Sorry for the lack of blog posts recently, but I have been really busy for the past few days. To get back on track, here are some quick links and thoughts
- I recently discovered the blog Worse Than Failure which is a collection of incredible (and funny) mistakes made by software developers at the code and user interface levels. Sometimes, the easiest way to learn is to look at other’s mistakes before making them ourselves.
- Recently, we have been using WordPress at the office for our product blog. As I discover the functionality of WordPress, I seriously regret my decision to use Blogger for hosting this site. If you are planning to start a blog, my advice is to use WordPress, unless Google makes some amazing improvements in Blogger in the next few months. Some key WordPress benefits are: separate non-blog web pages, blog/feed statistics, better control over layout, paid subscriptions, comment spam, etc.
- I may yet move my blog to WordPress, but still keep this site intact so that I don’t break bookmarks. If you are reading this in a feed reader like Google Reader, Bloglines or Thunderbird, please verify if your feed address is http://feeds.feedburner.com/thoughtclusters so that you continue getting the updates after I make the transition.
- Krugle is a good search engine for finding code samples. Please pay close attention to the source code license. Here is a good link on learning about software licenses: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/license-list.html.
- I recently moved my online documents from Google Docs & Spreadsheets to Zoho Writer. Nothing against the former, but the interface at Zoho is more appealing to me. They have a collection of other tools like an online spreadsheet (Zoho Sheet), online presentation software (Zoho Show), etc. For now, I am only using the Zoho Writer and the Zoho Wiki – both of which are really good.
- Here is a quick way to create a Google search URL. An example: http://www.google.com/search?q=windows-vista. As you can see, just combine your search terms using “-” (hyphen) and add them at the end of http://www.google.com/search?q=.