Tuesday, December 08, 1998


By Steve Plunkett

Welcome to the second year of bringing Tyler to the world wide web, or is it bringing the web to Tyler? Well...... I guess it's already here, so off we go to cyberspace. First we showed you how to get a whole lot done before 8 a.m. using the Internet, well since then, my alarm now goes off at 5a.m., I still have my apple computer, but now also my wife's PC. (I have to turn the PC on by pushing the power button, it doesn't just wake up and scream at me like the Macintosh does.) I almost get as much done, but I now have more e-mail to answer, from the http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.ktyl.com/, and http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.kktx.com/, (96x) websites. Listen to both on Monday mornings, or just check out their websites.
Just in case you were confused by the first article, we then told you about the world wide what.. er web, in simple terms from the beginning. We have gotten many e-mails, and it seems there are actually more people getting on then Internet today as there was a year ago. We have had articles on "Cyber-Courting", (dating on the Internet), and how to do all your travel planning in only hours using the world wide web. These articles are posted on the http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://tylertoday.com/winter98/index.html web site, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. As will this one and the ones to follow. We could write the same article over and over and it would still be new to many people. So if your not on the Internet yet, be sure to drop by a local bookstore and pick up a copy of "Internet for Dummies". I have had at least 4 copies, unfortunately all loaned out to Ballistic customers never to return again. For those of with Internet access be sure to check out, http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.yahoo.com/, and click on the help button for a "newbie" tutoring page.
Now, for the URLs U Can Use...... oops, URL (Uniform Resource Locator) like for example http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.tyler.com/. A URL is an address for a webpage that is the only one of it's kind in the world, usually a name with a ".com" at the end.
I guess I am grown up now, and I figured this out by what December means to me. When you are young December means Christmas, and TOYS!!!!!!!!!! Now that I am married and a grown up, (yeah , right!!), December means I can wear my warm clothes and FOOD at Christmas. Whether you are shopping for Holiday gifts, buying for your self, or just looking for recipes, the Internet is where it's at! My favorite subject, FOOD, let's try http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.food.com/, nope, no website, hmm. Well this is the south, go to; http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.southernliving.com/food , and since your in that same kind of mood check out http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.marthastewart.com/. Men's clothes, try http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.tyler.com/suitclub, or http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.masimms.com/ for men's and women's clothes locally, plus the M.A. Simms web site has, you guessed it .. FOOD!!.
For those of your under 21, please skip to the next paragraph. Recently a friend in Austin, sent us a thank you gift of chocolate, it was from the web site, http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.virtualvineyard.com/, has great food and wine, also don't forget http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.wineweb.com/, also if your are looking to buy some Texas wines, check out the search engine http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.excite.com/ and look for "central Texas wineries". Llano Estacado Winery is kind of buried in there but I found a way to order some of their Marinara sauce, YUM!!.
Tip on ordering things on line, look for 800 number, fax # , e-mail, and also make sure the website incorporates "SSL", (secure sockets layer), if it doesn't have these things be careful on ordering, unless it is a recognized brand, and be sure to call the 800 number to see how they answer the phone. Just in case you are wondering, ordering from a website that has those criteria is safer than ordering over the phone. Well if you are on my Christmas list, guess what you got wine for Christmas and will be getting in time to enjoy during the holidays.
January, first thing, New Year's Eve, where to party.. hmm. Let's see place to stay in Dallas , http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.doubletree.com/, DoubleTree Hotels, place to eat, hmm. Found a great one, you can get it all at http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.dallas.com/. UT Oh, wife says it's Austin, this year, so check out http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://austin.yahoo.com/. For supplementary information be sure to look at, http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.austin360.com/, whatever you plan for the big day, you can make your plans now. For you sports fans January means SUPERBOWL!!!! yep, go to http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.superbowl.com/, you can find out all the info, buy tickets, TV schedules, who the half-time act is, etc.
February means two things, Valentines Day and Mardi Gras. buying sweets for the sweetheart? Be sure to check out http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.valentines.com/ , while writing this article, I went there, and I know I wont be in trouble Valentines Day, already have flowers and candy on the way, it was secure, so I figured why not do it now? So If you see my wife don't tell her you read this. Then I will probably have to get her some jewelry like can be found at, http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.adiamondisforever.com/ , so please shhh. The Mardi Gras party never ends, go to, http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.neworleans.com/, or http://web.archive.org/web/20010520063428/http://www.mardigras.com/. For any other trips be sure to check out the TylerToday website, past issues for the travel article. Everyone in New Orleans has a website, you just have to find it.

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