Linkfest third part

In the final part (for now) of the series, here are some of the most interesting blog posts, essays, articles I read online (in English) during 2010. Maybe you find something interesting to read that you missed until now. Enjoy!

Engineering, hacking

Erik Naggum: S-exp vs. XML (the mother of all rants)

Linus Torvalds on why he prefers C to C++

Alan J Perlis: Epigrams on programming

Catalog of anti-patterns (from the wonderful C2 wiki)

Bruce Schneier: What is a hacker?

Interview with Donald Knuth

Steve Yegge about the features of great software systems (really long, but well worth the read)

Interesting quotes (mostly computer science related)

Steve Jobs interview from 1993

I have an idea, I just need a programmer

Larry Wall’s virtues of a programmer

Clay Shirky on why “semantic web” is missing the point

Shigeru Miyamoto on the design of Super Mario

The New Yorker article on Perelman and the Poincaré conjecture


“Too much time on his hands” – how to reply to possibly the most annoying comment (Cory Doctorow)

The Shirky principle

Eliezer Yudkowsky: The fallacy of gray

Addicted to fake achievement (observations about computer games and again, about the type of praise to give to children)

Conway’s law (an observation about organizations)

Motivation, useful tips

John Perry: Structured procrastination

How to vanish in America (some interesting tips, should you ever need them :) )

Useful writing tips from famous writers

The use of apostrophe in English (can’t be repeated enough)

Reddit AMA: from computer science to lumbering industry

How to afford anything (some nice tips on frugality)

Derek Sivers: This is only a test

Steve Pavlina: 10 reasons not to get a job (oldie but has some good points hidden there) and Tim O’Reilly’s more insightful Work on stuff that matters

Piotr Wozniak’s article about sleeping (in short: forget the alarm clock)


Bic ballpoint pen review

Microsoft humor skills (might be a meta-joke)

Two reviews of Stephen Wolfram’s NKS book. And some more.

1 comment so far ↓

#1 Alexander Beletsky on 07.09.11 at 2:30 pm

This is a really nice bunch of links :) put to favorites, to read someday (hope)

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