Digging For Data
If you desire random data delivered on the fly, log on to Halibot. Say you need the population of Taos, New Mexico-simply send an e-mail to email@example.com with "Taos, NM" in the subject line. Minutes later, you get the answer (which happens to be 23,118 for the county). Halibot doesn't cover everything, but its database does include useful items like current air fares, ZIP codes, even what movies are playing in Dallas. It works from your cell phone, PDA or pager, too. To use the service, you need the list of topics it handles. Get that by sending an e-mail (no text or subject are required) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Within minutes, you'll get the list-as well as details on how to query specific databases.