The World Wide Web. The first time, I ever learnt about it. was when I was in class 7. I had joined a summer vacation Computer course, where they taught us the basics of computers. On the last day, they taught us about what a browser is and how we can explore the world wide web. That was learnt and forgotten, as those weren’t the days we had internet at home and it wasn’t an essential part of the house, like how it has become now.
When I came to college, is when I went back to those lessons and started trying some stuff. That’s when I probably created an email id, sent my first email, installed the chat application etc. We used the Yahoo messenger to talk to my sis who had gone to Singapore for work.
I probably started exploring and learning stuff on the internet when I needed information for my final year project and seminar. But then too I wasn’t really aware of the power of the internet. I wasn’t very keen on exploring anything beyond my need. It was only when I joined work at the research institute that I started using the web, extensively – to learn stuff for the project, to learn about what new tools I can use, how to use them etc, apart from the usual browsing. My sister introduced me to the world of blogs and then there was no turning back. All my free time would be spent in browsing limitless blogs and reading. From there I have explored various technical stuff, general blogs, sites for hobbies and what not. Leaving out the huge list of blogs that I follow, here are a few interesting sites, which keep me hooked –
Technical sites –
http://javarevisited.blogspot.in/ – One of the best blogs for Java concepts. All my time on bench in my company was spent learning stuff from this site.
http://way2java.com/ – Another good site to learn the concepts of Java.
https://www.coursera.org/ – A place where you can enroll for various courses from various technical fields. Free online course, with video sessions to learn various concepts.
http://www.w3schools.com/ – One of the best places to learn web development.
http://stackoverflow.com/ – best forum to go to for any technical discussion. If a question’s on your mind, be sure to find it already asked there!
Hobbies and Craft –
https://www.ravelry.com/ – is a free site for people interested in knitting and crocheting. Lots of groups to join and loads of people to interact and share your work with. Innumerable patterns, both free and paid for you to try.
http://quillingmesoftlee.blogspot.in/p/video-tutorials.html – Video tutorials to learn quilling.
http://www.craftsy.com/ – A place with free and paid tutorial to learn sewing, knitting and what not! You can learn all the techniques involved in these crafts and also learn how to make it a business of your own!
Positivity and Well-Being –
http://tinybuddha.com/ – My go to site for positivity. Lots of people share their experiences. Loads to learn and make changes.
http://zenhabits.net/ – Again, a great site for lessons on positivity and small habits, which can make a big difference.
Other links you may get interested in –
http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/05/24/top-40-useful-sites-to-learn-new-skills/ – A list of sites to learn useful skills. Go check out!
http://in.ixl.com/math/ – A place to go back and brush up your basic Math. 😛
http://wellnessmama.com/ – A site for wellness and loads of stuff to try out at home and DIY.
If you liked this post and have interesting links to share, please do so in your comments! I am definitely looking for more reasons to explore the WWW. 🙂