www.abamas.com - My favourite links


01. News:

NRK - Norwegian Public Broadcasting general news page (N)
BBC - British Public Broadcasting general news page
New York Times general news page
Din Side, consumer and technology news. Good articles, many ads (N)
The Verge. Vox Media technology news site
TU. News covering everything technical (N)

02. General Utilities:

Duckduckgo. Excellent search engine that doesn't track you. My favourite
YR, an excellent worldwide weather forcast service (N+E)
Wikipedia, often a better source of information than search engines
Openstreetmap. A free, open license map. Preferred over Google Maps etc.
OANDA currency converter

03. Internet Utilities English:

Flightradar 24. Great live flight tracker. Impressive
Livemap 24. A world street map that shows public transport in real time
Vesselfinder. Tracks marine traffic
Cambridge English dictionary
Wayback Machine. Archive of old web.sites

04. Internet Utilities Norwegian:

Startsiden, Norwegian "startpage" with links & search engines (N)
Check electic utility costs from different Norwegian providers (N)
Finansportalen. Compare prices on financial services in Norway (N)
Find the phone number behind expensive Norwegian short numbers (N)
Statistisk Sentralbyrå (Statistics Norway) konsumprisindeks (N)
Kartverket: Make your own Norway map, also marine and outdoors (N)

05. Travel general:

Travel Advice to all countries seen through the eyes of the CIA
Travel Advice to all countries seen through the eyes of Norwegian UD (N)
List of all airlines and airports in the world
Resource Travel. A travel and photography inspiration site
Out for 30. Another travel and photography inspiration site
Easy risk assessment for travelling in any country

06. Travel recommended companies and organizations:

US National Park Service: Excellent on US national parks (official site)
Lonely Planet: Woldwide travel. Lots of links for each country
Tripadvisor: Great for checking and reviewing travel services
Cycletourer: Great for planning long cycling adventures

07. Photography general:

Dpreview.com. The best camera review site (and some lenses too)
Photozone lens reviews. Read reviews that you didn't find on Dpreview.com
DXOmark A more scientific approach to their camea and lens tests
Cameralabs. Camera and lens review site - good lens shot samples
Bilder Nordic. Excellent school of photography in Oslo(N)
Lensrentals. These guys have tons of equipment experience
Michael Reichmann's site on landscape photography. A subscription site
Kodak film cross reference table (a blast from the past)
Unsplash. Library of free hi-res photographs
Find where images appear online
Find the number of exposures an SLR has
Pexels. Library of free hi-res photographs
100ASA. Library of registered users beautiful photographs
Flickr. Library of registered users beautiful photographs
500px. Library of registered users beautiful photographs
1x. Library of registered users beautiful photographs

08. Photographers:

Dave Morrow's site on landscape and wilderness hiking and photography
Ming Thein's site has a lot of enjoyable photo-related reading and viewing
Art Wolfe as an enjoyable photo collection on his site, with focus on travel
Dustin Farrell has a spectacular web-site with fascinating time-lapse videos
Elia Locardis beautiful world travel photos and blog
Ashley Cameron is a Photoshop wizard, and a collection of unique images
Bjørn has a site with lots of info on Nikon lenses, UV photo and other
Robert Sannes. Norwegian professional photographer
Damian Heinisch. German professional photographer working in Norway
Ivar Greftegreff. One of Norway's most experienced photographers (N)
Olav Erik Storm. Arranges photo-workshops in the Norwegian mountains (N)

09. Computing, electronics and HiFi:

A tone generator for testing audio etc.
Nus and Volts. Electronics projects and tips
Hifiengine. A HiFi page with service and user manuals. Requires login.
Manualslib. A HiFi page with service and user manuals. No login required.
Hifishark. A HiFi page collecting HiFi classifieds around the Internet
Troels Gravesens page with lots on loudspeaker and filter design
Online loudspeaker filter calculator
Qspeakers. Online loudspeaker design software
Sengpielaudio. Room online sound resonance calculator
Amroc room sound resonance calculator
Claredot room sound resonance calculator
Remi's good looking site on historical 80's computers

10. Software libraries and utilities:

NINITE. The best place for free software. Avoids unwanted extras
Another software site: NCH Software. Always check for viruses etc.
Open source SW library
Ghostery: A Browser plugin that blocks tracking agents on web-pages
Bulk Rename Utility: A batch file rename utility
Audiograbber: A sound file ripping utility
Freemake: A video and an Audio file format converter utility
Stamp ID3 tag editor: An MP3 file tag (metadata) editor

11. Web Utilities (for web development):

Check who is behind any domain at the ICANN WHOIS database
W3C Markup Validation Service. Validate your web-site to the standards
w3scools Lots of tips and tutorials on web-page writing
Dynamic Drive. Well organized, well written Java scripts. Free use
NORID Info on registering a .no domain on the net (N)
Jeffrey's Exif viewer. Check image metadata on the web and on your PC
Easycounter. A utility to analyze web-site traffic and other site info

12. Other sites of iterest to me:

Bærum Undervannsklubb. My scuba dive club in Norway (N)
Dakota Norway is a vintage aircraft club flying a DC3 "Dakota" (N)
A webcam located in a mountain-area near Oslo I often visit
A weather data source and webcam located in my neighborhood (N)
Matportalen: An updated report on poisons in clams in Norway (N)
Why you should not use Facebook


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