2003-01-28 01:11 GMT.
Feed My Ego
Scott Ventura's List of Links
Scott's List of Links
- useit.com is the
home of Jakob Nielsen,
a world-famous usability specialist. The
column provides excellent design information geared towards usability
instead of "cool" site design.
- Ask Tog runs along similar
lines to the AlertBox column, and Tog is now working with Jakob as
part of the formidable Nielsen/Norman Group.
- The Web Design Group
provides tutorials and references on web standards in a way that
encourages good coding and layout style. Their documents are more
readable than the official ones, though not as thorough.
- The World Wide Web Consortium is
still the de facto source. If you want to know the nitty gritty of
what is and is not HTML, this
is the place.
- Bobby is a service of the
Center for Applied Special
Technology. It's a very sensitive validator which highlights
problems with the accessibility of the HTML. It may seem like a pain
to get the full Bobby seal of approval, but it's worth it.
- Best Viewed With Any
Browser are words that more sites need to live by. This campaign
features links to some excellent resources.
- Opera is the
browser that now tops my charts. It smokes Netscape in terms of
speed, and it's a tiny install as opposed to IE. It's exceedingly
customizable, usable without a pointing device, and user-comment
driven. It's not free, but it's a nice piece of work.
- CD Wizzard is a CD Audio
player with three display modes, CDDB capability, and good database
- Arachnoid is billed as
"A great place for people who think." I consider it a great
source of software. I use
filled my need for a telnet client that didn't activate numlock.
I also use About Time
for my SNTP needs.
- For excellent weekly doses of real-life comedy delivered by email,
try Randy Cassingham's This Is True.
These news-of-the-strange collections are always sublime. Randy
also publishes the Stella Awards, which discuss
abuses of the US court system. These are somewhat funny but mostly
thought-provoking. Most importantly, Randy does his homework and
does not publish urban legends.
- I do so love "Weird Al" Yankovic.
- For a dose of Letterman-style comedy delivered weekdays, try
Obfuscated C Code Contest, If you've ever thought your C code was
hard to read, you were probably wrong. These programmers make an art
of stylized and disguised programs.
- Tour the IHTFP Hack
Gallery, where the best of
MIT's pranks are documented.
- This Modern
World is a heavily satirical strip that appears
nationwide in newpapers and online in
- While drinking and coding should almost never be mixed, you
can make an exception when writing a program to sing 99
Bottles of Beer on the Wall.
- I never get to
in a normal way. I always seem to stumble on their humor
somewhere else, but I always laugh when I get there.
- The Institute
of Official Cheer by James Lileks has to be seen to
be believed. The author blends journalistic sensibility with
stranger-than-fiction material to make big laughs.
- Internet Movie Database has
everything you wanted to know about well over 100,000 movies. It's
very easy to blow inordinate amounts of time, so enter at your own
- Salon Magazine is
always good for an interesting read. They feature excellent writing
and interesting opinions.
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