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NEWS
National News
  • CNN
  • MSNBC
    International
  • BBC News
    New Jersey
  • Asbury Park Press
  • NJ.com Real Time News
    Politics
  • Huffington Post
    Variety
  • Slate
  • Salon
    Weather
  • Accu Weather
  • Intellicast
    Sports
  • ESPN
  • CBS Sports


    FINANCIAL
    Financial news, market updates, analysis
  • CNN Money
  • Bloomberg
  • The Street
  • Motley Fool
    Mutual Funds
  • Morningstar
  • Max Funds
    Technology industry
  • Red Herring
  • E-commerce Times, covering E-business news
    For business owners
  • BPubs, index of business publications
  • Smallbiz Technology


    PROGRESSIVE POLITICS
    Progressive politics on TV and talk radio
  • Rachel Maddow: Maddow Blog - Podcast
  • All In with Chris Hayes
  • Ring of Fire Radio
    Progressive politics on the web
  • Daily Kos
  • Democracy Now
  • The Nation magazine
  • The Real News Network
  • Newsdesk.org
    Political fact checking
  • Factcheck.org
    Elected official's positions and voting record
  • Project Votesmart, find where politicians stand on issues
  • Progressive Punch, congress member's scorecard on progressive issues
  • OpenCongress.org, bills and voting records
    Political influence revealed
  • Open Secrets, following the lobbying money
    Progressive agenda
  • MoveOn.org
  • USAction.org
    Media reform
  • Media Matters for America
  • Freepress.net


    CONSUMER AND GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
    General consumer information and product reviews
  • Consumer Reports
  • Epinions
  • Consumer World, advice with no reviews
    Specifically about Cars
  • Edmunds
  • Cars.com
    Ratings of service providers
  • Home Advisor
  • Angie's List
    Help with selecting colleges
  • Princeton Review
    Help with selecting credit cards and banks
  • Nerd Wallet
    US Government, general information
  • USA.gov, Federal Government information made easy - Search.usa.gov
  • Science.gov, links to Government sites
  • Data.gov, all sorts of data and information
  • USAspending.gov, federal spending revealed
  • Congress, legislation activity and archive
    Federal Consumer information and resources
  • Publications.usa.gov, the Consumer Information Center of Pueblo Colorado
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • FCC Unwanted Telephone Marketing
    Government agencies
  • US Postal Service - Zipcode lookup
  • IRS
  • Library of Congress
  • NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) - Official US Time
  • National Technical Information Service
    Legal information and resources
  • Nolo
    Privacy advocates
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • World Privacy Forun


    ONLINE BUSINESSES
    Home merchandise
  • Clothing and outdoor: Lands End - L. L. Bean - REI Outerwear
  • Books, CDs, DVDs: Barnes and Nobel - Amazon
  • Home furnishings, jewelry: Crate and Barrel - QVC
  • Drugstore: CVS
  • Kitchen and food: Cooking.com
  • Garden, indoor plants: Gardener's Supply Co. - Logee's Tropical Plants
  • Department stores: Sears - Target
  • Office supplies: Staples
  • Stereo, video, personal electronics: Best Buy - Crutchfield
  • Cameras and computers: B&H Photo and Video - Micro Center
  • Window blinds and shades: Blinds.com
  • Unusual, hard-to-find: Brookstone - Uncommon Goods
  • Virtual Mall: The Amazon.com directory
    Specialty items
  • Gourmet Coffee grown in migratory bird-friendly environments: Birds and Beans
  • Art frames and custom framing: Art To Frames
  • Best source for good refurbished computers: Computer-Show
  • Birding binoculars and scopes: Feather Edge Optics store
  • Seafood from Alaska: Salmon, Etc.
    Services
  • Real Estate look-up: Zillow
  • Compare price search: My Simon - Price Grabber


    HOME, HEALTH, AND HOBBY
    House and garden
  • Learn and Share, fron Gardener's Supply Co.
  • Realtor.com's Home Improvement section
  • Better Homes and Gardens magazine
  • Birds and Blooms
  • Martha Stewart
  • Home and Garden Channel
    Food, recipes
  • Epicurious Food
  • All Recipies
  • Food TV
  • Copykat Recipies, knock-offs of famous restaurant recipes
  • Barbecue'n on the Internet
    Health and medical
  • Medline Plus (Nat'l Institutes of Health & Nat'l Library of Medicine)
  • WebMD
  • Health Finder, information index (Dept. of Health & Human Services)
  • Merck Home Manual of Medical Information
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
    Supplements
  • Consumer Labs, testing supplement products
    Podcast
  • Zorba Paster "On Your Health"
    Alcohol Safety
  • Blood Alcohol calculator
    Food Safety
  • Still Tasty, how long it is safe to store all kinds of food
    Pet Food Health
  • Healthy Pets / Dr Karen Becker (Mercola Health)
  • Catinfo.org, know the basics of feline nutrition


    TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR RECREATION
    Travel planning and booking
  • Google Flights
  • Concierge - Conde Nast Traveler magazine, destinations & articles
  • Fodors - destinations and trip ideas
  • The Travel Channel
    City region specific
  • City Search
    Overseas travel advisories
  • Travel.state.gov (US Dept. of State)
    National restaurant guides
  • Zagat Dining Guide, the largest restaurant rating guide
  • Restaurant.com, promotional listings with discount offers
    Parks, outdoor recreation
  • Nationl Park Service
  • Recreation.gov
    Highway traveling
  • Roadside America
  • America's Byways, Nat'l Highway scenic drives
    Local airports
  • Newark Liberty Airport - United Airlines
  • Phidelphia Airport - American Airlines
  • Atlantic City Airport - Spirit Airlines
    Local train, bus, and ferry service
  • Amtrak
  • New Jersey Transit
  • Cape May-Lewes Ferry
    Favorite hotels
  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Best Western
    Bedbug watch
  • The Bedbug Registry


    HISTORY, SCIENCE, NATURE
    People
  • A&E's Biography series
  • NNDB, tracking famous people
    History
  • History Channel
  • The History Net
  • America's Memories, history topics lookup (Library of Congress)
  • America's Story, history fun for kids & adults (Library of Congress)
    General science
  • Scientific American magazine
    The world around us
  • eNature
  • Explore.org, live cams and photos
  • National Geographic
  • Discovery Channel
    Birding - New Jersey
  • eBird NJ Birding News
  • Bird Cape May
  • The Freiday Bird Blog
    Birding magazine
  • Bird Watching magazine
    Astronomy
  • Windows to the Universe
  • Hubble Space Telescope home page
  • NASA Science
    Environmental organizations
  • Nature Conservancy
  • National Audubon Society - New Jersey Audubon
  • World Wildlife Federation


    VARIOUS OTHER REFERENCES
    Explanations
  • How Stuff Works
  • About
    Answers
  • Answers.com
  • Yahoo! Answers
    Portals for multiple reference
  • Bartleby, online references and books
  • Refdesk, some odd references



    MUSICAL INTERESTS
    Artist index, discography
  • AllMusic
    Rock-n-roll, general info and some videos
  • Artist Direct
  • VH-1
  • Rock-n-roll Hall of Fame
  • Rolling Stone magazine
  • Global Dog, discography of all 45s
    Oldies
  • Oldies Message Board, the Internet's premire oldies discussion group
  • Ronnie Allen's Theater - songs, quizzes, videos, interviews... Oldies fun
  • Ron Smith's Oldies Music
    60s-70s New York Top 40 radio nostolgia
  • Musicradio 77 WABC tribute and sound archive
    Soul
  • Soulful Kinda Music
    Jazz
  • Jazz Review
  • All About Jazz
  • NPR Jazz and Blues
    Blues
  • The Blues Foundation
    New age and novelty
  • Music from the Hearts of Space
  • Dr. Demento


    STREAMING RADIO, PODCASTS, MUSIC DOWNLOADS
    NPR news and talk
  • National Public Radio home page
  • WNYC AM & FM, New York
    NPR podcasts
  • Fresh Air with Terry Gross
  • On Point with Tom Ashbrook
  • NPR Politics Podcast
    Local radio non-commercial music
  • WFMU, independent free-form rock
  • WBGO, Jazz, Newark
  • WRTI, "great classics and real jazz", Temple Univ.
  • WBJB "The Night", Brookdale College, Lincroft
  • WTSR, Trenton State, alt rock and specialty programs
    Out of state non-commercial music
  • Public Radio Fan, national public radio index
  • KALX, San Francisco
  • San Francisco Cummunity Podcast Network
    The best internet oldies radio stations
  • Rewound Radio - Friday Night 60s & 70s Show
  • Pop Gold Radio, featuring Don Tandler's Time Machine - That Thing with Rich Appel
  • Beach Boogie and Blues
    Country
  • Radio Max Music
    Free legal downloadable music
  • MP3.com
  • Epitonic
    Paid downloads
  • E-music


    MOVIES, TV, STREAMING VIDEO
    Movies - information and reference
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Video ETA, great listing of movie DVD release dates
    Movie reviews
  • Metacritic
    TV networks, some video clips
  • PBS home page
  • Comedy Central - The Daily Show
  • Discovery Channel - MythBusters
  • BBC - Doctor Who
  • SyFy
  • Cartoon Network
    Independent entertaing and informative videocasts
  • The King of Random, build crazy things at home, fun
    Independent Star Trek projects
  • Star Trek Continues, crowdsourced continuation of the original 60s TV series
  • Star Trek New Voyages
  • Star Trek Renegade, Episode 1
    Streaming video
  • Hulu, mostly TV on demand
  • Pseudo.com, mostly music videos
  • Not for TV
  • JibJab, more humor
    TV listings
  • Zap2it
  • TV Guide
    Entertainment news
  • E! Online
  • Entertainment Weekly
    TV and radio programs of a specific interest are listed under their subject's heading.


    ONLINE MUSEUMS, PHOTOS, WEBCAMS
    Museums around the world
  • Google Art Project
    Art and History Museums
  • Guggenheim
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Lbrary of Congress online exhibitions
    Science Museums
  • Smithsonian Institution - Nat'l Air & Space Museum
  • Exploratorium
    Interesting photo galleries
  • Funny Cat Pix


    FUN: E-cards, online quizes, humor, games
    E-Cards
  • E-cards from American Greetings
  • Hallmark E-Cards
  • Blue Mountain Arts E-cards
    General comedy portal
  • Funny or Die
    News satire
  • Satire Wire
  • The Onion
    Cartoons and comics
  • New Yorker magazine cartoon bank
  • Dilbert
    Jokes
  • Rec.Humor.Funny
  • George Carlin jokes
  • Steven Wright jokes


    NEW JERSEY: general information & interests, organizations, government
    Statewide web directory
  • MetroJersey
    Regional publications
  • New Jersey Monthly magazine
  • South Jersey magazine
    Government
  • New Jersey state government home page
  • NJ Elections information
  • NJ State Legislature
    Shore Towns
  • Sandy Hook
  • Cape May Times
  • Red Bank
  • Point Pleasant Beach
  • Seaside Heights
  • Toms River
  • Atlantic City
    Transportation
  • NJ Turnpike / Garden State Parkway
  • EZ Pass
    Historical interest
  • Preservation New Jersey, protecting historical sites in the state
  • New Jersey Churchscape, pictures of 18th & 19th century churches
  • New Jersey Lighthouse Society
  • Capital Century, 100 great stories of New Jersey history
    Organizations
  • Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jerseyn
  • New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, progressive policy for New Jersey
  • South Jersey Cultural Alliance
  • New Jersey 4H Club
    New Jersey digital archives from Rutgers U.
  • New Jersey Digital Highway, history and culture
  • New Jersey Environmental Digital Library
  • The New Jersey Weeds Gallery


    NEW JERSEY: recreation, parks, museums, entertainment
    Visiting New Jersey, general information, some town-specific
  • visitnj.org - Official state tourism home page
  • Official state Arts & Culture page
  • New Jersey Visitors Network
    Arts
  • Discover New Jersey Arts, a calendar of arts & culture events
    Entertainment
  • At Play (Asbury Park Press)
  • Steppin' Out, NY/NJ nightlife
  • FunNJ, fun and adventures in New Jersey
    Parks
  • New Jersey's State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites
  • Gateway National Recreation Area - Sandy Hook portion
  • The Great Northwest Skylands
  • Edwin Forsythe (Brigantine) Wildlife Refuge
  • Island Beach State Park
    Outdoors
  • Get Outside in New Jersey
    Historical sites
  • Batsto Village
  • Winterthur, the DuPont mansion museum
    Botanical gardens
  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, includes virtual tour
  • Longwood Gardens, Philadelphia
    Live performance theaters
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark
  • The Strand Theater, Lakewood
  • The Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA
  • The Count Basie Theater, Red Bank
  • Monmouth University Performing Arts Series
    Museums
  • Newark Museum
  • Montclair Art Museum
    Local music
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation
  • Folk Project of Northern New Jersey


    NEW JERSEY: businesses, shopping, dining
    Bicycle and fitness
  • Beacon Cycling, Northfield and Freehold
    Restaurant lookup
  • Zagat's New Jersey guide, mainly for ratings, many choices
  • Restaurant.com, lookup by city for promotional listings & discount offers
  • NJ.com food and dining section
  • NJ Dining Guide, small listing
    Microbrewing
  • New Jersey Craft Beers
  • Rinn Duin Brewing


    COMPUTING: general technology information and security
    Technology news, general computing topics
  • Info World
  • C|Net Home, computing topics index - News.com, technology News
  • Tech Web, home of Information Week, Internet Week, & Network Computing magazines
  • ZD Net home, includes good product reviews
    General tech info for beginners
  • WhatIs.com
    General tech info for experts and professionals
  • ZD Net's Extreme Tech
  • Tom's Hardware Guide
    Computing security information
  • Security Now! podcast, great security training resource
  • Threat Post, security news and articles
  • US-CERT, database of most software vulnerabilities and patches
    Wipe hard disks before disposing
  • Darik's Boot And Nuke
    Security utilities for professionals
  • Nessus, the ultimate vulnerability scanner
  • Kali, live Linux CD with pen test tools
    Networking aids
  • Berkeley's Netalyzr, home internet connection diagnostic
  • Speedtest.net
  • IP Subnet Calculator, true geeks occasionally need this


    COMPUTING: Windows
    Windows tech info
  • Windows Secrets, good advice for all Windows users
  • Microsoft's Tech Net
  • Windows Server Newsletter, mainly for professionals
    Web browsers, plugins, system utilities
  • Microsoft downloads
  • Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird
  • Java
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Flash player - Flash settings page
  • Apple QuickTime
  • Classic Shell, Windows 8 Start Menu and other classic interface extensions
  • 7-Zip, ultra compression and strong encryption
  • IrfanView, graphic file viewer with some editing capabilities
    Free open-source office suite
  • Libre Office (Open Office), the standard MS Office alternative
    Misc utilities
  • PDFforge PDF Creator
  • Audacity audio editor and recorder
  • PuTTY SSH client
    Highly recommended security utilities
  • LastPass, encrypted password retrieval and single sign-on browser plugin
  • Password Safe, free encrypted password database
  • Super Anti-Spyware
    Security patch management for add-on products
  • Ni-Nite
  • Belarc Advisor
    Free Anti-virus software
  • AVG Anti-virus, free edition
  • Avira Anti-virus, free edition
  • Lavasoft, Ad Aware spyware detector


    COMPUTING: Linux and Virtualization
    Linux News
  • Distro Watch
  • Linux.com, the Linux Foundation
  • Linux Journal
    Top-tier Linux operating systems
  • Fedora - Fedora FAQ - Weekly News
  • openSUSE - OpenSUSE-Community (Multimedia) - Unofficial OpenSUSE Guide - Weekly News
  • Debian
  • Ubuntu
  • Linux Mint
    Other operating systems
  • FreeBSD
  • Slackware
  • PCLinuxOS, the ultimate beginner-friendly distribution - My PCLinuxOS
  • Knoppix, the ultimate live CD
  • CentOS
    Open-source software
  • Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird
  • Java
    Closed-source software
  • Adobe Flash player - Flash settings page
    Linux software project and repositories
  • Github, home of many open source products
  • Source Forge
    Virtualization
  • VMware
  • Virtual Box
    Emulation
  • Crossover Office
    Free Open Source Software foundation
  • Free Software Foundation


    COMPUTING: great web resources, things for developers
    WhoIs, domain name ownership lookup
  • Network Solutions WHOIS
    Internet fact checking
  • Snopes, Internet email mythbusters
    Search engine trends
  • Search Engine Watch, searching tips and syntax guide
    An online privacy aid
  • "Am I Unique" browser fingerprinting detection
    Web graphics and logos
  • Flaming Text, create banners and logos
  • Bell 'n Whistles
  • Cool Archive
  • Ender Design's Realm Graphics
    Other web authoring aids
  • Matt's Scripts Archive, free CGI archive
    Professional web and mail hosting
  • Site5, good low-cost web hosting (SystemsLab's hosting company)

    "Cool Links, plus New Jersey Area Links" is a small informal effort launched in 1998. We maintain an index of our favorite web sites in a wide range of interesting and useful catagories, with special attention to New Jersey and Computing topics. The number of sites in each catagory is fairly small, just our favorites.

    We highlighted a few less well-known websites we think are really cool, look for the "thumbs up" icon next to the link. We hope you enjoy our website. Peace and prosperity.