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Last Updated: Friday, 8 June 2007, 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK
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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.

Talk Shoe

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Have you ever wanted to host your own talk show? My first site this week, Talk Shoe, is helping to take podcasting to a whole new level - making it easy for anyone to chair their own live chat programme.

While you are summing up the courage to host a show yourself, why not take a look at some of the efforts of others. The front page offers up shows that are running live at the moment but it is easy to browse the entire archive if you like.

Be warned - there is limited censorship here so choose your programmes carefully. They are split up into subjects down the left hand side but if you want to catch a live show they are listed in the main section.

If you want to join in you will need to register on the site - check out our site for more information on privacy policy if you're concerned. Live programmes have a "join in now" symbol next to them and depending on the style of show, you will be able to text in or call in to them. Although to take part you will need to download a 14MB application.

Once registered you can start own talk shows and let anyone join in the debate or just allow friends to take part.

The site has an excellent FAQ section which runs you through everything you need to know to listen, join in, or play host.


Windguru

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A site for all surfers and high flyers too. Suggested by Peter in London who is a surfing instructor - so he should know what he is talking about.

Windguru is a specialist weather site dedicated to providing detailed forecasts about - well - the wind.

If you windsurf like Peter, or sail, or even enjoy flying a kite, Windguru aims to take the guesswork out of when would be the best time to do it. If you do not want to register, the site limits you to looking at predefined areas - but it is global and forecasts offer a hour by hour summary up to seven days in advance.

While the site offers a paid for service which includes maps and customised forecasts, the free section has plenty to offer most windsurfers and "blows away" the general forecasts you might otherwise have to rely on.


The Cool Hunter

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It is always good to find inventive and outstanding content on the net. Well the search is over - or should that be uber - for cool stuff.

Whether it is design, travel, music or nights out coolhunter.net basically struts around the planet stuffing all the best bits in its knapsack to show off to us lowly drudgites - who surely are not worthy of such precious gifts.

I dare you not to be impressed by the gems the team have come up with in the architecture section.

The same can be said for cars or what the coolhunters label "transportation". OK some of the fashion items are - a little off the wall. But it makes for a really interesting and surprising site which focuses more on the wow factor than anything of great substance.


Firefox

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Now we plump for style over substance - I want to show you two add-ons for the Firefox web browser that just make it look cooler.

One of the nice things about this browser is that it can be customised in lots of ways and there are literally dozens of little applications which users have come up with.

At the top of the screen you will see the tools tab and from the drop down menu select add-ons. You can also get to this area from the add-ons button on the main Firefox site.

The first add-on I want to share with you is called Colorful tabs - which you can get to by simply tapping in those words - with the American spelling - into the search box.

A short explanation of what to expect follows - then click on the title and then on "install now" at the bottom of the page. These downloads are pretty small so should not take long.

When you restart instead of all your tabs being the same old colour each one will be created with a different colour. I think it makes tabbed browsing clearer as well as better looking which leads me to my second recommendation - the Tab Effect.

Repeat the above steps but this time, search the add-ons for Tab effect. Once installed it brings a rather cool three-dimensional element to your browsing.

Now many of these add-ons will slow down Firefox very slightly so I would not try to download them all - and remember - the downloads will not take effect until you restart the browser.

You can manage your add-ons from that tools button we started with at the very top of the window.




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