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Which way to Rome?
Written by: Jasna Sıkorová
Mileage and route planners help us
figure out which way and how far away our destination is. The Czech
internet carries free applications and paid programs that can be
used for car, bicycle, or river trips.
This rather widespread application from koda Auto will show
you how to get to Paris, for example, and how much you can
expect to spend. You can enter not only the end points but
also the places you want to travel through. The system will
calculate both the shortest route and the easiest - and if
you enter your car's gas consumption it will also show you
how much it will cost. It can also create maps for easier orientation.
It stands up to similar foreign services such as the French
site, www.mappy.fr, although it's a bit less complex. Mappy
doesn't cover the Czech Republic, but it can help you with
highway exits and with toll estimates.
Searching for a route via your computer or mobile phone is
a paid application. For tourist trips, all you need is mileage
for passenger cars, ranging from CZK 500 to 1,000. More extensive
menus allow you to save selected routes, variants, for bicycles,
and city maps. Additionally, the expanded version is able to
search out points of interest along the route. The program
also calculates costs and shows the route on a map. Use is
simple and intuitive, and you can work in several windows at
the same time. But when you get in your car it's better to
take along an atlas instead of a computer, and the advantages
compared with the free version don't look so great that you
want to pay for it.
This is a mileage and route planner for bicycles. Program prices
start at CZK 150 (unless you use the free version, in which
you have to repeatedly enter a code). It contains detailed
bicycle routes in several areas of the Czech Republic and Slovakia,
with the length of the routes, places that sell food, the terrain
type, and elevation. The itinerary can then be printed out.
You can also plan bicycle trips on-line at www.cykloserver.cz
in the "marked bike routes" section.
Boaters need to plan their routes, too. This site is very simple,
but only somewhat interactive. River mileages are in nice,
very detailed separate files (including a recommended .pdf
format). One look at them gives you the feeling that you're
already traveling. Cruises begin upstream and continue moving
down with the current. Mileages are accompanied by information
on water depths and obstructions. Also included are colorful
descriptions of camp grounds and catering facilities.
In the map section you'll find an atypical web camera mileage
system. So if you select the Charles Bridge, you'll see images
at various time intervals. That's not all - after you select "cameras
in the area", you will see a well arranged list of web
cameras in different sites, with information on distances from
the zero point - i.e., distances from the Charles Bridge. According
to this site, the Nuselskı Bridge is about five kilometers
away, while pindlerùv Mlın is 110 km away. Thanks to the online
images, you can visit these places virtually.
Lobbying essentially means directing information to target groups.
This site of the Bison & Rose PR agency has information on pension
reform for the Association of Pension Funds. According to this, in
2050 our overall pension system will be CZK 26,711,708,124 in the
This is the first on-line DVD rental facility. You can choose a DVD
over the internet, but you have to pick up and return it by mail,
or in person. The advantage is a monthly lump sum for renting as
many DVDs as you can watch.
This site focuses on sports and activities in the country, from mountain-climbing
to bicycling and skiing. The news is updated each day, and is supplemented
by reportage on travels, advice, and discussions.
"Six Senses" is a benefit (virtual) exhibition of artistic
photography by well known actors, each of them representing one of
the senses. It was organized by the ArtForum Association, which has
long been promoting the conjunction of art presentations and the
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- Internet logs became hugely popular, particularly during
the war in Iraq, when the public saw the official media as
manipulated and impersonal. Regularly updated entries from
the "sand box" of the American soldier in Iraq (It-smash.us)
or of an Iraqi man in Baghdad (dearread.blogspot.com) attracted
and moved hundreds of thousands of computer visitors. A Weblog
is built on a simple editorial system that can be mastered
even by computer novices. It has simple graphics and as few
pictures as possible. The operator of the system, which is
usually free in its basic version, also offers space for placing
sites - such as blogger.com or the Czech site, www.elka.cz/easyblog.