Reading recall: mid-April 2006

Christian Science Monitor: Download a tour, then tour downtownMany young people are replacing traditional city and museum tours with downloadable ‘podcast walks.’

USA Today: CEOs say how you treat a waiter can predict a lot about character

Washington Post: Tithing Rewards Both Spiritual and FinancialLaVonne and Bernard Snowden have three children in private school, two flourishing careers and an elegant house in Mitchellville. As thanks for those blessings, the Snowdens say, they give 10 percent of everything they make to their church.

NY Times: Small Business: More Women Are Enjoying Being Their Own BossesWomen are the fastest-growing demographic of entrepreneurs and more often than not they are going it alone.

Lifehacker: Freeware Heaven — “I Want A Freeware Utility To…” If you’ve ever spent more than five minutes searching for some good freeware, than have I got a site for you. eConsultant has a giant list of more freeware programs than you can shake a stick at, and did I mention they’re all free? Freeware? Yep – and they’re all “extremely useful free utilities that do specific jobs really well and save time and money.”

Lifehacker: Useful XP command line tools

Lifehacker: EveryStockPhoto free stock photographyNewly-launched web site EveryStockPhoto looks like a promising source of stock images for use in your blog, web site or presentation. EveryStockPhoto doesn’t host images – it aggregates them from other sites.

NY Times: This Boring Headline Is Written for GoogleJournalists over the years have assumed they were writing their headlines and articles for two audiences — fickle readers and nitpicking editors. Today, there is a third important arbiter of their work: the software programs that scour the Web, analyzing and ranking online news articles on behalf of Internet search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN.

NY Times: The DNA Age: Seeking Ancestry in DNA Ties Uncovered by TestsEthnic ancestry tests are spurring a thorough exploration of the question, What is in it for me?

Washington Post: Productivity Tip No. 1: Check Out the BlogsFor procrastinators and the easily distracted, Web logs can be best friends, indulging short attention spans with jolts of gossip, commentary and newsy tidbits. But a number of Web logs, or blogs, have emerged over the past year that offer a way out of a life of perpetually unfinished to-do lists.

NY Times: As Magazine Readers Increasingly Turn to the Web, So Does Condé Nast

NY Times: Spending: Low-Cost Workouts for Young Minds
Like many activities for children, chess brings an associated cost, but it can be significantly lower than that of other popular pastimes.

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