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DESCRIPTION: One of a set of "Home" pages comprising the sterncastle or local section of The Telson Spur, this page is a list of links to on-line resources for Personal Computer users (in particular internet connectivity and the history of personal or home computing). The coordinate Home pages, with a common header and List of Contents, contain links to Local Information (including Canada), Telecommunity, Global News, Sky and Weather, Reference, Family, Life and Leisure, Home Computing, Internet Forums, Portals, and Web Weaving.

KEYWORDS: home computer; home computing; internet connectivity; PC; personal computer; personal computing; web browser

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Local Information

Global Community
Regional Administration and Information

Information Infrastructure
The Grid, Internet2, and NGI
Networking and Development
Internet Access and Services
The Digital Divide
[Up] Global News

World News
Disaster and Global Emergency
Environmental Crisis and News
Science News
Space News
Sky and Weather

The Sky
Primary Weather Sites
Satellite Images
Other Weather Resources
Severe Weather
Climate Data
Weather Equipment
[Up] Reference

Special Topics
Books On-line
Encyclopaedias On-line
Time and Times

Child Safety
Death, Dying, and Grief
Fellow Travellers
[Up] Life and Leisure

Food and Drink
Consumer Services
Health and Medicine
Home and Garden
Home Computing

Help and Technical Support
Antivirus Resources
Hardware: Building/Buying a PC
GNU/Linux and Open Source
Microsoft Windows
Internet Connectivity
History of Personal Computing
Forums, Periodicals, and Programmes
[Up] Internet Forums

Mailing Lists

Web Rings
Web Weaving

Hypertext and HTML
Web Style: Writing for the Web

Home Computing (cont.)

History of Personal Computing

Internet Connectivity

The most pressing issue for the future of the Internet is not how the technology will change, but how the process of change and evolution itself will be managed.
Barry M. Leiner et al. (from Communications of the ACM, March 1997)

Should we then feel that we are getting smarter and smarter, more and more in control of nature, as we evolve? Not really. Just better connected -- connected into a better shape.
Tim Berners-Lee

Access Online (NCSA)
Add This! Social Bookmark and Feed Button
(Web2.0 Social Media Optimization)
AdSubtract.com (InterMute)
All About Modems (Telecom Pricer)
Analog: A WWW server logfile analysis program (Stephen Turner)
AnalogX - Downloads (NetStat Live)
An Atlas of Cyberspaces (Martin Dodge)
-- European Mirror

Anonymizer (Anonymous Surfing)
Anonymous Surfing (Alex Shahidi, Primedius, San Jose, California)
AquaBrowser (Medialab Solutions)
AtomEnabled.org (AtomEnabled Alliance)
The attention economy: What is the real cost of your online attention? (Tom Chatfield, Aeon Magazine, 7 Oct 2013)
AWS, Inc. - Hyperlocal News, Weather and Sports via Television, the Web, E-Mail and Wireless
Backflip | Stop Bookmarking and Start Backflipping...
Bandwidth Meter Speed Test(CNET)
Bandwidth Place
Bandwidth Speed Tests (Eric A. Arnold)
Beeline Bandwidth Test (NL)
Blink Login
Boardwatch Traceroute Server Index
Bookmark Converter (Magnus Bråding)
BookMarksPlus - The Ultimate Free Web-based Bookmark Solution

Bookmarks2Go - Starting Points
Broadband Speed Test (ADSLguide, UK)
Browsers.com (CNET)
Browser Home (Wells Fargo)
BrowserSpy (Henrik Gemal)
BrowserTune (Fred Langa, Windows Magazine)
BullsEye (IntelliSeek Inc.)
CAIDA (Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis)
CallingID for the Internet (New Haven & Haifa)
CentralOps.net Free Online Network Utilities (Hexillion)
CIDI Home Page (Computer Industry Database: Internet)
CiteULike: A free online service to organize your academic papers (Richard Cameron)
Clipmarks (Amplify LLC, New York)
Co-Citer (Cogitum LC)

ComSocks Proxy Server and Firewall for Windows 95/98/NT
Connotea Online Reference Management Service
(Nature America, New York)
Cookie Pal (Kookaburra Software)
CoolSync - Access Your Bookmarks from Any PC
Creating a "Kiosk" Browser Window in Netscape Navigator
(Andrew Mutch)
CTDepot.com - Computer Telephony Depot
CubicEye, a 3D Browser (2ce)
CyberAtlas: Internet Statistics and Market Research
The CyberKit HomePage (Luc Neijens)
Dan Kegel's ISDN Page
Data Conversion Online (Iconv.com)
Digg Arc (Digg Labs)
A Distributed Testbed for National Information Provisioning (NLANR)

Download Accelerator
Driveway Free Online File Storage
DSL Speed Test
Dunce - Vector Development
802.11Hotspots.com Directory of Wi-Fi Access Points
Enfish Onespace
eSnips.com | Snip, Store, and Share (Net Snippets, Sunnyvale, California)
Eudora Light Mail Client
An Exhaustive Study of Twitter Users Across the World (Beevolve, Oct 2012)
Expansion of CyberSpace (Kavan U. Ratnatunga)
Express Search
The 56K Modem Battle (Jack Ricard, Boardwatch, March 1998)
56K Modem Home Page: K56flex and x2 (Les Jones)
Filangy | Search ActiveWeb (Chirag Chaman, New York)
The FileDudes Internet Software Site (Mark Pellicane et al.)
FilterGate.com (adScience, UK)
Firefox (Mozilla)
1st Page 2000 HTML/Script Editor

Fortify for Netscape - Home Page
4ComTech Browsers (FW)
Freedom - Internet Privacy & Security Software
Free Download Manager (SoftDeluxe, Inc., Washington, DC)
Free HomePages for All (Tripod)
Free Internet Services - Free Web Pages (Allan Platt)
Freeinternetservices.com Homepage Portal
Free Stuff on the Internet (Chuck Roberts)
Freeware: The Heart & Soul of the Internet (Tim O'Reilly)
Free Web Page Providers (MWRJ)
Free Webpages (Focus Asia)
The Geography of Cyberspace Directory (Martin Dodge)
-- European Mirror
Glide - The first complete online operating system (Marcu Farny, TransMedia, New York)
Global Internet Statistics (by Language)
Google Browser (TouchGraph, Livingston, New Jersey)
Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Go!zilla Download
The Guide to Free Web Space (T. A. McBride)
GuruNet Reference Answer Engine (Bob Rosenschein et al.)
GuruNet Kids
Headcount.com: Internet Usage Around the World
High Bandwidth Web Page
HipBONE Co-navigator
HotLinks - The Online Search Community
The HotSpot Haven Wi-Fi Hotspots Directory
(Noah Rosenblatt et al., HotSpot Wireless)
How Many Online? (Nua Internet)
HTTrack Website Copier - Offline Browser (FW, Xavier Roche et al., Caen, France)
IBM Intelligent Agents Home Page
IE Booster
IETF Home Page (The Internet Engineering Task Force)
iHarvest - Go Way Beyond Bookmarks

iKeepBookmarks.com - A Web-Based Bookmark Manager
Infolets - Internet Innovations Explored
Intel's Connected PC
International Internet Connectivity Map (Lawrence H. Landweber)
International Internet Statistics (ITM Solutions)
Internet.com: Server Watch (ed. Keith Allison)
Internet Connection Speedometer (McAfee Security)
Internet Connection Testing Center (Computers4SURE Speed Test)
Internet Connectivity Handbook (Carl Gerzybowski)
Internet Domain Survey
Internet Explorer Home
Internet Freeware

Internet Insights (VitalSigns)
Internet Nexus (Paul Thurrott & Joseph R. Jones)
Internet Performance and Statistics in the Press (IPMA Press)
The Internet Report (IETF)
Internet Research -- Matrix.net
Internet Service Provider Help (CCI)
Internet Shareware and Freeware for Windows 95/98 (5Star)
Internet Society Home Page
Internet Software Consortium (ISC)
Internet Statistics (Faculty of Information Studies, U of T)
Internet Statistics: Web Growth, Internet Growth (Matthew Gray)

Internet Traffic Report (Andover News Network)
Internet Trends (Center for Next Generation Internet)
Internet Weather Report (Jon S. Stevens)
Intranet Reference Site - The Complete Intranet Resource
The Intranet Resource Center (WebMaster's Notebook)
The Intranet Road Map
i-Opener (Netpliance)
IP Address, What Is My?
IP Address - What is your Internet IP address?
IPL Ready Reference Collection: Browsers
IPMA Project (Internet Peformance Measurment and Analysis)
IP World Map Project
ISDN InfoCentre

Is the Internet Heading for a Cache Crunch?
(Russell Baird Tewksbury, On the Internet, Jan.-Feb. 1998)
itList - The Bookmark Portal (Jason Frankovitz)
Jesse's Bookmarklets Site (Jesse Ruderman)
JiWire.com - Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder, Product Reviews, and Industry News
Keynote/Boardwatch Internet Backbone Index
Keynote Systems: Net User
K-Meleon Web Browser
Launching Programs and CDs from Web Browsers
Life on the Internet: Connecting to the Internet (Berit Erickson)
-- PBS Online Guide
Life on the Internet: Internet Software (Berit Erickson)
-- PBS Online Guide

LinkPopularity.com: The Free Link Popularity Service
Liquid Audio
List of Web Browsers (Graham Nasby, Web Browser Information Project)
Locale Website Archive (Martin Aignesberger, Attnang-Puchheim, Austria)
Lycos Computers Guide: Internet Downloads
Lynn Larrow's Place
Macintosh Internet Applications - The Mac Orchard
Manageable Software Services, Inc. (Catch-UP Scanner)
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft WebTV Networks
MIDS Home (Matrix Information and Directory Services)

MIDS Internet Weather Report (IWR)
-- Canada
Mind-it (Netmind)
MobileLeap Reformatting Service
Mobile Technology Speed Comparison Simulator (Lucent)
Modem Setup Information (Internet Indiana)
Modem Speed Test Page
MSN Internet Speed Test
Mozilla Firefox: Top Tips and Tricks (Sarah Pike, PC Magazine, 1 Jun 2005)
MPEG Audio Players
MSN Internet Speed Test
Multimedia File Formats on the Internet (Allison Zhang)

MultiOS Browser Test
MURL (My URLs) - Free Online Bookmark Manager
MyBookmarks.com - Access your bookmarks online anytime, anywhere
Navas 28800-56K Modem FAQ (John Navas)
NCSA Mosaic Home Page
NeoTrace (NeoWorx Inc.)
NetAccelerator (IMSI)
NetAction (Audrie Krause & Nathan Newman)
Netcenter Services (Netscape)
NetForAll TV
NetLingo: The Internet Language Dictionary
(Vincent James & Erin Jansen)

Net.Medic (VitalSigns Home Page)
-- Interpreting Net.Medic's Results
Netmeg Internet - The Jargon Dictionary
(Eric Raymond & Matt Magri)
Net Metrics & Statistics Guide (Caslon Analytics)
Netomat (Maciej Wisniewski)
NetPro NorthWest Win95 MaxMTU Fix
-- Setting Communicator as Your Default Browser
Netscape Bookmarks Tutorial (Carole Leita)
Netscape Guide
Netscape Technical Support
Netscape Unofficial FAQ (John P. Oliver et al.)

NetSonic Internet Accelerator (Web3000)
Netvibes (San Francisco)
Netvouz - Online Social Bookmark Manager
(Henrik Sjostrand, Gothenburg)
Network Diagnosis
NetZero Free Internet Access
NIC - New Internet Computer
NoAds (Freeware, South Bay Software)
NSLookup Gateway (Patrick McConnell)
The Official Netscape Guide to Internet Research
(ONGIR, Jill Nystrom & Tara Calishain)
OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the WWW (Rainer Wolcke)
Omnibrowser (Godolfin International, Cupertino, California)
Omnidrive: The Universal Storage Platform (Wollongong, New South Wales)
OneWebDay - 22 September (dir. Susan Crawford & Mary Hodder et al.)
The Online Support Center - Index Page
Openly Informatics, Inc. (Eric Hellman et al., Bloomfield, New Jersey)
Opera for Windows
Opera Software
Opera Software (Norway)
-- Opera Widgets
Optimum Online Speed Check

Performance Page (VitalSigns)
Pluck: Your Personal Web Information Center...
(Dave Panos & Andrew Busey, Austin, Texas)
PopUp Killer (Freeware, xFXJumpStart)
Popup Killer (Shareware, Meaya)
Pop-Up Stopper (Freeware, Panicware)
POW! (AnalogX)
Privacy Online with Internet Privacy Software by Enonymous
ProxyTrack (HTTrack Website Copier)
Psiphon (FW, Michael Hull et al., Citizen Lab, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto)
Public Proxy Servers
RealNetworks, The Home of RealAudio, RealVideo and RealFlash
Relakks - Surf the web anonymously and secure (Jonas Birgersson et al., Sweden)
Research Central - High Bandwidth (Amer Neely)
Rewebber - Privacy in the World Wide Web
RoboForm: Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager
Rosetta Stone (AltaVista World Index)

Routing Arbiter Statistics (IPMA)
RSSI Interconnections Map (Russian Space Science Internet)
Ruel's PC-TV Net Page (Ruel T. Hernandez)
Ruel's Web TV Net Page
SafeWeb Startpage
Sam Spade (Steve Atkins)
S'cool Tool Web Browser for Students (FW, Greg Cherry)
Scott Schnoll's Unofficial Microsoft Internet Explorer Security FAQ
Seruku (William Grosso)
Self-Organizing Internet Industry (Valdis Krebs)
Shields UP! -- Internet Connection Security Analysis (Steve Gibson)
SIP (Surf in Peace) | ICON Laboratories
Skype Free Internet Telephony (Niklas Zennström & Janus Friis)
SoftByte Labs (BlackWidow, etc.)
SoftSeek Internet Software

SpeedGuide : Your Guide to Broadband
Speed Test (Bandwidth Place)
Speedy Internet Spreads Slowly (Christopher Stern, Washington Post, 14 Feb 2002)
SpoofStick Home (Phil Libin, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Spread Firefox (Mozilla Foundation)
Stroud's Consummate Internet Apps Software
StumbleUpon (eBay; created by Geoff Smith, Calgary)
SuprGlu (Danny Wen, New York)
SurfSaver Software: The Filing Cabinet for Web Pages (askSam)
SwapMon Official Homepage (flipTech)
Sympatico HSE Speed Test
Telecommuting (Patricia Figliola Lewis, About.com)
3D-FTP Multi-threaded Transfer Engine
Top Hosts - Guide and Directory of Web Hosts
Tor: anonymity online (Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco)
Traceroute (GeekTools)

TrackMeNot (Daniel C. Howe & Helen Nissenbaum, NYU)
Tristana: Direct to desktop delivery (Chris Charlwood et al., Charlwood eMarketing, Nelson, BC)
Trouble on the Internet (David L. Margulius, InfoWorld 46:40-48, 24 Nov 2003) PDF
TweakDUN for Windows 95
UBUBU | You Be You Be You
The Ultimate Guide to Internet Service Providers
(Eric Knorr et al., CNET)
UNDP Human Development Index vs Internet Hosts/Capita
VeriSign (WorldNIC, Network Solutions)
Virtual Private Networks (Tom Dunigan)
The Virtual Voice - The Internet Telephony Companion
VisualRoute Home Page
VNC - Virtual Network Computing from AT&T Laboratories Cambridge
VPN Insider -- Superguide to Virtual Private Networks
VPNlabs (Phil McGarr)

WAMPAD Mobile Portal
Webaroo (Rakesh Mathur et al., Sunnyvale, California)
Web-Based Bookmark Managers (Jerry Allen)
Web Browsers OpenFAQ (Thomas Boutell)
WebCopier: Multifunctional Offline Browser (Maxim Klimov)
Web2Mail.com - Delivering the Web to You by Email
Webmonkey Guides: Get on the Web
WebSite-Watcher (Martin Aignesberger, Attnang-Puchheim, Austria)
WebSnake (Intermark Products)
The Web Standards Project: Fighting for Standards in our Browsers
Web Tools -- Web Browsers (Scout Toolkit)
WebTrends Live
WebZIP Offline Browser (Spidersoft)

What is WiFi? (ScamBusters.org)
What makes a good Internet Service Provider?
(Philippe Scheimann)
What's my IP address? (ShowIPaddress.com)
WiFi411 - Global Online WiFi HotSpot Location Directory
WiMAX Forum (Wireless Interoperability for Microwave Access)
Windows 95 TCP/IP Tips (Malcolm Reeves)
WinZip Computing
Workers of the Web, Evolt! -- The evolt.org Browser Archive
(Adrian Roselli)
WorldGate - Internet on Every TV (WorldGate Communications)
World Link: The Network Society Map
The World's Online Populations (CyberAtlas)
Writely - The Web Word Processor (Sam Schillace, Portola Valley, California)
WWW Viewer Test Page
YourSpeed (J. C. Kessels)
ZDTV | The On-Air and Online Network Dedicated to the Digital Lifestyle
The Zen Internet Group (Brendan Kehoe et al.)

See also Education and the Internet, Holding the Helm: The Internet, Home Connectivity and Electronics, and Telecommunity (Global)


History of Personal Computing

Man, the flower of all flesh, the noblest of all creatures visible, man who had once made god in his image, and had mirrored his strength on the constellations, beautiful naked man was dying, strangled in the garments that he had woven. Century after century had he toiled, and here was his reward. Truly the garment had seemed heavenly at first, shot with the colours of culture, sewn with the threads of self-denial. And heavenly it had been so long as it was a garment and no more, so long as man could shed it at will and live by the essence that is his soul, and the essence, equally divine, that is his body.
E. M. Forster (from The Machine Stops)

When I want to interact with a computer, I have to wait several minutes after turning it on before it is ready to converse. This is absurd. These machines are supposed to be there for us, not the other way around.
Tim Berners-Lee

Antique Personal Computer Collection (Scott Walde)
Apple Corporate Timeline
Apple II History (Steven Weyhrich)
Apple Lisa Web Page (Tom Stepleton)
The Apple Online Museum
Apple's 1984 Commercial
Atari 8 Bit USENET FAQs
A Brief History of Hackerdom (Eric S. Raymond)
Carl Friend's Computer Collection (Carl R. Friend)
Chronology of Personal Computers (Ken Polsson)
The Coleco Adam Home Page (Dale Wick)

Commodore 8bit Computers: 8bit Emulation FAQ
The Commodore 8-bit WWW Server (Marko Mäkelä)
The Computer Collection (Jay R. Jaeger)
Computer History and Emulation Homepage (Marat Fayzullin)
Computer Use and Ownership (U.S. Census Bureau)
Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer
(Paul Freiberger & Michael Swaine, 1984; ed. 2, 1999)
From the Abacus to the Apple: A Timeline of Significant Events in Information and Communication Technology (Bobbi A. Kerlin)
The Gates Operating System (TIME.com)
The Heroic Hacker: Legends of the Computer Age
(Erik Brunvand, 15 Oct 1996)
The Historical Computer Society

The History of Apple Computer (Glen Sanford)
Homebrew Computing Before the PC (Steve Williams, 25 Nov 1999)
Jim Brain's US Commodore 8-bit WWW Site
Jim's Computer Garage (Jim Williey)
Kevan's Computer Bits... (Kevan Heydon)
Lee Felsenstein and the Homebrew Computer Club (Open Collector)
The Machine Room (Alexios Chouchoulas)
Memoir of a Homebrew Computer Club Member (Bob Lash)
Microsoft History
Obsolete Computer Museum (Tom Carlson)

PalmEvolution.com (Dan Royea)
PC Museum (Daniel Lessard)
Personal Computer Milestones (Blinkenlights Archaeological Institute)
Pirates of Silicon Valley, dir. Martyn Burke (Warner Bros., 1999)
Steven Levy Home Page
30 Years of Windows: A Retrospective (Matt Lake, CNET Special Report, 22 Jun 1998)
TRS-80, 20th Anniversary of the (RadioShack)
The TRS-80 Color Computer Homepage (Markus Blumrich)
The UC Davis Computer Museum (U of California at Davis)
Vintage Electronics Have Soul - The Pocket Calculator Show Website
Woz.org (Steve Wozniak)

See also Hackers and Hacktivism, History of Computers, History of the Internet, Timelines, and Y2K

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