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Best of Feeds – 62 links – design, humor, funny, programming, tips, howto

Posted in Best of Feeds, Technology by engtech on February 04, 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. They are posted as asides daily at 7pm EST and then collected together in a single post on Saturday. I don’t blog on the weekend so read these links instead.

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This time I have 62 links from: 37signals, achievements.schrankmonster.de, angryaussie, asofterworld, banksy.co.uk, bbspot, blaugh, compete, guykawasaki, wecreate, bobparsons, calacanis, christianmontoya, codinghorror, destructoid, diveintomark, extremetech, geeksaresexy, google, harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu, headrush, helveticafilm, https:, igf, informationarchitects.jp, lorelle, mathewingram, medialoper, migo.sixbit, niallkennedy, nodaddy, performancing, planetandrea, projectcartoon, readwriteweb, redchaos, roumieu, scobleizer, scottberkun, searchengineland, shoemoney, silentbobspeaks, sitescore.silktide, smithappens, software.ericsink, techsoapbox, thehardcoregamer, thepenguinblog, thephatphree, thomashawk, time-blog, tinobuntic, toprankblog, trustedadvisor, usenix, valleywag, webloghits

  • Top 10 Hacks on Flickr (thomashawk.com, 1148 saves)
    • (flickr, hacks, photography, tools, photos, tips, hack)
    • From the article: ” It’s interesting to me today that so many of the ways that I use Flickr are not even through the site as designed by Yahoo, but instead through the work of outside developers who are constantly creating new and interesting ways to experience the sit”
  • [CSS] CSS techniques I use all the time (christianmontoya.com, 807 saves)
    • (css, webdesign, design)
    • From the article: ” I’m always learning new things with CSS. It’s interesting because I’ve thought of myself as a CSS expert for a while now (I’ll challenge anyone to a competition, seriously) but I still keep learning and improving. I’ve come across some tec”
  • “Robert, they can’t eat you!” My rules for survival. (bobparsons.com, 446 saves)
    • (philosophy, motivation)
    • GoDaddy’s Bob Parsons’ rules for survival.
  • The Top Ten Stupid Ways to Hinder Market Adoption (blog.guykawasaki.com, 430 saves)
    • (usability, design, web, advice, tips)
    • From the article: ” Here’s a compilation of silly and stupid ways companies are hindering adoption of their products and services.”
  • [PHOTO] Banksy – high res photos (banksy.co.uk, 378 saves)
    • (banksy, free, design, photography, urban, graffiti, gallery)
    • The infamous Banksy is offering free hi-res photos of his graffiti work.
  • [DESIGN] Helvetica – The Movie (helveticafilm.com, 254 saves)
    • (typography, Design, film, helvetica, fonts, movie)
    • From the article: ” Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year) as part of a larger conversation about the wa”
  • How To Become a Better Programmer by Not Programming (codinghorror.com, 251 saves)
    • (programming, career, development, coding, code)
    • So I think what Jeff is trying to say is that I’m not going to become a better programmer.
  • Top 10 Ways to Find Great Photos on Flickr (thomashawk.com, 241 saves)
    • (flickr, photography, photos, howto, tips, search, photo)
    • From the article: ” It has only been recently that I’ve picked up on some of the best ways to use the site to find truly spectacular photography.”
  • [CSS] The 100% Easy-2-Read Standard (informationarchitects.jp, 236 saves)
    • (usability, typography, design, webdesign, Web, css, fonts)
    • Web design is almost 100% typography. Here are some clear rules for how to handle them.
  • [MOVIES] My Top Ten Films of 2006 (silentbobspeaks.com, 218 saves)
    • (2006, bestof, films, kevinsmith, movies)
    • Kevin Smith chimes in with his favorite flicks of 2006
  • Sitescore – how does your website score? (sitescore.silktide.com, 194 saves)
    • (webdesign, tools, accessibility, seo, webdev, ranking, service, tool)
    • Very cool tool for automatically checking your site and pinpointing weak areas.
  • LED and Resistor Circuits Sex Positions at Smit Happens (smithappens.com, 189 saves)
    • (funny, sex, hardware, humor, led)
    • From the article: ” In case you ever wanted to see some light emitting diodes and resistors demonstrate various sex positions, here’s a gallery. Don’t worry, it’s nothing gross or graphic, they are circuits for god’s sake!”
  • [GAMES] Super Mario Bros 3 (https:, 132 saves)
    • (nintendo, extensions, firefox, game, games, retro)
    • Super Mario 3 as a Firefox extension? Get it before Nintendo shuts it down.
  • 10 Rules to Code By for Web Developers (blog.wecreate.com, 95 saves)
    • (article, coding, CSS, design, webdesign, rules, programming)
    • # All users are evil. # Design for users, not programmers. # JavaScript for UI only. # Separate logic, presentation and interface. # Semantics matter. # Standards matter. # Document or die. # No security through obscurity. # KISS: Start simple. Enhance la
  • [CREATIVITY] Add a little more random to your product (headrush.typepad.com, 77 saves)
    • (serendipity, creativity, design, random, usability, lifehacks)
    • From the article: ” In user experience design we work our asses off to remove unpredictability. But there are plenty of ways to keep a user experience consistent while still supporting–even encouraging–the chance for serendipity.”
  • [FUN] The Work of Graham Roumieu (roumieu.com, 64 saves)
    • (design, drawing, funny, illustration, comics, art, inspiration)
    • Great Canadian writer / illustrator. Worth checking out.
  • [CODE] Ruby for Perl programmers (migo.sixbit.org, 62 saves)
    • (coding, howto, perl, programming, ruby, tutorial)
    • Guide for switching to Ruby from Perl.
  • [FUNNY] The Project Cartoon (projectcartoon.com, 59 saves)
    • (humor, Fun, funny, programming, management, Project, cartoons)
    • You’ve all seen variations of this cartoon to explain high tech projects — this is the source.
  • My Life As An RSS Junkie (medialoper.com, 54 saves)
    • (RSS, blogs, feeds, humor, addiction, information)
    • One man’s tale of information addiction through his RSS feed.
  • Achievement Generator (achievements.schrankmonster.de, 40 saves)
    • (xbox, 360, generator, videogames, games)
    • Xbox 360 achievement generator
  • 3 Reasons Why Snap Preview is Ruining Your Blog, and Hurting Your Readership (performancing.com, 38 saves)
    • (snap, internet, blog, blogging, snappreview, usability)
    • Yet another post against that stupid Snap Preview widget.
  • [RSS] The Decline of Desktop RSS Readers (readwriteweb.com, 37 saves)
    • (rss, trends, reader, feeds, syndication, desktop)
    • Over 50% of people use web based RSS readers instead of desktop RSS readers.
  • A spoon or a jackhammer? (37signals.com, 33 saves)
    • (37signals, analogy, design, philosophy, productivity, webdesign)
    • From the article: ” There are two prisoners. Each have their own cell and no cellmates. Both want to break out. One has a jackhammer and the other a spoon.”
  • [PERL] map and grep (usenix.org, 29 saves)
    • (article, howto, perl)
    • map and grep explained
  • How to Know When to Stop Blogging (lorelle.wordpress.com, 28 saves)
    • (blogging, blog, tips, addiction, quiting, lifehacks)
    • From the article: ” Blogging isn’t for everyone, and everyone doesn’t need to blog. There are times when you should stop blogging, and there are times to take a rest from blogging.”
  • Exposing the Many Reasons Not to Trust GoDaddy with Your Domain Names (nodaddy.com, 28 saves)
    • (godaddy, security, privacy, domains, internet, dns)
    • Reasons not to use GoDaddy as your domain name registrar.
  • The Web Distortion Field (software.ericsink.com, 26 saves)
    • (coding, entrepreneurship, geek, programming, software, world)
    • A small rant to remind us that the minority of opinions we see on the web do not reflect the majority of opinions in the real world.
  • The 9th Annual Independent Games Festival (igf.com, 22 saves)
    • (games, fun, independent, indie, awards, flash, videogames, gamers)
    • Independent video game awards — always a good one to be found in these finalists.
  • [FUNNY] vista_big.jpg (JPEG Image, 1125×1653 pixels) (bbspot.com, 20 saves)
    • (windows, funny, humor, vista, fun, microsoft, image)
    • Should you upgrade to Windows Vista? This flowchart will help you make the decision.
  • [TSHIRT] “I am my own Super Hero” t-shirt – A Softer World Laundry Day (asofterworld.com, 12 saves)
    • (comic, shopping, tshirts, wishlist)
    • I want the “I am my own Super Hero” t-shirt.
  • I Link To Blogs For Free: 2000 Bloggers (tinobuntic.blogspot.com, 12 saves)
    • (blogs, photography, photos)
    • Buildling a network of 2000 bloggers by their photos.
  • [VISTA] Speakers and a microphone – Windows Vista Exploit (diveintomark.org, 11 saves)
    • (humor, vista, windows)
    • Nice summary of the Windows Vista exploit.
  • Creativity: Supply vs. Demand (scottberkun.com, 11 saves)
    • (creativity, marketing, career)
    • Creativity and marketing are different skills. Creative people need to find someone to market their products.
  • [MYBLOGLOG] Interview with MyBlogLog CEO Scott Rafer (toprankblog.com, 10 saves)
    • (internet, interview, mybloglog)
    • Future of MyBlogLog, their integration with Yahoo and what they’re doing to combat spam.
  • No one is lining up for Windows Vista in San Francisco (niallkennedy.com, 9 saves)
    • (microsoft, vista, windows)
    • Windows Vista shows up to the prom and sits beside the punch because no one asks it for a dance.
  • [WIKI] A Million Penguins – The More the Merrier (thepenguinblog.typepad.com, 9 saves)
    • (web2.0, blogs, books, opensource, wiki)
    • A thousand monkeys indeed. Penguin creates a wiki for writing a collaborative book. This will be a complete nightmare.
  • [PHOTO] GEEKS GONE WILD: 10 Most Embarrassing Geek Photos (valleywag.com, 7 saves)
    • (nsfw, photos, geek, funny, humor, valleywag)
    • Valleywag pulls out the most embarrassing pics of tech company celebrities.
  • [NINTENDO] Spore. DS. Confirmed. (destructoid.com, 6 saves)
    • (ds, games, nintendo, spore)
    • So it looks like my SO will be losing control of her Nintendo DS…
  • How To Increase Blog Traffic With YouTube (webloghits.com, 4 saves)
    • (marketing, youtube, blogs, blogger, howto, traffic)
    • Some smart tips on creating videos on YouTube to promote your blog.
  • [SUPPORT] Idiot users and how to deal with them (angryaussie.wordpress.com, 3 saves)
    • (it, tech, technology, hightech, support, humor, humour)
    • From the article: ” There are no stupid users – just stupid situations.*”
  • [SEO] StumbleUpon’s New Webmaster Friendly Referral Page (searchengineland.com, 3 saves)
    • (blogs, stumbleupon, tips, seo, news, web)
    • The best part about this is the info about a feedflare unit for StumbleUpon near the end.
  • Xbox 360 Wins the Holiday Battle, But Nintendo’s Wii Positioned to Win the War (blog.compete.com, 3 saves)
    • (console, gaming, consumer)
    • How the console wars played out over the holiday season — Nintendo Wii is most popular.
  • Don’t believe the Hype: Unique Content is not Enough (techsoapbox.com, 3 saves)
    • (blogging, howto, marketing)
    • Another reminder that promotion/marketing and content have to go hand in hand.
  • Welcome to Seagate’s –D.A.V.E.–: wireless portable storage (scobleizer.com, 2 saves)
    • (seagate, gadgets, harddrive)
    • Very cool idea for a gadget — wireless portable hard drive. 20 GB is probably too little, but I’d love to have one of these things.
  • Empowering Incompetents (not Bush) (trustedadvisor.com, 2 saves)
    • (ego, arrogance, confidence)
    • From the article: ” I don’t know why I’m following the umpteenth season of American Idol. We meet really nice people–who are seriously disconnected. Warped. Out to lunch. They cannot integrate their Big Belief with the Fact of Reality.”
  • How to Talk to Women (on Xbox Live) (thehardcoregamer.com, 2 saves)
    • (women, gamers)
    • Rant on how men (read: boys) treat women over live chat on video game systems.
  • Nerd World – TIME (time-blog.com, 2 saves)
    • (nytimes, blog)
    • New blog by NYT that is worth reading.
  • Content vs Promotion (toprankblog.com, 2 saves)
    • (seo, marketing, content)
    • From the article: ” There’s the perspective that if you create great content, people will link to you naturally. That’s true, but it’s a bit misleading. If you create great content and no one knows about it to link to it, you’re spinning your wheels.”
  • [ATTENTION] Breakthrough Ideas for 2007 – Continuous Partial Attention (harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu, 2 saves)
    • (rss, attention)
    • From the article: ” Continuous partial attention, by contrast, involves constantly scanning for opportunities and staying on top of contacts, events, and activities in an effort to miss nothing. It’s an adaptive behavior that has emerged over the past two decades.”
  • An Open Letter to Robert Scoble (calacanis.com)
    • (engadget, scoble)
    • The Scoble-Engadget live online “throw yourself/your reputation under a bus” summed up. Comments are worth reading. File Under: things to do on the Internet — keep fights private.
  • [XBOX360] Xbox 360’s Seriously Flawed DVD Playback: HQV Failures Illustrated (extremetech.com)
    • (xbox360, 360, dvd, hd)
    • Note to self: don’t use the 360 as a DVD player.
  • Special offer from the book dart folks (small bookmarks) (scottberkun.com)
    • (discount, bookmark, bookdart, reading)
    • Book darts are these excellent tiny bookmarks. Read this post to find out how you can get a discount on them.
  • Intel does 45 nm (scobleizer.com)
    • (eda, layout, 45nm, intel, fab, semiconductor)
    • Scoble does a video with Intel’s new 45 nm fab and writes about it.
  • Happy birthday to the computer virus (mathewingram.com)
    • (virus, antivirus, topix, internet, history)
    • From the article: ” Today is the 25th anniversary of the first computer –virus– to be observed in the wild.”
  • It’s official – Google have decided to kill all of YouTube’s competitors (angryaussie.wordpress.com)
    • (google, youtube, monetization)
    • People were gaming YouTube before — it will be worse now that there’s money on the line.
  • [COMIC] Understanding Women (blaugh.com)
    • (blogging, women, funny, comic)
    • Yes, I am ignoring my girlfriend at the moment to post this comic.
  • Speed Up Windows Shutdown (redchaos.wordpress.com)
    • (windowsxp)
    • Create a shortcut to immediately close windows.
  • [VDAY] Valentine’s Day Mixtape Ideas (planetandrea.com)
    • (feb14, vday, valentine, ideas)
    • Good list of some songs for Valentine’s Day mixtapes.
  • Bill Gates On the Daily Show (geeksaresexy.blogspot.com)
    • (youtube, video, billgates, dailyshow)
    • Blii Gates interview on the Daily Show. Plz buy Vista now kthx.
  • [MYBLOGLOG] 10 Things I Wish MyBlogLog Would Do (shoemoney.com)
    • (mybloglog, improvements, blogging)
    • Shoemoney chimes in with a few feature enhancements for MyBlogLog
  • Get a job rating search results for Google (google.com)
    • (google, temp, tempwork, telecommute, jobs)
    • Google is hiring Ads Quality Raters who can telecommute over high speed. No mention of pay scale. via Digital Inspiraton
  • [MOVIES] 11 Least Intimidating Movie Villains (thephatphree.com)
    • (movies, villians)
    • From the article: ” this week’s Ulitimate 11 is dedicated to the impotent Villians who have failed to instill any amount of fear in us. So here is your list. The Ultimate 11 Least Intimidating Movie Villains”

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  1. engtech said, on February 04, 2007 at 2:35 am

    Note to self — that’s probably more links than I want to bookmark in a week.

  2. Brent said, on February 04, 2007 at 4:34 am

    What’s up engtech? May I ask you, how are you making your tag clouds? It looks sweet. I want to do this, but do I need a special program/script to do this, or did you just hand code it with css? Just wondering, because I like the look of it. I want to make a tag cloud for my local tags.

    I wonder if it is possible to only display some tags (in the sidebar) but not all. I also wonder if this is also the case with pages. I would like to make a lot of pages but not have them appear in the sidebar. I know I could use a text widget, but they will still appear in my top navigation bar.

    There are a lot of secrets to wordpress.com, and while they are fun to uncover, I wish more that they weren’t hidden.

    Anyway, back to the tag cloud. Again, how did you do this?

  3. Internet Monkey said, on February 04, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    I think a really good way to get some hits is to just focus a bit on WordPress.com tips, but then again, that would require people to be paying for upgrades.

  4. engtech said, on February 05, 2007 at 3:17 am

    @brent: The tag cloud is a 3rd party utility I wrote that I haven’t cleaned up enough to release to the public. If I released it now no one would be able to get it working… so I haven’t yet.

    Use the text widget to show only the pages you want to and then you can use CSS and display:none to hide the top navigation bar. Also, if you use nested pages (set the parent to an existing page) they won’t show up in the top navbar (but they would show in the sidebar widget — so don’t use it).

    @Internet Monkey: I do plan to write some (you can find my tips here: https://engtech.wordpress.com/tools/wordpress/) but I find that writing wordpress.com specific tips doesn’t get as much of an audience as you’d think. Definitely not as much as writing about wordpress or blogging in general.

  5. internetimm said, on March 29, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    nice post…

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