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).
- [DESIGN] Data Visualization: Modern Approaches
(smashingmagazine.com 3742 100 1154)
- Different ways to display data to make it more interesting.
- [SOCIALNETWORKS] Brad’s Thoughts on the Social Graph
(bradfitz.com 931 100 7)
- Research into the social graph problem.
- [CODE] Groupware Bad
(jwz.org 478 100 )
- All software applications should be designed with the underlying premise that they should somehow help their users get laid.
- [LIFEHACKS] Getting/Staying Organized: my Moleskine PDA
(headrush.typepad.com 470 61 507)
- Tips for using your moleskin notepad as a PDA.
(arstechnica.com 360 33 22)
- [HUMOR] The Colbert Report – Latest videos
(colbertondemand.com 342 100 )
- Unofficial video archives of the Colbert Report. Has voting for best segments.
- [STARTUPS] Rethinking ‘Crossing The Chasm’
(readwriteweb.com 168 62 251)
- Startups focus on mass appeal instead of worrying about grabbing a core audience. Goes well with “How Not To Die”
- [UNIX] The Hole Hawg
(team.net 114 23 12)
- Neal Stephenson has one of the best allegories about Unix I’ve ever read.
- [STARTUPS] How Not to Die
(paulgraham.com 78 34 4)
- Paul Graham gives an angel investor point of view on why startups succeed and die.
- [CREATIVITY] #56 – Creative thinking hacks
(scottberkun.com 68 26)
- Ideas are just things that existed before, remixed.
- [GAMERS] Top 10 Halo Pick-Up Lines
(hawtymcbloggy.wordpress.com 50 51 1623)
- * Note: pickup lines may not actually work.
- [CODE] The Master, The Expert, The Programmer
(zedshaw.com 40 18 11)
- Programming compared to martial arts. Where are the old dudes who execute flawlessly with the minimum of energy?
- [FREEWARE] Select text automatically copies it
(donationcoder.com 31 25)
- Selecting text in any application will automatically copy it to the clipboard.
- [WORDPRESS] How Grey Is Your Valley: Making Money From Open Source
(techcrunch.com 19 54 12)
- TechCrunch calls out Matt Mullengwag of WordPress. Interesting discussion follows.
- [SOCIALNETWORKS] A distributed centralized social graph – for us all
- Lots of links to people talking about the social graph problem.
- [SOCIALNETWORKS] When the word friend means anything, it means nothing
(rexblog.com 7 5 38)
- Excellent article on trying to define relationships on social networks, and on how having lots of shallow connections may mean not having any deep connections at all.
- [TWITTER]Twitter Digest
- Create HTML pages and RSS feeds out of people’s Twitters. Works on daily intervals instead of per tweet.
- [REGEXP] Text Searching in Bugzilla
(mozilla.org 5 3)
- Good introduction to regular expressions.
- [BLOG] What Kind of Cat Are You?
(lorelle.wordpress.com 3 4)
- Only for bloggers and cat enthusiasts.
- [DESIGN] A Guide to Creating a Minimalist Website
- Tips and examples for how to create a website that draws readers to the content with no distractions.
- [FACEBOOK] Possibly The Best Facebook Application (so far)
(uktech.blognation.com 3 3 3)
- Social cloud widgets lets you data mine your social network.
- [LOLCATS] Time Waster
(online.wsj.com 2 3 7)
- Wall Street Journal on LOLCats
- Some notes on jQuery
- [CODE] Software isn’t about giving users options – it’s about getting out of the way
- From the article: ” If a function that took the user two clicks, now takes them five just so they have the option of doing more things, then you’re not giving the user a win.”
- [GAMERS] The problem with ‘Games’
- Essay on how ‘games’ trivializes what is an important hobby to some.
- [WORDPRESS.COM] Where’s the love?
- How to find other bloggers to connect with on WordPress.com
- [VOTE] Digg – The Ultimate Lifehack: 3 Steps for Success
- One of my posts is doing well on digg
- [SEO] SEO Black Hat Intern Wanted
- Unpaid position, but might be a great opportunity.
- [TECHNORATI] Why Crossing The Chasm Is Not Always a Good Idea
- How Technorati alienated it’s early adopters and never captured the mainstream market
- [BOOKS] library of accidental blog books
- Books that are accidentally about blogging. Great idea for a post.
- [MEETINGS] The Laptop Herring
(randsinrepose.com 13 1)
- Be a prick. Ban laptops from meetings.
- [CODE] A Conversation with Joel Spolsky
- Interview with JoelOnSoftware
- [GAMERS] The Dorks Behind Penny Arcade, an Obscure Webcomic Turned Vidgame Empire
(wired.com 100 1136)
- *GREAT* Wired interview with the guys behind the Penny Arcade comic strip. It’s easily one of the biggest non-mainstream sites on the net.
- [MICROBLOGGING] What is Microblogging or Tumblelogging? Pros and Cons
- Information about microblogging/tumblelogging sites like Facebook, StumbleUpon, Tumblr and Twitter
- [BLOGGING] Writing Dirty
- Killer inspirational post — put the human element in, it’s the only reason why readers will bond with you.
This Week at Internet Duct Tape
- Using Mind Maps to Explore User Interaction
- I’m “fortunate” to work at one of those companies where meetings are a way of life. Not only do meetings happen daily, but everyone and their dog is invited. Well, until one of the dogs bit an intern. Now the dogs are free to keep working on their projects, but everyone else is still…
- WordPress.com Command Diagrams
- I’ve created two useful diagrams for WordPress.com bloggers and more important for people who offer support in the WordPress.com help forums.
- Digest for August 2007
- Every month I publish a digest post collecting the best of Internet Duct Tape.
- Do Anything: 3 Steps for Success
- One of the strangest things about growing older is coming to terms with the idealism and certainty you had as a teenager compared to the reality of who you’ve grown into. I grew up in a house full of books on what I’d now refer to as lifehacks: books on happiness, psychology, time…
- Canadian Marketing, Media, and Digital Blogs Tournament
- Internet Duct Tape is proud to be a part of the 1% Army Canadian Blogging Tournament. I’m part of division A: Online/Digital/Tech/Web 2.0. As part of the tournament I need to submit a three example posts from 2007. Can you help me decide?
- Best of Feeds – 37 links – lifehacks, tips, productivity, programming, blogging
- Tags: advice, blogging, design, development, geek, hacks, happiness, humor, internet, lifehacks, paulgraham, productivity, programming, rss, search, software, tips, workhacks, writing
This Week at IDT Labs
- [WORDPRESS.COM] Open 5 Blogs at Random
I’ve created a short little script that will open five WordPress.com blogs at random when you press ALT+SHIFT+W