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  Wednesday, December 22, 2004 Issue 100 Volume 4 Number 26  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• PERU -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
• GLOBALEDGETM -- THE BEST IN RESEARCH
• YOUR PERSONAL GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY -- VISIT HERE BEFORE YOU BUY
• OLDVERSION.COM -- GOLDEN OLDIES HERE

Hello International Traders!

This is a special occasion, since you're looking at the 100th issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. It's hard to believe that I've actually written 100 issues, but the evidence is there if you go to the archives ( http://www.fita.org/useful/archives/index.html ). Since I always profile at least four Web sites in every issue, that means I've reviewed more than 400 sites since I began writing this newsletter. There's a wealth of useful information in the archives, and I urge new subscribers to spend some time there -- it'll help your business in the long run.

And by the way, we recently reached another milestone -- we now have more than 100,000 subscribers!

In this issue I take a look at Peru, a country with a growing economy and lots of opportunities for trade. Next, I've got a site that's the gold standard for international business research. And, if you're thinking of buying a digital camera, I have a site that will give you the facts you need to make the best decision. Finally, I have a site where you can get older versions of popular software programs -- and you can get these time-tested "golden oldies" for free!

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

PERU -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE

Peru has a history of trade going back to at least the Inca, who carved a 150 mile route through the Andes to trade with their neighbors. These days, Peru has a groving economy with many trade opportunities, chalking up US $8 billion in both imports and exports in 2003.

If you want to find out more about Peru, go to the U.S. Commercial Service Country Commercial Guide to Peru ( http://www.buyusainfo.net/info.cfm?id=121160 ). This site has everything you need to get started: detailed information on the country's political environment, economic trends, trade regulations, and investment climate, plus a schedule of trade events, business contacts, and much more.

There are many more links to Peru at the FITA site. Go to http://fita.org/webindex, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Latin America & Caribbean and click on Peru in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Peru" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

And FITA's Global Bookstore has some good books about doing business in the region. Take a look at Doing Business in the New Latin America : A Guide to Cultures, Practices, and Opportunities and the Peru Business & Investment Opportunities Yearbook.

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GLOBALEDGETM -- THE BEST IN RESEARCH


When I first started writing about international business Web sites back in 1996, I raved about the quality of the MSU-CIBER site. Created by Michigan State University's Center for International Business Education and Research, MSU-CIBER was the gold standard of international business sites. Not long ago the site was revamped and renamed globalEDGETM ( http://globaledge.msu.edu ), but it's still as useful as ever. Whatever you need -- country profiles, statistics, market research, international news, trade leads, company directories, trade law information, trade show calendars, language tools, financial data, travel tips, and more -- you'll find it here. This is THE site for international business information -- in fact, if you search on the phrase "international business" on Google, Yahoo, or MSN, you'll find globalEDGETM near the very top of your search results.

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THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS DIRECTORY
500,000 companies in 33 countries

http://www.europages.com

Who will see your ad today? 45,000 buyers in 180 countries? Who can beat that? Available in 25 languages on the Net and delivered to 580,000 recipients in Europe's top companies every year, with EUROPAGES will you will reach the purchasing managers you are seeking for your products. EUROPAGES is the most effective multimedia advertising solution for European markets. Buy Better, sell more, now more than ever! WWW.EUROPAGES.COM, the European business directory. More Info


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YOUR PERSONAL GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY -- VISIT HERE BEFORE YOU BUY

Since my family is so hopelessly old-fashioned, according to my children, that we don't own a digital camera, I finally decided to purchase one. I like to research products before I buy them, so I found a cool site to get me up to speed on the world of digital photography. Your Personal Guide to Digital Photography ( http://www.basic-digital-photography.com ) is an easy to understand site with all the information I need to get started. Scroll down the page and you'll see tutorials on how to choose a digital camera, how to shoot better digital photos, how to use photo editing software, and much more. There are also reviews of popular digital cameras and photo editing software, and tips for organizing and sharing your pictures.

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OLDVERSION.COM -- GOLDEN OLDIES HERE

If you have an older computer, like me, and you don't want to buy a new one, you probably can't run the newest software. Newer software programs use lots of memory and processing power, and they won't run correctly on computers that are even a few years old. There's hope, however -- OldVersion.com ( http://www.oldversion.com ). This site has older versions of many popular software programs, and you can download them for free. Older software is usually free of annoying spyware programs that track the sites you visit on the Web, sending that information to advertisers who then barrage you with their ads. Some people use OldVersion.com because they don't like how new versions of software get bloated with a lot of unnecessary features. Whatever your needs, OldVersion.com is worth checking out for its golden oldies!

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