There was a time when you had to spend painful hours reading technical material. Microsoft has made that tremendously easy by putting up some great training videos for ASP.NET, Ajax and SQL Server 2005.
Get a cup of coffee, sit back, click the links and enjoy the videos.
Also, here’s Jeff Atwood’s synopsis of Jakob Nielsen’s new book “Prioritizing Web Usability“. I highly recommend reading this book as it contains details about each usability issue and how the researchers arrived at their conclusions.
Here is a good older article on some open source dogmas. I also recommend reading the book “The Success of Open Source” by Steven Weber. It analyzes the economics of open source and some of the legal and cultural issues.