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are hyperlinked in Hot Sites, Potholes, Web Resources and other sections?
Those non-USA TODAY sites are entirely the responsibility of the people
who develop and maintain them. We link only as a convenience - pointing our
readers to sites that have some news interest. We don't endorse products or
services. While sites are carefully reviewed, there's no attempt to conduct
a full-scale investigation of their claims or conduct.
We're also not responsible for the operation of any software that these
sites may offer. Readers should be aware of the possibilities of contracting
a computer virus by downloading files on the Internet. Readers also should
be aware of the possibility of encountering offensive language or graphics
at some sites.
How are sites chosen for Hot Site awards?
Technology Editor Sam Vincent Meddis considers a number of factors in making
a selection. Sites are judged strictly on the basis of content and appearance.
Absolutely no money is accepted in exchange for an award.
We look for sites that may stretch the design envelope and show where the
Web is headed. Ones that offer something unusual or unexpected. Or something
just plain useful.
Remember, too, that a review is a snapshot in time.
Sites change - they may get better or, regrettably, lose their superiority
at some point.
How can a site be nominated for a Hot Site award?
We welcome nominations from readers,
webmasters and public relations firms. But our intent is not to list all of
the hundreds of new sites that enter the Web each week. Only the relative
few that seem superior and make for an interesting mix of sites on a particular
Selections change around 6 a.m. each weekday morning
and remain for 24 hours. They're later archived
in a daily and weekly listing - and can also be found through our Search
How do I return to Tech after visiting a non-USA
The Back button is often the cure for that "lost in space"
feeling you get when there seems to be no way to return to the Web site that
you came from a few mouse clicks before.
You can also bookmark Tech:
- For Netscape, Internet Explorer and some other browsers with Bookmarks
on the menu bar - click on that item and then click Add Bookmark.
- For the AOL Web Browser - Click on Favorite Places. Then click
Add Favorite Place. For Place Description, type Tech.
For Internet Address, type www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/cyber1.htm
(the character following "cyber" is the number 1, not the letter
l). And then click the Close button.
- For CompuServe and other Mosaic-style browsers - Click on the Hotlist
item in the menu bar and then click Add to Hotlist.
- For Prodigy - Click on the HotList button and then click Add
to Hot List.
What are some basic things I need to know to navigate the Web?
If you've come this far, you likely already know that you can connect to
a Web site by pointing your mouse arrow to a hyperlinked word or graphic and
then clicking once on it. You can tell if something is hyperlinked because
it is underlined, highlighted or, in the case of images, has a border around
Becoming familiar with all of the capabilities of your Web browser is fundamental.
While some browsers have different designs, most have several common features.
Often, you'll find clickable buttons at the top of the screen that perform
various functions. For button haters, there are Menu items that do the same
things. The following are among the most useful features:
- The Stop button - comes in very handy when a site or an image is
taking too long to load and you want to move on to another location.
- The Reload button - forces the browser to download the most current
version of a page if you have been using a "cache" to store recently
accessed sites in your computer memory or hard drive.
Why do I have to wait a long time, sometimes without success, to connect
to a site?
The problem may be that the site is very popular - and, thus, crowded. Clicking
the reload button may solve the problem. If that fails, trying to connect
again at another time, especially at a different hour of the day (or night!),
Why does my Web browser return an error message when I try to connect
to a particular site?
First, check to see that your phone or network connection is still operating.
Then, make sure you have typed in the URL correctly. If the URL is correct,
or if you are trying to connect by clicking on a hot link, it may be that
the site has closed down and gone into cyber-oblivion. Many sites come and
go very rapidly in cyberspace - a reality that helps keep the Web forever
fresh but that can also be quite frustrating. If you encounter such a problem
with a site that we have reviewed or listed, please let us know so that we
can update our links.
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