Best of Feeds – 37 links – lifehacks, tips, productivity, programming, blogging
RSS 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. They’re saved on delicious and stumbleupon and cross-posted to Twitter and Tumblr as they happen and then collected together on Saturdays. I don’t blog on the weekend so read these links instead.Subscribe to //engtech to see this every week (or get it by email).
- [WRITING] How to write a book – the short honest truth
(scottberkun.com 661 76 884)
- From the article: ” Here’s the short honest truth: 20% of the people who ask me are hoping to hear this – Anyone can write a book. They want permission. Truth is you don’t need any.”
- [LIFEHACKS] 20 Great Tools to Keep Your Life Organized
(zenhabits.net 624 41 795)
- Reader submitted organizational tips
- [GMAIL] Everything you always wanted to know about GMail…(but were afraid to ask)
(makeuseof.com 553 57 15)
- This is one of the best resources of Gmail hacks I have ever seen.
- [LIFEHACKS] Stuff (Owns You)
(paulgraham.com 525 100 3)
- The value of material goods is much less than sellers want you to think. The only value is in how you can use it. If you aren’t using it then its worthless, since nothing retains its resell value anymore.
- [GOOGLE] How to Add Search to Google Reader
(googlesystem.blogspot.com 379 100 331)
- How to create Google Custom Search Engines from OPML files.
- [CODE] Holding a Program in One’s Head
(paulgraham.com 348 99 14)
- From the article: ” Good programmers manage to get a lot done anyway. But often it requires practically an act of rebellion against the organizations that employ them.”
- [MARKETING] The Secret to Getting Others to Talk about You
(northxeast.com 280 16 693)
- Well written piece with good examples — the best way to self-promote is to give people an incentive to talk about you. Get other people to do your promoting work for you.
- [BLOG] Thirteen Blog Clichés
(codinghorror.com 275 100 16)
- Jeff zings with a list of things bloggers should never, ever do. I do half of them, as usual.
- [HUMOR] If You Want My Advice . . .
(washingtonpost.com 249 11)
- Advice on getting old.
- [WEB2.0] social-network-portability
(microformats.org 202 100 5)
- Working wiki on designing portable social networks with microformats. I think the answer is all in a good address book myself, since address book import is the only common denominator.
- [SOFTWARE] The software awards scam
(successfulsoftware.net 164 100 1686)
- Freeware/Shareware awards from download sites have no requirement — you can get awards even if your software doesn’t run.
- [LIFEHACKS] Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Life of Contentment
(zenhabits.net 95 18 12)
- Small tips for making the most of each day by doing less
- [GAMERS] StarCraft Origami
(zstudios.789mb.com 46 50 13)
- Title says it all.
- [RSS] Quick Tips for Google Reader Power Users
(quickonlinetips.com 42 16)
- Google Reader power tips focused on making the most out of keyboard shortcuts. I didn’t know hitting ‘V’ would visit the original post.
- [CODE] When windows are not enough
(gojko.net 39 3 4)
- [GEEK] Natalie Portman, cognitive neuroscientist
(mindhacks.com 36 42 13)
- Why Natalie Portman is the geek dream girl (no, it isn’t that SNL gangster rap video although that is reason #2)
- [GEEK] Source of the famous –Now you have two problems– quote
(regex.info 36 12)
- In depth look at the source of “I’ll use regular expressions. Now you have two problems” quote. Not for the faint of geek.
- [DESIGN] What is Art Direction (No. 9)
(zeldman.com 29 21 1)
- A look at how posters for a new HBO documentary play off the existing GAP ad campaigns to stir emotions in the viewer.
- [BLOG] 50 Tips to Unclutter Your Blog
(skelliewag.org 16 11 26)
- One of the best posts on decluttering I’ve read in a while.
- [WEB] The Internet is Dead and Boring
(blogmaverick.com 15 24 1)
- Interesting point, because home user bandwidth has stagnated it may be limiting innovation with what we can do with the Internet.
- [CODE] A Taste of Haskell
(jaortega.wordpress.com 12 2)
- link to intro to functional programming seminars
- [HUMOR] 6 Annoying Fetishes I Talk Too Much About
(zenhabits.net 9 3 8)
- I love this post where Leo talks about disowning his family members because they won’t use Gmail or Firefox.
- [CODE] How many products make up a project?
- Good point: always reduce a project to its base parts instead of overloading an existing project with too many requirements.
- [BUDGET] How to have a wedding that won’t break the bank
(lifehacker.com 8 3 1)
- Tips on saving money on the big day.
- [WORKHACKS] How to Build a Reliable Work Ethic
(lifehack.org 6 7)
- Tips for breaking through procrastination
- [LIFEHACKS] Look at all the things I’m NOT doing!
(secretgeek.net 5 5 29)
- Instead of a to-do list, use a dont-do list. Things you aren’t going to waste time on.
- [CODE] If you aren’t embarrassed by v1.0 you didn’t release it early enough
(successfulsoftware.net 4 8 4)
- Get it in front of people ASAP to find out what it really is.
- [CENSORSHIP] Student cracks Government’s $84m porn filter
(news.com.au 3 40)
- …in 40 minutes. I second his call to increase privacy/cyber bullying awareness.
- [GREASEMONKEY] Pre-Fill Comments
(userscripts.org 3 18)
- Hit Alt-C to fill in the comment form on WordPress blogs.
- [BLOGGING] 7 Ways to Find Your Muse
(lorelle.wordpress.com 3 2)
- 7 tips for where to find inspiration and ideas for new posts on your blog.
- [TWITTER] The Noah Brier Experience (Or How I Stopped Being Twitter-De-Dum)
- “Getting” twitter for the first time.
- [SEARCH] Mahalo Follow: For the People Who Get Lost In the Big Search Engine Results
- Manholo – the search engine for everyone else. They have a web browser tool that performs the same search on Manholo as Google so you can see which one you prefer.
- [WORKHACKS] Only You Can Prevent Becoming the Office Idiot
- This one cuts close to home. I’ve been very unhappy at work lately, and noticed myself doing all of these things.
- [CODE] Bridges and code
- Why software engineers want to build bridges.
- [REDDIT] Reddit’s Unofficial Image Section
- There’s a reddit for only images and videos.
- [FACEBOOK] Privacy and Social Self-Regulation
- From the article: ” we are slowly volunteering much of our personal information to random organization that allow us to visualize our connections with other people. Are we moving toward an environment in which we publicize all of our relationships across the web?”
- [OPENID] The problem(s) with OpenID
- A round-up of everything that is wrong with OpenID and why you should stick with username/password combinations.
This Week at Internet Duct Tape
- Revolutionizing the Web with Firefox and Greasemonkey (with screenshots)
- A greasemonkey is a mechanic who works on your automobile. He gets his hands dirty, and goes under the hood to find out why your car is making that clunking noise. Greasemonkey is an extension for Firefox that does much the same thing, but without the ridiculous fees.
- Google’s Social Network Orkut Gets a New Look
- The social network Orkut that Google launched in January 2004 (based on a personal project by a Google engineer) is launching an updated look.Remember the first time that you logged into orkut? Maybe you received a coveted invitation from a friend, heard about it in a blog, or stumbled upon it when…
- How to Install a Firefox Extension (with screenshots)
- One of my favorite features of Firefox is that users can modify it with extensions. No matter what it is you want to do or change about a web page, there is undoubtedly an extension out there already that does it for you. Someone has gone to through all the hard work and now all you have to do is…
- Tip: Send Amazon or iTunes Gift Certificates Anonymously
- Have you ever wanted to send a gift certificate to someone anonymously? One of the problem with electronic transactions is that quite often they tell the recipient exactly who you are. This isn’t a problem when it comes to gifts for your family or friends, but it can be more tricky if you are…
- What is Your Opportunity Cost?
- Focusing on one area of your life to the exclusion of all else can be great for short term gains. But sometimes it backfires…
This Week at IDT Labs
- [RSS PIPE] Stupid Feed Rewriter
- Here’s another weird one that I might be the only person interested in. It republishes a title/description/link whenever there is a new post in the original feed.
- [WORDPRESS] Akismet Auntie Spam v2
- This is a complete re-write of my Firefox add-on that makes the Akismet Admin Panel about 1 million times more useful. Expect a full post on Internet Duct Tape with all the features some time next week.
- [WORDPRESS.COM] Find Blogs to Comment On
- This is a dumb little Greasemonkey script that displays a banner message when a WordPress.com blog has the Recent Comments widget installed. It also registers a menu command to open five WordPress.com blogs at random.
- [GREASEMONKEY] Show popular scripts on Userscripts.org
- Userscripts.org is a website for hosting Greasemonkey scripts. This script makes it easier to see how popular scripts are when looking at search results.