I'm doing less and less unix so I'm starting to loose my touch (however lightweight that may have been) - its still good to come across online resources that provide handy tips and shortcuts like Commandline Fu.
MIT are offering students their own VM's - XVM. Pretty funky!
See the Long Now Foundations Rosette Project in all its zoomable glory.
Interesting stuff - How Google Routes around Outages. Still seems refreshingly chaotic.
The Internet Archive are moving from a Petabox setup to the Sun Datacenter Container.
My kind of CIO - Jeff Bezos spends a week working in an Amazon distribution centre.
Brilliant - Collected infographics of the current financial crisis.
Another one of those handy unix skills (esp with the upswing in Ubuntu) - Becoming an apt-guru.
If you 'cd' around a lot then try J for 'jump'. Looks handy.
From the Long Now Blog comes a series of articles which indicate that as information density increases its lifetime decreases - Are We Losing Our Memory ?
Some pretty awesome engineering feats are described including recovering images from tape take during the 1960's as part of the planning for the moon landings.
There is a special place in hell reserved for people that take up two seats on public transport (bus, train etc).
You know the type, they'll sit down at a window seat and plonk their bag down on the seat next to them. Usually oblivious to the hate-filled stare from everyone else on the bus.
On a mostly empty bus I have no problem with this - on a moderately full bus (particular the morning, evening rush) its just plain annoying and infuriating.
Not wanting to play the grumpy old man I have to say the majority of offenders tend to be teenagers (usually exuding that 'woe is me; life sux' attitude).
Generally, regardless of how many seats are free I try and make a point of indicating that they should shift their stuff so I can sit next to them - the annoyance value of having to be slightly confrontational is usually repaid by the knowledge that I've just given the person something else to be pissed off about. I can almost feel the hooded yoof texting madly 'some crazy person made me move my skateboard and sat right next to me' . . .
Another in a long line of handy Drive Dock gadgets. Things have certainly come a long way since the clunky drive bays of the late 90's.
Always interesting to read of new tips - Managers as Servants. Must remember to send this to the boss.
For all your difficult math queries - ask Doctor Math.
Some brilliant tips - The Tao of War Photography.
Build it yourself for Linux or the Mac Homeworld - Opensource. I'll need to track down my Windows files so I can try the Mac port.
The dire state of the financial market has turned everyones gaze upon the dark and mysterious world of the Quants - check out these fascinating articles Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street and also They Tried to Outsmart Wall Street.
Last but not least PivotX is at Release Candidate status - if you're after a nice blog-engine that doesn't need a database give it a whirl. I'll be upgrading soon . . .