Tech news

Although I have no karma, I read Slashdot every day. It’s where the sharks at flood-control dam #3 all have laser beams, and a Calvin and Hobbes v XKCD debate can erupt at any time. Sure, you’ll be taunted if you confuse monads and monoids or say something nice about MS, but it’s still a good place pontificate on a subject you know almost nothing about. “Space elevator, I’m an expert. I’ve read the Mars trilogy.”

Ars Technica, which means “the art of technology”, is a magazine of technology-related news and essays with a low-key tone and a very pleasant layout. Real journalism without spin, not product announcements and press releases.

Channel Web (and feeds) is for breaking IT news. Also try InfoWorld.

A bit like TechCrunch with a surprisingly ugly layout, Techmeme is a good source of computer industry hype/gossip/news. Not technical in the engineering sense, but maybe in the journalistic sense. I’m trying to be nice here.

Channel 9‘s a good place to go when you feel like you need more Microsoft in your life. Pretty good content, professionally presented. Scoble rose from here.

Find out the the government is “thinking” at Government Computing News. Lots of feeds, although last time I looked all of them were empty.

Mainstream science/tech

Reuters has lots of feeds: science, technology, internet, etc.

Or you might prefer The Associated Press and its feeds. and LiveScience are well written and have lots of illustrations.


With thousands of articles and millions of members, you’re never bored or lonely at The Code Project. Cheerful and practical, if a bit cluttered.

Ward Cunningham’s Portland Pattern Repository is a wiki of programming patterns, and probably the first wiki ever. Also look at Ward’s Exteme Programming Roadmap. Not extremely active nowadays, but extremely thoughtful.

I’m often pleasantly surprised at the quality of some of the stuff at Google Code. A real timesaver.

Tcl is one of these things I’d like learn up on if I ever have the time. When I do I’ll start at the Tcl and Tk Wiki.

I guess you never really need to go to the front page at Source Forge. But here it is anyway.

There’s an Eclipse IDE for every purpose it seems. Except maybe .NET programming.

Thank goodness for MinGW and Cygwin, when you really want it both ways.

Technologists and tools

John Resig is a JavaScript god and the creator of jQuery. His blog is interesting too.

Firebug is a lot better than “View” -> “Page Source”. It’s not quite an IDE, more a browser-based browser, and truly the awesomest.

Very fine open-source forum software at E-Blah.

Math and Science is one of the most incredible sources of information anywhere. Research papers before they are published. The physics arXiv blog has a good RSS feed.

Penn State’s CiteSeerX is similar with an emphasis on computer science papers. But there’s other stuff in there too. For example, search for dentistry.

I started reading Scientific American when I was 13 and I’ve never stopped. Lots of feeds to choose from.

Lots of medical and biological stories at Science Daily.

Tommaso’s friendly blog, A Quantum Diaries Survivor, will keep you up-to-date on the Large Hadron Collider and the experimental side of particle physics. Well written.

Carl Brannen’s blog has a lot of physics. Too bad I don’t understand more of it.

If you’re hungry for category theory (and who isn’t), stop by the n-Category CafĂ©. Have a greasy spoonful of groupoidification, smootheology, and geometrisation. Deep fry your brain in homotopical nonabelian cohomology and categorified symplectic geometry. Don’t be a catagephobiac-ificationologist. And it’s not just for general abstract nonsensephiles — there are also more accessible articles on cosmology, mathematical physics, and even a bit of general science.


Make magazine is what Popular Mechanics and Popular Science used to be. Google Books has back-issues of Popular Mechanics from 1905 and Popular Science from 1872.

Albuquerque homeschooler forum is a good source for us homeschoolers.

The musings of Joi Ito, entrepreneur and CEO of Creative Commons.

Lots of economic data and analysis at Paper Economy. And predictions that usually prove to be right. Plus a bunch of cool .NET apps in the sidebar.


Visit Modern Mechanix for a taste of yesterday.

If you only have time to skim Slashdot, you can still read some of the funniest comments.

Quote database is pretty darn funny in an odd way.

Is The Onion still funny? Sometimes. Often even.


I know a front-page link to Wikipedia isn’t very useful, but I’m a fan.

Read Urban Dictionary and soon you’ll be talking like a (foul mouthed) teenager. It’s the cat’s pajamas daddy-o.