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August 29, 2008 / lazybug

Random Links

Delicious, Reddit and Digg are a boon for us information hungry Internet surfers. That said, I used Reddit and Digg for the first time in my life today. Delicious has been there for a long time and so has Netvibes. The curious thing is that they are all different in nature, yet they serve the same purpose. OK, Reddit and Digg are quite similar, agreed, but that’s not the purpose of this post. My benevolent self wishes to share with you some interesting links I came across while browsing these site today.

First up, 11 Lessons from the Movie ‘Fight Club’, from The Blog for Men. My favourites:

2. We are victims of consumerism

Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt’s character) states…”The things you own end up owning you. Right. We are consumers. We’re the bi-products of a lifestyle obsession”  We do not NEED all the things we think we need, and NEWSFLASH! when we get the things we think we need…they probably aren’t making us any happier.

7. Accept things outside of your control

“I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let… lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.”  We do not have to do/have everything.  Accept your life.  Be proud of it.

If you haven’t seen the movie. Do it right away, I say.

Next up, Microsoft granted Page Up Page Down patent. Essentially, what MS is saying is that it ‘invented’ the technology that allows you to skip through pages in a document one at a time. Thank you Bill Gates uncle, without you the world would have been such a sad place.

When MS is here, can Apple be far behind? Here’s Apple’s History of Innovations. Checkout the iPod on slide 8. Looks so ancient as compared to the one available today. To say that it was invented in 2004, just four years back. Had, god forbid, Microsoft invented it, I dare say it’d have looked the same for the next 4 years as well.

Dudes at the Wall Street Journal like the Internet Explorer 8 because:

Microsoft has added “accelerators” that facilitate common tasks like emailing a Web site, mapping an address, or looking up a word. Just highlight text on a Web page and a accelerator displays the map or definition in the same window….

and

There’s also a nice feature that makes tabs that are related to one another the same color and a button that shows miniature versions of all open tabs on one screen.

They claim to have been using Firefox all the time. It’s a pity no one told them about this site.

Another one for MS. David Letterman’s tribute to MS (Google Video). How very apt.

Fifteen spectacular lightning images from the Digital Photography School.

The Disturbing Origins of 5 Common Nursery Rhymes. This is an old one, but interesting none the less.

And finally, How it all started in Kashmir 60 years ago.

Well, that’s it for now. Will share more as I find them. Please feel free to share your favourite links as well, on your blogs that is.

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  1. Chittaranjan / Aug 29 2008 7:43 pm

    Never seen a lengthy post from u 😐

    You have added these links to your delicious a/c? (BTW, there’s no del.icio.us now, just plain delicious.com)

    I’ve recently updated my Delicious bookmarks (maybe a post about them is in the offing!).

  2. Apoorv / Aug 30 2008 6:30 am

    Thankies !! me plans to use these links now onwards .

  3. Aravind / Aug 30 2008 8:50 am

    You are doing gross injustice by saying reddit and digg are the same, its like you are saying white bread is better than brown. Links on Digg are yesterday’s links on Reddit.

  4. Chittaranjan / Aug 30 2008 11:14 am

    Digg has much better-looking interface than Reddit but yeah, Reddit is simpler to use.

  5. lazybug / Aug 30 2008 4:48 pm

    Forgive my ignorance, Aravind. I am new to both the sites. What I meant to say was that they are similar in nature, in that the links are put up by the members. And are then ranked according to popularity.

  6. Aravind / Aug 30 2008 11:55 pm

    @yc: Reddit is not just better to use, it moves faster has more mature members and some discussions are very very interesting. But it is being argued by more and more redditors that Reddit is becoming like Digg.

  7. Chittaranjan / Aug 31 2008 3:07 pm

    If you call comments as discussions, Digg has more I guess. But of course, I’ve used Reddit very less…esp. after I got Rickrolled a few times 😳

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