An interesting challenge from Kate Takes 5 this week. My top 5 websites.
Working in IT I spend a huge amount of time on the web trying to solve problems, learning new stuff, writing/coding sites of my own. If I picked the sites that appeared at the top of my bookmarks list I don’t think you’d be inspired!
- http://drupal.org – Home of my content-management-system of choice. An excellent piece of infinitely extendible software but kind of like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut for some of the uses I’ve put it to!
- http://www.php.net – Documentation for my favourite programming language.
- http://css3clickchart.com – Reference for all the fun stuff you can do with the new style sheet specification (if you don’t know what that means, you probably don’t need to know.
- http://jqueryui.com/ – Making websites look good no matter what browser you’re using.
- My test server. I’ll omit the IP address as it wouldn’t work anyway. It’s where projects go to before being released out into the wild so I can tear them apart with development tools.
Not an inspiring list, not unless you’re doing Drupal development or hand-coding stuff.
So. The other websites. The ones I really go to…
- Google Reader – www.google.com/reader – I’m a fan of Google’s products and the Reader is one of my favourites. It’s an online newsfeed reader. You know those little “RSS” icons you see on blogs and websites? There’s a couple up at the top of this page. They link to the reader and every time a site is updated you get a new item in your news feed. The reader also syncs with an excellent mobile app so I get the same feeds at the same points on my phone as I do online. This is one of the 6 tabs I keep pinned open at all times.
- Toodledo – www.toodledo.com – Online task manager. Syncs to a mobile app (Pocket Informant on Android). Similar to “Remember the Milk” but different. I’m a fan of these “Getting Things Done” sites and I’ll try a different one every year or so. Toodledo was my site for 2011 and it’s carried over into 2012.
- If This, Then That – ifttt.com/ – A new discovery for me, If This, Then That connects things together. “If I create a new post on my blog, post it to Facebook” is the sort of thing it does – only with hundreds of possible combinations of things. Excellent discovery, excellent site. Best thing is, no plugins needed for your blog. It just knows.
- Twitter – twitter.com/#!/dogbombs – I know Kate’s mentioned Twitter herself, but it’s such a superb site that I couldn’t let it pass. It’s also one of the tabs I have pinned open, in the form of Tweetdeck.
- Lifehacker.com – Just because. I have this site as a newsfeed in Google Reader, as a site I visit usually 2 or 3 times a day and as an email digest sent through a couple of times a week. It’s excellent and I urge you to go there. If you don’t find anything useful, at the bottom of the page there are the partner sites and I guarantee you’ll find something there.