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Portal, Portal On The Wall...
All-encompassing digital "portals" are jostling for your attention - but do they deserve it?

The explosion of the World Wide Web has thrown up a cornucopia of attractions for the average Web surfer - round-the-clock music, live video, online rock concerts, up-to-the-minute news, stock quotes and sport scores are just some of the distractions available. These and other more seductive pleasures have resulted in bookmark lists that are a mile wide and four inches deep; and caused fickleness, a trait long considered the domain of the fairer sex, to manifest itself in the browsing habits of ‘Net junkies everywhere.

Digital-age companies like Microsoft and Netscape have pumped millions into their pursuit of the holy grail of any Internet website - repeat visits. And portals, those new all-you-can-eat-and-more wondersites, are only the latest salvo in the battle to win the hearts, minds and (most important of all!) mouse clicks of the new breed of cyberspace travellers!

So this week we decided to try and understand the portal hype, and also point you to the best and most complete portals on the Web.

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