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What this site is all about
The World At Your Fingertips is a site that strives to make your surfing life easier. It does this by attempting to harness all internet resources together in one place for easy access for my personal use and also to share them with anyone who might find it useful. You will also find the Google Search box at the top of every page waiting for your search query. This is not a customized search that earns revenue and is limited in its scope but gives exactly the same results as the official Google site (Web, Images, Map, News, etc.) Besides, if you are not from an English-speaking country, you will get the search results in English here, not results from the local version of Google in another language which you are likely to get even if you should go to the google.com website. This is because Google detects which country you are from and delivers the results in your country's national language (if it is not English).
The following are the highlights of the site:
1. Its homepage has a link to the top 5 newsfeeds from the BBC, CNN, New York Times International Edition, The Telegraph UK, The Australian and Toronto Star, Canada. At any time of the day or night you will never miss out if something big happens. And the green menu bar at the top takes you straight to your email, Facebook, Skype, PayPal or other accounts with just one click. You will be able to find lots of computer tips and a list of indispensable software programs to help you get the best out of your computer. There are also step-by-step instructions on how to use some popular software such as TeamViewer, Partition Wizard, PrintEdit, ManageFlitter, Cobian Backup, RssReader, PIXLR, Spybot, Paragon Backup & Recovery or Hola! to access blocked websites.
2. Practical information of any kind that is often needed by anyone in whichever part of the world he might be can be found here. Do you need to know the time at this hour in some foreign country? Or its weather conditions? Do you need to know the equivalent of some foreign currency in your own money? Do you need to know the exact location of the hotel that you are about to book? Or the equivalent of centimeters in inches? Or maybe you need to translate instructions into a foreign language or understand what some foreign instructions mean? These, and more, can be accessed from the "INFO" options in the top menu bar (dropdown menu) or the vertical menu on the left column of every page.
3. There is also "Today's song" where a song from the current Top 10 of the U.S., U.K., Australian and Canadian charts is featured daily. And you are likely to find your favourite song together with the lyrics in Songs of Today, Songs of Yesterday, which is created with smartphone users in mind. There are 1,100 popular English songs in this collection. Then there are the standard French songs by the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf, Juliette Greco and Yves Montand that are timeless and have found their way to even the remotest parts of the world. You will be able to listen to them in The Greatest French Songs Of All Time. The lyrics are provided so you can easily practise singing them and improve your French at the same time!
4. Besides news, general information, computer and songs, travel has an important part in this site. For active tourists, or simply armchair/virtual travellers, there are lots of tips and photos of top tourist destinations in Europe (Berlin, Milan, Lisbon, Dublin, Sicily, Athens, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Venice, Paris, Madrid, Rome, London, Prague, the French Riviera, Geneva, Copenhagen, Oslo, Andalucia, Budapest, Riga, Krakow etc.), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Hangzhou), Malaysia (Penang, etc.) and even Morocco (Marrakesh, Casablanca, etc.). In each city you will be shown in words and pictures the "must-see" places as well as the things you must absolutely experience even if you don't have much time to spend there. More....
5. There is also a full course covering all aspects of learning Pinyin (the romanized version of Mandarin). This unorthodox course is really like no other in that a few grammatical rules which have always been a bugbear to foreign learners of Mandarin have been "bent" in order to make the study of the Chinese language easier - without sacrificing much in terms of making yourself understood. It starts from the known to the unknown by giving equivalent English sounds for pinyin spellings such as xi, zh ou q. It is indeed possible to speak Chinese Mandarin without knowing a single Chinese character (I know, more than one prospective student have been put off simply at the sight of these intimidating Chinese characters!) More....
6. Another of the highlights of this site is a Bilingual Malay-English and English-Malay Dictionary. You will find it here. There is also a link to the automatic Google machine translator to allow instantaneous translation of this or any other website into some 50 languages. You will find it at the left vertical menu of every page under "Anything to translate?" Just copy the url of the page and paste it on the new page that opens. But beware, machine translations are often a source of great hilarity!
7. I have left the main highlight of this site to the end. The completely-free Basic course in the Malaysian and Indonesian languages comprising 64 lessons is undoubtedly the number one site for learning Malay online. One student has said it is like having a teacher next to you. What's more, there are audio files to help the individual learner at home. Although the Malay language is used mainly in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, it is also quite similar to the Indonesian language so by studying Malay it is like studying Indonesian at the same time! More....
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Thanks for reading. - Webmaster
Down just for you or down for everybody?
At times this website (like any other website) could be down because of server problems. Normally this is shortlived and after an hour or two (or in the worst-case scenario a couple of days!) it would be up and running again.
But in case you think it could be due to your own connection problems there are a few sites you can go to find out. Among these are:
But of course if this site is down you will not be able to access this page to click on the above links so you just have to type something like "down just for me" into a search engine to get the above sites.