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Last Updated: Friday, 17 August 2007, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
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By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Photoxels

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From the latest lenses to learning how to use your point and shoot, Photoxels is a mine of information on digital photography. The site contains buyer's guides to latest cameras, covering all budgets.

My favourite part of the site is the tutorials - these cover the fundamentals of digital photography, explaining how different kit works and a glossary of terms which breaks down digital photography jargon into easily digestible chunks.

The section of the site labelled "Special" contains articles on the history of some of the major camera manufacturers.

If you have soaked up all of the info in the tutorials and fancy putting it into practice, the "Special" section also contains a list of international photography competitions and their entry criteria.


Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

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Winsupersite.com contains all of the up-to-date information you may need about future Windows versions, office suites, the Playstation, Xbox, Apples OS X and much much more, and is updated weekly.

Created almost 10 years ago, the site provides FAQs, guides, reviews, product comparisons, and screen shot galleries, video clips, and a weekly podcast into products as far back as Windows 98, both during development and after their release.

And the navigation is really easy too. Just select your area of interest from the top menu or browse one of the newly added articles via the list on the left hand side and follow the links from there.

All articles are dated and arranged in clear lists with further articles and relevant reading highlighted.

The thousands of screenshots provide a great visual aid to the humorous articles, making the normally dry topics really interesting for the casual reader. There are also videos of game trailers and gameplay, along with windows tips.

This site is not just about Microsoft products. There are honest reviews about the new iPhone, Sony Playstation, Apple OS X, Linux and even Google. This is a fantastic site which should satisfy your technology and software needs for weeks to come.


The Best Beaches of the World

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Now when choosing a destination for a nice lazy holiday online you are kind of spoilt for choice. This site should help make that decision a bit easier.

While it might be called three best beaches, this site contains details of quite a few more than that.

The site lists beaches with the best sand, weather conditions, how much shade is available, if there are any beach sports on hand and how easy they are to reach.

The homepage has a featured beach which changes regularly - featuring a contributor's review of the beach and its facilities, and in this case they have even shot a bit of video to illustrate the beach's best bits.

There is a world beach index, which is a bit small but the site encourages contributions from users, so you can always suggest a beach to help fill out its database.


Television Obscurities

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There are lots of sites dedicated to TV shows but the next site is tuned in to some of the weirdest television programmes ever conceived.

Television Obscurities plays host to a wealth of information about pilot shows, short-lived series and programmes that have been lost or forgotten in broadcasters' archives.

The homepage is where you will find the video of the week. These tend to be trailers or clips of shows from the seriously weird end of the spectrum.

The site contains around 50 articles covering such topics as "the ten most outlandish TV concepts ever" and "famous faces do commercials". The articles themselves are well written detailing the history of obscure shows or the reasons for a series being cancelled in exhaustive detail.

Comments and contributions from users who remember any of the shows featured on the site also help to add further information to the discussions.

This is an unusual but informative site and great fun for anybody with an interest in TV history.




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