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Let's Celebrate Mardi Gras!
Fat Tuesday is Feb 5.

The revelry is about to begin. Join in at NOLA.com, where you can learn all about Mardi Gras, see maps & schedules, listen to Mardi Gras Radio, and watch the action on several Cams & Webcasts (warning, things can get a little...adult).

Mardi Gras Highlights on NOLA.com: Mardi Gras Photos:

TECH TIP
How to Install RAM in Your PC

Installing more RAM (memory) on your computer is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase your computer performance, online and off. Here are a few links to get you going...



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Pidgin — Windows
Use all your IM accounts at once
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Adium — Mac
Use all your IM accounts at once
This free instant messaging program for Mac OS X makes it simple to connect to friends using AIM, MSN, GoogleTalk, Jabber, Yahoo!, and more.
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WEIRD WEB
International Pancake Day
Move over Mardi Gras...
February 5 isn't just Mardi Gras day. For almost 60 years, it's also been International Pancake Day, with a race between a town in Kansas and a town in England. Check out all the festivities.
You'll flip for it...

WEB WATCH
Top 500 Hotels
Where would you love to stay?
Whether you're hitting the road this year or not, this definitive hotel guide from Travel + Leisure is fun to browse. See what tops the list and why. And don't miss the slideshow of the top 25.
See the full list
Slideshow of top 25 hotels

Improve Your Photos - FREE
Picnik.com makes it simple
Picnik.com is a new, simple way to fix underexposed digital photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos—right in your Web browser. Nothing to download, nothing to buy (though a premium upgrade gives you more tools).
Smile & say FREEEEEE!

8 Foods Men Should Eat Every Day
For optimal health & fitness
A panel of doctors, scientists, nutritionists, and chefs compiled this simple list of 8 essential foods. Learn why you need them, what you can substitute, and how to fit them into your daily diet.
You are what you eat

2008 Presidential Fundraising
Show me the money
Politics isn't all about money (we hope), but it is undeniably important. See who's got what, what they've done with it, and where it came from. The total raised is expected to reach $1 billion.
See who's cashing in...

DIY Home Energy Audit
Save energy & money
Let the U.S. Department of Energy walk you through your house and prioritize a list of energy efficiency upgrades. The result? A greener home and more green in your wallet.
Do it yourself...


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