Stories by Alexandra Barrett

Hop to Online Gift Giving

Virtual roses and electronic greetings simply don't have the same appeal as real gifts. But how do you shop for your cyberfriends? Often, our "e-buddies" are no less important than "real-world" friends, even though we've never laid eyes on them.

Browse with Your Buddies

Nations coexist, couples cohabitate, companies co-locate. And now, thanks to iKena.com, you can take that warm fuzzy feeling of togetherness to the Web and co-browse.

Free ISP NetZero Gets Easier

Free Internet access through NetZero Inc. is simpler in a recently revised version, but it still exacts a price.

Octopus.com Has Its Arms on the Web

You can find just about any information on the Internet, right? The trick is managing all that information. Instead of schlepping from site to site, wouldn't it be better if everything you need on a regular basis were easy to find, in a single, convenient location?

Turn Up Your Radio

Have your local radio stations repeated their playlists one time too many? Ready to branch out into the world of Internet radio? Thousands of stations are out there waiting to be tuned into, and IM Software Tuner, a new downloadable Internet radio program from Sonicbox, is there to bring you the best of them.

Turn Up Your Net Radio

Have your local radio stations repeated their playlists one time too many? Ready to branch out into the world of Internet radio? Thousands of stations are out there waiting to be tuned into, and IM Software Tuner, a new downloadable Internet radio program from Sonicbox Inc., is there to bring you the best of them.

Get the Word with GuruNet

It's not often that a free program you download off the Internet makes you sit up and take notice. But GuruNet, whose first commercial version was released last week, is one of those rare birds.

WebPilot Flies Through the Web

Whether you are researching a particular topic or simply want to while away some time on the Web, the new Webpilots Web site recommendation engine is there to help.

Shelter From the Log-On Storm

If you're struggling to remember and maintain a growing collection of Web site log-on and password combos, Katmango.com wants to help. The site, which is still in beta form, will automatically register and log you on to some of the Web's most popular sites. It's free, registration is painless, and ultimately, it's quite useful.

Web Apps For Everyone

Applications aren't what they used to be. Back in the day, the word "application" conjured up images of monolithic programs with multi-megabyte executables, unwieldy help files, and telephone-book size manuals. Community colleges offered night classes on how to use these applications, and mastery of a popular application could be a substantial resume booster.