Der Prozeß - Franz Kafka
In epub, mobi or PDF format. Lots of other free ebooks too.
Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
reference  health  accessible_web_design 
10 days ago
Mac keyboard shortcuts
"An Apple Support doc that can change your life. I dare you not to find something new here." --Merlin Mann
apple  reference  macOS 
19 days ago
The best laptop ever made
This is the peak. This is the best laptop that has ever existed. I hope it’s not the best laptop that will ever exist.
readings  apple 
26 days ago
IBM Type - Design
With our new bespoke corporate typeface, IBM Plex™, comes a new set of guidance and best practices. IBM typography is international and modern to reflect our brand and our design principles.
typography  fonts 
4 weeks ago
The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
The following analysis is an extrapolation for the future, based on the current state of the Web and strategies made public by executives at GOOG-FB-AMZN.
readings  web 
5 weeks ago
Explore the world of non-corporate news and analysis. Our web apps make online content more accessible.
rss  tools 
6 weeks ago
NearlyFreeSpeech.NET Web Hosting
For as little as $0.25, you can set up web sites at NearlyFreeSpeech.NET, the masters of only pay for what you use hosting since 2002.
hosting  tools 
6 weeks ago
Why We Must Fight for the Right to Repair Our Electronics
Manufacturers would prefer to sell you their latest models rather than repair your old electronics, so they work to make fixing their products too expensive or too impractical. It’s a global problem because the marketplace for technology is global, and people everywhere are affected.
readings  gear  consumerism 
6 weeks ago
Word Processors: Stupid and Inefficient
The word processor is a stupid and grossly inefficient tool for preparing text for communication with others. That is the claim I shall defend below. It will probably strike you as bizarre at first sight. If I am against word processors, what do I propose: that we write in longhand, or use a mechanical typewriter? No. While there are things to be said in favor of these modes of text preparation I take it for granted that most readers of this essay will do most of their writing using a computer, as I do. My claim is that there are much better ways of preparing text, using a computer, than the word processor.
plain_text  unix_philosophy  slow_computing  KISS  readings 
6 weeks ago
Don't Design Your Emails
In my attempt to sidestep this time-consuming process, I learned that plain emails not only save time but work better.
email  KISS 
7 weeks ago
VPN Report | Honest reviews of the top VPNs
I tested the most recommended VPN providers using my credit card to find the best ones — and which ones you should avoid.
vpn  security  reference 
7 weeks ago
DCMI: Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
The Dublin Core Metadata Element Set is a vocabulary of fifteen properties for use in resource description.

Found in the Pandoc docs.
reference  metadata  ebooks  information_architecture 
8 weeks ago
The Text/Plain Format Parameter
The official format=flowed RFC proposal
9 weeks ago
Resume Worded
Resource for writing effective resumes. Collection of real resume lines.
copy  writing  tools 
9 weeks ago
format=flowed: the little standard that couldnʼt quite make it
The standard itself is sort of neat, in that it applies a logical quoting construct in a backwards compatible manner to text emails. A receiver without format=flowed support sees a normal email and can reply as normal, though they may end up with embarrassing line wrap, but a format=flowed aware receiver will correctly re-wrap the further quoted sections when you reply, to ensure the lines are shorter than 78 characters but without the messy wrapping.
9 weeks ago
The format=flowed FAQ by Joe Clark
Format=flowed is a new way of displaying text. Currently, we find f=f most often in quoted text within E-mail messages. Note that distinction: f=f is at root a way of displaying text. It doesn’t alter the underlying text of your message.
9 weeks ago
Top Posting and Bottom Posting
A: Because we read from top to bottom, left to right.
Q: Why should I start my reply below the quoted text?

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

A: The lost context.
Q: What makes top-posted replies harder to read than bottom-posted?

A: Yes.
Q: Should I trim down the quoted part of an email to which I'm replying?
9 weeks ago
‘The tyranny of design’
In other words, the “tyranny” of systems that are beautiful, that work, and that people want. The only people who object to such things are on the losing side, not coincidentally because their systems are ugly, dysfunctional, and shunned.
At some point, open-source advocates become indistinguishable from Objectivists and libertarians in their insistence that their hypotheses are better than reality. Even after Steve Jobs’s death, opentards insist their way is better despite the actual facts.
apple  design  readings 
9 weeks ago
Steve Dorner: Still undead
My mental image has your mental image of E‑mail as a list in Gmail, with you top-posting like a fucking moron. You don’t know what’s possible; you don’t know what you’re missing. And if you top-post, yes, you are a fucking moron. Lots of them out there.

You have no idea. What you’re using is appalling. Your habits are terrible. One of those three facts applies to Eudora users now too, since we’re stuck using the same software you are. After 23 years online, it hurts. You guys don’t feel a thing.
email  readings 
9 weeks ago
Privates Braun-Forum • Thema anzeigen - KM 32 / 4209 Reparaturtip erbeten.
Precious info about the coals used in the motor of my beloved Braun MX32 mixer
DIY  repairs  gear 
10 weeks ago
The Content-Transfer-Encoding Header Field
Everything about Content-Transfer-Encoding and all its possible values, with a particularly detailed overview of quoted-printable.
10 weeks ago
By now, Windows and Unix are functionally more similar than different. They both support the same major programming metaphors, from command lines to GUIs to web servers; they are organized around virtually the same panoply of system resources, from nearly identical file systems to memory to sockets and processes and threads. There’s not much about the core set of services provided by each operating system to limit the kinds of applications you can create.
unix  unix_philosophy  readings 
10 weeks ago
Great list of web radios
audio  streaming  music 
10 weeks ago
extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion
1 large red pepper
1 fresh small hot chili
2 to 3 cloves garlic
sweet Hungarian or smoked Spanish paprika
whole or ground cumin seed
can whole peeled tomatoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
minced cilantro, parsley, or a mix
6 eggs
Sliced oil-cured black olives, feta cheese, or artichoke hearts
Crusty bread
10 weeks ago
suckless.org: Software that sucks less
Home of dwm, dmenu and other quality software with a focus on simplicity, clarity, and frugality.
unix  unix_philosophy 
10 weeks ago
The Heirloom Project
The Heirloom Project provides traditional implementations of standard Unix utilities. In many cases, they have been derived from original Unix material released as Open Source by Caldera and Sun.

Interfaces follow traditional practice; they remain generally compatible with System V, although extensions that have become common use over the course of time are sometimes provided. Most utilities are also included in a variant that aims at POSIX conformance.
unix  unix_philosophy 
10 weeks ago
Logo Crunch - The multi-resolution logo maker
Logo Crunch is a multi-resolution logo maker, it uses computer vision to make your high-res logo legible at lower resolutions. Use it for a website favicon, iOS app icon or Android app icon.
tools  design 
10 weeks ago
Index of /pub/vim/runtime/spell/
Vim spellcheck files for every language
11 weeks ago
Teriyaki Chicken with Broccoli (Epicurious)
white rice
broccoli florets
black pepper
chicken thighs or breasts, patted dry, cut into 1" chunks
soy sauce
rice wine vinegar (mirin)
garlic, finely grated
finely grated ginger
toasted sesame oil
toasted sesame seeds, divided
2 scallions
11 weeks ago
Roasted Potatoes (The Food Lab)
Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon (4g) baking soda
4 pounds (about 2kg) russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters, sixths, or eighths, depending on size (see note above)
5 tablespoons (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil, duck fat, or beef fat
Small handful picked rosemary leaves, finely chopped
3 medium cloves garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
Small handful fresh parsley leaves, minced
recipes  videos 
11 weeks ago
Slow-roasted Ribs with Gremolata (Bon Appetit)
Toasted breadcrumbs
Lemon juice and zest
Olive oil

Oven: 180 for ~3h, 240 for ~20m
recipes  videos 
11 weeks ago
Seven habits of effective text editing
If you spend a lot of time typing plain text, writing programs or HTML, you can save much of that time by using a good editor and using it effectively. This paper will present guidelines and hints for doing your work more quickly and with fewer mistakes.
vim  unix  plain_text  tutorial 
11 weeks ago
The Egg
“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”
readings  fiction 
11 weeks ago
Letters From the Hellbox: Gutenberg and How Typography is Like Music.
Typography has a visceral and direct effect on everybody who reads. It can inhibit or enhance the feel of reading without being consciously noticeable. It does so by combining specific visuals that echo cultural memories, which are hopefully servile to the words they spell.
typography  readings 
11 weeks ago
Worn Wear
a Film About the Stories We Wear, presented by Patagonia
gear  videos 
11 weeks ago
GNU Recutils
GNU Recutils is a set of tools and libraries to access human-editable, plain text databases called recfiles. The data is stored as a sequence of records, each record containing an arbitrary number of named fields.
data_serialization  databases  plain_text  unix  tools 
11 weeks ago
Turtles all the way down
"Turtles all the way down" is an expression of the infinite regress problem in cosmology posed by the "unmoved mover" paradox.

Also: "[The saying] emphasises the idea of endless continuation, and tends to be used when someone's argument is sort of circular and can't explain itself."
(from https://english.stackexchange.com/q/128655/132089)
english  language  wikipedia 
11 weeks ago
The Lil License
The MIT License is lovely: functional, relatively clear in intent to all readers [...] But it was written in the 1980s, and as open source authors and users we've learned that, in practice, we need just a little bit more: a declaration of the intent not to use software patents against users, and the shared understanding that contributions back to the project will be incorporated under the same terms of the license.
licensing  open_source 
11 weeks ago
Introduction to Vaping
Terminology, hardware, juices, batteries, best practices
vaping  reference 
11 weeks ago
Real Life Magazine
Real Life is a magazine about living with technology. The emphasis is more on living. We publish one essay, advice column, reported feature, or uncategorizable piece of writing a day, four or five days a week.
11 weeks ago
Dennis Ritchie, Unix, and clarity
Last week’s obituaries of Dennis Ritchie focused, naturally, on his creation of C and his co-creation, with Ken Thompson, of Unix. I want to talk about something else: the remarkable clarity of the writing done by Ritchie and the other early Unix developers at Bell Labs.
unix  unix_philosophy  KISS  readings  from instapaper
12 weeks ago
Send a multipart/alternative email with sendmail
Contains a clear example of a multipart/alternative email message.
unix  tutorial  email  mutt 
may 2017
Radio Garden – Counterstream Radio
Radio Garden allows listeners to explore processes of broadcasting and hearing identities across the entire globe.
audio  streaming 
april 2017
URLs so good they wreck your day
april 2017
The Shamanic View of Mental Illness
In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.
psychology  readings  from instapaper
april 2017
Shell from vi
A good sign of a philosophically sound interactive Unix tool is the facilities it offers for interacting with the filesystem and the shell: specifically, how easily can you run file operations and/or shell commands with reference to data within the tool? The more straightforward this is, the more likely the tool will fit neatly into a terminal-driven Unix workflow.
unix  tutorial  vim  shell  from instapaper
april 2017
Plainness and Sweetness – Frank Chimero
I am for a design that’s like vanilla ice cream: simple and sweet, plain without being austere. It should be a base for more indulgent experiences on the occasions they are needed, like adding chocolate chips and cookie dough. Yet these special occassions are rare. A good vanilla ice cream is usually enough. I don’t wish to be dogmatic—every approach has its place, but sometimes plainness needs defending in a world starved for attention and wildly focused on individuality. Here is a reminder: the surest way forward is usually a plain approach done with close attention to detail. You can refine the normal into the sophisticated by pursuing clarity and consistency. Attentiveness turns the normal artful.
design  typography  readings  from instapaper
march 2017
In praise of cash
Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike
society  economics  readings  from instapaper
march 2017
Seeing Theory
A visual introduction to probability and statistics
d3  data_visualization  statistics  reference 
february 2017
Advertising agency from Sacramento
february 2017
HTML Reference
A guide to all HTML5 elements and attributes with examples of use
HTML  reference 
february 2017
Using GitHub Pages, the easy way
How to use a `README.md` as index.html of a GitHub Pages website (simple/effective)
tutorial  web_development 
february 2017
A blog about lighting
november 2016
Die härteste Tür Berlins
Sven Marquardt entscheidet am berühmtesten Club der Welt über rein oder „heute nicht“. Für NOAH hat er seine Türsteher-Kollegen und andere Nachtmenschen fotografiert.
berlin  photos 
august 2016
Good Copy
Email copy from great companies
copy  writing  tools 
april 2016
Making parallax wallpapers for iPhone & iPad
Tested parallax wallpaper sizes for every iOS device
design  iOS  reference 
february 2016
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