Sites of the Week: September 29, 2013

“Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”

Voltaire (when asked by a priest to renounce Satan)

Factoid: “When we design routes, as we put them together, we want to try to design it where the drivers are taking as many right-hand turns as possible.” The company has found that right-hand turns are not only safer, but they’re also more efficient. It’s a tip that AAA agrees with. By using routing technology and avoiding idling at lights for left-hand turns, UPS was able to avoid 98 million minutes of idle time in a year.”

UPS dispatch supervisor Matthew Frost, WAGA Fox 5 News interview

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

namebench
https://code.google.com/p/namebench/

In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, DNS stands for “Domain Name Service”. It’s a service normally provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). When you enter a site name such as http://www.google.com into your browser, it connects to a DNS server to convert that site name into an IP address. Do you want a faster internet experience? namebench searches for the fastest DNS servers available for your use. namebench is a free open source DNS benchmark utility. namebench runs on Mac OS X, Windows and UNIX.
 

The State of Women in America
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/news/2013/09/25/75188/mapping-the-state-of-women-in-america/

This site features a report on the state of women in America. The sites includes an interactive map that so the grade and rankings of each state for factors within three categories: economics, leadership and health.
 

PasswordBox
https://www.passwordbox.com/

In the past, I’ve written about Dashlane and RoboForm. PasswordBox is a similar password manager utility. I’m a huge fan of this type of solution because you can have much stronger passwords that are unique for each site and change them regularly without the typical headaches of manually implementing such a security plan. PasswordBox has legacy and share password one time features which are nice. PC Magazine gave it a score of 4 out of 5 and CNET gave it 4.5. It’s free, but only for 25 passwords.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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