Fog Creek Software
Discussion Board

What websites do you check regularly?

On any given day during my down time I visit this board. I often hear the discussion of a topic on before I even know that there was a post there.

I also visit several newsgroups from home - corporate firewall prevents me from doing anything but browse the web and there are very few web-based good newsgroup readers. These newsgroups aren't at all work related, so that's another reason I check them from home.

I visit which is basically a feed from various technology related websites. Including slashdot, zdnet news and orielly networks, which are their first three, just to give you an idea of the breadth it covers. Visiting here and scanning the headlines keeps you really up to date.

Occasionally I'll check the new software on - anything to make my life a little easier is welcome, and sometimes a small freeware program fits the bill. Their categories are easier to navigate than or tucows.

What sites do you visit regularly during your downtime, and what value do they provie to you?

Friday, May 24, 2002  - Always good for a laugh.

Joe Blandy
Friday, May 24, 2002 and then a random blog.

John C
Friday, May 24, 2002

In any given day I check quite a few web sites. Some have actually suggested that I use my diverse tastes and the internet as a sort of procrastination device. I give them little credit, though. Some days you just need your news.

Sites that I like to check: - Let's me know if anything that was here yesterday is gone today. I pay special attention to the economy stuff, since it affects me on a daily basis. I have registered, but I never dig in enough to use it and I've forgotten my password. Who needs in depth news, anyway? - Linux, Technology, Sci-fi. Good stuff. and related links - Web comics and logs are an unfortunate and growing addiction of mine. The gaming comics are edgy and have a good sense of humor. - I check this site a few times a day. Joel has a way of being right on target as far as where I am with the projects I am trying to manage. I don't think he's ever written an article that wasn't in some way applicable to me. - I'm a Linux fan. As a result, I am chained to constant news and security updates. Linuxsecurity is an excellent resource. Other sites I check are and gets check once a week in case anything new is out.

The Filthy Critic - Another good dose of humor with my morning coffee.

And once I'm done reading those, I actually do an hour of work before I go home. :)

Dustin Alexander
Friday, May 24, 2002 - especially the vulnerability section (Be aware though - by the time a vulnerability makes headlines on Security Focus, an exploit is usually already circulating) - whenever I need to find working source code for something - which is quite often. Also, announcements about interesting new software (arch version control, doxygen doc extractor, gcc, etc.) appears here. -  mostly of interest to people with interest in CG and Game development, but the links and "code of the day / tip of the day" are often relevant to everyone. - for laughs

Ori Berger
Friday, May 24, 2002

In adition to those listed above:  --since I am a J2EE Guy  --sorry about that one ;)  --fills in the ap and oddly enough news 

Friday, May 24, 2002


User Friendly the Comic Strip - The Daily Static
Sluggy Freelance © 2001 Peter Abrams

The rest of these are on Keenspot

General Protection Fault--The Comic Strip
? - The Slightly Demented Daily Comic Strip
Alice | Alice!
Greystone Inn - Thursday, November 1, 2001
PvP - Player Versus Player - The Daily Online Comic Strip
The Joy of Tech!
Kevin & Kell by Bill Holbrook Standing on the Necks of Giants
Blood Lark - the comic that will take over the fantasy genre!!!
Schlock Mercenary, the online comic by Howard Tayler
Clan of the Cats - Comic Only
Dave Kelly's LIZARD!
Sex & Violence - Do you feel the agony, Jubei?

Friday, May 24, 2002

Sites I look at daily:

-- The Drudge Report ( ):  Breaking news almost always appears there first, and if your web-cruising time is limited, ten seconds checking this out keeps you updated on what's going on.

-- Arts & Letters Daily ( ): Links to great articles on arts, literature, culture.

-- Science and Technology Daily ( ): This is apparently run by the same folks who do Arts & Letters Daily, and has a similar format.

-- ( ):  One of the most interesting web opinion journals -- very well done, although it's sometimes a bit too cute.

-- Washington Post ( )

-- New York Times ( )

Friday, May 24, 2002

Besides -- PHP, SQL and other news


Emil Rasmussen
Saturday, May 25, 2002

If you don't read everyday then you should have your CS degree revoked.

Matthew Lock
Saturday, May 25, 2002

I just went to slate as was suggested by someone here, and found it completely impossible to read the articles.

Every few seconds an advert would appear which actually blocked the text of the site.

I can't think that anyone has ever found a better way to ensure they have no readers very quickly.

John Burton
Saturday, May 25, 2002 and - Author Elliotte Rusty Harrold’s Java and XML sites.  Rarely go for the Java and XML stuff – instead I like the daily quotes and the list of recommended reading links. - Robert Cringely’s weekly The Pulpit column.  He’s the one who did the PBS show ‘Triumph of the Nerds’.  The best reason to read him is summarized in his quote “It's not that I am so smart, but that my friends are smart. The best and brightest in Silicon Valley talk to me all the time.” - Jacob Nielson's bi-weekly usability column. His ideas are far-fetched at times, but he does his research.

Nick Hebb
Saturday, May 25, 2002

I just have time to check up few forums on daily basis.

Also I go through

and ofcourse,


Sunday, May 26, 2002

The Filthy Critic was SOO right about Episode II...

Monday, May 27, 2002

I have often found to be a handy reference. Not as something I visit daily for new news or anything like that, just as a handy reference. Very often, the entries also include some fruitful links to expand on the basic info in the entry. Entries are typically pretty well cross-referenced as well.

F.J. Weiland
Tuesday, May 28, 2002

For Delphi related things, I often check:




I also like



Delphi Lover
Tuesday, May 28, 2002

oooOOOOooooo I like

Jack lives over there -->
Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Sites I check for changes every while (I read almost all teh content :).

The Register: I love their "fresh" and "cheeky" (but pointed) approach to tech news reporting.

Newsforge: - News and quality comentary on most linux and related topics.

Those two are "quick access" buttons on my keyboard.
Another couple of "daily stops" are. - Userfriendly comic - Sluggy freelance comic.

Then there are sites I "keep an eye on" trying to catch the chages ASAP
Alan Cox's Diary
Telsa Gwyne's Diary (Alan Cox wife; great read :)

Joel on Software :)
I, Cringely
Jacob Nielsen's Usabilty sites
(to be honest, I am subscribed to the alerts from those last sites).

And a few others that I have Website Watcher check automatically (I was a user of the mindit! service - but wow is this program cool! Great to keep tabs on sites that change irregularly - check it if you'd like to keep track of a lot of sites).
Amongst them:
Bruce Eckel's Pages
Eric's Random Writings

And a few others :) (Really, the program - WebsiteWatcher- is great :)

BTW, do you know of any other program to do similar things (check a page for changes, highlight them, and so on?)

Javier Jarava
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 (news about Apple and Mac OS-related products) (lots of ideas, intelligent people and great boards) (food for thought, sometimes) (of course...) (the guy is just too smart...)

Sebastiano Pilla
Thursday, May 30, 2002

"BTW, do you know of any other program to do similar things (check a page for changes, highlight them, and so on?) "

Friday, May 31, 2002

Evgeny Goldin
Monday, June 3, 2002

I can't believe nobody mentioned

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Just found this site. Can't vouch for it, but it looks interesting:

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Don`t forget

For the love of God, don't forget thehun! ;-)

Mr. William Anchor
Thursday, June 6, 2002

make that .com (but you all knew that already, right?)

Mr. William Anchor
Thursday, June 6, 2002

Don't click on or, they are porn.  Blah.

Friday, November 22, 2002

better than thehun, check at

Tuesday, January 7, 2003

I also visit its sweet !

Sunday, May 18, 2003 is awesome

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

*  Recent Topics

*  Fog Creek Home