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Armadillo Run physics-based game

Armadillo Run physics-based game: "Mark Frauenfelder: I'm having a great time playing Armadillo Run. It's a physics-based game in which you have to build a Rube Goldberg style contraption to make it to the next level. The simulated physics is incredible.

For each challenge, you're given a budget to buy rope, cloth, metal bars, metal sheet, and other components. Then you have to assemble a structure and adjust the tension of the component so that it will successfully deliver a basketball to a circular blue portal. The challenges get harder as you progress. The game cost $20, but you can download a 10-level demo version for free. (It's for Windows only.) Link"


Download of the Day: Avi2Dvd (Windows)

Download of the Day: Avi2Dvd (Windows): "Windows only: Freeware program Avi2Dvd converts AVI video files to ISO files you can burn to DVD, VCD, or SVCD. If you've ever tried to burn AVI files you've downloaded to DVDs, you probably know..."


wear your favorite word (map)

wear your favorite word (map): "Need a cool, personalized gift idea? You can now order a Visual Thesaurus word map on a t-shirt, mug, even a postage stamp. Simply search for a word, click on the 'Share' button on top right hand of the Visual Thesaurus window, and follow the easy steps. Cool!"


Download of the Day: Link Alert (Firefox)

Download of the Day: Link Alert (Firefox): "Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): The Link Alert Firefox extension displays customized mouse cursors in Firefox to let you know what a link is pointing you toward. For example, when you hover over a..."


111 free Photoshop plugins

111 free Photoshop plugins: "The Plugin Site (aptly named) has 111 free Photoshop-compatible plugins available for download. Take your pick from categories such as Image Effects, Patterns/Textures, Photo Enhancement, and many..."

Top time-management tricks

Top time-management tricks: "Realtors--is there anything they can't do? One thing they definitely appear to be good at is managing time, as evidenced by the dozens of tips they've shared at Realtor Magazine Online. While a few..."

ASCII-O-Matic turns your portrait into text

ASCII-O-Matic turns your portrait into text: "Fun little Flash app ASCII-O-Matic turns any small JPG image into plain text. Upload your 60 by 50 pixel portrait ('Face photos work best') and the ASCII-O-Matic turns it into a text. ASCII-O-Matic..."

Web site thumbnails in a flash

Web site thumbnails in a flash: "WebSnapr is a handy little tool that instantly creates a thumbnail image of any Web site. There's no software to install; just paste the WebSnapr URL [] into your..."

Make Your Meetings More Effective

Make Your Meetings More Effective: "Tyner Blain suggests number of ways to improve the effectiveness of the meeting - it’s a key to gain more time to do the actual work. Tips contains pointers to do prior, during and after meetings:

Before the meeting:

Define Goals for the Meeting
Prepare an Agenda in Advance

During the meeting:

Keep Topics Relevant to the Attendees
Demonstrate Respect for People’s Time

After the meeting:


Conclusion and action items are important for a meeting. A quick rule of thumb - if we cannot gain any outcomes from the meeting, we do not need the meeting at all.

Make Your Meetings 60% More Effective - [Tyner Blain]


Geek to Live: Roll your own timeline

Geek to Live: Roll your own timeline: "by Gina Trapani I have a terrible memory, especially when it comes to when things happened. Significant life events - like graduating and 9/11 - are all landmarks that help me remember when events..."

How To Hide And Show Elements To Create A One-Off Page

How To Hide And Show Elements To Create A One-Off Page: "Egyszerű füles felület kialakítása JavaScript-tel, akadálymentes módon"
Gomba portfólió oldalához is ez kell


Easy Desk for extremely lazy people

Easy Desk for extremely lazy people: "Looks like our worst fears are turning out to be true - the advent of technology might have made our life easier, but we have become lazier in the process as well. This slow degeneration is further confirmed with the existence of furniture such as the Easy Desk Aluminum. Those who work from home and do not have a conference call to attend to that morning will definitely love this $58 contraption as there is no need for you to get out of bed at all, Flying Alarm Clock or not. All you need to do is wheel the Easy Desk Aluminum over, twist and bend it according to your most comfortable position, and start typing away. Doesn't look like it'll do your RSI any good though.



How to install Photoshop on Ubuntu

How to install Photoshop on Ubuntu: "The PublicidadPixelada weblog has a 7-step tutorial for installing industry-standard graphics editor Adobe Photoshop CS2 on Ubuntu using Wine (a project that lets Linux users run apps designed for..."


DIY paperback book binding

DIY paperback book binding: "Blogger Brad Isaac has a detailed how to for printing and binding your own paperback books at home with about 5 minutes worth of effort. If you do a lot of online or on-screen reading, but prefer a..."

Color Palette Generator

Color Palette Generator: "I've thought about this and wanted to build this (no really) but couldn't find the frickin' time. Anway, somebody else did it nice. Upload a picture and it spits out a color palette. This is good. Real good."

How to Play Texas Hold'em Poker

How to Play Texas Hold'em Poker: "Texas Hold'em is currently the most popular form of poker. It has all the elements that make poker fun: There are opportunities to bluff, gamble, apply mathematical skills, get lucky, use strategy and possibly win large sums of money. Learn tips for playing Texas Hold 'em."

Online Generators

Online Generators: "ASCII art-tól az XML-ig, persze némelyik inkább vicces, mint hasznos."


Download of the Day: Click, Speak (Firefox)

Download of the Day: Click, Speak (Firefox): "Windows/Mac/Unix (Firefox): Firefox extension Click, Speak adds text-to-speech functionality to Firefox. The extension's author points out that, for him, Click, Speak is especially useful for..."


BeamBag light for night owls

BeamBag light for night owls: "If you're looking for a practical gadget to help you get through that page turner of a thriller through the night without keeping your partner awake with the lights turned on, there's always the BeamBag handsfree light. You can place the BeamBag on almost any surface, where the soft microbead-filled pouch can adapt its shape according to the surface below. This device also comes with a flexible neck that helps you focus on your reading material without you straining your eyes and neck instead. The LED light ought to last for up to 100,000 hours, which is a whole lot of reading no matter how you look at it. The BeamBag is powered by a couple of AAA batteries and retails for $25. Alternatively, you can opt for the Over-Ear Reading Light and look like a Borg instead.



The 7 deadly sins of resumé design

The 7 deadly sins of resumé design: "We’ve covered articles about how to improve your resume’s content. How about the design aspect of it? It is equally important to give a professional feeling. Another problem is that the design gets too fancy. LifeClever describes 7 deadly sins of resume design:

Fancy “resumé” paper
Times New Roman
Teeny tiny font size
Grey text
Excessive decoration
Weird paper size
Horizontal format

What do I care about resume design? - Don’t do fancy stuff; Font size is big enough for reading; Big text on section texts; Use idents and tables appropriately. If those requirements are met, I am happy to read through the resumes.

The 7 deadly sins of resumé design - [LifeClever]


Ubuntu Tip: How to mount a Windows NTFS partition

Ubuntu Tip: How to mount a Windows NTFS partition: "If you're triple (or dual) booting Windows and Ubuntu, the Ars Geek web site's got the lowdown on how to mount a read/write Windows NTFS drive. This approach uses an alternate method to the one Adam..."


Japán teaszertartás I.

Japán teaszertartás I.: "Elhatároztam, hogy igyekszem most egy kicsit behatóbban foglalkozni a teaszertartásokkal. Jól feladtam magamnak a leckét, mert 1. még soha nem vettem részt egy szertartáson sem, 2. minden leírás – ha csak egy jottányit is – valahol különbözik egy másiktól; és amíg mindenki hitelesnek tartja a magáét, addig én is meg vagyok zavarodva, mint vasorrú banya a mágnesviharban.

Mégis az objektivitásra törekszem, amelynek legjobb módja talán az, ha szépen sorba megyek az általam talált hosszabb-rövidebb írásokon. Már foglalkoztunk a kínaiak szertartásával, most nézzünk még keletebbre, Japánba:

A Teaware oldalának egyik különlegessége, hogy az árukínálaton túl folyamatosan – kürülbelül 2-4 hetente – bővülő ismeretterjesztő oldalakat is fenntart. A"


Download of the Day: Google Image Re-Linker Greasemonkey script/Firefox extension


Download of the Day: Google Image Re-Linker Greasemonkey script/Firefox extension: "The Google Image Re-Linker tweaks the default Google Image search results so that clicking on an image takes you straight to the full-size image, skipping the source page altogether. If you've ever..."

Learn business English

Learn business English: "The BBC has a top-notch online multimedia course on business English. While this is primarily aimed for non-native English speakers, I found that it actually has a ton of useful information for..."


Rethink Your Workspace

Rethink Your Workspace: "Gretchen Rubin is back with her Wednesday helpful idea. This time, it’s a quiz to see if your workspace is driving you nuts. Based on her readings from within the book, A PATTERN LANGUAGE, Gretchen identifies a bunch of things that will ensure you have a workspace that you consider peaceful. Here are a few:

there’s a wall behind you (so no one can sneak up behind you).
there’s a wall to one side (too much openness makes you feel exposed).
there’s no blank wall within 8 feet in front of you (or you have no place to rest your eyes).
you work in at least 60 square feet (or you feel cramped).

It’s a neat list, and Gretchen writes up a great summary.

Is Your Workspace Driving You Crazy? - [The Happiness Project]


Comprehensive guide to .htaccess

Comprehensive guide to .htaccess: "Leggyakoribb .htaccess receptek"

Search every code-example in every O'Reilly book

Search every code-example in every O'Reilly book: "Cory Doctorow: Tech-books publisher O'Reilly Media has launched Code Search, a single place to search all the code examples in every O'Reilly book -- 2.6 million lines of code! Link (Thanks, Ryan!)



Early Adopter Download of the Day: EverNote 1.5 Beta (Windows)

Early Adopter Download of the Day: EverNote 1.5 Beta (Windows): "Windows only: Speaking of note-taking, previously-mentioned EverNote's released a beta version 1.5 with some serious improvements, like multi-computer syncing (the main thing we complained about it..."


How to sync Outlook with GCal and Gmail

How to sync Outlook with GCal and Gmail: "Synchronization on multiple locations is always hard, and it is really tough to get it right if you are doing multiple two-way sync. Though someone got it right - engtech blog introduces his holy grail of synchronization. He has a system setup for syncing Microsoft Outlook (multiple locations), Google Calendar, Gmail, iPod and Mobile Phone. Here is the diagram he used to illustrate:

One of the key tool that engtech uses is ScheduleWorld, which is a online PIM system that has great synchronization support (yes, it supports Google Calendar syncing).

Check this how-to if you are looking for syncing these services and applications with your personal information.

The Holy Grail of Synchronization: How to synchronize Microsoft Outlook (multiple locations), Google Calendar, Gmail, iPod, and mobile phone with Funambol / ScheduleWorld - [engtech]


Geek to Live: Improve your web site with Google Analytics

Geek to Live: Improve your web site with Google Analytics: "by Gina Trapani In my ten years of building web sites, I've tried practically every free web site stats analyzer under the sun - and none has come close to the utility, richness and depth of..."

Add Google Calendar to Outlook

Add Google Calendar to Outlook: "The Grinn Productions blog has written up a tutorial for incorporating Google Calendar with Microsoft Outlook. Why might you want to do that? Well, if you're the author it's because 'not even..."

Sizeasy - Because Size (*cough*) Matters

Sizeasy - Because Size (*cough*) Matters: "Say it with me...'Sizeasy' (yeh, I have no idea how to pronounce it either). Sizeasy is a neat little tool that compares the size of...umm...anything to common objects like a deck of cards or a piece of paper. Kind of cool (kind of). "

How to Apply Conditional Formatting in Excel

How to Apply Conditional Formatting in Excel: "Do you ever need to know when you're over or under budget? Want to pick out the important data from a huge list? Excel's conditional formatting can help with all of this and more. While it is a little difficult to use, knowing the basics can help you make sense of whatever project you are working on."


Delay an Outlook message

Delay an Outlook message: "If you use Outlook, you know that messages are automatically sent as soon as you hit the 'send' button. But Tech-Recipes has an easy way to delay those messages: In the Message window, Click..."

AIGA | design and business ethics

AIGA | design and business ethics: "AIGA has released a series of brochures outlining the critical ethical and professional issues encountered by designers and their clients. The series, entitled 'Design Business and Ethics,' examines the key concerns a designer faces in maintaining a successful practice and speaks directly to the protection of individual rights.

- Client's guide to design
- Business and ethical expectations for professional designers
- Use of fonts
- Use of illustrations
- Use of software
- Guide to copyright
- Use of photography
- Sales tax
- Print design and environmental responsibility

- AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services"

Gmail Tips and Tricks Monster Roundup

Gmail Tips and Tricks Monster Roundup: "The Cyber-Knowledge weblog has a pretty good roundup of cool ways you can take advantage of your Gmail account. Since we've covered most of Cyber-Knowledge's tips here before, I decided it was time..."

Design better with ColorJack

Design better with ColorJack: "Whether you're designing a new site or just want to have fun with the pretty-pretty colors, ColorJack's Studio is one of the most functional color tools that I've come across lately. Not only can..."

Top 10 Resources and Lessons on Economics

Top 10 Resources and Lessons on Economics: "You did not study business nor major in economics, though we need the knowledge to understand What is economics - how does it relate to individuals, and how do production, distribution, and goods and services work? Understand this will give you some edges on business, investment etc. Here are some top resources to learn more about economics, or if you just need a quick references on any unheard economics terms:

Wikipedia: Economics - Definition of Econmics and many resources.
Economics in Six Minutes - Quickest way to get a grip on Economics
The Concise Guide To Economics - an online book on economics
Wikibooks:Business and economics bookshelf - Free ebook on Economics Economics A–Z - A great glossary on economics terms.
MIT OpenCourseWare: Economics - Loads of free lectures on Economics.
MCWDN’s economics concepts - Good guide on Economics
Economics Glossary - Look for terms that you don’t understand.
Economics Basics: Introduction - Quick introduction on economics basics"

cassette generator

cassette generator: "

Chris Glass always finds the best links. Here's one of his latest finds: Cassette Generator. Yes, silly and yes, I love it. "

The best WordPress plugins

The best WordPress plugins: "Blogging enthusiast Vlad Akilov has put together a stellar list of the most essential WordPress plugins. There's some old favorites on here, such as Akismet, Ultimate Tag Warrior, and flickrRSS, but..."

Make your own "official" seal

Make your own "official" seal: "Web site Says-It's Official Seal Generator lets you design your very own seal with customized text. I'm really not sure how 'official' you can consider your completed seal (I guess it's official if..."

Smink készítése PHPTemplate-tel

Smink készítése PHPTemplate-tel: "Még nyár elején küldte be Poetro PHPTemplate sminkelésről szóló cikkét, melyet korábban saját blogjában is megjelentetett. Időközben szerkesztőségi okok miatt (és az újrapublikálás elkerülése érdekében) ez nem jelent meg a, a közeledő Drupal Konferencia PHPTemplate előadójaként viszont Poetro felhívta a figyelmünket, hogy előadását a cikk vonala mentén fogja indítani. Ezért úgy gondoltam érdemes lehet felhívni az érdeklődők figyelmét PHPTemplate bevezetőjére.


Top 10 Best Presentations Ever

Top 10 Best Presentations Ever: "Recently I love to watch conference and presentation videos online, where I learned the materials, and different people’s presentation style. KnowHR has composed 10 Presentations that they consider the best. All of presentations are online and free to watch. Study their styles.

Couple of the presentations that I have watched and admire in the list:

Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh in 1984
Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech in 1963
Seth Godin talks about Marketing at Google in 2006
Guy Kawasaki’s Art of the Start speech at TiECon 2006

Which presentation do you think the best?

Top 10 Best Presentations Ever - [KnowHR Blog]


Hordozható Drupal, telepítés nélkül, azonnal

Hordozható Drupal, telepítés nélkül, azonnal: "Avagy futtassunk Drupalt USB meghajtóról"


Productivity killer: Line Rider

Productivity killer: Line Rider: "What crude line-art flash game is getting more search hits on Google than Kim Jong Il? It's called Line Rider, and reports that it has attracted a cult following worldwide: Part Jackass..."


A History of Computers, As Seen in Old TV Ads

A History of Computers, As Seen in Old TV Ads: "Tiny Tuba writes 'PC World's Harry McCracken pulls together a compendium of vintage PC commercials posted on YouTube. There are commercials from the 1980s right up to the present. If you are looking for a laugh, you will have fun with the Atari 400, Commodore 64 and more.' Worth it for the Shattner Vic-20 commercial alone, but the others are well-picked too. Naturally, the Apple 1984 commercial is included.



Gmail + Google Reader = Cool

Gmail + Google Reader = Cool: "Integration is good.

Mihai Parparita, frontend tech lead of Google Reader, goes ahead and releases a GreaseMonkey that integrates Google Reader with Gmail. Outcome is great, because you can read your feeds just like you read an email in Gmail.

It is an unofficial feature, but the integration makes Reader part of Gmail already, which in my opinion that it fits there very well (Google, you don’t have to launch another product - integrate Reader into an existing product instead).

Reader is in Google Labs, and that puts it in the “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” product family. I’m glad that people seem to have realized that this “throwing” and “seeing” are less passive than they sound. To stretch this metaphor further, if the spaghetti starts to slide off, engineers (and UI designers, and product managers, and others) will study the problem and figure out how to increase its coefficient of friction. Usually the changes are more subtle (wi"


Resizable kids' shoes for growing feet

Resizable kids' shoes for growing feet: "Cory Doctorow:
Inchworms are kids' shoes whose size can be adjusted up to three sizes -- press a button on the underside and pull or push to change the size. Link (via Gizmodo)



9 Open Source Companies to Watch

9 Open Source Companies to Watch: "An anonymous reader writes 'A look at 9 open source companies to watch, focusing on everything from systems management to portals to apps servers. ' Silly bits like where their names come from to less silly bits like how much VC they got and what they actually do. I haven't heard of many of these, but it's encouraging to see a growing number of businesses being built around Open Source.



Free Online Speed Reading App - Spreeder

Free Online Speed Reading App - Spreeder: "

With all those information process per day, large portion of them are reading. So speed reading is good skill to have for lifehackers. Here is an online tool called Spreeder which can train your mind to get rid of subvocalization and backtracing, by increasing the reading speed on the screen and steady output of text:

What is speed reading?

Reading with speed. ‘Nuf said. Actually, the idea behind speed reading is that we can process information much faster than we actually do in real life with a book in our hands. Several factors affect our reading speed, like subvocalization (the little voice inside our heads that reads along with us and slows us down), backtracing (rereading parts over and over again), etc.

The purpose behind apps like these is to train our minds to get rid of all the other crap. So, by having a steady input of text, we erase our dependency on backtracing. By increasing the reading speed, subvocalization can’t keep up and eventually goes away. The key "

Teach yourself speed-reading with Spreeder

Teach yourself speed-reading with Spreeder: "Very similar to previously-posted Zap Reader, the Spreeder webapp trains you to increase your reading speed by displaying single words in succession at a high rate. Several factors affect our reading..."


Become a leader in your field

Become a leader in your field: "UCLA prof Philip E. Agre has a really good article on how to become a leader in your chosen field; it runs a little long but here are the main take-aways: Pick an issue. Having chosen your issue,..."


Reciting pi to 100,000 places

Reciting pi to 100,000 places: "David Pescovitz: It took Akira Haraguchi, 60, of Mabara, Japan, a total of sixteen hours to recite Pi to 100,000 decimal places. He claims it is a new world record. From the Associated Press:

'What I am aiming at is not just memorizing figures, I am thrilled by seeking a story in pi,' Haraguchi said...

Haraguchi, a psychiatric counselor and business consultant... took a break of about 5 minutes every one to two hours, going to the rest room and eating rice balls during the attempt, said Naoki Fujii, spokesman of Haraguchi's office.

Fujii said all of Haraguchi's activities during the attempt, including his bathroom breaks, were videotaped for evidence that will later be sent for verification by the Guinness Book of Records. Link



how to recognize a stroke

how to recognize a stroke: "A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim quickly he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and getting to the patient within 3 hours, which is tough. Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. But doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

1. Ask the individual to SMILE.
2. Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
3. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently, ie: It is sunny out today)

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

-- Passed along by Michael Hawley

(via cool tips)"


PC Guardian retractable notebook security lock

PC Guardian retractable notebook security lock: "
All notebooks come with tangible and intangible costs, where the loss or theft of a notebook is made all the more depressing when you realize how important the data contained within is. The PC Guardian retractable notebook security lock aims to offer protection for those who carry a notebook wherever they go. It comes in a lightweight, compact design that does not take up much luggage space. Features include a multi-purpose self-locking design and a convenient push button lock that ensures your notebook stays put even when you have to leave it unattended answering nature's call.


Shoe Lacing Methods

Shoe Lacing Methods: "Frankly, before I read this post, in my life I only know one way of lacing shoes by criss-crossing. Ian’s Shoelace Site shows me over 30 different ways to lace shoe, from tradition criss cross lacing, to lattice lacing. Look like some of them are quick hacks - those lacing style make the shoes “loose fit” or even can make your shoe to a “slip-on” without any knotting. For me, I don’t like to spend time on knotting, so this style caught my eye:

Checkerboard Lacing - This interwoven lacing forms an attractive 2-colour checkerboard pattern that looks fantastic on today’s wide fronted runners.

Shoe Lacing Methods - [Ian’s Shoelace Site]


ActiveCollab - Ingyenes project management szoftver

ActiveCollab - Ingyenes project management szoftver: "Akárcsak az elõzõ bejegyzésemben, ismét egy olyan webalkalmazásról lesz szó, amely megkönnyíti a project management-et."


Never Check Your Email First Or Last

Never Check Your Email First Or Last: "Many people know you should not check email first thing in the morning - It gives you peace of mind to finish other stuff in the morning before opening any hauling emails and being obligated by not answering it immediately. LifeDev takes this to the next level and says checking email at the end of the day is not a good idea as well:

Checking my email at night before I went to bed soon started to affect other areas of my life. The most obvious thing was that I was staying up much later than I planned. Email is great at distracting you, mainly because you can open it up and anything can be waiting for you inside. A work proposal, one of 10 uninteresting forwards from your grandma that day, a really weird Japanese game show video; anything can be in there. And because you can’t plan on what’s in there, you have to check it all. And it will distract you, mark my words. You’ll watch the movie, and then you’ll want to watch more because it was sooo funny"


Motionbox tags sections of video clips

Motionbox tags sections of video clips: "My friends at Motionbox are doing more innovative work with the most interesting parts of your video clips: they just launched 'deep tagging,' the ability to label subsections of your videos with..."


USBCell recharges via USB

USBCell recharges via USB: "When you look at the USBCell from Moxia, you will probably slap yourself on the forehead and ask, 'Why didn't I think about it before?'. The simplicity of the USBCell comes across as a surprise - it is a rechargeable AA battery on the outside with a very different mechanism on the inside. You do not need to lug around any more huge chargers as you go on your travels, all you need to do is to plug the USBCell into any available USB port and you're good to go. A pair of USBCell batteries can be picked up from U.K. only at the moment for £12.99. Now, if only somebody will fit in a flash memory chip sometime down the future.



Back up your phone contacts online with Zyb

Back up your phone contacts online with Zyb: "Web site Zyb backs up and syncs your cell phone's contacts and calendar data so that you'll never have to go through the pain of manually entering in contacts on a new phone again. As if that..."


Glow-in-the-dark bubble-bath

Glow-in-the-dark bubble-bath: "Cory Doctorow: Make your next romantic bathroom scene a little more post-apocalyptic with this $15 glow-in-the-dark bubble-bath. Link (via Gizmodo)



Hack Attack: Top 10 Ubuntu apps and tweaks

Hack Attack: Top 10 Ubuntu apps and tweaks: "by Adam Pash When I made the switch to Ubuntu Linux on my desktop computer (that is, if you can call triple-booting Windows XP, Vista, and Ubuntu a 'switch'), I was a little worried about finding..."

Personal Development Books

Personal Development Books: "I’m often asked which personal development books are worth reading, so I created an extensive list of personal development books I wholeheartedly recommend. I’ve read about 800 such books over the past 15 years, and to be honest, most of them weren’t particularly good. This list includes the true gems I found to contain original ideas, compelling stories, and profound insights. It’s based on the Ask Steve - Recommend Reading post from last month, but the books are now sorted into categories including productivity, relationships, spirituality, fiction, and so on. I’ve also added several books that weren’t on the original list and linked to reviews and author interviews found elsewhere on this site.

There’s a permanent link to this list in the Best of sidebar (”Personal Development Books”), so you can reference it easily whenever you’re looking for a good book to read. I’ll continue updating this list over time.

Happy reading: Personal developme"


Screw camera evades the eagle-eyed

Screw camera evades the eagle-eyed: "The picture on the right might look like an ordinary screw to you, but hidden within is actually a wireless video camera that you would find it hard to believe. This little device will most probably be one of the hottest items on any voyeur's shopping list, as it offers 330 lines of resolution via the 3.6/2.9mm pinhole lens that captures pictures and video in 270,000 pixel glory. When placed at a strategic position, even James Bond would be fooled into thinking this surveillance camera was just a plain old screw.



Five Other Ways to Speed Up Firefox Search

Five Other Ways to Speed Up Firefox Search: "Follow up on the last week post, Speed Up Your Search with Top Bookmarklets, readers suggested couple more quick ways to search with keywords in Firefox. For those who may not read our comment box regularly, I want to consolidate those in a post for you:

Use Context Menu: Highlight the word, right-click and select Search Web for “…” – JDB
Use Quicksearch: Use Alt-D to go to Address Bar, type “google keyword” and press enter. Go to Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks -> Quick Searches for customizing your quick searches. – MariusZ
Use Shortcut to go to Search Box: Press Ctrl-K to go to search box, and press ctrl-Up/Down to switch search options. – MicrowaveSafe
Hyperwords Extension: Get the extension, highlight a word and press Alt-LeftClick to bring up the search options. – BruceMagnus
DragdeGo Extension: Get DragdeGo, configure it with your own preference, highlight a word, and drag to different directions "


New to Management: A Learning Hit List

New to Management: A Learning Hit List: "As the author of Managing with Aloha, I get some great questions from managers and leaders via email. This one came a few days ago:

Dear Rosa,

I just got a job as an intern. I’m pretty excited about it, for this company is growing like crazy, and they are known to give their graduating interns terrific opportunities if they’ve done well within their program. I’m hoping this will segue into my first management job when the term is over.

The manager I report to, clued me in to the fact that learning is highly valued here. In your book, you’re pretty passionate about learning too: What kinds of things do you think I should include in my list of things to learn while in my internship?

I’d appreciate hearing of your thoughts.

I sent Chris my two Short 7 Lists for new managers, and I thought I’d share them with you too.

The Business List
Learn the company’s values, brand promis"

Improve your reading speed with ZAP Reader

Improve your reading speed with ZAP Reader: "Web site ZAP Reader hosts a speed-reading program designed to help you quickly read any text you choose. It works like this: you copy and paste text you'd like to get through quickly (ZAP Reader's..."

18 Ways to Stay Focused at Work

18 Ways to Stay Focused at Work: "One of the rising blogger, Dave Cheong, has a good article on how to stay focused at work. I agree, sometimes it is difficult to stay focused in office environment - hallway chatters, and shoulder tapping distractions etc. Dave gives it all and provides 18 ways to stay focused. Here’s a few:

Write out a daily task list and plan your day.
Allocate time slots colleagues can interrupt you.
Apply time boxing.
Setup filters in your email.
Listen to the right types of music.
Fill up a water bottle.
Use shortcuts on your computer.

18 Ways to Stay Focused at Work - [Dave Cheong]


Whole House Fan offers cheaper alternative to air-condition

Whole House Fan offers cheaper alternative to air-condition: "
Any house with an attic ought to look into the Whole House Fan as a much cheaper and more effective cooling solution when compared against installing expensive air condition units. Just attach the Whole House Fan in the attic, and you will be able to enjoy circulated air at 1500 cubic feet a minute. This device expels hot, humid air from your house to bring in much cooler and fresher air from the outside. The fan is 16' in diameter and is equipped with a thermal safety overload switch to prevent the unit from overheating. In addition to much lower electricity bills, you get a more peaceful rest as it is much quieter than standard air conditioners. Why not give the $374.99 Whole House Fan a try today?



Clickdensity web site click heat map

Clickdensity web site click heat map: "Web publisher helper Clickdensity displays a heat map over your web page that shows which links visitors click the most. Pop some Javascript into your web site's pages to enable Clickdensity..."


ThickBox 2.0

ThickBox 2.0: "

ThickBox is a webpage UI dialog widget written in JavaScript on top of the jQuery library. Its function is to show a single image, multiple images, inline content, iframed content, or content served through AJAX in a hybrid modal.

WOW! This is great! Reminds me of Lightbox JS. Great find BB!"

Insanely obsessive ultra realistic vector art

Insanely obsessive ultra realistic vector art: "Mark Frauenfelder:
Here's a gallery featuring artists who use Adobe Illustrator to create extremely realistic drawings that look like photographs. The drawing of the woman shown here was created by Thai artist Ussa Methawiitayakul. Here's a link showing some in-progress screen shots. Link


A szezon gasztronómiai meglepetése – Füstölt éden az Arbat csemegeboltjaiban

A szezon gasztronómiai meglepetése – Füstölt éden az Arbat csemegeboltjaiban: "A Homárnak mindig is gyengéje volt a szlávos magyar akcentus, kedvenc telefonpartnerünk például mindig is El Kazovszkij képzõmûvésznõ mamája volt. A másik gyengénk persze a hasunk, így csak idõ kérdése volt, hogy felfedezzük az Arbat boltjait, ahol kedves, szláv akcentusos asszonyok árulnak szinte minden elképzelhetõ orosz finomságot.

How to Find What You Love to Do

How to Find What You Love to Do: "I know there are so many people who ask themselves a question: “What do I really love to do?”. And trust me, this question is a million dollar question - and it is tough. Once you have this answer, you will be more satisfied with the work you have done and actually enjoyed it in the process. Brian Kim has shared his useful insight on getting this answer from your deep end of your heart:

Step 1: You WILL find the answer. No doubt.

You will find the answer. You will find it. No doubt.

Approach the question with this mentality and you are sure to find it. How long will it take? It doesn’t matter. Bottom line, you will find the answer.

By doing this, you automatically instill an anti quitting mechanism within yourself, because you know you will find the answer. If you know what you want to do, then you will do it.

For example, if you know you want to arrive in New York, "

Spirit of St. Louis CD Boombox

Spirit of St. Louis CD Boombox: "
When closed, it looks like any ordinary wooden box. Open it up and you will be greeted by a control panel that resembles a battlefield commander's radio from World War II. A polished oak chest keeps the interior safe from bumps and knocks. Features include a built-in AM/FM radio, a programmable CD player, a cassette deck (who listens to those these days anyway), twin speakers, and a headphone jack. Its aesthetics is enhanced with the presence of chrome corner guards and latches. The Spirit of St. Louis CD Boombox costs £299.99 and is powered by 8 D batteries.


Wooden stool for notebook and user

Wooden stool for notebook and user: "
And we thought that stools were the sacred domain of your tush, apparently Konstantin Grcic thinks otherwise by designing a beechwood stool that supports both your notebooks and derriere simultaneously. It does not come with any backrest and it looks as if prolonged use could lead you to a lifetime phobia of wooden stools. This is one furniture that will definitely raise an eyebrow or two, but it loses out on practicality.


Design Melt Down

Design Melt Down: "Csinos kis összeállítás webdesign témakörben: színhasználat, design elemek és technikák, problémák és megoldások, oktató anyagok..."

Task management with Orchestrate

Task management with Orchestrate: "Web-based task manager Orchestrate tracks multiple task lists. Orchestrate uses a lot of Ajax and dynamic effects. For example, to view a task list you drag and drop it into the centre of the..."

How to Escape from a Bear

How to Escape from a Bear: "Bears are among nature’s most majestic creatures, and seeing one in the wild is an unforgettable experience. Get too close, however, and your encounter with a bear can be more terrifying than awe-inspiring. Fortunately, despite humans’ continued encroachment into “bear country,' attacks on people are rare, and fatalities are even rarer. Still, bears are immense, powerful wild animals, and any meeting between bears and humans can potentially turn deadly. Do you know what to do if you find yourself face to face with a bear? Read on, and hike safely."

The vacation countdown checklist

The vacation countdown checklist: "Whether you've yet to venture on your summer vacation, or you're getting ready to plan a trip for this winter, eHow has a great checklist for preparing for a vacation. The checklist starts three..."

How to Cheat a Polygraph Test ( Lie Detector )

How to Cheat a Polygraph Test ( Lie Detector ): "#REDIRECT"

Organize your supplies with CraftMemo

Organize your supplies with CraftMemo: "If you've got a lot of craft supplies - or any other kind of measurable inventory - you might want to check out web-based CraftMemo, a great way to track your stuff. Not only can you enter in all..."

Funny 1965 anti-pornography educational film

Funny 1965 anti-pornography educational film: "Mark Frauenfelder: Perversion for Profit is a 1965 anti-pornography educational film produced by the 'Citizens for Decent Literature.' It has all the delightfully hokey elements of educational films of the era, including a lush, dramatic orchestral soundtrack, and a wooden white male authority figure who delivers the facts in grave tones.

A flood-tide of filth is engulfing our country in the form of newsstand obscenity. It is threatening to pervert an entire generation of our American children. We know that once a person is perverted, it is practically impossible for the person to adjust to normal attitudes in regards to sex.
Link (Thanks, Coop!) Steve says:

Reader comment:

That's not just any old 'wooden, white male authority figure'... That's George Putnam! Putnam is one of LA's grand old newsmen, still doing commentaries after 72 years in the business. LA TV viewers remember Putnam from the 70s show, 'Talkback'- a wild talk show that commented on current events. Like Joe Pine and Wally George, Putnam really k"

How the Bermuda Triangle Works

How the Bermuda Triangle Works: "You won't find it on any official map, but according to some, the Bermuda Triangle is a real place where dozens of ships and planes have disappeared with no good explanation."

Add a Google Map to any web page in 30 seconds

Add a Google Map to any web page in 30 seconds: "Previously-mentioned Google Maps mashup site Wikimapia has put together a tutorial for quickly and easily adding a Google Map to any web page in 30 seconds using Wikimapia. We've already covered a..."

A quick comparison chart for Mac and Windows

A quick comparison chart for Mac and Windows: "Compare all the major features of Windows and Mac operating systems side by side with this comprehensive OS ratings cheat sheet: If you were to compare Apple's Mac OS X against Microsoft's Windows..."

How to present to Investors

How to present to Investors: "Many hackers want to get funding from angels or VC with their ideas - but chances are it is pretty hard to know what to present about. Paul Graham, an investor, has written a good piece of advice on how to present in front of investors. Advices range from what to present - how to speak well - specific elements that can give investors a good information and impressions:

Explain what you’re doing.
Get rapidly to demo.
Better a narrow description than a vague one.
Don’t talk and drive.
Don’t talk about secondary matters at length.
Don’t get too deeply into business models.
Talk slowly and clearly at the audience.
Have one person talk.
Seem confident.
Don’t try to seem more than you are.
Don’t put too many words on slides.
Specific numbers are good.
Tell stories about users.
Make a soundbite stick in their heads.

How to present to Investors - [Paul Graham]


Toodledo Keeps Upgrading

Toodledo Keeps Upgrading: "Jake Olefsky is working hard. He’s got even MORE features into Toodledo that should be enticing to practitioners of GTD and users of online to-do products. Check out the current feature list for this free web-based software:

Folders - You can organize your tasks into different folders or projects. For example, you could have a folder for work related tasks, one for home projects and another for your hobby. You can have unlimited tasks and unlimited folders.
Due-dates - Set a due-date for a task and we’ll remind you when the deadline is approaching. You can also have tasks that repeat once you finish them.
Priority - Some tasks are more important than others. With priorities, you can better sort and organize your tasks.
Time Tracking - By assigning an estimate of the time required for each task you can prioritize better and find small tasks to fill in little chunks of free time.
Notes - You can attach lengthy notes to any task, so you can keep track of important information.
Tags - Add tags"

Ask the Readers: What would make you quit your job?

Ask the Readers: What would make you quit your job?: "Small business logo company Logoworks has put together ten reasons employees quit their jobs, all based on bad moves by Management. For example: Management puts a freeze on raises and promotions,..."

Be an encouragement to other people

Be an encouragement to other people: "If you're a Debbie Downer, take heart - you can change with these tips from entrepreneurial blogger Dave Cheong. Here are just a few of my favorites: Show genuine interest. I believe this is by..."

How to Spin a Pencil Around Your Middle Finger

How to Spin a Pencil Around Your Middle Finger: "Sure, you might already know a few people who can spin a pencil around their thumbs. You might even be able to do it yourself, but here's something that will make you stand out in the thumb spinning crowd: spinning a pencil vertically around your middle finger! Here's how..."

Nutritional information database

Nutritional information database: "Web site NutritionData is a goldmine for anyone counting calories and trying to eat healthy. Look up the Nutrition Facts label for a huge list of foods. Get NutritionData's rating on whether or not..."


Retro Software: How to Get the Older Versions of Popular Software

Retro Software: How to Get the Older Versions of Popular Software: "

Maybe newer isn't always better. If you've ever updated a program on your computer and for any reason, desperately missed using the older version, will cure your software nostalgia for good. The website has over 900 versions of 95 popular programs, including MSN Messenger, Kazaa, and more - so you can easily find the edition that you like best.

Via Fosfor Gadgets.

Technorati tags: software, downloads, lifehack, MSN"


Fantastic gallery of strange statues around the world

Fantastic gallery of strange statues around the world: "Mark Frauenfelder: I love this gallery of strange statues from around the world. Link (Thanks, Wade!)


How to Improve Your Memory

How to Improve Your Memory: "Wouldn’t it be nice to just look at a page and never forget what was on there? What if you could never again forget a friend’s birthday? The bad news is, almost all scientific experts agree that photographic memory—the ability to recall facts, images, and events perfectly—simply doesn’t exist. The good news, however, is that everyone can take steps to improve their memory, and with time and practice most people can gain the ability to memorize seemingly impossible amounts of information. Whether you want to win the World Memory Championships, ace your history test, or simply remember where you put your keys, this article can get you started."


Add Google IG to your Firefox sidebar

Add Google IG to your Firefox sidebar: "IT field technician and blogger Erica Baker suggests loading your Google homepage in your Firefox sidebar to replace the functionality of the Google Desktop sidebar on any platform. Since Google..."

The work-only Firefox profile

The work-only Firefox profile: "The Nikak weblog suggests creating a separate Firefox profile for your work browsing in order to avoid the distractions of the always-beckoning interweb. Here is the list of some advantages: No..."


Get good at delivering bad news

Get good at delivering bad news: "Behaviors specialist and blogger Reg Adkins suggests 6 ways that you can be good at delivering bad news. For example: Provide a strategy. You may not be able to change the bad news, but you can..."

Get rid of useless Windows services

Get rid of useless Windows services: "Web site TechTree has a pretty comprehensive guide to which default services you can do without on a clean install of Windows XP. But what is a service, you ask? Each service in Windows is..."

Képet, zenét és videót is tárolhat a HP rizsszemnyi memóriachipje - 12:48

Képet, zenét és videót is tárolhat a HP rizsszemnyi memóriachipje - 12:48: "Képzeljük el a jövőt: hozzáérintjük a kezünkben tartott fényképet a noteszgépünk érzékelőjéhez, mire egy hangos emlékeztető, vagy egy kis helyszínen készített videoklip jelenik meg a képernyőn. A kezünkben tartott, kinyomtatott dokumentum sarkához hozzáérintjük tenyérgépünket, mire a szöveg elektromos változata egy szempillantás alatt megjelenik a kijelzőn"

Geek Toys : Pentago

Geek Toys : Pentago: "
Winner of the Mensa Select Award in the super-cool, smarty-pants game category.
Like Ikea and the Vikings, Pentago comes straight from Sweden. It is smooth and hip looking, like Ikea, and simple yet difficult to master, like the Vikings. A Mensa Select Award winner.

Price: $19.99"

What rules do you live by?

What rules do you live by?: "GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons has written an interesting list of the sixteen rules that he tries to live by. Here are a few of the ones that especially caught my interest: When you're ready to quit,..."

Emurse your resume

Emurse your resume: "Create, personalize, update, and share your resume for free with Emurse has got to be one of the most useful sites I've come across lately. Not only can you create a resume using their..."

Track your bills with billQ

Track your bills with billQ: "BillQ is a bill-tracking web site designed to help you keep your eyes on where and when your money needs to go so you never forget a bill. Like any good time-oriented tracker, billQ will send email..."

USB Wireless PC Lock keeps prying eyes away

USB Wireless PC Lock keeps prying eyes away: "Every office has at least one person who loves to snoop around, checking everybody's private files out when the owner is absent from his/her desk. The USB Wireless PC Lock takes care of that problem by locking up the PC automatically whenever you are not around. The receiver is plugged into the PC's USB port, while you carry the transmitter with you. Whenever the receiver detects that the transmitter is over a couple of metres away, the computer will be locked automatically. Returning within the receiver's safe range will unlock the PC or activate the password retrieve screen, depending on your preference. The 3V DC battery has a battery life of 2000 hours.


Underwater image competition

Underwater image competition: "David Pescovitz: SERPENT (Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership using Existing iNdustrial Technology) is hosting a wondrous online gallery of otherworldly photos from this year's BP Kongsberg Underwater Image Competition. Seen here: 'A 'piglet squid' swimming around subsea equipment,' submitted by Alan Kinnear.
Link (via Kirsten Anderson's Thumbmonkey)


Civilization vs. Responsibility

Civilization vs. Responsibility


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