Often I find websites that offer interesting, innovative, or just plain cool stuff that doesn't quite rate a stand- alone article, but several of them together will get you jumping all over your computer to check them out.
** Copyright Thieves Beware **
A free service at www.copyscape.com allows you to see if anyone out on Web has copied text from your website and to what degree.
Just enter url of your webpage, article, or blog post, hit submit button and site will show you if another website contains substantially same text as your page.
If you get a hit, then click links provided to go to sites that may have copied you and see highlighted text that matches your site.
The free service on home page only displays 10 results, and if you want to see more, you can pay $10-20 a month and service will monitor your web pages and let you know of everyone who copies them.
A positive use for this tool I thought of for anyone who operates an online business: put in your competitors' url where they display ads, articles, and other tools they give their affiliates, and see who links to them.
They may have active affiliates posting their content (with permission of course) and you may find some great potential partners to help you promote your business.
Another way you can watch for this type of activity is by signing up for alerts at Google.
Go to http://www.google.com/alerts/ and enter in your name, product title, article title, or some specific keyword combination that would tip you off that someone had taken your stuff (or was posting your competitors' material).
You can then receive an update with links any time Google finds a new reference to your keyword phrase.
** Surf While You Sleep **
One of disadvantages of surfing web, especially with a 56K modem, involves fact that your browser doesn't allow you to easily and selectively download content from World Wide Web.
For anyone who ever experiences this frustration, here comes GetBot to rescue!
Available at www.getbot.com, this handy little program allows you to surf individual sites, view all page titles, see all website links, both internal and external, and decide which pictures and pages you want before downloading.