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Being unemployed one can only spend so much time on Slashdot, Kuro5hin, and Joel on Software before all content has been just about memorized.  What are some other interesting sites that someone might spend a large amount of time digesting?

Anthony Rubin
Monday, February 25, 2002

There are numerous other nerd news sites, such as http://www.osnews.com and http://www.rootprompt.org .  Some have discussion, some don't, and if you read enough of them they'll all point to each other.

And there is certainly no shortage of political sites, e.g. http://www.polyglut.com http://www.free-market.net/forums (be sure to get that "-" in there).

But if you're unemployed how do you have time to do all this kind of reading?

mackinac
Monday, February 25, 2002

Oops, that was http://www.poliglut.com

I wish this site had a preview capability.

mackinac
Monday, February 25, 2002

I have all this time because I have plenty of money put away and I'm taking a bit of a break.

Anthony Rubin
Monday, February 25, 2002

Oh, OK.  I think "unemployed" => "spend time job hunting".

Last year I was "on the bench", not having a project to work on.  My employer was paying me to study Java.  But I decided to take a month off.  Between fixing and cleaning up the apartment and working my way through the in-queue of books and a few other things, I didn't have much more time than usual to surf the net.

mackinac
Monday, February 25, 2002

You might want to check out my daily links (sites I read every day).

http://www.duoblu.com/newslinks.html

I sift through them about once a week-taking out sites that I don't read every day-adding others. 

razib khan
Monday, February 25, 2002

sorry it's http://www.duoblu.com/news_links.html

it's my homepage, so i never type it in :)

razib khan
Monday, February 25, 2002


    For a different point of view, start with EWD1305: "Answer to questions from students of software engineering (the approximate reconstruction of the questions is left as an exercise to the reader)", then EWD1305: "The end of computing science?", both at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/index13xx.html
I can't recommend this archive enough.

Andrzej Kocon
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

I would probably use the opportunity to learn something new. This might be done in "real life" by physically attending some University courses (you don’t even need to enroll, just sit and listen) or reading some books. It can also be done virtually of course since so much stuff is now on the web. Just pick a topic and dive in (a Google search on the topic is probably how I would start). I might also assign myself some hands-on project that I would find interesting. Who knows, such a project might actually turn out to be something practical.

You can also go outside the scope of Internet/computing: travel, community service, raise a family. IMO the opportunities are endless.

Dan Shappir
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Here are some content-rich sites I'd recommend (they all have to do with computers and technology):

http://www.netslaves.com/
http://www.oreillynet.com/weblogs/
http://www.davenet.com/
http://www.poochkiss.com/
http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/

Good luck with the job-hunt.

David Vaoy
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

http://www.davenet.com/ above is incorrect. It was suppose to be http://davenet.userland.com/

(Joel, please put in an edit option for our previous postings.)

David Vaoy
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

As far as college or courses ... I'd say this-if you are a computer person, take courses that are non-technological but that might eventually apply to what you're working on.  Finance or accounting if you ever work at an accounting firm as a developer, or biology and chemistry courses if you see yourself doing scientific programming.

I'm a science person myself getting into computing, and I'm in the middle of the freshman CIS sequence.  Nothing too tough-but for an hour a day I get some structured low-level lectures that help me in my work and that I enjoy.

razib khan
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

I find that http://www.newsisfree.com/ is a good launching-point for finding more stuff to read.

Mike Gunderloy
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

I just bought the book _Emotional Intelligence_.

Christopher Wells
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

My site, http://www.freshnews.org , offers the headlines from 30 top tech news sites.  I am not trying to promote it here, I just think it applies to your question.

Bryce
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Can't stop reading http://c2.com/cgi/wiki

Keith Wright
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

http://www.fark.com

It's not news, it's Fark.

FARK!
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

http://www.javaworld.com

Evgeny Goldin
Thursday, February 28, 2002

http://www.arstechnica.com

Especially the OpenTopic forums there.

Lorne Laliberte
Thursday, February 28, 2002

There was a really good .Net article at arstechnica for those of you who still haven't figured out what the heck .Net really is.

Keith Wright
Friday, March 01, 2002

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