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Last Updated: Friday, 9 February 2007, 11:35 GMT
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Movie Profiler.com website


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Choosing a DVD or video to watch can be an emotional experience, especially if you get it home and everyone agrees that you chose a rubbish film. Our first site today however could provide the solution.

MovieProfiler.com offers a unique and unusual way to ensure you pick a film you will hopefully enjoy, by matching a movie to your emotions.

The text on the opening page explains the concept of the "emotion selector", leading you into a simple click-select form to help point you towards the right film for the moment.

The idea is you use the mood selectors in the form to create the mood you want to get from the film. So, if you want to be frightened but not, say, disgusted - bizarre I know but stick with me on this - you click Fear to the max and put Disgust way down low.

Once you have profiled your mood click search to return a list of current and popular movies that match. Each movie has a link to information and reviews, though you will need to register if you want to add your own review, or use the "add to watch list" feature the website provides.

The other way to select films on this site is through the segment selector, accessible from the menu panel on the left. This form allows you to make selections based on demographical information and returns results in a similar way.


Hyperwords website

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Browser plugins are everywhere these days. They offer convenience and functionality when you are surfing the web.

Do you love the one click functionality of the hyperlink? Those underlined words that hide links to another page where we can learn even more?

Do you think it would be great if every word had that kind of interactivity? You do? Then, you need to download the applet to be found at hyperwords.net. No registration is required, but you will need the latest version of Firefox and there will be an Internet Explorer version due out pretty soon.

Now the installation process told me that restarting Firefox would complete the installation, but I found I had to reboot my PC before it took effect.

Once loaded though the software literally turns every word into a hyperlink. Just highlight the word or passage of text in the browser window that you are interested in and then right-click it and select the Hyperwords menu to see your options.

This tool is so useful you will wonder how you ever managed without it. It even works with your del.icio.us social bookmarking account so do not forget to enter your account name by going to preferences and selecting blog/tag.

One slight annoyance though comes if you just want to highlight some text for a copy and paste job, as you will have to remember to click out of the hyperwords menu before you can continue.


Trip Advisor website

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If you are planning a trip, for business or a holiday, our next website offers an amazing number of user generated reviews that will help you make the right choices before you have even thought about what to pack.

It is fair to say there are plenty of websites like this offering the public's opinion on flights, resorts, hotels and much more, but with 20 million users and more than five million reviews covering more than 220,000 resorts and attractions, TripAdvisor.com boasts an impressive stable that is sure to satisfy.

This is a free website and no registration is required to use the basic search tools, but that does mean the pages are littered with adverts and links to paid resources.

It gives the site a somewhat messy look, but the information is well organised and easy to get to, so that did not worry me too much. Just use the tabs across the top to access hotel, flight and attraction specific searches, with personal reviews, ratings and availability checks never more than a click or two away.

If you choose to register you can post your own stories and reviews and connect with the massive global community of travellers signed up to the service.


Local Cooling.com website

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And finally a look at a great tool sent in by Andrew from the UK.

With global warming and the consequences of excessive power consumption on everyone's minds, Localcooling.com offers a path to greener computing, and a reduction in your electricity bills too.

LocalCooling is a free application that optimizes the power consumption of a computer. Just click to download and then follow the on-screen prompts to install and set up.

From the simple user-interface you can now change your default power settings to use the least possible energy in different situations. Now it is worth mentioning that this same optimisation can work through the Windows control panel, but LocalCooling has a more user-friendly interface, and a nice touch is that it displays in real-time the amount of energy saved in kilowatts-per-hour and the equivalent amount of trees and oil.

You can even upload your power saving data and compete with other users in the Top 100 League Tables of the biggest savers worldwide.



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