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Best of Feeds – 31 links – blogging, howto, design, firefox, google, webdesign

Posted in Best of Feeds, Technology by engtech on January 14, 2007

Best of Feeds is a regular series where I link to the stuff I found interesting from my feed reader. Links are sorted based on how many people have bookmarked them on del.icio.us.

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This time I have 31 links from: abcnews.go, alistapart, blog.outer-court, chandlerkent, compsci.ca, copyblogger, destraynor, dilbertblog.typepad, eirikso, google, googlewatch.eweek, kottke, lifehacker, lorelle, metacritic, mitchelaneous, money.cnn, nomoreiehacks, paralleldivergence, problogger, radar.oreilly, shakewellbeforeuse, soloseo, techcrunch, themulife, thezeroboss, tickletux, veerle.duoh, wynia, youtube

  • Whitespace (alistapart.com)
    • (webdesign, typography, whitespace, CSS, blog, blogs, design)
    • “In newspaper design, information is dense. Sometimes, as in web design, it’s difficult to add whitespace because of content requirements. Newspapers often deal with this by setting their body content in a light typeface with plenty of whitespace within”
  • The Basics of Search Engine Optimization (blog.outer-court.com)
    • (seo, searchengine, tips, ranking, internet)
    • Three simple rules: create good content, make it accessible and tell people about it.
  • Hack Attack: Seven New Year’s Resolutions for your PC (lifehacker.com)
    • (lifehacks, lifehacker, howto, tutorial, resolutions, backup)
    • 7 things you should do with your hard drive over the next year to improve your PCs performance. Seems like a lot of work.
  • A List Apart: Style Guide (alistapart.com)
    • (writing, standards, webdesign, html, design, styleguide, blogging, copywriting)
    • A brief style guide for submitting article to a List Apart. It can be considered an excellent guide for writing/blogging. They best practices for most cases.
  • How to make illustrations even if you can’t draw (eirikso.com)
    • (photoshop, illustration, drawing, graphics, art, cartoon)
    • Use a simple process of hand drawings with some photoshop tools to digitize them.
  • Creating flexible buttons using Photoshop shapes and styles (veerle.duoh.com)
    • (photoshop, howto, buttons)
    • I’m still amazed that CSS hasn’t come up with a way for users to make nice looking rounded corners. I swear that web design is 85% rounded corners.
  • Get More From Google Reader Guide (mitchelaneous.com)
    • (tips, reader, GoogleReader, guide, howto, lifehacks, rss)
    • A list of tools and extensions for Google’s RSS Reader.
  • Today in Stupid – Mock-up: What if Google Made a Yahoo-like Start Page? (googlewatch.eweek.com)
    • (google, yahoo, design, funny, portal)
    • What if the Yahoo page designers worked for Google?
  • Bubble, Bubble, Bubble (techcrunch.com)
    • (web2.0, bubble, VC, business, startup, trends, socialsoftware, tech, community)
    • TechCrunch times in on why we aren’t in a bubble and why we’re seeing VCs fund 4 or more startups that do the same thing. “None of these companies have interesting software. All of them have an incredibly valuable community.”
  • The Apple iPhone (kottke.org)
    • (iphone, apple, design, kottke)
    • Jason Kottke hand constructs an Apple iPhone mockup and compares it in size to popular consumer devices.
  • How to Succeed in 2007 (money.cnn.com)
    • (business2.0, howto, success, business, startup)
    • Business 2.0 gets a bunch of soundbites from various industry people on how to succeed. Surprisingly, none of them said “start a blog”.
  • Woman With Perfect Memory Baffles Scientists (abcnews.go.com)
    • (interesting, memory, brain, mind, news)
    • Yes, there’s a woman who can remember every insignificant detail of her life. What the article leaves out is how dating her sucks because you can never, ever win an argument.
  • Why logic puzzles make good interview questions (tickletux.wordpress.com)
    • (programming, riddles, logic, software, Interview, jobs, career)
    • “Logic puzzles in interviews seem to be one of those things that everyone either loves or hates, but speaking as an interviewer I find logic questions critically important in deciding between candidates – far more than “behavioural” or “situational—
  • http://www.nomoreiehacks.org/ (nomoreiehacks.org)
    • (firefox, webstandards, activism, ie, css)
    • Campaign to stop supporting non-standard compliant hacks in web browsers to force standards compliance.
  • 5 Prerequisites For Blogging Success (problogger.net)
    • (blogging, tips)
    • Tony reminds us that “successful” blogging takes time, marketing, giving something useful to readers, and a focus on a topic.
  • Changing the World, on $9 a day? (destraynor.com)
    • (google, adsense, web2.0, blogging, ads, tech)
    • “If they don’t use adblockers, and your ads are very well targeted, and pay something more than 1c per click, then you just might make enough to buy coffee each day, but not if you drink in Starbucks.”
  • What Happens When You Spam Digg? (chandlerkent.com)
    • (digg, spam)
    • Ridiculous story about digg commenters getting into an uproar because someone posted their blog URL as a signature in a comment. People went on to post his phone number and photos of his girlfriend.
  • Permission Marketing 2.0 — Why RSS? (copyblogger.com)
    • (rss, copywriting)
    • “RSS is perfect for content delivery because it empowers the subscriber, protects their privacy, and allows for zero-hassle unsubscribing. That’s the story that needs to be told in order for the power of blog marketing to truly be all that it can be in t”
  • If Marriage Was Strongly Typed (wynia.org)
    • (programming, relationships, humor, geek, marriage)
    • “If marriage was strongly typed, then asking my wife what time she’s going to be home would return a timestamp. Similarly, asking if she’ll be home for dinner would return a boolean.”
  • The Dilbert Blog: Answers to your questions (dilbertblog.typepad.com)
    • (dilbert)
    • Dilbert cartoonist spends a few hours answering reader questions (some of which are about blogging)
  • 2006 Film Critic Top Ten Lists (metacritic.com)
    • (movies, films, 2006, list)
    • Metacritic aggregates the top 10 lists of various professional critics and extracts a true list of the best of 2006.
  • YouTube – The Wii Sex Movie (youtube.com)
    • (wii, youtube, game, funny, video)
    • NSFW – spoof video about using the Wii remote as a sex toy.
  • Firefox 3.0 Requirements Are Out (radar.oreilly.com)
    • (firefox, development, opensource)
    • Summary of list of planned features for Firefox 3 development.
  • Google Co-op – Custom Search Engine Featured Examples (google.com)
    • (google, search, custom)
    • Google Custom Search engine was announced a few months ago. These are the most popular custom search engines.
  • Things I Want Gone from the Web in 2007 (lorelle.wordpress.com)
    • (internet, blogging, webdesign)
    • “Here are a few things I want gone from the web in 2007 – and forever – along with a few things I want you to do to make the web a better place in 2007.”
  • Statistics For Domains Banned From Digg – Part 1 (themulife.com)
    • (digg, ban)
    • “Here’s a look at a few of the domains that are banned on Digg, and an analysis of how submissions from these sites have fared on Digg.com. In accordance with the democratic nature of Digg, please look at these statistics and you decide whether the life-“
  • Old Firefox Logo vs New Firefox Logo (shakewellbeforeuse.com)
    • (firefox, humor)
    • A contender for the new Firefox logo? I say so.
  • Blogging for Books January 2007: Time Isn’t Always on Your Side (thezeroboss.com)
    • (blog, contest)
    • $50/$25 amazon gift certificate contest for writing a blog post about “time”. Deadline monday jan 15th.
  • Getting Started with the XNA Creators Club (compsci.ca)
    • (xbox360, gaming, development)
    • Information about game development on the Xbox 360.
  • Watch out Firefox – Here Comes Maxthon! (paralleldivergence.com)
    • (webbrowser, firefox, maxthon, ie7)
    • Alternative web browser I’ve never heard of with 30% market share in China, 70 million downloads, top 100 product on PC World Magazine.
  • Free Advertising on TechCrunch with MyBlogLog Flaw (soloseo.com)
    • (blogging, spam, mybloglog)
    • I’ve known for a while that you can use MyBlogLog as a networking tool. I never thought of using it with automatic page refreshes. This should be a simple fix — only show a person on the sidebar once per day.

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  1. timethief said, on January 14, 2007 at 9:31 am

    You’ve done it again. You have created a really useful resource list with several entertaining entries I can follow up on as well. :)

  2. engtech said, on January 14, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Yeah, I thought this was a good idea. Quite often I come across articles I’d like to share on my blog, but I don’t want to devote a full entry towards (simply because I don’t want to totally make my ratio of original content vs links out of whack).

    So I’ll probably be sending this out once a week with around 30 links.

  3. Collin said, on January 16, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    And not a single mention of Habari in any of those links… ;)

  4. engtech said, on January 16, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Hey, I don’t run a custom blog install.

    When wordpress.com starts offering Habari I’ll mention it. :)

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  6. Collin said, on January 17, 2007 at 12:19 am


  7. Eddie Wolfe said, on February 28, 2007 at 3:29 am

    This is a great idea for spiceing up a blog, just wish I could work out how to set trackbacks up. I’m afraid some aspects of technology are completely baffling to me….lol!

  8. oviaMovie said, on December 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I was looking into this lately

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