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Australian Towns

www.australiantowns.com

Australia is much more than Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, but a surprising number of people don't seem to know it. This site presents information about dozens of interesting smaller towns, including such items as recreational activities and attractions in the area, as well as calendars of local events. It's a good way to introduce yourself to the possibilities of travel in our own country.

Computer dating

totl.net/Dating

No, not that kind of computer dating. Real computer dating. The Computer Dating Agency was launched on Valentine's Day this year by the Temple ov thee Lemur, as an aid to lonely processors everywhere. With a little help, every computer can find a perfect match.

The site has a form for entering details such as age, memory, processor, speed, and religion (that's "operating system", for us humans), as well as the characteristics of the computer's desired partner. Computers can list their interests in such diverse areas as word processing, HTTP, MP3s, and naughty hacking. The site then generates a list of the most compatible potential partners for the computer.

Geeks everywhere can take heart from this. Even if they can't ever find True Love, at least their computer has a chance.

Online gurus

truemeaningoflife.com

In the never-ending quest for spiritual salvation through laughter, this site is a worthy waystation. You can ask a question, and one or more of the resident gurus will answer it. The best part is when the gurus get into arguments with each other.

Flash madness

www.nosepilot.com

Art is not dead, nor is the Internet a mere wilderness of banner ads. Some sites are just for fun, and this one is a Flash animation that combines clever drawings and elegant motion to produce a thing of rare beauty.

All your base are belong to us

http://planetstarseige.com/allyourbase/

There may be some people in the world who have not yet heard this catchphrase. In case you're one of them, go here to find out why so many people fall about in hysterical laughter at its mere mention.

Sing along with Big Blue

www.barryfr.supanet.com/songbook.html

Looking for some inspiration to help you climb that corporate ladder? This site hosts the lovingly restored 1931 songbook of a certain large computer company. The book contains over 100 gems of corporate loyalty, such as this one, sung to the tune of "In My Harem":

Sales for breakfast, sales for dinner,

Sales for supper-time.

Orders, orders, orders, for machines that

record time.

Oh, this business, this business

You're big - we'll make you bigger.

And the things we do

Will surely make of you -

The finest business in all the land.

Just imagine how quickly you could be promoted after coming up with your own company's version of this song:

TO CLEMENT EHRET, VICE-PRESIDENT, I.B.M.

Tune: "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the Boys Are Marching"

In the glorious I.B.M. we are blest with mighty men,

Whom we honour, serve, and manfully adore.

Clement Ehret's one of them, he inspires all our men

He will make the International Scale Division grow.

He's a high-speed dynamo - day and night he's on the go.

International his vision all the time.

Our big line he surely knows; we will study, work and grow;

Then, with Ehret, we'll be leaders in our line.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to work on the PC World Rap.

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