Time wasting for Geeks (and Nerds)

AlNipper49

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FL4WL3SS said:
You spend your entire day working?? Weirdo.
 
I spend at least a few minutes on Slashdot or TheVerge.
 
In terms of tech, yeah.  Well, if you count SoSH as tech.  I do almost zero casual tech-related reading since I end up doing a ton in the midst of working/researching shit for the job(s).
 

krobe

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FL4WL3SS said:
You spend your entire day working?? Weirdo.
 
I spend at least a few minutes on Slashdot or TheVerge.
Throw in Ars Technica and that is most of my general tech related reading, mostly through feedly.
 

LoweTek

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Just to see if it would work, I put Win7 64 bit on an c. 2005 old Compaq laptop (1.25 G RAM, 40G HDD, AMD Athlon 64). It actually works pretty well. Does that count?
 

Couperin47

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LoweTek said:
Just to see if it would work, I put Win7 64 bit on an c. 2005 old Compaq laptop (1.25 G RAM, 40G HDD, AMD Athlon 64). It actually works pretty well. Does that count?
 
If you're telling us you managed to get even minimum functionality on it's trackpad, I'm damn impressed, going for the 64 bit version is a particularly fatuous touch.
 

SumnerH

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For general thoughts on cool tech stuff, I find it fruitful to follow smart individuals rather than magazine-type sites.  Jim Gettys' blog is thought provoking, even if you're not working in the same area as him he's a brilliant techie and lucid author. But it updates infrequently.  Keith Packard's is also decent.  Rob Pike's is more scattershot but occasionally fascinating.  The Computational Complexity blog is more esoteric but sometimes has good mind-benders.  Dan Lemire has some good stuff at times.  The editor's letters to the ACM span a range of topics, some boring but some great.
 
Lambda the Ultimate and Slashdot have down hill but I still scan there for more general-public tech news/major releases/etc.
 
 
For keeping up skills, I find more specific newsgroups and sites to be much better than general-purpose ones. I change what I frequent based on what I'm most interested in at the time. The LKML, comp.lang.c.moderated, comp.unix.programmer, and comp.lang.python are generally in the mix. 
 

wibi

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Right now I'm trying to find a virtual R and RStudio environment that I can use for the edx course since I cant install anything on my work machines ...