When you need an answer to a burning question (How do I use this new software? How do I remove ink marks from a white shirt? Can my iPod be fixed?), turn to these eight how-to sites on the web, rated the best by PC World.
1. Yahoo Answers: The best of its type: Folks write in questions, and site users offer helpful answers. Then other users rate how useful the answers are.
2. HowStuffWorks.com: Explains in simple terms what things are and how they work.
3. Lynda.com: A better approach to learning software than sitting through training or reading the manual. For a subscription fee, you can tap into Lynda.com’s online videos to learn how to use creative, design and development software.
4. FixYa: Your iPod just went dead. Instead of tossing it, post a message at FixYa. A team of experts and a large group of users can address the breakdowns. You can get tech or gadget help by having a web chat with one of the experts.
5. Treehugger: Find actionable advice on being a wiser, greener consumer. The site covers everything from food to business to recreation to fashion.
6. Dictionary.com/ and Thesaurus.com: Bookmark these sites for everyday advice on language.
7. Instructables: Learn how to make anything from a corsage to a catapult. Users write in about what they do or have invented and how they did it.
8. Livemocha: A new approach to learning languages by setting up learning alliances with language buddies from around the world.