Screenshot of CompuCafe Helsinki video, uploaded to Vimeo by Larri Helminen.

1995 video promo for internet cafe puts Finland on the hi-tech map

Screenshot of CompuCafe Helsinki video, uploaded to Vimeo by Larri Helminen.
Recently, the online elite was amazed by a Finnish Internet Café video promo from 1995, which really should open our eyes for how quickly the world has changed. Back then, computers were clunky, fast internet connections were extremely expensive and there was no Wi-Fi.

Since we can assume the charmingly corny video probably didn’t serve its purpose back in the day, as an insert on MTV, we really think you should give the thing four minutes of your time.

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Meet the Finnish woman who graduated by hanging out on Reddit for a year

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RedditGirlA 26-year-old Finnish woman, Salla Koivu, has taken hanging out on Reddit to a whole new level of dedication. And in the process gained her Master’s degree. Salla, a Helsinki native and a graduate from Aalto University School of Business decided the best way to complete her thesis on Why do people share online? was to hang out on Reddit for an entire year. Eager to find our more about this genius plan to legitimately mess around on the internet, we hooked up with her to find out what inspired her to go undercover and what she discovered about one of our all time favourite websites.

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10 years on: The best YouTube channels you can watch today

Watching video on the Internet used to be terrible (remember RealPlayer?). But then YouTube came along in 2005 and was quickly gobbled up by Google in 2006. As of now, ten years on, YouTube has become part of a sort of backbone of the Internet. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just for cat videos.

Some of YouTube’s early existence was plagued with controversy over its use as the place to go for random uploads of Other People’s Content. But the site is obviously focused on being a publishing platform for anyone. Today we want to honor some of the most interesting, hard working video producers out there.

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The 24 best music websites for rocking your world

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Bob Marley famously said, “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” If there’s one man who knows what he’s talking about, when it comes to top tunes, it’s Marley. Question is, what are the best places to get hit by the magic of music on the Web? Google “the best music websites” and you get over 300 million results. Happily, you don’t have to wade through them all to find the best because we’ve done the hard work for you. So, crank up the volume and get on down with the best booty shaking sites online.

1. Plug.dj

Now you can be the DJ

2. StereoMood

Choose the tunes that best suit your mood

4. Songkick

Scan your library and receive notifications of nearby concerts

5. Radio3net

Streaming 1001 albums you must hear before you die

6. GoodMusicAllDay

Ace electronic, hip hop blog and player

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7. Warbeats

Improve your beatmaking skills

8. RainyMood

Cool noise cancellation sounds for chillin’

9. Whosampled

The perfect place for finding music samples

10. Dancingastronaut

Electronic music, news and reviews

11. Tastekid

Discover related TV, music, movies, books, etc.

12. DI.fm

Great electronic radio resource

13. Live365

Awesome online radio

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14. mp3cut

 The place to cut mp3s online

15. Last.fm

Use your listening history to find related artists

16. BPM4DJs

BPM database

17. TrackItDown

All the latest in electronic music

18. Simplynoise

A selection of noise cancellation sounds

19. SoundCloud

Audio hosting to share and listen to music

20. TheNeedleDrop

Great music review site

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21. BeatPort

Online electronic music store

22. Classic-Music-Online

Free classical music library with player

23. 22tracks

Simple 22 track playlist categorized by genre

24. SetList.fm

Share and discover the best set lists

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29 American customs that surprise the rest of the world

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You might think over the last few years America’s popularity around the world has taken something of a battering. Yet the annual Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index, an international survey measuring the popularity of countries around the world by polling 20,000 people across 20 countries, says otherwise. In fact, in this year’s survey, the United States came second behind Germany and just ahead of the UK. But despite all the love and respect for many aspects of the American way of life, there are many American customs that non-Americans find, frankly, bizarre. To see for yourself, here are 29 recently shared on Reddit.

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11 wonderful websites that’ll keep you happy for hours

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Have you run out of fun websites to browse while procrastinating? Sometimes the most entertaining and amusing sites are the ones that few people know about. We’ve decided to share our finest selection of obscure procrastination material, ranging from small sites for a quick break to incredibly immersive sites where you might spend hours. Some are old and some are new, but each one is perfect for spending many happy mind-expanding hours online.

For maximum procrastination, be sure to check out 16 super cool things you can do on the Internet for free afterwards!

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