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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Best of the web from Kate Russell

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We like to think of ourselves as ahead of the times here on Click - and with the price of fuel skyrocketing, and more and more people being concerned about global warming, you do not get much more forward thinking than signing-up to beta test an open source online meeting room hosted in virtual space.

At you too can sign-up to participate in the beta test phase of what looks like it will be a pretty nifty package.

No downloads, no fees, just access the online meeting room through any browser and you can share PowerPoint presentations, voice, text, webcam images and even the activity on your desktop computer. This means you can step guests at your meeting through anything you want - either web pages, spreadsheets or design documents - just as easily as if they were sitting there with you.

Click to watch the slideshow or demo to learn more about what this powerful application can do.

There is even a launch video, streamed from the site, if you want to see it in action. And because this is very new, I am afraid that is the closest you will get to seeing it in action until they are ready to invite you on board for beta testing.

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It is time to chow down with a site that serves up its content like an a la carte meal.

This slick and tasty looking site is a foody's heaven - a multimedia feast crammed with audio, video, photos, blogs, and of course, the obligatory community forum.

The recipes and party tips, cooking guides, primers and equipment reviews are aimed at a younger audience, which means the style and language of the presentation are much fresher than a lot of other sites of this nature.

Articles cover food, food culture and food trends and there are lots and lots and lots of delicious recipes for you to get your teeth stuck into, many of them submitted by visitors to the site.

But for me, the section of this site that really sings is the videos section. As well as lots of How To movies and cooking guides, there are interviews and features with people who are passionate about food.

Check out the wedding cake artist under the Obsessives section. Simply stunning. Though I have to say the streaming was more than a little clunky on a lower powered PC. Definitely not a place for narrow band surfers to hang out.
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If you are passionate about technology, entertainment and design, then you want to be talking to TED to get your fill of information.

The website is based on a series of annual conferences where the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.

The website offers up more than 200 of the best talks from the conferences, free for you to enjoy.

Soak up the atmosphere as Deborah Gordon enthuses about ants, Craig Venter vents about the creation of synthetic life, and then why not take a little time out and enjoy the Raspyni Brothers joking around and juggling with beanbags.

I really like the way this site navigates, as the thumbnail sections slide out and react to your mouse pointers presence.

With the navigation panel clearly displayed on the left, it is a breeze to get about. The only thing you will be stuck with is how to find enough time in your day to get your fill.
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And talking of creative thinking, this site houses a funky little tool to help you brainstorm and collaborate.

We have all seen an ideas map - where notions and thoughts are linked together with boxes and lines to see where connections can work and not.

Click Start Brainstorming to begin and enter the root of your thinking where it says State Here.

Click Enter to save your text and another box appears. Click it in the middle to enter another thought and then you can start building the map.

Just have a play around, it is pretty simple to get the hang of.

Signing up is simple and free and then you can save your brainstorming maps and share them online - just give your map a name and click Save on the right to enter the registration process.

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