Net Xpress: Bilingual site geared toward making youngsters good readers

September 02, 2003|SHEILA J. CLARK

Reading Rockets at have launched a new site for parents to help their children learn to read. The site, called Colorin Colorado at, was designed primarily for Spanish-speaking parents and it features loads of great information, activities and tips on helping children improve their reading skills.

The Web site's unique name derives from a popular Spanish saying: "Y colorn, colorado, esta cuento se ha acabado!" which means "Colorin colorado, and that is the end of the story!" This saying is usually said after reading a good book together.

Colorin Colorado offers skill-building tools for children from infancy to late elementary-aged kids using illustrations and video clips of celebrities, including the late Salsa legend, Celia Cruz.

On this bilingual site, kids can fine-tune their reading skills for both home and school using ideas, recommended books and other resources found there. The site also includes various downloadable resources educators to reproduce and share with others. The site's advice combined with stories, songs, games and other great resources makes it an ideal resource and tool for creating successful readers.


Net buzzz

* AMD brings its Duron processors out of retirement for release in developing countries such as Latin America and China. The new Durons run in speeds of 1.4GHz, 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz. Read more at http://

* TurboLinux, a Japanese firm and founder of the UnitedLinux Group, is adding its support to the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) consortium. Read more at

* has released a new business-oriented machine called BusinessStation. This system is based on their WebStation system, released earlier this summer. Both systems run from a LindowsCD and they require no hard drive. The BusinessStation specifically targets markets such as stores, government agencies, libraries, computer labs, corporations and schools. The Business Station will retail for $169, the same cost as the WebStation system. Learn more at

* Webcasters filed suit against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Wednesday. The music authority is accused of forcing small Webcasters to close down due to their strict rates. Read more at

* Mac users will have a little longer to wait for their taste of OpenOffice software. Porting the open-source office suite software for Max OSX users won't begin until after the release of OpenOffice version 2.0. Read more at

Virus alert update

Virus analysts discovered that the Sobig.F worm came packed with an extra mean punch, a hidden trojan. The trojan found in the code reveals that it was scheduled to attack at 3 p.m. on Aug. 22, then another company found code stating that an attack would occur at 3 p.m. but the dates were set for Sept. 10-11. None of the analysts have figured out what exactly the trojan will do on those dates but they expect a possible cyberattack. Learn more at and items/news_2003082200.shtml and

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