An Exotic Voyage
Book passage to one of the world's most intriguing countries: India! Just pack that cyber trunk and haul it over to www.historyofindia.com for a journey through hundreds of years of Indian history. India is a country rich in culture and variety, from tropical groves to the snowy mountains, where monumental temples and mystical statues loom in the landscape. Follow the beautiful visual timelines from ancient times, through the days when Gandhi led India to democracy, to the bustling streets of today&s modern Indian cities. This World Wide Web site is a great starting point for a book report or just finding out more about all that India has to offer, so turn on some of your favorite sitar music for atmosphere and start your exotic voyage. (This site is no longer available.)

An Interplanetary AdventureImagine teeing up a golf ball in Los Angeles and aiming for a 4-inch moving hole in Houston. This is the challenge that NASA faced in the summer of 1997 while navigating the Pathfinder mission to Mars. Rocket to www.nationalgeographic.com/ features/ 98/ mars and strap yourself in for a wild ride through outer space. This virtual reality tour lets you gaze across the Martian landscape or watch Pathfinder's fiery plunge and beachball landing into the red planet. Not spacesick yet? Then hop in for a virtual ride on the Sojourner, the first-ever interplanetary rover. Then wrap up your visit by sending your friends a "Greeting from Mars" postcard.

Dine Online
At Uncle Ben's Kitchen, there's a recipe for every budding chef, plus an online nutritional analyzer. Bring your apron and appetite to www.unclebens.com/ca and learn how to turn your kitchen into a 4-star restaurant. Check out the recipes at the Interactive Cookbook, from the Hawaiian pork stir fry to Santa Fe Chicken 'n' Rice. The TV dinner crowd will love the sections on cooking tips and quick meals, while those with a passion for zest and zip will savor the tastes of the herbs and spices guide. Worried about how these great eats will affect your waistline? The Nutri-Test allows you to analyze your exercise regime and eating habits. Read all about Rice Facts to find out more about the world's oldest crop. Getting hungry yet? (This site is no longer available.)

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Dear Amy: How do I get more good Web sites for kids?--Kason, Lebanon, Tenn.
Dear Kason: Getting more Web sites that you can bookmark in your browser is easy. Kids can go to Yahooligans at http://kids.yahoo.com or Cool Spots at www.4kids.org/ coolspots and enter a keyword like "animals" to find safe sites. But remember to ask your parents' permission before you use any search engine. If you want to know what makes a really good Web site, PBS has created a site to help kids judge them. Check out TechKnow at www.pbs.org/ kids/ techknow/ It really makes you think about what makes a good place to visit on the Web. (The last site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: What is Linux? Is it an operating system?--Patty, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dear Patty: You are correct. Linux is an operating system developed by Linus Torvalds that can run on many different platforms. It's similar to Unix, which is the operating system on most Web servers, but some programmers like Linux better because it allows anyone to improve it, but no one can profit from it. They say it just keeps getting better and better. If you want to know the definitions of other computer terms, go to a simple glossary at www.4teachers.org/ techalong/ glossary.

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