Here are 10 Web sites, games and pointless time-wasters that made technology fun in 2001
1 TEXT MESSAGING What's even more impersonal than calling someone on a cellphone from a loud, crowded bar? Sending an abrupt, four-word text message to their phone. The future of conversation.
2 www.buddyhead.com/gossip L.A. clowns gossiping about the people they hate in the music industry. Scurrilous rumours abound, and they get the reader in on the action by providing home phone numbers for Fred Durst and Sum 41 and asking you to call them. Class.
3 BBC WORLD Essential viewing post 9/11 for a skeptical, celebrity-free view of American aggression. Also useful if you need the cricket score from the first day's test in Lahore.
4 IPOD MP3 players got smaller and more powerful, but none looked as sharp as Apple's cassette-sized monster.
5 MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL DVD The reason why DVDs were made. Includes 24 seconds of extra footage "previously unseen by human hand" as well as subtitles from Shakespeare for people who don't like the film and a version of the movie made out of Lego.
6 www.snopes2.com/rumors/rumors.htm The September 11 bullshit detector that separated truth from rumours, from the stories about Nostradamus predicting the fall of the towers to the doctored photo of the tourist atop the World Trade Center with a jetliner looming in the background.
7 NHL 2002 How hockey should be played at home. Also inexplicably includes a feature where you can be one of the Barenaked Ladies.
8 POWERBOOK Another Apple gem. Thin, sleek and made of titanium. I want one.
9 XBOX Microsoft's billion-dollar gamble to destroy PS2. If they can put together a solid lineup of games, watch out.
10 My Computer Crashing I lost everything and was without a machine for a week. Not a good thing, but it made me realize how much time I waste in front of a 15-inch screen.
Digital Cable Two horse channels, something called Oleg and Much, Much More MuchMusic. No, thanks.
IT Eight months of hype for a scooter.
Salon Magazine Premium Edition Pay for something you can't be bothered to read for free. Sounds like good business to me.
Bad Napster Replacements I want my MP3s.