Best of Feeds – 34 links – programming, productivity, lifehacks, firefox, google
Feeds are like cookies that are good enough for me. Best of Feeds is a weekly collection of the best stuff I saw on the Internet this week. I post them on Twitter as they happen and then collected together on Saturdays. I don’t blog on the weekend so read these links instead.
- [CSS/DESIGN] 70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding
(smashingmagazine.com, 2916 saves)
- Amazing list of expert CSS design tips. This is not a how-to guide, it is a list of best practices combined with advanced tricks even many competent CSS designers might not know.
- [PRODUCTIVITY] 10 Ways to Do More by Focusing on the Essentials
(lifehack.org, 496 saves)
- You’re heard them all before, but this was very well written.
- [DELICIOUS] 8 Tips for Better del.icio.us Bookmarking
(webworkerdaily.com, 408 saves)
- [CODE] Your Favorite Programming Quote
(codinghorror.com, 212 saves)
- [CAREER] Aaron Swartz on being Fired from Wired (and Reddit)
(blog.outer-court.com, 139 saves)
- Interview with Aaron Swartz, one of the founders of Reddit who was fired from Wired after Reddit was bought out.
- [FIREFOX] NoSquint: Firefox Extension
(urandom.ca, 80 saves)
- Set the text size for each website individually.
- [LIFEHACKS] Top 10 Ways to Reduce Your Work Week
(zenhabits.net, 63 saves)
- I particularly liked outsourcing, reducing commitments and shutting off the computer.
- [RSS] Google launches Google Reader for the Wii
(blogs.zdnet.com, 53 saves)
- Another reason to get a Wii.
- [SEARCH] Top 17 Search Innovations outside of Google
(blog.softwareabstractions.com, 30 saves)
- From the article: ” Query Pre-processing; Information Sources; Algorithm Improvement; Results Visualization and Post-processing.”
- [FIREFOX] Best of: Greasemonkey Scripts
(kylescove.com, 29 saves)
- Selection of the best Greasemonkey scripts for many popular websites
- [ORGANIZE] Cord Management: DIY binder clip cable catcher
(lifehacker.com, 19 saves)
- This is the simplest way to organize cables I’ve seen.
- [LIFEHACK] How to Quit Caffeine
(wikihow.com, 17 saves)
- [GREASEMONKEY] The Ly Detector – highlight adverbs
(lifehacker.com, 16 saves)
- This is a greasemonkey script for FireFox that will point out adverbs. Abverbial transgression is a sign of weak writing.
- [SOFTWARE] Fix your mom’s computer for mother’s day
(joelonsoftware.com, 15 saves)
- Fogcreek Copilot is free on mother’s day and father’s day so you can fix your parents computer remotely.
- [CODE] Programming *is* much more than “just writing code”.
(perlmonks.org, 13 saves)
- The arguments against commenting, and against putting documentation in the code.
- [HUMOUR] U.S. feared Canadian spy coins
(thestar.com, 12 saves)
- From the article: ” mysterious coins with radio frequency transmitters were found planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions as the contractors traveled through Canada.”
- [HUMOR] Jason Kottke takes on lolcats – lolkottke.org
(lolkottke.org, 9 saves)
- I give this meme six more months.
- [HIGHTECH] In the IT world, it’s 1984
(angryaussie.wordpress.com, 9 saves)
- Information technology compared to Orwell’s 1984. How technology shackles us.
- [CODE] Languages Only Do So Much
(gilesbowkett.blogspot.com, 7 saves)
- Programming languages are tools to express your thoughts. Do not make the mistake of thinking they are more than that.
- [XBOX360] Crackdown Title Update and DLC (with video)
(majornelson.com, 7 saves)
- WOW. Huge list of free updates to Crackdown that will greatly improve what was already a very fun game.
- [TECHNORATI] Get into Technorati Top 100 in 24 Hours
(jalaj.wordpress.com, 7 saves)
- It’s a very old hole in Technorati that they never seem to be intent on fixing. They fix the symptom (correcting any blogs that people report) instead of fixing the problem.
- [TV] Battlestar Galactica Season 4 will be final season
(ifmagazine.com, 4 saves)
- In an interview the director says S04 is the last one.
- [GADGETS/IPOD] 5 Ways to Trade in Your iPod
(friedbeef.com, 2 saves)
- From the article: ” It is a frustrating experience for any early adopter trying to keep up with the latest and greatest MP3 players. Here are 5 ways that can ease the burden on your pocket by trading in your trusty old iPod.”
- [LIFEHACKS] Tiger Woods does NOT work on his Weaknesses
(douglaskarr.com, 2 saves)
- From the article: ” A wrench will never be good at being a hammer and a hammer will never be good at a wrench. Leaders, figure out what you have in your toolbox and use it the right way. Workers. figure out if you’re a wrench or a hammer.”
- [TECH] Some of the best TED talks ever given
(neomeme.net, 2 saves)
- Neomeme collects together a list of his favorite TED conference video presentations. I should watch these.
- [LIFEHACKS] 12 Ways to Decompress after High Stress
(zenhabits.net, 2 saves)
- [HUMOR] 10 Signs That You’re Tipping The Scales Of Parenting Madness
- From the article: ” 8. You’re writing away for the last few stickers to complete the Spiderman sticker book – and she hasn’t asked you to. In fact, she lost interest after the third pack of stickers – there were too many duplicates.”
- [MOVIES] Where Are All the Back Catalog HD-DVD and Blu-ray Discs?
- Will Internet downloads kill the HD-DVD and Bluray star?
- [BLOG] Make Your Link Lists Matter
- Link lists are a great way to condense things you find interesting and prevent your blog from turning into a regurgitation of other people’s blogs. Lorelle gives tips.
- [MARKETING] don’t Ask, just Tell
- Andy cuts through the BS of the stupid Ask.com “algorithm” marketing campaign and tells them who they should have gone after: casual users. My version: “Ask.com: Answers. On the Internet.”
- [FACEBOOK] Pierce Bush and Facebook. Need We Say More?
- What George Bush’s Facebook page would look like.
- [TECH/HISTORY] A chat with the Father of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee
- Mathew Ingram interviews Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who invented the World Wide Web. It’s not often that a new form of media is created.
- [BLOG] Top 5 – Group Writing Project
- New problogger.net group writing project, $1000 cash prize.
- [MOVIES] RiffTrax – Mystery Science Theater 3000
- MST3K is being reborn as RiffTrax — download soundtracks to play in sync with movies to hear the MST3K voice overs mocking the film. Already has LOTR, Matrix. Worth checking out.
New at //engtech this week
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