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Free Pint
This is the home website of Free Pint a free British email newsletter for knowledge workers with tips and articles on using the Web. Their task is helping you use the Web for your work. We cannot praise this website, and the email newsletter they offer monthly, highly enough. Free Pint is full of excellent content  and terrific links and references.

SwapDrive
SwapDrive calls itself "The World's Virtual Hard Drive". The concept is for a website that is a manageable way to store and share documents. It is an online file storage system available for anyone, anywhere.

JobSite
On this UK recruitment and employment website you can receive jobs by email for your chosen industry, read the latest career advice, or apply for jobs UK and Europe-wide by distributing your cv. The original, award-winning UK job search and jobs by email service. Covers 35 industry sectors.

UK Software HQ

What started out as a little hobby to keep track of UK Software Internet sites has gotten a little out of hand for Sheila Elliot.  She now has her own site with links to hundreds of UK Software sites visited by thousands of people every month. 

Law and Government

UK Government
This directory rightly claims to be the first entry point to UK public sector information on the internet. The site includes a listing of UK public sector web sites, both alphabetical and grouped by key topic areas. There is also a listing of each of the major UK government portals.

UK's Small Business Service
Businessadviceonline is the website of the UK Government's Small Business Service. Their aim is to help all small businesses realise their potential; promote world class business support services; promote enterprise across society; and achieve the highest standards of service delivery. A fast-developing site for a range of small business topics and support.

The Data Protection Public Register
If you are UK-based and you run an interactive website you will probably have a database of customers. And that means you could fall foul of the Data Protection Act. At this website you can make sure you adhere to the law. It may not be fun but it is important.

The Internet Law Journal
The Journal is American - but then most Internet law development seems to be coming out of the USA. Major international organisations, including the World Trade Organization the UN and the EU, are currently developing domestic and international legal mechanisms to help promote electronic commerce, while protecting consumers and business against potential abuse. The Journal's sections on e-commerce, intellectual property and litigation cover these issues as they develop.

Out-Law

Out-Law offers businesses and individuals a range of easy to understand and free services and advice on-line and off. All the legal help you need on IT, privacy, intellectual property, software, telecoms, security, cybercrime, tax, e-commerce and internet business. Plus free legal news and newsletter.

Alexa Internet
The website offers a free toolbar for all browsers that gives you facts about the site you are visiting while providing related links, serves dead or missing Web pages from its archive of the Web and includes a search engine. Alexa's tools allow you to find the site owner's address and contact details, it rates the site by speed and the number of links, it even suggests related links - and there's more besides.

Finding People & Companies

Internet Archive
Step back in time to re-visit the web sites of yesteryear! A great resource for tracing past web sites and collating information on companies.

Teldir
Teldir is the Internet's "original and most complete" index of online phone books, with over 400 links to Yellow Pages, White Pages, Business Directories, Email Addresses and Fax Listings from over 170 countries all around the world.

Freeality Find Companies
This website helps you to search for businesses and people. The interface allows you to access major yellow pages and databases - to search millions of entries at dozens of sites. Hopefully, you'll find the exact establishment you seek.

Complete Planet
Complete Planet is a Database Portal. They claim to have over 70,000 databases, carefully classified and organised for you for rapid, easy access. Good for finding details on companies and domains. 

BT Phone Net
UK online phone directory, the equivalent of dialling Directory Enquiries. This can be a slow site but it is cheaper than the dialled service.

International Phone Numbers
A unique collection of international telephone, fax and e-mail directories. Website owners Aktiv IT claim you can find anyone, anywhere. Maybe that's a tall claim, but they come close.

Go2Call to call the World
Benefit from Go2Call's low-cost international calling services with web connections so you can voice-enable your website, for free.

MESA - email address book
A German website that does its best to find you anyone's email address. MESA stands for Meta-Email-Search-Agent. For any given name (last name is required, first name is optional) MESA searches in parallel at (nearly) all available sources of email addresses on the Internet. It says it is the largest email address book worldwide but warns that there is no complete directory of all email addresses. So if you can not find the address here, it might nevertheless exist.

UK Companies
CountyWeb is a British
interactive business directory with a database containing 2.1 million listings. It claims to be the largest UK business directory on the Internet. The web site’s network of counties allows users to find a business telephone number and address anywhere in the country. It also lists the top 1000 firms in Britain.

Postcodes Online
With this service from the Royal Mail you can now find any postcode (zip code) within the UK. Enter  the address details and the postcode finder will trace the postcode. Similarly if you do not know the address but you have the postcode the address finder can help you.

Reference Sites

Lives - the Biography Resource
The internet's biography resource, linking to thousands of biography-related sites, including autobiographies, journals, letters, diaries, memoirs, biography collections, etc. With a few rare exceptions, the biographies found here are about individuals who are no longer living or whose public life and career are well behind them.

Dictionary
Dictionary.com gives you a free online English dictionary and reference guide. The site includes  crossword puzzles and other word games and Word of the Day.

Thesaurus
Free online Roget's Thesaurus of English words and phrases.

Translate
Free online translations from Dictionary.com: Includes English to French, English to German, English to Italian, English to Portuguese, English to Spanish, French to English, French to German, German to English, German to French, Italian to English, Portuguese to English, Spanish to English.

Britannica
Britannica.com is more than the world's most respected encyclopedia, it has become a portal including expert reviews of more than 125,000 of the Web's best sites, articles from more than 70 of the world's top magazines and special interactive features.

Encarta
This excellent Microsoft encyclopedia website is one the Web's best. Vast amounts of data and huge numbers of links. The site benefits from regular updating.

How things get done
eHow.com is the website where you can learn how to do anything and get what you need to do it - from experts and people like you. Its not just about the Internet. eHow includes step-by-step instructions on how to do just about anything, and buy the stuff you need to do it.

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