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Net-4-biz (www.net-4-cbiz.com) is a new American based paid for email programme. This one seems much the same as all the others, ie they send you emails from advertisers and you click on a link and get credit in your account. You get paid $0.05 for each email you read and $0.03 for every email your direct referrals read. Your direct referrals are unlimited. You need a minimum of $20 to get a cheque. It makes no mention of any charges for non American users, it does say anyone from any country can use the programme, but they must speak fluent english. You should be aware that your bank may charge you a fee to deposit American cheques. The problem with all of these programmes is you never get enough emails to get paid! I've signed uo for quite a few of these, some for over a year and I still have no money. If you can generate a huge amount of referrals I suppose you may make some money, but as you can only have direct referrals it would be a lot of work to get these referrals for the money you get back, unless that is they actually do send a lot of paying emails. I don't think this programme will prove worthwhile but I have signed up just in case! UPDATE I have been a member for around a couple of weeks now and I have $0.45 in my account, not very much but much better than most paid for email programmes. At this rate it is going to take a couple of years to get $20 unless I get some referrals.
http://bigcats.care2.com/ is a charity that gives money to the Wildlife Conservation Society, all you have to do is click on a link, the sites sponsors donate money. Your donation can go towards Tigers, Jaguars or Snow Leopards, the choice is yours. Here are a few facts from the website: Experts estimate that there are only 5,000-7,000 tigers left in the wild today. Approximately 50 percent of the jaguar's original habitat is now gone. Only 5,000-7,000 snow leopards remain in the wild due to demand for their fur So what are you waiting for? Add it to your favourites and visit every day, couldn't be simpler. Take a look at my hungersite opinion for a list of other charity sites.
The principle of this site is simple, one click from you and the hungersites sponsors pay the cost of a meal to the United Nations World Food Programme. According to the site 24,000 people die of hunger each day, which is equivalent to one death every 3.6 seconds. So add this to your favourites and click on it every day. It's almost no effort and for those with free internet access, no cost. Here's a few more charity sites to add to your favourites: www.therainforestsite.com www.cancercharities.com bigcats.care2.com rainforest.care2.com www.eactivism.com/clickcure.asp www.saverainforest.net
Ipoints (www.ipoints.co.uk) is a UK based web rewards programme. They promise you a free ferry crossing to France or Ireland when you join up, infact they give you 10 ipoints for joining with which you can buy a ferry ticket, the ferry tickets are for foot passengers only, no cars! This probably isn't much use to most people. You can spend ipoints on various items, for example: Ferry ticket - 10 ipoints (foot passengers only) £5 gift voucher - 70 ipoints (various high street shops) Give £10 to Barnados - 100 ipoints Any book from BOL upto £8 - 135 ipoints There are quite a lot more offers, mostly for CDs, DVDs and the like. You can earn ipoints for doing various things, some of which involve spending money, some don't (and I prefer the ones that don't!). For example: 9 ipoints for every £4 you spend at BOL 3 ipoints for every £10 spent at 101cd.com 40 ipoints for every £100 spent at BEdirect Again there are quite a few of these shopping offers. Without spending money: 10 ipoints to register 10 ipoints per referral 100 ipoints for a successful Egg credit card application 10 ipoints to register at myoffers.co.uk 3 ipoints per 4 questionaires at myoffers.co.uk Various ipoints for surveys at consumerlink.com So far I've had a £5 gift voucher and I didn't have to do much to get this. The only problem is that it seems to take ages to be credited with your ipoints, a month or more! I haven't bought anything via ipoints so I don't know how quick/reliable they are for crediting points this way. All in all this is not a bad web rewards scheme but your earning potential is fairly limited (unless you buy lots of stuff online) and it does take ages to get your ipoints. On the plus side they sent my gift voucher out very quickly.
I've been looking forward to this game for quite a while, and all in all it wasn't worth the wait. This game is very similar to GP2. Geoff Crammond seems to have spent 4 whole years doing very little. All that has changed is the addition of 3d hardware support, changing to the '98 season (was '94 season), the addition of rain (removed from GP2, was in GP1) and some new bitmaps for the menus and so on. He hasn't exactly been rushed off his feet! He has also added some bugs! The game now supports 3d hardware using DirectX and the result is quite pretty but also quite slow. The rain is very pretty, with nice reflections off the wet track but the game runs even slower in the wet. The software mode is VERY SLOW, it seems even slower than GP2 despite being run a much faster machine! Even with most textures switched off it still chugs along. This is made even worse by the fact that Geoff is still using his pathetic framerate control system from GP1/GP2, it was a bad idea when he first used it and it hasn't got any better! The sounds are ok, nothing special, with some irritating music in the menus. As for gameplay, this is exactly the same as GP2! The only major improvement here is the wet weather, the cars are extremely hard to drive in the wet (with all driver aids turned off), and over a period of time a dry line forms (as long as it isn't raining) which is grippier that the wet bits. It can also rain on only some parts of the circuit, just like real rain! You also get a pretty full range of setup options, just like GP2 infact! If you liked GP2 you'll like this (cos it's the same!), you may not think it was worth the money though. This is not a full on simulation like Grand Prix legends but is less arcadey than the rest of the opposition. Don't get me wrong, I loved GP2 but I expected a bit more change than this.
Yoyomail is a web based get paid to read email programme. There is one huge flaw with this programme, they don't pay you any money! I haven't read many emails, but I have read some, and the grand total in my account is $0.00! The minimum payout is $20, but as the maximun you can get would seem to be $0 you are unlikely to ever get your 20 bucks! They also claim to pay for your referrals, I assume at the same heady rate of $0.00 per email. Basically this is totaly utterly worthless rubbish. Don't join up.
Sendmoreinfo is an American get paid to read email programme. I've been a member for quite a while now and so far I have the magnificent total of $1.30 in my account! The basic problem with this (and all other similar programmes) is that you don't get sent many emails. So there is basically no chance of making a worthwhile amount of money. You do get paid money for your referrals so if you can build a huge referral network you might just about get a worthwhile amount of money, building huge referral networks is not that easy however! The minimum cheque amount is $10 (most UK banks will charge for paying in dollar cheques) and you get paid $0.05 per email you receive and $0.02 per email your referrals receive. You have to click a link on the email to get paid. There are no real problems (other than the lack of cash) with this programme, I haven't been spammed for instance. All in all this is not worth the effort,
This is not the best looking competition site on the web but it makes up for that with its fast loading times and relative lack of irratating banner ads. on this site you will find: A list of competitions, this includes a search facility and you can add new competitions if you find any. You can search for web based, entry form based, phone based and so on. A list of slogans to help you with those tie breakers. Again this has a search facility and you can add your own slogans. A list of events for all you competition fanatics to go to, I haven't been to one of these so I don't really know what goes on, swapping of entry forms and the like I imagine? A list of competition clubs. A list of winners, a good way to see which competitions have/had the best odds, and helps provide motivation too. The site also has an hourly competition, the prizes aren't that special (although I like anything free!) but I imagine the odds are pretty good in the middle of the night! There is also an Australian version. All in all this site is pretty useful if you like your competitions (it can get pretty addictive).
I've been looking for a UK coupons site for quite a while now, there a quite a lot of USA sites to show the potential but they are of no use to me. Sadly this site is not much use, there aren't many coupouns and the ones they do have are all of no use to me, mostly being small discounts from various regional shops and the like. The only coupon that would be of interest to a lot of people is the Blockbuster one but when you click on it it say offer coming soon! I guess it doesn't do any harm to have a look at this site but I suspect most people wont find a coupon of use. A coupon is only of any use if you actually want the product in the first place. UPDATE I've just had another look after a couple of months and things have improved a bit, they have a few more coupons including the Blockbuster one. More of the coupons are now of interest to a lot of people instead of the local ones that were common before. All in all this site is now worth checking out from time to time, you might actually save some cash.
www.gb3b.vispa.co.uk is a UK base freebie site. I often check quite a few freebie sites to see what I can blag and of late I have noticed a bit of a trend, most of the sites have much the same stuff, and they are hardly ever updated. I just stumbled across this site recently and it seems to be updated every day and has quite a few things the other sites dont. This site is nice and fast to load, mainly because it is free of banners and useless stuff, it's a basic text based website with lots of freebies.
www.spamandchips.com is a new british based paid to read email programme, before you all run away thinking that these never pay (which they don't in my experience) this one has an offer on at the moment that may make it worthwhile. If you refer 5 people you get a free flight to brussels, or at least it says this before you sign up, after you sign up it says you get the flight after you refer 20 people so I guess we'll have to wait and see which. I dont know how well this will pay for emails but I suspect very badly, we probably wont get enough emails to make it worthwhile, the free flight however does sound good. If you want to sign up as my referral (yes please, I am going to struggle for 20 referrals!) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for my details.
Trocas (www.trocamania.com) are yet another web reward scheme. This one has no restriction on your country of residence but does seem to be aimed at American and south American users, so the site is available in (US) English, Spanish and Portugues. I've been useing this site for about 3 months and so far i've had $10 in amazon.com web certificates. That doesn't sound too good but you don't have to spend much time on this web site to get points. The main way of earning points (for UK users at least) is by visiting websites, most of the websites only pay you once every 30 days, so the least time consuming method is to log in once per month and click on all the websites, I always open the sites in a new window (use the right button in IE) as I can click on all the sites in around 1 minute without having to pay them much notice. You also get 5 trocas for logging in and clicking on the answer to a one question survey, so you can do this daily if you want. There are several other ways of making points, but the only one of any use to UK users is referring you friends, you get 75 trocas for direct referrals, 40 points for indirect referrals upto 5 levels deep. Most of the things you can redeem trocas for are pretty useless for UK users but you can get online gift certificates for Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble (similar to amazon) and CDnow. You probably wont get a huge amount of rewards from this programme but it is quicker and easier than most.
Register once is an American site that pays you cash to sign up for various things, they give you a cut of what they are paid. Some of the programmes you can sign up for are for US citizens only, some require credit card details, so I avoided these, the rest just send you email so you can unsubscribe from these later. You probably will get some junk mail. So far I have recevied a cheque for $8.00, your bank will charge you a fee for cashing dollar cheques so you may wish to check how much this is. I am expecting another cheque shortly. This is pretty easy but you don't get much money and your bank fee may eat up all the money anyway.
I've used quite a few get paid to surf programmes and this one seemed quite good, 75 hours per month limit at 48 cents per hour, you can use your computer for anything and get paid, not just surfing, get paid for your referrals even if you don't use the adbar. However there are problems, the most significant being that when I requested my cheque (around 2 months ago) nothing happened, I got no cheque, no email, nothing. And now if I try to access my account, my username is not in the database! There were lots other problems but they don't matter much if they don't pay anyway! Needless to say I have stopped useing this useless programme. I wish dooyoo would let me give a rating of zero stars, 1 star seems too generous. All in all, don't bother.
I've been a screaming.net customer (recently bought by worldonline) for around a year now, I found the free evening/weekend internet phone charges very tempting! In order to get the free internet phone calls (now 24/7, not just evenings and weekends) you have to change your telephone company but I found this straightforward and caused me no problems, and my normal phone bill is a bit cheaper too. It costs £14.99 per month including line rental (ie £5.00 extra) The service was abysmal to start with but has greatly improved over time. I now always connect first time and get an ok connection speed. You get kicked off after being connected for 3 hours (you can reconnect straight away). I've heard people complain about the news server but it seems fine to me, there doesn't seem to be any missing posts as others have said (maybe just in some newsgroups?). Most of the other free connections have a one hour kickoff and are much slower (if you can get on at all) at the moment, they will no doubt improve in time. All in all I think screaming.net/worldonline is the best free connection ISP at the moment.