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Best of Feeds – 22 links – lifehacks, blogging, facebook, firefox, productivity

Posted in Best of Feeds, Technology by engtech on September 09, 2007

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.

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  • saves – number of people who bookmarked on http://del.icio.us
  • inbound links – number of blogs who linked to it (max 100)
  • diggs – number of people who dugg on http://digg.com

This Week at Internet Duct Tape

  • How Procrastination Dashes Made Me a Better Worker
    • 43Folders recommends setting a procrastination dash to attack tasks you’re having trouble getting started on. The (10+2)*5 system suggests doing 5 intervals of 10 minutes of work, followed by 2 minutes of “me time” as a way to get yourself on a groove and find your flow. It’s a…
  • Adopting Getting to Done
    • Last week I wrote a post about the 3 steps to be successful at anything: be happy (position of strength), know what is important (goal setting, heading in the right direction) and be disciplined (execute the tasks to achieve your goal). The great thing about writing “productivity” posts is…
  • Quotations from The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder (1978)
    • I’m going to celebrate Labour Day with the only book I’ve ever read that captured what it’s like to work at building integrated circuits. The Soul of a New Machine is a Pulitzer Prize winning book written in 1978 by a reporter named Tracy Kidder. Hat tip to Scott Rosenberg, or rather to…
  • Best of Feeds – 35 links – design, programming, blogging, socialsoftware, javascript
    • Tags: blogging, design, facebook, gamers, humor, ideas, javascript, productivity, programming, socialnetworking, socialsoftware, startups, tips

This Week at IDT Labs

  • [PHOTOBUCKET] Log Me In Already!
    • Takes you directly to your album if you visit http://photobucket.com while already logged in. Because it’s too annoying to have to click “My Album” every time.
  • [GMAIL] Quickly Open Compose Mode
    • Turns off clutter when directly composing gmail messages (IE: clicking on a mailto link) One thing that annoys me about Gmail is how slow it can be to load. This becomes a real problem when you force all mailto: links to open in Gmail. Gmail Quick Compose redirects all “compose mode” links…
  • [WORDPRESS.COM] Stats for PagesThis is a Greasemonkey script that adds stats to the Edit Pages panel on WordPress.com.
  • [WORDPRESS.COM] Open 5 Blogs at RandomI’ve created a short little script that will open five WordPress.com blogs at random when you press ALT+SHIFT+W .

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  1. elysa said, on September 17, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Can I ask a dumb question … are your best of feeds automated by some plugin?

  2. engtech said, on September 17, 2007 at 5:33 pm


    It’s not a plugin, it’s software I wrote to import my delicious saves as a blog post.

    The reason I haven’t made it available is because I haven’t written the part that uploads the post to the blog… I’m still doing that by hand.

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