Best of Feeds – 55 links – programming, firefox, blogging, tips, lifehacks
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.
- [GTD] Org-Fu Ãœberpost – Productivity Whitepaper
(patrickrhone.com 1187 87)
- One guy lists his entire GTD organizational system. What I found most interesting is his symbol language for note taking.
- [EMAIL] Tracing An Email
(onimoto.com 982 16 )
- How to trace the real origin of an email.
- [WINXP] Atom Smasher’s Error Message Generator
(atom.smasher.org 842 100 )
- Make your own error message dialogues.
- [LIFEHACKS] Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life
(zenhabits.net 828 75 565)
- ZenHabits has a great post that leads off into 72 of the other posts on the site.
- [DELICIOUS] deliGoo – Delicious Search Engine
(deligoo.com 496 33 8)
- Builds Google Custom Search Engines for delicious on the fly — because delicious search sucks.
- [LIFEHACKS] How To: Buy a Car Without Getting Screwed
(lifehacker.com 323 25 15)
- 1m30s video on how to buy a car that’s worth watching
- [BOOKS] 10 Overrated Business Books (and What to Read Instead)
(bnet.com 303 24 15)
- Some good stuff in here, like reading Elements of Style, the Art of War and the Prince instead of recent best sellers.
- [PASSWORDS] Enough With The Rainbow Tables: What You Need To Know About Secure Password Schemes
(matasano.com 238 23 3)
- SUPER GEEK ALERT. Explanation of why rainbow tables don’t matter, and how modern crypto should work for passwords. Required reading if you’re every going to implement a user database.
- [SOCIAL] Social Graph: Concepts and Issues
(readwriteweb.com 231 43 27)
- Social graphs for dummies.
- [SMO] Social Media for Firefox
(97thfloor.com 185 56 588)
- Firefox extension to cross-reference digg/stumbleupon/reddit results from any of the sites.
- [COOL] Model Railroad Slums
(vestaldesign.com 166 21 )
- Playing with model railroads is a bit cooler when it shows urban decay.
- [GEEK] TechShop: Geek Heaven
(blog.guykawasaki.com 153 42 1269)
- This is so much awesome.
- [NEWS] School kids use internet to rally against bullies
(thechronicleherald.ca 79 100 1537)
- This made me happy.
- [CODE] The Emacs Problem
(steve.yegge.googlepages.com 72 9)
- Regular Expressions, XPath, LISP and Emacs. Good read, although no real conclusions.
- [RSS] BlogRunner News Aggregator
(blogrunner.com 67 100)
- BlogRunner is a portal like TechMeme, TailRank except it does a lot of things right that they do wrong.
- [WEBBROWSERS] On the Tenacity of Internet Explorer 6
(particletree.com 50 38 7)
- The reason why IE6 is still holding on despire Firefox and IE7.
- [CODE] Bugs Are Magic Tricks
(stevenf.com 48 28 1)
- Great analogy about how debugging is exactly like trying to figure out “how did the magician DO that?”
- [WEB2.0] Social Networking License Agreement
(stevenf.com 35 25 2)
- web2.0 social sites get more from their users than they give to their users.
- [FIREFOX] MeeTimer – Log your time on the Web
(getmeetimer.com 28 52 8)
- Firefox extension for tracking time spend on website groups.
- [DIY] Gadget charging station using using one piece of insulated foam
(unclutterer.com 24 1)
- Dead simple.
- [CODE] Whenever there is a coordination problem, somebody says, “Hey, let’s create a process!”
(blogs.msdn.com 23 6)
- Creating process only works if the people who have to do additional work somehow benefit from it. People aren’t altruistic.
- [RAILS] Rails Rumble 2007
(vote.railsrumble.com 22 74 37)
- 48 web applications that were built by teams of 4 in 48 hours or less. Shows the power of Ruby on Rails.
- [BOOKS] Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek
(getrichslowly.org 21 11 3)
- Still meaning to read this one.
- [PERL] Perl 101 – Debugging
- Great site with info about writing perl scripts.
- [FACEBOOK] How to Avoid Getting Fired by Facebook
(lifehack.org 19 5 2)
- Similar to a post I wrote a few months ago, things to keep in mind about your career and the Internet.
- [WORKHACKS] 10 Ways for a Web Worker to Achieve Work-Life Balance
(webworkerdaily.com 18 4 2)
- Leo from ZenHabits gives some suggestions on how to be productive when your in front of a computer all the time.
- [RSS] Full Or Partial RSS Feeds – The Great Feed Debate
(problogger.net 18 40 49)
- Gina of LifeHacker vs CEO of FeedBurner debating both sides of the issue.
- [BLOGGING] The Blogger’s Library: 28 Free eBooks and Excerpts for Bloggers
(skelliewag.org 18 5 14)
- Direct download links to ebooks by Seth Godin, Chris G, Lorelle VanFossen, Brian Clark, John Chow, and others.
- [CODE] tactics, tactics, tactics
(dlowe-wfh.blogspot.com 16 2 3)
- How do you keep improving when it comes to programming? Great analogy to learning chess.
- [BACKUP] How to Backup *All* of Your Data for Pennies per Month
(blog.crankingwidgets.com 14 10)
- Backing up your hard drive using amazon s3 and jungledisk.
- [GEEK] Video for Frontalot’s nerdcore song about Zork
(boingboing.net 13 17)
- This is old school.
- [ADBLOCKING] Web ad blocking may not be (entirely) legal
- Dense piece about adblocking on the net and legality concerns.
- [BLOGGING] The 4 Ways of Building Traffic to a Blog and Why Most Bloggers Pick the Wrong Method — Internet Business Blog – by Yaro Starak
(entrepreneurs-journey.com 10 13)
- “Writing good content” only works if ALREADY have attention/audience.
- [TWITTER] The Twitter Equilibrium
(randsinrepose.com 10 7 24)
- Making sane use of Twitter.
- [POLITICS] Malfunctioning Vote-Counting Machines Are ALWAYS A Sign Of Corruption
(gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 9 5 1)
- Voting is a simple problem. If malfunctioning is happening, then it’s spam.
- [SMO] The Top 10 SEOmoz Linkbait Articles
(blogstorm.co.uk 7 24)
- Looking at examples of articles from SEOMoz that got tons of links.
- [CODE] Use vr.s Reuse, or The Second Derivitive of Programming
(enfranchisedmind.com 5 6)
- Interesting take on code velocity and how reusing known good code increases your acceleration while rewriting decreases it.
- [SMO] Delicious Stumbles – Post to Delicious and StumbleUpon at the same time
- Script for Firefox that lets you submit a post to StumbleUpon at the same time as you save it to Delicious.
- [MARKETING] What makes things cool?
(scobleizer.com 5 6)
- The success in viral marketing is to turn a small number of consumers into evangelists.
- [FIREBUG] Stop console error messages
(foobr.co.uk 5 2)
- Include this code, and put FirebugUtils.x() at the top to ensure you never ship code that won’t work without Firebug installed.
- [IPHONE] …DYH isn’t funny? at Didn’t You Hear…
(didntyouhear.com 4 14 20)
- Corey causes mayhem when he pulls a humorous ad campaign after the iPhone rebate and it gets picked up as “real news” by big gadget blogs.
- [IPHONE] Is Your Site Ready for the New Mobile Internet?
(lorelle.wordpress.com 4 8 30)
- How to build a website that works well with the iPhone.
- [HUMOR] Social Networking Rehab: 28 Digital Days
(socialnetworkingrehab.blogspot.com 3 3)
- Blog about recovering from social networking addiction.
- [GAMERS] Cinema conventions that have no place in videogaming
(destructoid.com 2 3)
- Longish rant on the things that go wrong with video games — tips on writing games that don’t frustrate the player.
- [RUNNING] Things that Running Teaches You About Life
(baron.vc 2 13 31)
- The fun thing about the internet is how a person you’ve never met in Japan can motivate you.
- [CODE] Thoughts on documentation: Conventions
(blog.mrneighborly.com 2 2)
- Writing better code documentation comes from getting programmers to accept the same conventions and to be strict about them.
- [FIREFOX] Opera’s Built-In Features vs. Firefox’s Equivalent Extensions
- Comparison of Opera vs Firefox
- [HUMOR] Things I’ve Learned About Life and Love From Watching Seth Rogan Movies
(thebachelorguy.com 4 66)
- Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Superbad distilled for wisdom.
- [BLOGGING] Blog Rush traffic sharing widget
- Widget for promoting other blogs. The amount of views on the widget determines how often your blog will appear to others.
- [LIFE] I am: My iPod Serial Number – YM6201CZSZV
- Dead man is identified by his iPod serial number. This is modern life?
- [GEEK] Heatmap distribution of dirt in a keyboard
- Pretty awesomely geeky. Tony opens up his keyboard and builds a heat map out of the dirt.
- [LIFEHACK] Business Card Bookmark
- Use business cards as a bookmark — lost books will get returned.
- [GMAIL] How do I use Advanced Search?
- Advanced search for Gmail
- [INTERNET] 7 Reasons the 21st Century is Making You Miserable
- Rant against how online friendship and the segregation of society into pools of like-minded individuals causing people to be unhappy.
- [BLOGGING] How to Get Traffic and Links from Popular Blogs: Networking and Email Pitching
(doshdosh.com 8 3)
- Rule #1: build a relationship with them of some sort. Don’t pitch strangers.
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Tags: blogging, books, business, debugging, del.icio.us, delicious, development, digg, facebook, firefox, funny, games, geek, humor, life, lifehacks, management, organization, productivity, programming, security, smo, socialbookmarking, socialnetworking, socialsoftware, stumbleupon, tips, video
 A little late this week because of login issues at wordpress.com. That’s also why there’s twice as many links as usual.