Joel Spolsky, of the brilliant blog Joel On Software (and some other folks) just launched a brand new forum website for software developers to help each other with programming questions called Stack Overflow (still in beta). Continue reading
Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability is a book by Steve Krug about some high-level concepts on website design that take real-world users into account. I ordered this book, but I haven’t read it yet. The reviews on Amazon are very favorable, but I initially heard about this book on a tutorial on using AJAX in WordPress for interactive forms.
I really have high hopes for this book, because I like my tech guides with a heavy dose of reality. I’ll let you know when I start digging into it.
Now there’s an easy way to tell! I submit to you for your convenience:
http://www.hasthelhcdestroyedtheearth.com (p.s. view the page’s source for added humor). In case you want to track the history of all the times LHC has destroyed the earth, there’s an RSS feed too.
Contrary to recent rumors, the LHC wasn’t supposed to have destroyed the earth yet. They ran a test of a beam going clockwise, and a beam going counterclockwise, but not at the same time. No two beams, no collision, no destruction of the earth. Sorry, you’ll have to wait.
Here’s more information at Seed Magazine
At X-treme Geek:
The Wi-Fi detecting shirt actually detects 802.11b/g Wi-Fi signals and graphically displays the signal strength in lighted bars! Now you’ll always know the best place to sit in your Wi-Fi-enabled coffeehouse.
This is true geek cred. I hear they’re working on a “Nerd-Loving Hottie” detection T-shirt.
Disclaimer: I know Walter Hunt, but that’s what lead me to find out abou this series; I liked them a lot regardless.
Walter Hunt‘s four-book series, The Dark Wing universe, hits a lot of the aspects of SF I like. Lots of real, multifaceted characters, lack of pure good and pure evil, somewhat hard SF, and first-person aliens. Yes, one of my favorite types of SF is when you’re put in the head of a creature that thinks completely differently than we do. Hunt takes that to such an extent that he even has each race use a different numbering system based on their environment and physiology, as ours is.
He recently ran into some issues with his publisher, and then his next publisher, and I truly hope that all gets resolved soon. I also hope he comes out with another book or two in this series. I know he’s wrapping up a book right now that’s not in this universe, and I’m anxiously awaiting that.
If you’ve read those books, I would love to hear your thoughts on them.