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Last Updated: Friday, 4 January 2008, 16:10 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.

Flickr


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Over the past few years the website Flickr has allowed millions of people around the globe to store, share and browse hundreds of millions of photos.

It is great for exploring photos by photographer, the tag associated with it, even the time it was taken. And now it is also great for exploring photos by place.

Accessible from within Flickr, "places" allows you to explore photos from more than 100,000 locations around the world - from cities to entire regions.

Images can be browsed by interesting and recent photos, groups, tags, or featured photographers of that place. If you are an avid traveller, these "places" pages are a useful way for you to see diverse images of the world in a way you would not otherwise have imagined.

As well as perusing photos of everything from day-to-day life to iconic images, you will also find you can discover interesting details from just about every place on the map - whether it is a well-known city like London or a small town - even if it is just local information like regional maps, weather and current time.

In terms of mapping enhancements, you will notice a new, improved world map where you can easily view popular and up-to-date themes represented by so-called "hot tags".

Clicking on a tag will take you to a selection of current photos from that location, providing a glimpse of the interesting and newsworthy things going on there. And it is enough to keep you going for quite a while - currently, there are more than 30 million public geo-tagged photos on Flickr. Quite amazing.


MailFreezr.com

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Now, we usually think of e-mail as a way to instantly communicate, but what happens if you want to freeze e-mail to send at some point way down the line?

MailFreezr is a website which stores your mail for - wait for it - up to a century - and then finally pings it into cyberspace. All you do is fill out a few details on a basic form and voila, a missive ready to send in the future, so you never have to miss that cousin's anniversary ever again.

MailFreezr's creator says messages are secure and confidential and will be sent on time, though filling in e-mail addresses on the web does make you prey to spam harvesters.

Aside from the obvious problem that e-mail may well not be around in 50 or 100 years, the biggest drawback of Mailfreezr is that you can only freeze an e-mail in yearly increments.


FutureMe

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If you want to use a slightly more sophisticated service, then head down to FutureMe.org.

Here you can choose precisely which date you want your e-mail to be sent on. To prevent misuse of the service you have to sign-up and confirm the e-mail address you want to use as the sending address.

Then after logging in, you are away: just fill in the fields and you are off. It is that simple.

You can make your e-mails semi-public too which other users can read randomly on the site itself.

FutureMe is primarily designed so you can make a statement or prediction about yourself, not tomorrow or next week but some point a little further down the timeline of existence.

And to stay true to that philosophy, the site actually prevents you sending an e-mail less than 3 months into the future; as the founders makes clear, this site is not a reminder service.

Now, if you are after a reminder service, then you will need what is called an e-mail scheduler.

There are several out there, mainly in the form of plug-ins to your existing e-mail applications or office suite. But LBE Email Scheduler is one which is a standalone application, though like the others you have to pay for it after a trial period.


I am bored

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I-Am-Bored.com is a site to head for when you are idly surfing for something to engage or simply titillate the grey matter.

The sites on it are updated all the time so you should never tire of the site itself.

The recommended links are usefully categorised so you can find the latest additions, most popular or top-ranked stuff.

And you can also use it as a kind of directory as it lists themes like entertainment, technology along with weird stuff and bizarre. Registering allows you to bookmark your favourites and rank sites you have found here - all of which should ensure you are never staring into empty space ever again.




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