We live in crazy times, where information is everywhere and resources are free. I learned coding and server administration 20 years ago by disassembling existing code, tweaking it and seeing what happened. Oh, and spending a shitload of time on IRC. Fortunately, it’s a little easier for folks these days.
Named Apple’s iPad App of the year and one of TIME’s Top 50 Innovations, Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Flip through your Facebook newsfeed, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends and much more. In addition to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram,
Zite is hands-down my favorite news reader for iOS. Similar to Flipboard, it takes links that I’d already be viewing and formats them in an easy-to-digest way – but Zite goes a little further and learns as you interact. As you read stories on Zite, you have the option of
HandBrake is an open-source, multiplatform video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. Convert DVDs to MPEG, compress videos to smaller filesizes, or convert from one video format to another.
I’ve been under the weather for a few days, but I’m also overdue for a post. Rather than one of my usual tirades, I’m treating you to something light with almost no nerdrage whatsoever. But don’t worry. Once I’m feeling better, I’ll be back to my old ragey self.
Sad you don’t have an iPhone4 yet? Don’t feel bad – write an NES-themed haiku, and you might win a super-cool NES iPhone 3G/3GS skin.