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Tuesday Morning Tech Links

I flag a lot of techie links, as if I’m going to go and use 39 how-tos or 87 productivity tools right there on the spot. That’s not how it works. You tuck that information away for when you need to look back on it. And a scattering of bookmarks across my five different computers is not a good tucking method.

Hell, even cloud bookmarking doesn’t really do it – for me a bookmark is for a page (in a book or on the web) I know I will come back to at a specific time. This sort of thing is more open-ended.

Luckily, I have the ultimate in permanent memory technology – a nearly decade-old blog.

Elise has been doing a lot of CSS work lately, which is an area of web design where I’ve fallen behind. Thus, I love this Getting Started with CSS guide, which is packed with 20 starter tools. (via @mayhemstudios)

Handy list of the 22 most useful free apps for your PC. At the beginning I was like – um, duh – but as it continues it will surely slip you a surprise or two. (via @robangeles)

In a similar vein, 30 open source apps for web designers is a litany of code- and image- editors and FTP apps that I’ve never even heard of before. (via @bkmacdaddy)

I sometimes have a blank moment where I’m futzing with my server can’t remember exactly what I’m supposed to be doing with my .htaccess file, and the next time I have that moment I’m going to re-read 16 Useful htaccess tricks.

If you are several dozen levels of “Internets Wizard” higher than that, perhaps you’d be intrigued by the Ultimate Round-Up of Fireworks Tutorials. I have Fireworks now, but what I haven’t had is time to level up my skills in it.

If you or someone you know is still Twitter-averse or a Twitter-virgin, they should refer to the mammoth Ultimate Guide for Everything Twitter, which covers just about any question you could conceive of. (via @Sharonhayes)

Alternately, for the power-user, how about a guide to how to use twitter when you follow several-thousand people? Around 300 I felt hopelessly lost, and started searching for an external app to sort people into groups. This article takes a more organic approach. (via @danavan)

Finally, not really a tech link, but it appeals to this same crowd: What to include in your design contracts.

5 Comments

  1. Matt wrote:

    I read the 22 most useful free apps article, and found I didn’t know about Digsby. Downloaded it, and I’m using it now.

    Yep, pretty awesome. I still maintain I am a Luddite, though, and will smash the machines (as soon as they stop working for me).

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  2. Dante wrote:

    you should save your bookmarks to the cloud! I used to use Google Notebook coupled with a handy firefox extention, but G-notebook is no longer supported, so I started using Google Reader with the help of a bookmarklet. They save to the “notes” section (it’s optional to add to shared items, too) and I tag them appropriately.

    [ed. note: I updated my post to reflect my response to this comment]

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  3. krisis wrote:

    Matt. There were a few in the free apps that were a surprise to me. I have some luddite tendencies in that I tend to hang on to older tech long after better options come along (see also: Blogger, WordPress 2.3, my 2004 cell phone). I’ll be interested to hear about your experience with Digsby. I have those functions covered at the moment, I think, but possibly not to the level of awesomeness that Digsby provides?

    Dante I am hopeless when it comes to bookmarking/favoriting things for use at an undetermined point in the future – it breaks the way that I use/organize bookmarks, and I don’t tend to rememember to look for things in that context. It just results in 1000s of bookmarks I have to clean up at some point. However, CK is the ultimate memory pit ;)

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Permalink
  4. Dante wrote:

    Yes, I’m the same way. I end up bookmarking things and forgetting about them or never following up… but when I get that random flash of memory of the time I saw that thing and maybe bookmarked it, a google-powered search in G-reader always pulls through.

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink
  5. krisis wrote:

    Hmm. A compelling argument, given my addiction to G-Reader and my spiffy Google-powered phone…

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Permalink