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Internet Update: Armed And Ready For Christmas.

While a number Web-connected outfits purport to be ready to track Santa's airborne progress this Christmas, none has the Arctic authority of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The joint US/Canada military organization has some pretty heavy hardware to track the old elf and, in fact, claims to have been doing so since 1955, when NORAD was known as the Continental Air Defense Command. With the easing of Cold War tensions, NORAD types apparently have found time to work on their Webmastering skills, since their official "NORAD Tracks Santa" Web site is a pleasing stop for any eager kid. While waiting for Christmas Eve bulletins from NORAD radar-watchers - broadcast in RealAudio format and pinpointed on an accompanying map - visitors to the site can read about the history of Santa Claus and listen to some Christmas music performed by the US Air Force Band of the Rockies. There's also a link to the official Web home of NORAD itself (where visitors will notice NORAD Webmasters must be saving their best work for the Santa site).

World Wide Web: http://www.noradsanta.org/
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