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The 52 best websites you've never heard of

The best, most practical websites, arranged by category

Big names such as Google, Facebook and MySpace dominate the internet. However, the web continues to flourish with a never-ending stream of incredibly useful new sites and services. Here are 52 phenomenally cool web services that you may not have heard of, but definitely need to try.

A single spot for your important stuff
With Dropbox you get 2GB of free online storage and a utility that syncs that space with a folder on all your desktop PCs, as well as on your phone.

Drop a file in from one machine, and it will update on all the others.

Anonymous sharing
When you need to share a large file, or a collection of files, with someone, you could always use the tried-and-true YouSendIt service.

But we prefer Drop.io for its ability to create anonymous drop boxes of up to 100MB for free, complete with user-defined expiration dates and password protection.

A really big drive
Humyo offers 10GB of free online storage. Sweet.

Simple sync and remote access
If you spend your days shuttling from one computer to another, Microsoft's Live Mesh is about the easiest way to keep your important files in sync.

Offering 5GB of free storage, Live Mesh lets you create synced folders that you can access from any connected PC or via a Web interface. You can also share those folders with friends.

What separates Live Mesh from simpler services like Dropbox is its ability to remotely access your other PCs via Microsoft's Remote Desktop service, as if you were sitting in front of them.

Install Live Mesh on each PC you'd like to access, and then leave the systems on to keep them available.

When the computers are turned off, their synced files and folders remain available through the web-based Live Desktop.

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