An excellent presentation on the causes and prevention of RSI.
Wondering how many people are viewing your site right now? Find out with simple little widget called whos.amung.us. Just paste the code into your site, blog, social network, etc., as I did here and Presto: Instant traffic numbers.
There is also a Firefox extension that lets you monitor the site traffic from the browser status bar.
When I logged in to my machine today, I got a nasty shock. My trusted Symantec Antivirus reported that my recently installed Yahoo Widgets is a Virus...and so is my beloved media player silver bullet Democracy Player. I am not sure if Yahoo Widgets is really a virus but I am not going to use it anymore. On the other hand, I don't think this is a false alarm. I have been using Symantec AV for a long time now and it has never let me down. The mind boggles to think how vulnerable we are to the threats if industry leaders like Yahoo ships virus and other nasty surprises in their 'revolutionary' path breaking software. I hate Internet.
The New York Times reports on another set of studies that show human brains slow down when they have to juggle tasks. Unlike last year's TIME magazine article, the NYT cites new studies that show young people are not better equipped to handle interruptions having grown up with digital distraction. Read the article : Slow Down, Multitaskers; Don't Read in Traffic [NYT-Lifehacker]
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If you want to see quick statistics on a website, check out newly launched Popuri. You’ll quickly see Google Page Rank, Alexa Rank, number of backlinks on Google, Yahoo and Live.com, Technorati inbound links, del.icio.us bookmarks and number of bloglines subscribers. You can also see whois information on the domain.
Web design blog Bittbox has revealed the secret trick to find the best web freebies: Google + social sites.
Yep, it's true - you can find the best of the best out there just by aiming the "site:" operator at most any active social bookmarking site. For example, say you're looking for good WordPress templates. You could try this search string:
site:digg.com "CSS templates"
You're going to come back with some pretty good stuff this way for the most part, and since most sites search functions ain't that great, it's also a good option for unearthing the stuff you might not have otherwise.
The Fastest way to find High-Quality Freebies on the Web [-Lifehacker - BittBox]
Update: The Google Co-op Social Media Search Engine:
Created by illovich, or you can go to this page and bookmark it. Try a search for a freebie that you want to find and see what you get by only searching the biggest social media sites. (Thanks to Illovich) Or you can get the code and put it in your blog. Here is mine :
One thing lead to another. In my previous post, I talked about a paradox of programmers not being able to program - just like plumbers not being able to plumb. Ahem !
A paradigm-shift is how to become a better programmer by not programming. Coding Horror told us that there's a vast divide between those who can program and those who cannot. But the dirty little secret of the software development industry is that this is also true even for people who can program: there's a vast divide between good developers and mediocre developers. A mediocre developer can program his or her heart out for four years, but that won't magically transform them into a good developer. And the good developers always seem to have a natural knack for the stuff from the very beginning. The older I get, the more I believe that the only way to become a better programmer is by not programming. You have to come up for air, put down the compiler for a moment, and take stock of what you're really doing. Code is important, but it's a small part of the overall process.
Its been a week of long interviews...3 to be exact. Experience has taught me that its always better to format your interviews as two-way discussions rather than "I ask you question and wait for your *watever* answers.." If you discuss something with the candidate, you can force something out of him which she herself might not know she knew.
Its always fun to talk to people who can program well. So far, I have found very few of the candidates who know what they are talking about. Its not that they are not trained or they do not have necessary skills - experience but they simply can't program.
I was reading "Why Can't Programmers.. Program?" this morning. It is sad - but near close to true. I do not believe 199 out of 200 cannot program - but it isn't too far from the truth. So, if you are interviewing a lot, my sincere advice to you...discuss rather then ask and make them write programs - lots of programs. [My wife demanded that I credit her for this article]
I thought this article got most of it right... There are many reasons to let geeks work the way they want to work. Today they work in every industry. They are the knowledge base, blood and sweat equity of many businesses. They work harder than most. They work longer than most. Their job isn’t a separate “thing they do” while they look forward to going home and relaxing. Geeks *live* what they do. They eat, sleep and breathe it. Tom Kyte adds something precious to this list : Give them useful, meaningful, important things to do.
Open Source Alternative - Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software - a handy site to source out open source alternatives to popular commercial programs. Programs are sorted by category to easily browse open source options.
If you've been looking for a site that will help you learn digital photography post-processing, then it's certainly worth looking at PhotoWalkthrough.com PhotoWalkthrough offers free video tutorial podcast covering digital photography post processing using adobe photoshop cs2.
Web site Guitar Noise offers a huge knowledge base of free lessons and advice that can take you from guitar novice to guitar god.
Since I am a guitarist myself, I know that a lot of you out there must just be waiting for the right resource. With hundreds of lessons, articles, and an active forum, Guitar Noise could be it. If you feel you learn better with video, you might want to supplement your lessons with some free video lessons you can put on your iPod.
Best way to learn guitar [Guitar Noise Wiki]
Using the Persistent Search Greasemonkey script for Gmail, Matt shows how to take advantage of persistent searches to create what amount to smart folders in Gmail. Persistent searches work differently than, for example, using filters and labels, because you can use operators like
label:inbox to make these new folders dynamic, in ways that labels are not.
Three solid Gmail productivity tips [Matt Cutts ]
doPDF "is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create searchable PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favorite web sites to PDF files."
doPDF installs itself as a virtual printer driver that will appear in your Printers and Faxes list. To create PDF files, you just have to print your documents.
doPDF doesn't require any 3rd party programs to create the PDF files. It also features customizable resolution, predefined page sizes, searchable PDFs and multilanguage support.
How many times have your wondered what a particular process is in Windows tasklist? My solution has always just been to search for the particular process name. TaskList.org - List of Windows Proccesses and Descriptions seems like a much easier solution and a worthy bookmark for future quick reference. "TaskList.org is the ultimate resource to help you determine if your computer is infected with spyware, adware or viruses."