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A fuller experience than ever before, the
Internet is no longer limited to just searching for text based
information. There is so much more available through the Web, much of it
free to view and enjoy.
Books, music, and videos
Download and view! If you have a Burlington County Library card, you can download free books, music, and movies onto your computer, right from the library's web site. Go to www.bcls.lib.nj.us/download.shtml to find out what's available and if you need to download any special software (the software is free).
Gutenburg for free books that you can get online. You can find more sites at EduChoices: http://educhoices.org/articles/Online_Libraries_-_25_Places_to_Read_Free_Books_Online.html.
Finding downloadable books for purchase is easy at Google's "Books"
page, http://books.google.com/bkshp?hl=en&tab=wp. Just make sure you
have the compatible device for whichever books you choose. Amazon. (www.amazon.com)
uses the Kindle viewer, for example.
Stream it! Would you like to listen to radio, or watch a TV broadcast online? If you have Broadband or Cable service, rather than Dial-up, your computer connection should be fast enough to handle streaming broadcasts.
To help you locate available radio broadcasts, here is the Streaming Radio Guide. Videos can be found in a Google Video Search, which will search for Google videos as well as YouTube videos that have been posted by people. A new web site (registration is free) named Hulu has movies. TV broadcasts are also available; the TV Squad web site can direct you to TV sites. Some of the TV sites: ABC, CBS, NBC, Cartoon Network.
Free movies can be downloaded. Here
is an article that tells you where to get movies from the Internet at “About.com”.
By helping you to do your planning, businesses hope to encourage their customers. The Internet offers interesting possibilities. There are sites that even allow you to upload your own picture, for a virtual try-on of their company's products. However, you will encounter limits on what these sites can show you.
Virtual Makeovers - E-how's How to pick a hairstyle for your face shape requires a small paid subscription. Beauty Riot's Virtual Makeover is free, but you must register. Extended Reality, and UK Hairdressers are both free.
Virtual Clothing - A virtual model for trying on apparel.
Google Earth - Google Earth is where you can get a virtual view of the world. Here are some videos about Google Earth: The earth, the sky, etc., Getting Connected in Google Earth, Navigating in Google Earth.
Second Life - (www.secondlife.com)The social, sharing, and business aspects of the Internet have achieved a new dimension. A whole new virtual world has been created where people can socialize, create, make business contacts, and try out experimental ideas. If you want to create a second life for yourself, you can explore Second Life for free. See a video about the business activities.
Other Virtual Environments - Here's an article about virtual worlds.
The Second Life world
Here are videos about “Second Life”
Zak Claxton in Second Life (2010) (a musician in Second Life)
The Sims Game
Currently, there is no online version of The Sims, a game that simulates life. Unlike Second Life, there is no social contact with other others within the game. However, to some degree the Sims game is similar to Second Life in that it allows you to create a virtual environment with houses, neighborhoods, and Sim people. You decide how your Sims look, dress them the way you like, or build your dream house. The more talented Sims players from all over the world create wonderful original fashions, furniture, add on programs and other objects that they share through the Internet. Here are some video samples to choose from if you want to get a glimpse of what a virtual world looks like:
Pocketful of Sunshine - The Sims are used to make video stories and music videos. - 'International pop artist Natasha Bedingfield has joined forces with The Sims™ 2 FreeTime to record her hit single "Pocketful of Sunshine" in Simlish. This music video was filmed using The Sims™ 2...'