Wim's Index Page

The main purpose of this page is to keep and organize the pointers I have to interesting nodes in the Web. For the record, I'm Wim Lewis, and you can find out more about me from my home page.

Links to Interesting Stuff

If I kept these fully organized, I'd spend more time shuffling text around than looking for more stuff to put in here. So it's not organized. Also, new stuff that I haven't categorized is at the end in a list.

Technical stuff

Metronet.com keeps the very handy perl archive.

For boring but useful links, nothing beats the NCSA Mosaic Home Page.

Ohio State University keeps a very handy index page to a large number of online information sources, mostly of a technical nature, such as RFCs, Usenet FAQs, WAIS sources, and the like. It's heavily automated.

Also see Lynn Wheeler's experimental IETF Standards index page. Has RFCs and other IETF standards documents.

David Zuhn (zoo@aggregate.com) maintains an index page to information about CVS. CVS is a package for using RCS to control large projects.

Wide-area information sharing

See Stanford's Netnews filtering service home page.

The Alex FTP Filesystem is intended to make all anonymous-FTP-accessible files appear as a very large NFS-mounted disk. Access is a little slow, but it's convenient for browsing.

Web-specific info

HTML converters. Ken hardy posts (7th March, 1994): Lots of requests for converters here. After posting my own query (since cancelled), I found these references: texinfo to HTML, a "Subjective Electronic Information Repository", and converters in general.

CERN has a node on technical details of the Web. There's also a www-talk mailing list, with an indexed archive available from Stanford.

Electronics

Okay, so I like the smell of rosin in the morning.

U Michigan has the UMich AI & robotics index page. nrc.ca has an AI Resources index page. And USC has a page on the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems' International Aerial Robotics Competition.

Infra-red communication and control is a wonderfully hackable technology. Chris Dodge has designed and built a PC-based IR remote. His page includes schematics and software as well as links to other information, such as John DuBois' serial IR transmitter. For the true aficionado, Björn Gahm of Sweden has compiled a list of many manufacturers' infra-red control protocols in hemul.nada.kth.se:/home//d89-bga/hp/files/remote/rem32bg/remotes. I'm also fond of the PIC microcontroller from Microchip Technology. (It's the hardware world's answer to "insanely great software", in my humble opinion. At least, the 16C84 is.) There doesn't seem to be any Web-visible information on it though, except the FTP archive site, ftp.funet.fi, directory /pub/microprocs/pic. (There's also a mailing list.)

The Real World

More and more information about the world as we know and make it is becoming available on the Internet.

Nontechnical stuff

Applications on the Net? How times have changed!

For a bizarre cultural crossover, check out SurfNet.

There is a mind-blowingly resource intensive Digital Picture Archive maintained by Patrick Groeneveld at the University of Delft, NL, containing a vast number of pictures, mostly culled from the Usenet news.

UC Irvine has a Gopher index to a "Virtual Reference Desk". Many useful things, thesauri, dictionaries, etc., mostly reflecting real world subjects.

There are several servers out there that will give you information on recent earthquakes, e.g. in the Pacific Northwest, or the world.

For the politically inclined, I have links to CPSR's home page; Ronda Hauben's book, "The Netizens and the Wonderful World of the Net"; a page on the economics of the Internet; a list of Biblical contradictions; and an index to Phrack. Not to neglect the political aspects of poseurism: here's a link to an essay on the nature of audiophilia, and a derisive comment on the CyberPunk Movement (tm) by Byron Kerman (from the one and only issue of BLINK Magazine).

There are a bunch of pages out there which I find interesting not because of any particular link they have but because they tend to have interesting links in general. Many peoples' home pages, for example.

And finally, a collection of links without any editorializing, fresh (or stale) from my miscellaneous travels.