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Last Updated: Friday, 19 October 2007, 14:55 GMT 15:55 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.

BootDisk.com

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BootDisk.com is a great resource for people that want to get ever so slightly technical with their PC.

It has features and guides on tuning up your PC and links to other sites with even more information.

But this place is a must if you need to boot up your PC from a floppy disk, say if you have had a disk crash or wanted to format a hard disk or simply not boot via Windows.

You download any of the files from the site and you run the file and it writes a floppy disk that you can boot your PC from.

And if you are into developing that skill there are sections on creating boot CDs and even showing you how to boot up using a USB stick.

The site is aimed at techies so take a friend if you are scared by naked bits and bytes.


Free-Codecs.com

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Free-Codecs.com is dedicated to the little bits of software that translate your audio and video files into something your computer can use.

Called codecs, they allow something like Windows Media Player or whatever software you use to listen or watch with, to read new files. Basically, if you have a file that you want to play and you cannot - you come here.

For example the XP codec pack has just about all a Windows XP user would need to play audio and video from the web. There is a Vista pack too - although I thought that came with everything including the kitchen sink.

And if you want to learn more there is a guides section that explains some of the finer points of codecs. Including "What codecs should I use?" article that tells you how to go about finding the right piece of software to play your audio or video file.

Just about all of them are free and - according to the site - have been scanned for spyware and viruses.


FileInfo.net

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One of the problems with finding out what to do with a file is finding out what software made the file. The trick to finding out is the three letters at the end of the file name called the file extension - like .exe or .doc. But what if it is .msg or .zip?

Well, you need FileInfo.net, it is a massive list of file extensions along with the name of software that can read it.

So if you are confronted with, say a .uue file extension, you go to the .uue entry and find out not only what kind of file it is but what software you need to make it work.

The site also lists files by their role - so for example if you have trouble telling your .ini file from your .idx file - this is the place to go.


The STArchive

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Right then, now that we have been doing this full on techie geek stuff - I think that puts us in just the right position to relax but still stay with the geek - this time Star Trek geek.

Have you ever wondered when the captain of the enterprise said "stardate 47622.1" what that meant? Well here is a site that explains Star Trek stardates - and who said the web was pointless.

So if you want to know why the Star Trek original series had dates that were four characters long and the next generation five - this is the place to go. Oh and there are other resources for the interested reader - not least "A history of ships named Enterprise". Surely a must for everyone.




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