  52. SlideShare – a way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience.
  53. Veoh – an open platform for content publishers of all sizes and sophistication who want to reach tomorrow’s television audience.
  54. MediaCollege.com – a free educational and resource website for all forms of electronic media. Topics include video & television production, audio work, photography, graphics, web design and more.
  55. Tinypic – a fast, simple and reliable video and image hosting site that you can use to share your experiences. There is no registration or log-in required.
  56. PRLog – a free online press release service. You can submit your press releases at no charge.
  57. Severa – Manage customers, projects, time and billing with a single SaaS application. Sign up one user for free.
  58. FreelanceSwitch – an hourly rate calculator to give you a guide based on your costs, number of billable hours and desired profit.
  59. Zoho – Create, send and manage invoices, quotes and customer payments online.
  60. LiteAccounting – an online application that gives you the tools you need to invoice and receive payment from your customers.
  61. Klok – Keep track of anything with Klok’s simple work timer and visual display of how your days “fill up”.
  62. Izzy Video – a resource to help you get started and develop your skills in shooting video.
  63. Kayak – named “Best of the Web” by BusinessWeek. Kayak searches hundreds of travel sites from all over the world, lets you refine and choose the exact result you want and then sends you directly to the source to make your purchase.
  64. Frekfly -  practical information for travelers that travel by air.Where’s the airport located? What currency do they have over there? What’s the weather? How do you get from the airport to the city center?
  65. Spresent - a free Web-based alternative to PowerPoint. Create and edit high-quality Flash presentations online.
  66. Docly – the Web 2.0 online word processor with copyright protection, automatically assigns copyrights (both All Rights Reserved and Creative Commons) licenses to all published Docly Documents.
  67. Odiogo -  transforms news sites and blog posts into high fidelity, near human quality audio files ready to download and play anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  68. Grader.com – A family of tools that helps measure all that matters in inbound marketing.
  69. iTunes U – a part of the iTunes Store featuring free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more, that you can enjoy on your iPod, iPhone, Mac or PC.
  70. Animoto – a web application that, with the click of a button, produces videos using images and music that a user selects.
  71. VoiceThread – a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
  72. SimplyBox – a free service that allows you to visually capture any part of a web page. As you collect items that you captured, you organize them in boxes.
  73. Remember The Milk – you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand.
  74. FreshBooks – delivers fast and simple invoicing and time tracking services that help you manage your business.
  75. YouSendIt – ideal for sending large files without the limitations of email attachments, FTP connections or overnighting critical data.
  76. FreeMind – free premiere mind mapping software.
  77. Google Docs – Create documents, spreadsheets and presentations online.
  78. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition – Antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows.
  79. Express Scribe – a free professional audio player software for PC, Mac or Linux designed to assist the transcription of audio recordings.
  80. Grubba – a free and online alternative for MS access and Filemaker pro. Choose a template or create your own forms and database to fit your individual needs.
    Suitable for beginner and advanced users.
  81. Scribus – an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout.
  82. Clip art – free from Microsoft.
  83. Invoice Journal – The fast, easy and free way to send invoices to anyone in the world from anywhere in the world.
  84. Open Source Web Design – a site to download free web design templates and share yours with others.
  85. How To Be Creative – a free e-book by Hugh MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative. He gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself.
  86. 100 Ways to Help You Succeed/Make Money, Part 1 – A free e-book. In this first installment by Tom Peters you’ll find 50 short, wonderfully sweet nuggets of advice.
  87. The Archival Advisor – a university-based, nonprofit research laboratory devoted to scientific research in the preservation of visual and other forms of recorded information.
  88. Penzu – a free, intuitive, private, fast, and easy web-based journal.
  89. Picasa – The easy way to find, edit, and share your photos.
  90. Evernote – allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
  91. Free Business Templates & Images – from HP create your own marketing materials.
  92. Passpack – You can save all your pins and logins in one single place, and access them from home, the office or anywhere else.
  93. MeasuringWorth – a service for calculating relative worth over time.
  94. BlogTalkRadio – Using an ordinary telephone and computer hosts can create free, live, call-in talk shows with unlimited participants that are automatically archived and made available as podcasts.
  95. scrapblog – Combine their designer content with your photos to make scrapbooks, slideshows, greeting cards, and everything in-between. Then share or print the results.
  96. Free Online Calculators – Calculate things online with just mouse moves.
  97. The World Clock – Current local times around the world.
  98. HowStuffWorks – Learn how everything works.
  99. MarketingSherpa – a research firm specializing in tracking what works in all aspects of marketing (and what does not.)
  100. Wax – a free, high performance, and flexible video editing and special effects program.

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