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Last Updated: Friday, 15 February 2008, 11:11 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.

Weebly website

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It seems like every man and his dog wants a website these days, but making something that looks good and functions well is not as easy as it sounds.

Well I cannot promise your dog will be able to use our first site today, but for any humans out there who need help designing a website, Weebly is a must.

The first thing that strikes me about this site is the simple and accessible design - which is good news as this ethos will be applied to your site too, making it a much more pleasurable surf.

Registration is painless and speedy, then you jump straight in and name your website. This brings you to the build interface. Check out the tabs across the top first to familiarise yourself with the tasks ahead and notice the sub-menus that appear on the left as you switch between tabs.

Everything about this site is drag-and-drop, so it is very simple to use and the number of options is startling.

Begin with an overall design, just hover your mouse over the thumbnails to see a preview. The pictures included here are placeholders which you can change for your own images but make sure you have a picture with the right dimensions if you want it displayed correctly.

You can now begin to add new elements, including text, pictures and even video by linking to a YouTube or Google video file. Clicking the link to More will also let you add elements like Google Maps and RSS feeds.

Use the Pages tab to add additional pages and even a blog. Once you are happy, click to publish and you are presented with a URL where people can view your site.

There is even a link to create your own domain name, but bear in mind you will have to pay for that if you want it.


Mozy website

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Computers have become an essential part of our daily lives. The information we keep on them is valuable, sentimental and often vital.

So what happens if you lose your computer in a fire or theft?

As scary as it is to think about, disasters do happen and you have two choices in life. Bury your head in the sand and hope it does not happen to you, or back-up, buddy.

The safest option is to store your data off-site, and Mozy offers that very service all wrapped in a user-friendly interface.

Now, Mozy does provide a paid for service for both home and professional users and if you have a lot to back-up it is worth considering the fairly inexpensive monthly fee.

But you can store up to 2GB completely free if you are a home user. Click the MozyHome tab at the top to find the free sign-up button.

There are a few personal details to fill in and the final registration page offers you more free space for referrals, which is a nice touch.

After confirming your e-mail address you get a link to download the back-up software.

Next step, install and then go through the configuration wizard, which will bring you to a page where you can select the back-up sets you want, such as e-mail and contacts, financial information and photos and images and even your browser bookmarks.

If you are on the free account the capacity bar at the bottom will tell you when you are over the limit.

The next dialogue tests the speed of your connection and then you are told how long the back-up will take to complete. Be warned it will likely be a long time for the first back-up, but will be a lot quicker after that.

Finally, make your choice about when you want the back-up to start then click Finish to finish.


Windows Directory Statistics software

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Another download now and a useful hard disk analyser that speak volumes with visuals.

It is called Windows Directory Statistics and you can download it from Sourceforge.net.

Type the word "windirstat" in the search box on the home page to jump straight to the right bit of software.

After download and installation you are presented with a fairly basic interface. Specify the drives or folders you want to analyse and then go make a cup of tea or something while the software does its thing.

They say pictures can speak a thousand words, and I guess in the case of the visual map you get here, they would be right about that.

Knowing the size of a folder and all it is subfolders can be really useful when it comes to spring cleaning your data to make a bit more room.

It is a function that even the latest versions of Microsoft Windows do not perform.


Packet Garden website

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And we finish with another visual treat.

This is definitely one curiosity that will appeal to everyone from technophobes to outright geeks - want to grow a virtual planet based on your internet traffic?

It is called Packet Garden, another quick download and you need to follow the instructions depending on what platform you are installing it on - remember you need to install the WinPcap software before you install Packet Garden, then just launch the programme and you are ready to go.

When you launch it you need to click Start Packet Capture to begin recording your travels, then just go ahead and surf as normal.

When you have been active a while pop back into the Packet Garden and click to grow a garden from your traffic. The longer you leave it the busier the planet.

You can adjust the sensitivity under configure, but bear in mind the lower the number, the longer your garden will take to display.

There is even the option to fly through your world by clicking on Visit World - but personally I have found this to be a bit buggy and it keeps crashing the software - sort it out Packet Garden.



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