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Electric Greetings
This holiday season send a greeting card on the World Wide Web. You can send a card to anyone that has an e-mail address from StarNet Holiday Cards at www.azstarnet.com/public/holiday/holiday.html. It's faster and easier than snail mail and there are no stamps to lick. How does it work? People receive an e-mail message telling them there is a greeting card waiting for them and giving them the URL of the Web site and a secret code. When they go to the Web site and enter the secret code, they can see the card that you have created for them. Plus, you can send as many cards as you want for free. Happy Holidays! (This site is no longer available.)

A Hero Is More Than just a Sandwich
What do author Mark Twain, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, and baseball legend Babe Ruth have in common? They all can be found on the My Hero home page at http://myhero.com. So, what are the ingredients that make up a hero? (The people, not the sandwich!) Read why one person says ''West Side Story'' lyricist Stephen Sondheim is her hero and someone else chose the student protesters at China's Tiananmen Square. Can a hero be anyone? What about Tuscie, a dog from Chicago who saved his owner from an apartment fire? Who is your hero? Go ahead, show some courage and sign the My Hero Guest Book to tell the world about your hero.

Athletes in Snow
The arrival of ''Old Man Winter'' means one thing for many kids: It's time to play! Whether it's snow boarding, freestyle skiing, or bobsledding, snow sports combine thrills and spills to make winter a favorite season for the outdoors crowd. At the Winter Sports Page, you can check out all of your favorite snow and ice sports, such as luge, hockey and figure skating! Try to keep up with a pack of cross-country skiers, meet some rad snow boarders, or find out about a winter sporting event that's close to your hometown. You can even skate through a winter sports photo gallery to get a closer look at all the action. Did you remember your mittens and hot cocoa? Then it's time to skate, ski or sled over to www.wintersports.org. (This site is no longer available.)

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Dear Amy: Can computer viruses get to my PC? --Daniel, Richmond, KY.

Dear Andrea: There is a Web site called Care Quest at www.worldkids.net/CareQuest/careqst.htm that is designed just for kids to send some cheer to other kids who are sick or injured in hospitals all around the world. Kids can also send messages to elderly people. It's a great way let other people know that you care about them. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: I'm going to buy my kids a computer for Christmas. What do I need to do to get connected to the Internet? --Mark, Boulder, CO

Dear Mark: When my dad brought home our first computer, he needed some help, too. The easiest place to start is at the store where you buy the computer. There are packages or kits that have all the software you need to get connected. But someone who is already connected (like a school technology club) can help you find very good software you can download from the Internet for free. Ask at the store or use the Yellow Pages to find an Internet service provider in your town. The provider will help you set up your modem to make the actual connection to the World Wide Web.

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