Vail Tech Bytes: Five holiday-themed Web sites
VAIL, Colorado – Now that the turkey has been stuffed, cooked and devoured, I suppose it’s time to start looking toward the upcoming holidays in the Vail Valley. So to kickoff the holiday season, this week’s Tech Bytes has five great Web sites to help get you into the holiday spirit.1. Classic holiday TV: BetaMaXmas.comBetaMaxMas is a Web site that pulls together You Tube clips of the great holiday TV episodes, specials, music videos and commercials from the ’80s onto one site. Complete with a TV guide and “working” rabbit ears to adjust the quality of the picture, it’s a must see for anyone who grew up in the ’80s or has fond memories of that period. From “Family Matters” to “Perfect Strangers,” “Christmas Eve on Sesame Street” to the California Raisins special, and Atari and My Buddy commercials, get nostalgic with the best of 1980s holiday TV programming on BetaMaxMas.com.2. Holiday music: Music.aol.com/radioguide/christmas-musicAOL has a robust selection of holiday-themed online radio stations. From the classics, to jazz, pop, latin, country, rock, R&B, oldies, world, comedy and children’s music, there’s a radio station here for everyone who’s a fan of Christmas music. Plus, the music is free and streamed right over the Internet, so you can listen from anywhere you have Web access.3. Holiday shopping: BensBargains.netEven though Black Friday has come and gone, there are still plenty of deals to be had between now and Christmas Day. If you’re a tech nut like me, keep an eye on BensBargains.net where they post great deals they find on all kinds of electronics like computers, digital cameras, mp3 players, navigation systems, gaming systems and more from major online retailers. The site is constantly updated as they find new sales and coupons, so be sure to keep an eye on it if you have tech-savvy folks on your gift list this year.4. Holiday cooking: AllRecipes.comPlanning a big holiday meal for friends or family? Head over to AllRecipes.com where they have an entire section devoted just to holiday recipes. They also have a “Cookie Countdown newsletter” that you can sign up for to have a new cookie recipe e-mailed to you each day from Dec. 1 to Christmas. AllRecipes allows users to upload their own recipes to share with others, and you can rate the recipes on the site as you try them. The also have an iPhone app so you can look up recipes on your phone.5. History of holiday lights: OldChristmasLights.comWith LED Christmas lights all the rage this year, have you ever stopped to ponder the progression of Christmas lights over the year? Well look no further than oldchristmaslights.com, an online museum of Christmas lights in America, where you can see photos and descriptions of old lighting systems, packaging and advertisements from over the years.Jessie Williams is the owner of Second October Media, http://www.secondoctober.com, a Web development and graphic design firm in Edwards. Have a tech question you’d like answered? E-mail her at email@example.com.