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Robot roundup

Jeff Johnsen really likes robots and has made pictures of his fine collection available online for your viewing pleasure. Some of the photos take me back to simpler times when I was a technology-obsessed kid. Given the state of the world, maybe that's not all bad. Mix in links to automatons in other popular culture genres plus a great set of links and you've got one giant slab of fun.

Political matchmaking

If you can't figure out who's worthy of your vote to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. come November, youmay not be alone. Oh, sure, you could spend a ton of time online and read newspapers to work out your candidate, but who has time to make dinner decisions these days? Fear not. This slick site will group your thoughts into seven bite-size areas ranging from social issues to political experience and serve up a piping hot politician worthy of your attention.

Handle with care

What's on the CDs you've burned from your computer, and how important is the data? Precious digital photos from family events and vacations? If you think this storage media is forever, we hope you won't have a rude awakening ahead of you. If nothing else, just grab the quick reference guide from this excellent resource and abide by those rules. Otherwise flip through the small PDF file and learn about protecting your memories.

Just my type

It's not another robot-oriented site, but one that leans toward mutant typography and eye candy of a different nature. This one focuses on interesting visuals that somehow involve words and spaces, mostly in public settings. I'm not sure I'd agree that it's the traditional sense of typography but I really enjoyed what was offered.

Easy e-mail

This is simple and quite brilliant. I'm a fan of SpamGourmet, a free service that offers you disposable e-mail addresses for those sites you think might send you spam after you give them your address. But it's sometimes hard for nontechnical people to understand how it works. Here's a different spin with the same results: You don't have to sign up for anything; you don't even have to register in advance. You just enter the address on the left hand side of the sign to create a temporary e-mail address and read the mail. Mail is cleared out after a few hours, though, and anybody can read the mail if they know the address since there is no password. It's only practical in certain situations but it really is that easy.