Everyman Links for October 14, 2009

Coding After Hours. I started this Everyman late tonight because I was doing some Gummy Bear coding, but the older I get the less I want to hammer away all day in Visual Studio then code some more after hours.  I guess that’s why I blog so much at night. It’s still geeky but it’s not coding.  Ted Dziuba posted I Don’t Code in my Free Time espousing a similar theme, though in his distinctive style.  “You know what’s more awesome than spending my Saturday afternoon learning Haskell by hacking away at a few Project Euler problems? Fuck, ANYTHING.”

It’s all about usability. Twenty seconds should suffice to get something from Scott Monty’s post on Usability and UI design titled Why Apple and Google Win – and Your Company Doesn’t.

Presentation Redux. Jeremiah Owyang on integrating the social into presentations. Interesting anecdotes of Twitter audience revolts, but what struck me was the image of presenters with a cell phone in one hand, monitoring the flow of the audience conversation and adjusting the presentation accordingly. I think I’ll do that for my presentation at Code Camp on Saturday!

Content is free. Formats are not. An Open Road piece on where to place the economic value of free content. “Good content is a necessary precondition to getting paid, but it’s not going to be the reason we pay anymore. That reason for payment is the format in which the content is delivered.”

More Microsoft Surface Cool. 3D.

The No Filter Digital Culture. Mark Evans uses the recent verbal trashing of San Francisco by Twitter’s lead developer to suggest that the current digital culture is one in which anything goes.  You think it, you say it.  It is a massive noise box out there if you think about it.

Losing digital data 2.0.  I mentioned that I started posting to Posterous.  It’s a great publishing tool, but I’m already reconsidering it.  The idea was to post lighter stuff on Posterous that I either didn’t care about or was outside of the normal content I post here at dbvt.com.  The key is “stuff I don’t care about,” as we have to remember that the Cloud isn’t forever.  There’s also an interesting comparison (in the bottom pull-out in the article) between how Google organizes the web using authority over time, while the real-time web works completely opposite, through trending topics.

Buy a frozen pizza. Pizza Hut sales dropped 13% during the 3rd quarter compared to the same period last year.  Apparently people are buying high-end frozen pizzas to save money.  Don’t know why I found that interesting, but I noticed yesterday there are a ton of pizza varieties at the grocery store to explore. Life is good.

53 CSS techniques You Couldn’t Live Without. This is a Smashing Magazine post from 2007, but I happened upon it this week.  These are always great to scroll through for tips and ideas.  The sad thing is that the post is two years old and I still have something to learn from it.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.