This is my weekly collection of the best stuff I saw on the Internet. They’re saved on delicious and stumbleupon and cross-posted to Twitter and Tumblr as they happen and then collected together for my blog on Internet Duct Tape.
- [CODE] Research Supports The Effectiveness of TDD, haacked.com
- IEEE paper on why Test Driven Development works
- [CODE] Valued Lessons: Garlic Programmers for Silver Code?, valuedlessons.com, via:news.ycombinator.com
- How can you measure programmer productivity when the biggest factor is the code base they are working on?
- [COMICS] Build your own Comics and cartoons, chron.com
- You can put together a single page with most syndicated comics on it
- [COPYRIGHT] Bad COPP No Netflix, davisfreeberg.com, via:dailybits.com
- DRM causes hardware probs, that could make you lose all your legitimate digital downloads.
- [DESIGN] Paper Prototyping, snyderconsulting.net
- hallway usability testing before you code
- [DESIGN] Web 2.0 how-to design style guide, webdesignfromscratch.com
- Yes, we’re all tired of “web2.0” designs — but this guide makes some good points and is full of examples.
- [GAMERS] Audiosurf: Ride Your Music, audio-surf.com
- Independent video game with strong ties to music/mp3s
- [GAMERS] The Weighted Companion PC – Final shots, bit-tech.net
- I’d love to have this PC mod… for Portal fans.
- [GREASEMONKEY] Greasespot: Greasemonkey Security Update, greasespot.net
- New version of Greasemonkey is out. Please update.
- [GROUP WRITING] Blog Writing Project: Tutorials, dailyblogtips.com
- Write a tutorial as part of Daily Blog Tips group writing project
- Examples of using jQuery instead of prototype or rjs files
- Client-side library for sorting tables.
- [MYSPACE] January 30th is International Delete Your Myspace Account Day, bloggasm.com
- It’s a good idea to delete your old social networking accounts that you don’t use anymore.
- [PHOTOS] everystockphoto – searching free photos, everystockphoto.com, via:scottkuperus
- search engine for copyfree photos
- [REDDIT] what’s new on reddit: new features, blog.reddit.com
- Users will have the ability to create their own public/private reddits.
- [RSS] Dosh Dosh Reaches 10,000 Subscribers (and the Reason Why People Subscribe to a Blog), doshdosh.com
- How to get an audience
- [RUBY] Rubular: a Ruby regular expression editor, rubular.com
- Web-based regular expression tester
- [SOFTWARE] Ned Batchelder: Software I use, nedbatchelder.com
- List of Windows software… some stuff worth trying in there. I recognize a lot of it from lifehacker.com
- [WRITING] Effective Writing – George Orwell, pickthebrain.com
- 5 tips from one of the masters
- [WRITING] Programming Book Profits, ejohn.org
- A look at how much income writing a book can generate
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This Week at Internet Duct Tape
Internet Duct Tape is my blog where I talk about software, technology, blogging and other geeky subjects.
- CoinStar — Is It Worth It To Convert Your Spare Change?
- When I was a kid rolling up the spare change to take in the bank, I always wondered why there wasn’t a machine that would do it for you in bulk. Sorting coins mechanically isn’t rocket science; all you need is holes of different sizes. Now we’re in the 21st centuary. We might not have…
- Stupid iTunes Tricks – How to Burn a MP3 CD with Folders
- An MP3 CD is a regular old data CD like any CD you put in your computer. Any program that burns CDs can create an MP3 CD, but I like to use iTunes because I’m already using it to manage my music library.
- Free Idea: Outlook Calendar Screensaver
- People often guard their ideas thinking that if they let the word get out people will steal their golden shot at success. What they don’t realize is that idea are worth nothing. Implementation is the only thing that matters. Here’s an idea I had for something I’m not planning on…
- Best of Feeds – 19 links – blogging, inspiration, writing, design, apple
- apple, blogging, design, inspiration, tips, writing
This Week at IDT Labs
IDT Labs is where I announce new software I’m working on.
- [PIPES] Filtered Technorati Recent Mentions
- My Filtered Technorati Recent Mentions pipe works again. It can give you an RSS feed of the latest blogs that links to your blog.
- [GREASEMONKEY] Userscripts.org Popular Scripts v0.2Updated my script for identifying the most popular Greasemonkey scripts on userscripts.org
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.
- [LIFEHACKS] Year in Review: The 70 Best Lifehacks of 2007 – Lifehack.org
- (lifehack.org 832 50 20)
- [DESIGN] The Great Website Design Gallery Roundup by CSS-Tricks
- Created a blog theme? here’s some places to submit it
- (css-tricks.com 623 38 11)
- [LIFEHACKS] RulesofThumb.org – Homepage
- Wisdom voting site
- (rulesofthumb.org 517 100 5)
- [BLOGGING] So I Quit My Day Job – Holy Cow! I Took the Plunge
- Becoming an independent self-publisher
- (zenhabits.net 184 42 1005)
- [GAMERS] Top 7 Geek Panties (for girls)
- seen a few of these before
- (gamegirl.com 45 56 2470)
- [WRITING] 11 Essential Tips to Writing the Ultimate Tutorial
- This is an essential skill for anyone. At some point in your career you will have to document how to do something using a computer.
- (dailyblogtips.com 36 11 2)
- [BLOGGING] 31 Days to Becoming a Better Blogger
- 31 small tips that can lead to great improvments
- (northxeast.com 32 11 86)
- [DESIGN] How I Redesigned My Blog [by Ben Yoskovitz]
- the decisions you’ll face when overhauling your blog theme
- (problogger.net 25 6 3)
- [HUMOR] BREAKINGOMFG: Apple Introduces Manila Case–The World’s Thinnest Notebook Case
- notebook cases are always overpriced.
- (gizmodo.com 24 49 )
- [BLOGGING] Fighting Scrapers With Your Left Jab
- Tips for dealing with people stealing your content.
- (problogger.net 23 11 7)
- [BLOGGING] A Guide to Breaking Into the Technorati Top 100
- (skelliewag.org 19 7 10)
- [BLOGGING] 52 Post Ideas to Help You Stay Inspired Throughout The Year
- (northxeast.com 19 6 34)
- [BLOGGING] How to Get 1,100 Subscribers in Five Days
- (skelliewag.org 11 9 9)
- [CREATIVITY] The Content Crossroads: Supernatural Success at the Intersection of Ideas
- Seeing the intersections between different subjects can lead to creativity
- (copyblogger.com 10 8)
- [GEEK] MacBook Air? Think Different – Buy a Bigger Envelope
- surprise surprise, life is just fine without the latest tech
- (putthingsoff.com 3 1)
- [HD] Blu-ray Pretty Much Wins Format War
- All the major movie studios are on blu-ray now.
- (paulstamatiou.com 3 5)
- [MUSIC] Don’t miss lessons Radiohead, Reznor offer
- Trent Reznor notes that without the music labels you have to run every aspect of the business… and that sucks.
- (crave.cnet.com 2 2)
- [BLOGGING] Blog Struggles: Recovering From a Traffic Spike
- It’s so true. It’s hard to be motivated once you’ve hit a high that you’ll never hit again.
- (lorelle.wordpress.com 5 1)
- [GAMERS]The “Sex-Box” Race for President::By Kevin McCullough
- This is a must read if you ever played Mass Effect. He gets it soooo wrong.
- (townhall.com 62)
This Week at Internet Duct Tape
- Rules of Thumb for Writing
- Rules of thumb when writing
- Shameless Self-promotion
- The Canadian Blog Awards are on again. You can also vote for Internet Duct Tape in the Sci/Tech category. Thanks to WinExtra for letting me know about the competition.
When writing a magazine article, begin with a snappy lead sentence, then write the piece to match the tone of the lead. Before submitting the article, delete the lead sentence.
Gordon Hard, assistant editor, Consumer Reports, Mount Vernon, New York
When writing short copy (taglines, headlines, etc.) give yourself one minute per word. If you don’t have a great five-word headline in the first five minutes of brainstorming, take a break and try again later.
Adam Kellogg, Writer, Chesterton, IN, USA
When in doubt, use the semicolon; the average reader won’t understand its use and will give you credit for erudition.
Denis Smith, high school counselor, Camarillo, California
If you are not sure if you should use a semi-colon, use a comma. If you are not sure if you should use a comma, use a period. If you are not sure if you should use a period: quit writing.
Raymond Schultz, U. S. Army Retired, United States of America
Limit yourself to one thought per sentence. The sentences will end up with different lengths, because some thoughts will be long and some short. The result will be a conversational tone.
If you’re writing something and you have to look up the definition of a word, you probably shouldn’t use it.
Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, Texas
Read your work out loud to locate problems. If you run out of breath, the sentence is too long.
Robert Kanigel, writer and editor, Baltimore, Maryland
If you’re bored with your writing, others will be too.
Robert Kanigel, writer and editor, Baltimore, Maryland
Your essay should be like a woman’s skirt – long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting.
When writing, if you’re searching for a final sentence, you’ve probably already written it.
Cheryl A. Russell, demographer, mother, editor-in-chief, American Demographics
Always figure out who your characters are before you figure out your plot. You can follow a good character through a bad plot, but you can’t make a good plot out of a bad character.
James Erwin, Editor, Des Moines, IA, USA
Don’t make changes based on reader feedback until you’ve heard the same comment from three different people.
Percy Angress, special effects producer, Santa Monica, California
From Rules Of Thumb.org
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).
- (extjs.com 3318 100 6)
- (cssglobe.com 1767 100 1247)
- [WEBDESIGN] 30 Usability Issues To Be Aware Of
- common tips, good for beginners
- (smashingmagazine.com 1705 100 781)
- [SQL] A Visual Explanation of SQL Joins
- Jeff, where were you in 1997 when I needed this!?
- (codinghorror.com 1069 67 9)
- [DESIGN] 10 Usability Nightmares You Should Be Aware Of
- (smashingmagazine.com 874 100 253)
- [DESIGN] So you want to create WordPress themes huh?
- 16 how-tos on building a wordpress theme
- (wpdesigner.com 585 100 21)
- [SLEEPHACKS] Top 10 Ways to Sleep Smarter and Better
- LifeHacker has the goods on beating insomnia
- (lifehacker.com 546 68 1489)
- (blog.mootools.net 470 10 27)
- [GAMES] Science Museum – Launchpad Online – Launchball
- Very cool little physics simulator game.
- (sciencemuseum.org.uk 392 100 947)
- [GIFTS] 30 Frugal Gift Ideas to Show You Appreciate Someone
- Holidays are coming up…
- (zenhabits.net 326 25 669)
- [CODE] 10 Things Every Programmer Should Know For Their First Job
- General, but true.
- (applematters.com 172 19 4)
- [RUBY] Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book
- Another free Ruby ebook
- (infoq.com 53 33)
- [WEIGHTLOSS] Geek Diet and Exercise Programs
- All familiar links and photos to me, but still a good roundup.
- (codinghorror.com 44 35 46)
- [INTERNET] The Life and Death of Jesse James
- The scariest people in the world are the lonely people, and this true story strikes it home for me with full force. This is essential reading for anyone who spends a lot of time in internet culture.
- (laweekly.com 40 18)
- [RAILS] Two months with Ruby on Rails
- Two months checkin with what he doesn’t like about Rails
- (t-a-w.blogspot.com 39 10)
- [BOOKS] Hard Work, No Pay: What’s the Point?
- Petzold on being an author of programming books. Response to Jeff Atwood post.
- (charlespetzold.com 30 12)
- [TWITTER] Twitter is Paying My Rent
- Why Twitter is a great tool for a first class tech blogger.
- (marshallk.com 25 7 20)
- [BOOKS] Expert Advice: Websites for the Book Lover
- Quite a few sites I hadn’t heard of.
- (makeuseof.com 24 4 20)
- [DELICIOUS] Readeroo
- Simple browser extension for marking items “to be read” later and then marking them as read when you’re done.
- (monsur.com 21 5)
- [WEB2.0] Q&A: Foul-Mouthed Blogger Ted Dziuba Tells Why Most Startups Fail
- Uncov in wired! What.the.fuck!
- (wired.com 19 31 4)
- [WEB2.0] Tim O’Reilly – Graphing Social Patterns
- Liveblogging notes from Tim O’Reilly’s presentation.
- (allfacebook.com 9)
- [BOOKS] When Completing a Book Depends on Someone Else
- Blogging Heroes should be in print soon. I was interviewed for the book, not sure if I made it into the final cut.
- [COPYRIGHT] Happiness In Slavery No More: Nine Inch Nails Goes Record Label Free
- Fans and artists are learning to bypass the recording industry.
- [FICTION] The ride home
- From the article: ” People with happy lives don’t go on quests, they lead their happy lives.”
- (beatsentropy.com 3)
- [CODE] Getting rid of the use global contstants file
- Another post from my old friend who used to bring me subway cookies at raves.
- [MARKETING] The Smart Way to Get Traffic and Links: Creating a Prospect List for Bloggers
- This is the proper way to promote yourself with other bloggers. Get on their radar before you ever approach them about anything.
- (doshdosh.com 3)
This Week at Internet Duct Tape
- What I’m Playing: PC, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360
- I’m on day 10 of “one of those weeks” so I haven’t had time to fully develop the usual cornucopia of rainbow-coloured blog post ideas. All of my time has been spent on work and family with a smidgen of video game playing to decompress my brain. This isn’t one of those…
- The Holiday Spread – Group Weight Loss Game
- This past weekend was Thanksgiving (aka Turkey Day) in Canada, which means seeing your family and eating a lot of food together. One of the favourite pastimes at any holiday is pointing out who’s gained weight and who hasn’t. This got me thinking: one of the principals of successful dieting…
- Best of Feeds – 34 links – programming, google, lifehacks, ruby, funny
This Week at IDT Labs
- [WORDPRESS] Extract Comments or Trackbacks only from the Comments Feed
- I’ve created two Yahoo Pipes for building filters of the comments feed on your WordPress blog so that you can see comments only or trackbacks only. WordPress Comment Extractor WordPress Trackback Extractor
- [RSS] Tagosphere
- Tagosphere is an example I created for Jon Udell that builds an RSS feed around a specific tag using delicious, flickr, technorati, and wordpress.com.
- [GTD] Distraction Free GTD UpdateNow with 36 applications + fixes some problems with apps that don’t support https .