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Online knowledge from A to Z
Written by: Jasna Sýkorová
The world is full of foreign words
- "foreign" as in unknown or untranslatable. Web dictionaries
and encyclopedias bridge this familiarity gap, thus facilitating
prompt and convenient understanding.
This site allows you to access three complete encyclopedias.
Unregistered users can access all links, but complete definitions
are available only following registration, which is free of
charge for the first 25 entries. But if you choose this option,
you must agree to receive e-mail advertisements. Subscriptions
start at CZK 200 for 50 complete entries. The fee is deducted
only in the event that you explicitly request the complete entry.
The dictionaries are extensive and modern, and even contain
the names of larger Czech firms over the last decade. Internet
links are displayed, but they are less relevant than those from
This popular and easy-to-use translation dictionary operates
with applications developed by Rewin, which also offers Polish
and Romanian versions on its web site (www.winged2000.cz). For
Russian words there is also a Cyrillic alphabet keyboard. The
dictionary contains hundreds of thousands of words and phrasings,
including those of a specialized nature. The competition - slovnik.atlas.cz
- which uses the basic applications provided by the same firm,
has supplemented its offer with other dictionaries from other
providers. It thus makes it possible to compare resulting translations.
A free electronic encyclopedia. Neither the sources nor the
number of entries are stated, but the database appears to be
quite large. The search engine also recognizes the sought term
in little captions under the entries. The operator, Netpoint,
offers applications for searching not only on the site, but
also via WAP and SMS mobile services for T-Mobile and Oskar.
With Oskar, this encyclopedia is a part of the SIM Toolkit offer,
and now allows searches for multiple-word phrases.
This is a service offered by the provider of the volny.cz connection.
It offers two variants, a mini-dictionary with a small vocabulary,
which the user can keep open while working in another window.
Additionally, anyone can add it to their own web site - the
operator has published part of the html code needed for access
to the database. A large dictionary - the Millennium On-Line
Multi-Field Dictionary - translates words in their general meanings,
and then according to the various fields, such as law or military.
This multi-language dictionary by LangSoft is supplemented by
the Cambridge Dictionary encyclopedic dictionary in English.
Surprisingly, this dictionary is a part of a distinctive department
store that offers home deliveries of groceries. The site's orientation
is confusing, but it offers the unique option of comparing outputs
in Czech and English. The LangSoft dictionary is also used by
another operator - slovniky.centrum.cz - that has expanded it
to include audio recordings of the pronunciations of some words.
The web site of the Association for Mobile Payments, aimed at developing
and supporting a unified system for payments made via mobile phone.
Its services should make it possible to use a telephone like a credit
card - recharging credit, paying in shops or over the net, etc.
This news site, supported by the Seznam.cz company and its portal,
has become the official on-line news site of Právo, replacing the
earlier flashnews.cz. Columns of favorite authors are preserved, but
the design has been completely redone.
The portal of the iDNES news site has been expanded again, this time
focusing on snowboarding. Its content is not for beginners. The same
group offers pohlavnichoroby.idnes.cz (sexually transmitted diseases),
sponsored by the maker of Durex condoms.
This large portal seeks to celebrate Valentine's day with a new section.
Since the beginning of February, Valentine-oriented sites have opened
not only at Tiscali, but also at valentyn.centrum.cz. Here you can
send cards, order flowers, and so forth.
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- The phrase peer-to-peer, or P2P, is used to describe a so-called
virtual exchange system. Anyone who is interested can share
(open up to the entire world by means of the relevant software)
information, data, and files, which other users can source and
easily download into their computers. This protocol was originally
created to allow sharing of musical recordings in MP3 format.
Napster, which no longer exists, is one of the best-known such
systems. This site currently allows the exchange of texts, films,
and images, as well as music. The programs that currently use
this system and can be downloaded from the internet for free,
such as Morpheus or KaZaA, work like public libraries. Millions
of files are exchanged every day. However, some of them are
protected by copyright, so these systems often face law suits.