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The New York Times

The New York Times

7/14/09
I love the New York Times, when I can get a moment to read it. They recently added an article skimmer interface that makes it easy for me to scan the articles in each section so I can know a little bit about everything that's happening.
http://prototype.nytimes.com/gst/articleSkimmer/
Amazon

Amazon

4/30/11
Amazon.com - what more can I say about it that hasn't been said already? I've been buying items from Amazon since 2003 and have never, not once, had a negative experience. I realize that now, with the various sellers, there's some more risk, but I tend to avoid those and go straight for the items sold by Amazon. And now that I own a Kindle.
Dell

Dell

7/21/09
I love my Dell laptop as well as how easy it was to find the laptop I needed on dell.com. However, what I didn't love was the fact that the shipping kept getting pushed back to the point where my laptop took over 3 weeks to arrive. However, everything was intact upon arrival. I do have to comment that Dell customer service has been incredible, the last few times I've had to use it with my older laptop. When that laptop had an issue, Dell sent me a new harddrive, no questions asked. That arrived quickly, and shipping to return the old harddrive was completely free.
Netflix

Netflix

12/21/08
netflix changed my life. - i joined netflix in 2004 and have been a loyal member ever since, even from Guatemala. Though they don't deliver there, I've got the account going for my parents while I'm living abroad, with the agreement that they don't touch my queue or ratings. netflix has nearly everything i want in terms of independents, documentaries, artsy fartsy obscure, asia extreme, etc. they are 99.9% of the time on time, and when there are issues with their receiving DVDs back from me, there's never a problem with resolving those issues. they're fairly responsive when i request a DVD that they don't have. i only wish they were faster in terms of making the more obscure flicks available. also, the help center could use some improvement. it can take me some time to find out where and how i can email customer service.
Funny Or Die

Funny Or Die

10/25/09
Everytime I remember to visit this website, whether it's to get my fill of Will Arnett, to see what happens when Matthew McConaughey can't get his shirt off, or to watch James Franco (underratedly funny) impersonate Justin Bobby from the Hills, I end up completely worshipping it. Most things here are hits rather than misses.
CNET

CNET

7/27/09
Cnet is a great place to get a professional's and other users' opinions about computer software and downloads. In my case, I use them strictly for that and for free downloads of standard programs like AVG anti-virus, winrar, Vuze, FLV converters, etc. You can see how many downloads it's had, star ratings and user reviews. There are also programs that you have to pay for, making it easy for you to get without having to go to the store. The whole thing's safe and super easy.
Zappos

Zappos

3/27/11
Before I left for Guatemala, I remember looking at Zappos.com a couple times for shoes, but never took the plunge to making a purchase. Now 5 years later, to my surprise, I return to the U.S. and Zappos is about as big as Amazon. Well I guess it's about time someone emphasized the value of customer service as much as Amazon does. I ordered recently a Jack Spade bag from Zappos - got my confirmation and my bag as promised. Couldn't be happier.
Shu Uemura USA

Shu Uemura USA

7/26/09
I use Shu Uemura depsea products (which are lightweight and excellent) from time to time and have purchased them from shuuemura-usa.com. The products are really affordable; there were no issues with ordering and shipping. When my things came, they were always nicely packaged in cute containers that I could reuse for gifts to friends.
Nordstrom

Nordstrom

12/23/10
I use this site to purchase gift certificates for my sister. Nordstrom is one of her favorite places to get shoes, and with a gift certificate, she can get what she pleases. Ordering doesn't call for registration (which is nice, for a change), and delivery is prompt.
SomeECards

SomeECards

5/10/09
Someecards.com makes me laugh out loud. A friend of mine mentioned that it comes from the writers of The Onion, and that makes total sense. Someecards is a simply brilliant alternative to those annoying ecards, the ones that catch you unawares with gawdy graphics and obnoxious music. In contrast, someecards are witty, sarcastic ecards, quiet in their hilarity. Quiet in that there are no outlandish graphics or sounds. Hilarity in that they are hilarious. After having seen X-Men Origins, I had to laugh at this one: http://www.someecards.com/upload/movies/i_dont_see_whats_so_gay.html
Sitejabber

Sitejabber

10/12/15
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SonyStyle

4/25/11
I recently had to retire my Dell and exchange it for something lighter weight. After some research and much accidental ignoring of some people's advice, I settled on a Sony Vaio. The Sony website could be better organized - one day I could find the laptop I wanted, but the next day I needed to do some serious sleuthing to get to the same location. Finally when I did go through with the purchase, though, things went smoothly. Sony updated me on the whereabouts of my laptop, and delivery was relatively fast (as compared to Dell, which took, in the past, a month). I'm very happy with my Vaio (though the sound system is nothing compared to Dell's), and after I deleted all the bloatware, the transition time to becoming accustomed to this new machine was next to nothing.
TED

TED

8/1/09
I love TED (stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design but has moved beyond just those perspectives). TED believes in "Ideas Worth Spreading" and presents various talks, all available online, by geniuses and leaders on different topics. Every speaker has an idea, invention or innovation to share, and I find each one utterly fascinating, even if they come from perspectives I've never even considered. If you like Charlie Rose, Democracy Now, NPR, etc you might like TED. An excellent and engaging talk (and one of my favorites) is one by Sir Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity in children: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
Woot

Woot

7/19/09
Woot.com sells one item a day until that item sells out or until the day is over. Usually the former happens first because the things they sell are pretty neat and are sold at very cheap prices. I've had friends buy from here, and things always come as advertised and on time. The woot community is helpful, and the owners seem like honest, likable characters who report that they predict profitability by 2043.
Newegg

Newegg

12/21/09
I was a Newegg virgin up until a week ago when I placed an order for four cameras for my school. Of course I'd heard that Newegg was unbeatable in terms of its selection of new and refurbished goods as well as in its service. So it was no surprise that I also had an easy shopping experience. The cameras came in tip top condition.
BeautyHabit

BeautyHabit

12/21/08
Good beauty resource - Beautyhabit.com is pretty much the only website I'll use, besides origins.com for specific items, for personal care supplies. They carry a range of items, from average brands to higher end items, but the prices stay reasonable according to the brand and the products are aptly described and presented. However, I always think it could do more with customer comments or a forum about the products. Ordering is a breeze and the product always comes on time and with quite a few samples of other products, which is the fun thing for us ladies.
NPR Music

NPR Music

6/27/10
NPR music's first listen series consistently features new music that I am bound to be interested in or to love. NPR not only produces great news features and stories but the music staff seems to have an impeccably sophisticated sense of what's fresh, hip, well-written and well-produced.
McSweeney's

McSweeney's

5/1/09
If you've read A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (written by Dave Eggers) or any books in the annual series of the Best American Nonrequired Reading (edited by Dave Eggers) and thought they were funny, then McSweeney's is the website for you. McSweeney's is actually a publishing house founded by Eggers, who has his hands in starting all sorts of things, including Valencia 826, the pretty neat organization that started in San Francisco, which has also spread to other cities, to help write children and adolescents develop their abilities in writing.

McSweeneys.net is the on-line complement of McSweeney's print Quarterly Concern Journal, and you can get all the laughs without paying $15 per journal, which is a bit outrageous. Different writers are featured, but all the writing generally falls within what could be described as hilariously confusing performance art in writing form. Think the New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs times a hundred. I'll admit that I don't always get it, but it almost doesn't matter. What matters is that it's got you rolling on the floor laughing even if you can't explain it to your friend.
Target

Target

3/30/11
Going into Target isn't always the best decision to make when a girl's in the mood to buy. To avoid buyer's remorse, I buy what I need, which are usually Boots lipsticks, from target.com. I've read bad experiences that other consumers have had, which makes me avoid other types of purchases online.
Last.fm

Last.fm

1/7/09
preferred over pandora - after finding that pandora really wasn't suggesting any particularly fresh or new bands, i turned to last.fm. last is user-friendly and chock full of good bands and songs, without being repetitive in its suggestions. you can allow it access to your music folder and play songs straight on last.fm. each new track shows you a couple of other bands you might like that aren't necessarily in your library yet. i've found a handful of new bands in one sitting, everything from chamber pop to folk to shoegazing to rock and on and on. each piece of feedback that you provide, whether you love a track or ban it, seems to be taken into consideration.

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