Do you ever Google, Ask or search for information and get sidetracked or caught up in the link-news-image-map maze? I do, a lot. And the result is my spending way too much time finding my simple answer or realizing the searched info was not that important after all. I resort to my six-link Reference Page.
These are my six links.
I can remember Reference Desk being my first reference link years ago, and it is ... well, click on it and see the mass of data for yourself.
I just added ZDNet Technical Dictionary. I wish I had this link two years ago when I was emailed the question "what is a blog?". I thought I knew but researched to make sure my answer, given hours later, was correct.
WhatIs.com is similar to the ZDNet link but in an encyclopedia format.
I use iTools primarily for the language tools-- to quickly translate text or a web page from English to other languages.
ASK for Kids is self-explanatory. I don't trust Google Safe Search so I keep this link on my tool bar for the grand kids :)
And last but not least, NoNags is operated by one of the first people I met on AOL in 1995. When Windows was released he taught me how to use a browser. He also showed me the first animated image on the WWW, as it was called. [I remember it was a mug of beer traveling down a bar on a restaurant website in Arizona.] So we go back a ways :o) He is brilliant and this is where you want to go-- to quickly find ANY free or shareware application. He tests, scans, reviews and does all the work for you.
Wishing you a happy, healthy, productive, successful, time of your life in 2009. Cheers!