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Some of the Best Computer Geek Sites

I know there are a ton of sites out there (and this thread could easily be boring), but what are your recommendations for a REALLY cool AND useful AND innovative/unique web site for computer geeks. If anyone recommends slashdot, I will steal your keyboard and mouse.

Selection criteria may include this test: If you were at a customer site and (a) had 3 minutes to find the right answer to a tough question, or (b) had an hour to kill and wanted to read something totally interesting, where would you go? Other criteria may include the amount of effort and/or effort that went into the site.

For example, I appreciate the work that went into stuff like the Tasklist pages on www.answersthatwork.com (no, I don't know who runs that site).

Tom Fairlie
Wednesday, March 05, 2003

For the finding answers criterion, google wins hands down. There's a couple sites on that google turns up a lot, like experts exchange got me some good perl tips the other day, but google is more useful, imho.

As for killing time, there's plenty of good online comics. User Friendly is good for a laugh every day. Most of my time-killing sites aren't geeky though: aside from here and slashdot, I read politics stuff on radio free nation. Sometimes I'll browse hardware sites like Anand Tech, but I don't follow things enough anymore for tech to be so interesting.

Mike Swieton
Wednesday, March 05, 2003

I go to thinkgeek to kill time, and maybe pick up some geek t-shirts :)

www.thinkgeek.com

Patrik
Wednesday, March 05, 2003

If you want to spend an hour and potentially come across something very interesting, you might try going to www.weblogs.com or www.blo.gs and clicking on the "Random Blog" link.  I've had fun with them recently.  Of course, you may end up with something totally worthless.  Just click again.

Nick Brosnahan
Wednesday, March 05, 2003

For programming related issues, i normally go to http://www.codeproject.com - you usually get answers pretty quickly there.

Dave Bryant
Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Finding answers?  Google Groups (the Usenet search part).  99.9% of the time, somebody else has had the same problem before.

An hour to kill?  The archives here, or the archived columns at Infoworld, especially The Gripe Line, which fits my temperament.

Kyralessa
Wednesday, March 05, 2003

I check www.angrycoder.com from time to time to see if there's something new to read.

Pete
Thursday, March 06, 2003

www.osnews.com

a nice roundup of what is going on, plenty of special articles, and very little noise in the discussion threads

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www.theregister.co.uk

often nice, sometimes crap stories too.  The BOFH stories are well worth an exhaustive read

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www.theinquirer.org

where much of the original talent from theregister went a while back; very good, slightly hardware focused

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www.therockalltimes.co.uk

more ridiculous satire, although sometimes a UK political focus

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dilbert; delivered daily to my inbox (until my company filtered it..)

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userfriendly; great!


Thursday, March 06, 2003

http://www.only4gurus.com
http://murl.microsoft.com
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;RID;webcst&style=toc&sd=gn
http://www.swiss.ai.mit.edu/classes/6.001/abelson-sussman-lectures/
http://www.ondotnet.com/dotnet/
http://www.gotdotnet.com/
http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/
http://www.ultratech-llc.com/KB/
http://www.15seconds.com/

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, March 06, 2003

http://www.dotnet247.com/

Anonymous
Thursday, March 06, 2003

www.howstuffworks.com
www.cockeyed.com
http://pennandteller.com/sincity/
www.altonbrown.com
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html

Paul Brinkley
Thursday, March 06, 2003

AH! Another Penn & Teller fan!

Prakash S
Thursday, March 06, 2003

Absolutely.  I've found P&T to be two of the most intelligent entertainers in the country.  Bright, inquisitive, in a geeky sort of way (they're not afraid to question authority, for example), hence their inclusion here.

It's a darn shame I can't afford Showtime.

Paul Brinkley
Friday, March 07, 2003

www.straightdope.com

Penn & Teller rock.  Thanks for reminding me to order their books.

Tj
Monday, March 10, 2003

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