Interesting article on the commoditisation of technology and the rise of applications as a service - Quo vadis, Computing. A Joyent Manifesto.. Some other nice articles in the sidebar relating to Sun, NetApp and OpenSolaris.
Typeface porn - Bitstream Vera Sans Mono. The eternal quest for a decent mono-spaced font. I'll have to give it a try.
Using rsync to mimic Time Machine style backups - Time Machine for every Unix out there.
Chandlers getting on - almost starting to look usable now - Chandler Features & Screenshots.
Wonderful design ideas - Cram a readable calendar into a business card.
Nice article on being more pro-active in supporting the new wave of technology-savvy end users - How IT departments can learn to say yes to end users.
Uh, as if you needed help procrastinating - heres a flowchart for those uninitiated in the arts of killing time.
If you're in the software business then this is a pretty awesome guide to doing good software demo's - Joel Spolsky - How to demo software.
Sigourney Weaver is brilliant!
Nice bit of detective work if its true!
Check it out - we run out of Platinum in 15 years and Indium (used for those swanky LCD's everyone is buying to replace their CRT's and TV's) in 5 - 10 years.
Let the hoarding begin . . .
Its pretty impressive for a web tool.
Something about obsessive collectors appeals to me - Brandname Pencils.
Parody motivational posters - Decision Making. Most of these are rubbish but there are a few gems in there.
The benefits of public transport illustrated.
An analysis of the Excel calculation bug down to the gory assembly details. Shows even the simplest function can be quite complicated.
Being a fan of nostaligic-computing this stash of ancient magazines covering the golden age of home computing is fantastic - Dust of that Floppy. Particular the Zzap64
Stevenf writes a short pithy piece on Why the Google Phone will never fly. I've asked a couple of Telco people about when they'll bring in the Apple iPhone and they just point at Windows Mobile phones that have the same (+ many more) features. Unfortunately they don't understand why people are happy with fewer features if those features are really well implemented and integrated. If I were in the mobile arm of Telecom or Vodafone I'd be walking over the bodies to be the first to sell the iPhone in NZ.
If you had a Commodore64 in the 80's then chances are you had Wizball - one of the classic games on the platform.
A few moving related recommendations -
A1 Movers - at about $95Z/hr (+ a $10 difficulty allowance) these guys are brilliant. Being a mover of any kind (delivery, furniture, piano etc) in Wellington is a difficult job - anyone thats seen the place will know that those tight contours make moving anything bigger than a small crate pretty painful. These two guys got two double beds, a sofa bed, tv, fridge and 15 large boxes shifted in two hours flat!
Colin Web Plumber & Gasfitter - turns out that leaving your gass switched off for awhile results in dust and moisture sealing up your pilot light nozzles. So if you need hot water after you get your gas reconnected it pays to get a gas-fitter in to make sure your cylinder and heaters work the way they're meant to. Colin was available within hours of discovering a problem after the gas was hooked up - calling three other gas-fitters that were only available the following week which didn't help us as we were moving in the following day. He was able to assess and fix the problem within 40 minutes.