Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Coral Reefs and Aquarium Stuff

As an avid saltwater fish fan, a bulk of my time online is spent mindlessly thumbing through websites about sps coral and aquariums. Easy Reefer happens to be my favorite site for up-to-date scientific information on coral identification and other bullshit involved in this exciting field of study.

Some of my favorite families of coral are fungiidae, Acroporidae, of course Mussidae. This site has so much useful knowledge. It is unfortunate that they don't sell any of the stuff at this time. I wonder if it is in their plans for the future. Seems like a way to make some money on hardcore SPS coral buffs like myself.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Review Sites Everywhere

One of the best things about the Internet is the massive amounts of information on each product and service you are looking to buy. Need a cell phone? Read some user reviews on it. Want to eat at a restaurant? Read up on what others who have eaten there say. It's a great tool for consumers to even the unlevel playing field that held us down from scammy businesses.

So far I've found sites that cover reviews on restaurants, electronics, to even all american good ole fashioned porn reviews. I couldn't find anything I've wanted to buy that didn't have atleast one review or blog post about.

My only concern about these review sites is the validity of the claims. Would a site lie about a product because they are being paid off? I think the main thing to look at is whether the site is advertising a similiar or the same product somewhere else. If a site trashes Dell computers and has Gateway ads all over, you know something is up. Guess what I'm saying is to take these reviews with a grain of salt as well. However, I've seen plenty of people ganging up on a product or company and you can tell that you don't want anything to do with them.