Come back often, links being added frequently.
Location Based Entertainment Sites
- Virtual World Entertainment
- Battletech (giant robots) and Red Planet (high-speed racing) games.
I worked here 7 years as chief software engineer and helped develop these
games and hardware. For more information see my
- Silicon Motor Speedway
- Official NASCAR car racing simulators.
- Treasure Island
- A casino in Las Vegas with one of the best outdoor shows I've seen.
A complete sea-battle with huge explosions, fire and a sinking ship. I
know the guy who plays the British ship captain who goes down (and later
comes back up) with the ship in the show. There's a video of the show
on this site.
- Sony's LBE and shopping site in San Francisco. Features many tech
stores, restaurants, several attractions for children, movie and 3D IMAX
theatres and a variety of unique computer games.
- Atlantis Cyberspace
- Specializing in LBE using head mounted displays (VR goggles) they
operate out of beautiful Hawaii. Their site also hosted a very large
LBE product/site guide which no longer being updated.
Research and Development
- Sony Computer Entertainment
- This is the Sony lab where I work, this lab is primarily concerned with
researching technologies for use in Playstation II and beyond.
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
- This is the government agency that hands out R&D grants for military
and other defense related research. They were the ones that funded
ARPANET which later became the Internet. Everything from guns to
walking machines to micro-size flying machines.
- Human Interface Technology Laboratory
- Also known as the HIT lab, they have put together various haptic (force
feedback) user interfaces and are the developers of a graphics display
technology that paints images directly onto your retina using colored
- The Skunk Works
- Considered probably the best Aviation R&D group in US history,
developers of the U2 and the SR-71 mach 3.5 spyplanes as well as the stealth
fighter. Their "rules of operation" are worthwhile reading
for ANYONE working in any R&D field.
- Microsoft Research
- The research arm of the Microsoft company, tells something about all the
advanced computer technology research projects they have going on.
Console Game Machines
- Makers of the Playstation and Playstation 2 game
consoles. I work for these guys in the Research & Development
- Makers of the Dreamcast game console. I worked for these guys
indirectly through NEC who produces their
PowerVR graphics chip.
- Makers of the NES, Super NES, N64 and game boy. They have a new
console called "Game Cube" scheduled to release this year.
- Microsoft XBOX
- The newest entry into the console arena, this one by Microsoft.
Computer Related Magazines and News
- Techno-news for nerds reported, moderated and updated directly from people
in the computer industry.
- Pretty good technical news coverage, techno-gadget reports and other
stories related to the high-tech world. This is the on-line version of
the newstand magazine by the same name.
- Sharky Extreme
- Very early and up-to-the-minute coverage of computer hardware news.
Has a lot of low level benchmarks on motherboards, 3d graphics cards and the
- Toms Hardware Page
- Similar to Sharky Extreme, lots of up-to-date technical coverage and
- Cnet Central
- Computer news magazine with occasional good articles pitched to people
with more average technical skills. Also has a good computer
hardware/software shopping system to help you find the best prices and
reviews for things you want to buy.
- Another news site operated by the Cnet group, mostly up-to-date news
articles on various subjects, but no lengthy features like Cnet.
- Covers a lot of ground, has news, articles, reviews and other material
culled from all the Ziff-Davis empire of magazines. Also has a good
archive of shareware/freeware for PC and Mac.
General Magazines and News
- The web pages for the CNN, CNN headline news and other Cable News Network
- The news channel formed by NBC and Microsoft.
Financial & Banking
- Motley Fool
- Financial & stock investment advice with a sense of humor.
- Discover Card
- If you have a Discover credit card, you can get on-line access to your
account here. They can also send mail to you when your new statement
is ready, when your account is close to it's due date, and when your payment
check arrives and is credited. They also have an online system to pay
electronically through your checking account.
- American Express
- Home of the American Express credit card, and their new "blue"
- An on-line stock trading and investment service
- A major international bank, has one of the best and easiest to use on-line
banking systems I've seen.
- Bank of America
- A national bank, their online banking systems are good, but it takes them
several days to a week to setup a new on-line payee.
- Wells Fargo
- A national bank, they have online banking but I have not used it.
- Chase Manhattan Bank
- A national bank, their online banking system is also very good.
Their bill-payment page is one of the fastest with all your payee's listed
on one page they let you make payments to multiple payees by filling in the
amounts on this one screen.
- First Source Bank
- A local (South Bend, Indiana) bank that has good certificate of deposit
rates compared to most national banks. You can open CD's with them by
- One of the best weather super-sites I've seen with all kinds of local,
national and international weather forecasting data. They have a huge
library of links to weather and weather research sites all over the net
including a large list of webcams where you can see what the weather looks
like in a lot of different cities.
- GOES Project
- The GOES satellites are what takes the weather pictures you see on the
evening news. This page has a lot of background on them, how they work
and where you can go on the web to get live pictures from them. The
science lingo is a bit thick, but the pictures and movies are very
nice. This is a supersite that links to a large number of weather
satellite related places.
- This is the supersite for the Emergency Managers Weather Information
Network. This network can be accessed by web page, internet push or
pull feeds, broadcast radio or direct satellite reception. It gives a
low bandwidth (9600 baud) continuous feed of weather data including all
watches and warnings. It is intended for anyone who needs plan for or
monitor emergency situations that could be caused by the weather.
- National Weather Service site for weather information, particularly
watches and warnings.
- Automated Weather Source
- They maintain a network of weather stations all over the US that return
real-time weather data. Most major cities are covered by a number of
stations so you can see weather moving through the area by watching
real-time temperature, wind and rain-gauge information.
- Alden Electronics, Inc.
- They sell systems that directly receive data and pictures from weather
Misc Cool Stuff
- This site contains a bunch of interesting science items including a very
large tesla coil and some fusion power stuff. They also have
interesting cartoons, engineering humor, game design tips, general science
stuff and a nice links page to some far-out science much of which involves
high-voltage electricity. They used to have a "weaponry"
page that included a homebuilt railgun, but this was taken down in their
- Tesla Coil Ring
- A web ring full of Tesla coil and other high-voltage electricity
sites. Be aware this stuff is DANGEROUS but very cool. These
sites have a lot of great pictures of some truly huge Tesla coils in
operation, and they have software and plans to help you design your own
- George Gobel (GHG) Home Page
- George was one of the people who introduced me to the Arpanet and real-time
graphics computer games when I got to Purdue in 1975. His chief claim
to fame on the internet seems to be his method for quick starting a charcoal
bar-b-q using <yikes> liquid oxygen. He has pictures and movies
of this on his site.
Friends and Family
- A Cave of
- My mother put together this amazingly detailed history of the University
of Notre Dame. She did a huge amount of research putting this site
together which contains a lot of information that even University old-timers
had forgotten. Some good personal stories and legends here too!
- Greg Jurrens
- The guy that hired me into NEC, and my boss for part of the time I was
there. He's a generally fun guy and very active in Amateur (HAM) Radio
and involved in the setup and operation of a major radio repeater network in