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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.

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Best of the web from Kate Russell

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This first recommendation I have for you is not exactly a site, although it pulls content from one of the popular raft of video clip websites available today.

How many times have you logged on to one of these sites and "thought hmmm, that's pretty cool, I want to share it with a friend?" Well now thanks to the people at Microsoft you can easily share clips using your MSN Messenger client.

The feature is called Messenger TV and you launch it by clicking the activities button at the top of the Messenger window.

Once you have launched the application and your friend has accepted to do the same, you can scroll through the various menus of the clips on offer.

You and your contact can continue a conversation while watching the movie together. MSN Video has just announced partnerships with Channel 4 in the UK and also has content from places like MTV and Sony BMG, so there are some great videos to choose from.

Launched in Europe just a few weeks ago it is currently available in many countries except the US but keep an eye out if you are in America as I am informed the feature will most likely be opened up to you in the future as well.

SCRIBUS (www.scribus.net)

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These days it is not unusual for people to be running their own magazine, be it a fanzine, local club update rag or pretty much anything you care to think of.

To get a professional look you should be using desktop publishing software, but you might think this kind of programme is pretty expensive right? Wrong.

Thanks to the wonder of open source software you can now download a fully functioning desktop publishing package for free at scribus.net.

This site is not one of the clearest I have seen to navigate, but the power of the package behind the site more than makes up for this.

The software itself is pretty complicated but will look very familiar if you are used to desktop publishing.

Click Support and then Documentation in the right-hand navigation panel to access a page where you can click through to the various tutorials. Now all you have left to do is publish your work. Enjoy.

AUTHORSTREAM (www.authorstream.com)

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Authorstream is a nifty application I found on the web which you can use to publish and share your Powerpoint presentations online.

Whether you are an educator looking to share presentations with students, a business person looking to communicate with clients and colleagues, or just want to share photos and greetings with friends and family, authorstream offers this service free of charge.

You need to register and then you can import your contacts list and start uploading your presentations.

The options will allow you to make them public or private, and even converts them into an iPod and YouTube friendly version provided you have met the criteria stated in this section when you built your presentation.

It will take a few minutes for the upload to be processed and you will get an e-mail when it is. Then you can click My Account and the Uploaded Presentations link to get a direct URL and even the coding to embed it and create a thumbnail, if you want to post the presentation in your own website or blog. Lovely.

GREEN MAVEN (www.greenmaven.com)

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And finally, a little something for all those green minded surfers out there. The internet is awash with sites about caring for the environment, but sometimes finding them can feel like wading through a landfill.

Green Maven is a totally organic search engine dedicated to rambling through the green-web.

The site description says it focuses on green, conscious, and sustainable websites so instead of your search term being applied to the web as a whole, it only gets applied to "green" pages, meaning you are much more likely to find your way quickly to the information you want.

But this site is so much more than just a search engine. The creators also scour the web for the best green articles, news and blogs and combine them in an easy to read compendium on the opening page.

Click the video tab in the panel across the top to jump to the videos section, where the best of "green YouTube" has been filtered for your organic enjoyment. It has never been so easy to be green.




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