Among all the insidious ego-stroking pages out on the Web (this one included), you can manage to find some that will keep you informed, up-to-date and even learn you something. We have gathered a few of our favorites here and will be adding more as we trip over them. Take your time, explore a bit and you might find something you never knew existed out there.
Let's do some News gathering first:
- From right here in the Heart of Carolina, check out one of the premier newspapers-on-the-Web, The Raleigh News & Observer. Their top page is a cornucopia of news and information links, including their world-renown Sports Server.
- Down at the other end of I-85, you'll find the Carolina's best newspaper, the Charlotte Observer online.
- The Big One is here: The New York Times Syndicate Computer Daily News.
- Dive right into the heart of the beast with the soon-to-be online arm of one of America's best daily newspapers, The Washington Post's Digital Ink. The site is in beta testing at the present moment, but you might want to bookmark it anyway.
- Another big beta site with potential is the newspaper that started the online news revolution years ago, the San Jose Mercury News out of sunny Silly-con Valley.
- The "big gun" on the interactive news scene is, of course, CNN, Cable News Network. It's always amused us that one network news organization claims, "More Americans get their news from ABC News than from any other source." Yeah, right.
- You could always look into the network that defined radio and television news, CBS News or that third network, NBC News.
- If you don't like your news in easy-to-swallow bite-size, look for in-depth coverage of world and national news on either NPR, National Public Radio or it's television partner, PBS, Public Broadcasting. These are national treasures that need to be supported, despite what the right-wing fringe would like you to believe.
- For the geek in you (and you know your're a geek!), check into the computer trade press. Start with the best weekly going, InfoWorld Electric. Much of the paper is restricted to qualified subscribers, but there's enough all-access news to keep you on the bleeding edge of technology. The other big trade news weekly, PC Week, covers mostly the same ground but with a decidedly different spin and a very tasty web site.
- The general press is online, as you might expect. Look into the king of the newsstand rags, PC Magazine. You got your articles, test reports, software and web picks. Kinda like one-stop shopping. There's also PC Computing and Byte magazines online for your geek-news-junkie needs.
- Off on the fringe, take HotWired, Wired Magazine's online twin brother. Some say Wired is tired, but it still keeps cranking out content from the far edge. While browsing for cutting-edge news, take c|net: the computer network.
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