When I was (ahem) young, I never had much interest in anything Belgian.
I never identified with Belgium at all.
Now that I'm not-so-young, I've come to appreciate Belgium a little more.
I've grown to have quite an attachment to Belgian beer, thanks to our neighbor up the road, Brewery Ommegang. It takes a little getting used to, if you've been drinking American beer all your life, but after you develop the taste for it, it's fantastic.
One of my favorite detective characters, penned by Agatha Christie, is Belgian, and proud of it. That would be Hercule Poirot.
And last, but no means least, the very first Web surfer in the world was Belgian. This I can certainly identify with. His name is Robert Cailliau. I bet you didn't know that.
He worked with Tim Berners-Lee, an Englishman, developing the ``World Wide Web," and by the way, that would be SIR Tim Berners-Lee to us common folk.
Anyway, that's ancient history, 17 years ago.
I guess it would be kind of an understatement to say that a lot of websites have been created since then, some good and some not so good.
It seems like I've surfed to a lot of them at one time or another, and I've developed quite a list of bookmarks (that would be "favorites" to you Internet Explorer users) in my browser.
I won't profess to knowing all the good sites, but I think I have a pretty good selection of technology-related places. Maybe I should let you in on them. Twist my arm.
OK, here goes.
No. 1 is Slashdot: http://slashdot.org. Its motto is ``News for nerds. Stuff that matters.''
Slashdot would be considered a news aggregator. It offers up-to-the minute headlines and summaries about everything important to people like me (and possibly you, if you're reading this), and a link to the whole story, wherever it is.