'Tis the season of giving, and hopefully most of you will have a little more time to do some reading, so I thought this would be a good time to share the following links with you.
In the last few months we've seen a bunch of good free eBooks come out. I'm not sure how this trend started, but I suspect this TechZingLive interview with Jason Cohen might have something to do with it. :)
Here are four eBooks I think you might like, which are all free:
Do you know any other good eBooks along these lines? Don't be shy and post the links in the comments if you do! :)
My favorite non-tech blogs
I follow A LOT of blogs, mostly tech and business stuff. It's all good and useful, but the echo-chamber makes me a bit queasy after a while.
That's when I like to look at these:
- Letters of Note - these are always entertaining
- Today and Tomorrow - crazy digital art, designy furniture and artsy animated GIFs (remember those?)
- Strange Maps - for map nerds like me
- The Big Picture on boston.com. A view of our World through gorgeous, always though-provoking pictures
- Indexed - I just started following this one recently. Very smart stuff, plus I have a soft spot for hand-drawn things ;)
- Minimal - not at the same level of the ones above, but quick to read
What are your favorite "escape from the technosphere" blogs?
Mariah's Bycicle, 12/19/2009
Have a great holiday break everyone, happy reading!
Hi there, just a quick post to let you know that you can now listen to the most popular posts on this blog via the new blog-to-podcast service from the guys at HearABlog.
I like their idea because it's so focused and useful at the same time: they take a blog and have an actor read it aloud, that's it! It's great for accessibility and I have found it a great way to keep up with some of my favorite blogs like A Smart Bear and Seth Godin's blog.
Here's a link: http://www.hearablog.com/site/21/Balsamiq-Blog
The link is also at the top of the sidebar on the right, which I cleaned up for the occasion (notice the new "subscribe via email" link as well).
Thanks so much Daniel and Pablo for providing us with this service!
Hi there. It was a long day yesterday, with Lufthansa reminding me about how bad airplane food can be. :(
It's good to be back in the Bay Area, even for just a few days. It's a strange feeling, I've only been gone 6 months so it still feels like home a bit.
Anyways, AtlasCamp kicked off last night with a big dinner and introductions...the who's who of Atlassian plugin development is here, I have so much to learn!
I wanted to point out two links:
- I got interviewed by one of my heros Bob Walsh (author of "Micro-ISV, from vision to reality") for his Startup Success podcast, which I had been listening to since they started, I recommend it! (my interview starts at around minute 19 of episode 4). Thanks so much Bob!
- Michael Hackney just posted a tutorial on how to assemble multiple mockups into an HTML+image map+CSS "runnable" demo. I know many of you are waiting for this feature to be part of Mockups, but in the meantime you can use Michael's files as a template. Check out his sample demo, it's really cool! Thanks Michael!
Ok, time to get ready for a big day of learning!
I should really be doing something else right now, but I wanted to get this out.
I think it'd be fair to say that I use "the cloud" and web apps more than anyone I know. Still, there are still some desktop applications that I use all the time, and cannot imagine a future without them.
Here are 8 desktop tools that make my work so much easier:
Interesting enough, I just realized that they all sit happily next to each other on my Mac's menu bar!
Now that is one good looking collection of great software! :)
If you helped create one of those apps in any way, I thank thee.
One of these days I'll also post a list of web apps that I rely on or that I really admire, if people are interested.
Ok, back to work!
I just stumbled upon www.messagefirst.com today.
All I can say is wow. It's been a long time since a website impressed me, so I had to share.
Notice the balanced, clean, readable design. The whole site is on ONE page, just good copy, to the point - no links other than their email address. View the page source for more impressive features: a little script that encodes their email address to fight spambots and a hidden div with what looks like a site-map for search engine optimization.
Very impressive, especially if you compare it with how heavy, slow-loading, over-the-top advertising and portfolio websites usually are.
Chapeaux to MessageFirst!
Doing my homework in preparation for launch:
Btw, I'm not sure about when to have the "launch day" yet, it will be sometimes in the 2nd half of June.
Update: I found some more links on the subject that might be useful:
This reminds me of when I first looked around for parenting blogs...too much information and hard to tell what's good and what's not.
Anyways, I found this wiki article pretty useful: Startup Checklist
I used "startupping" in the tile because I found this: Startupping.com which seems useful. The OPML feeds are good as well, although there seems to be a lot of mediocre stuff in there.
Anyways, a good starting point.
I also found these good links:
http://www.wingedpig.com/ - serial startup founder Mark Fletcher (lots to read there, I gotta get back to it) - this one is good for instance
A curious find: http://bnoopy.typepad.com/ - the startup blog of Joe Kraus while he was starting JotSpot (now part of Google). Cool!
Ok I'd better stop looking around...I need sleep
I just came across this link by the founder of Blogger.com (I'll write more on him someday): ten rules for web startups
It's encouraging to see other people (and successful ones at that) thinking along the same lines as I am. Narrow, Different, Casual, Picky, User-Centric, Self-Centered (bad choice of words IMHO), Greedy, Tiny, Agile, Balanced. All attributes I'm striving for.