If you're involved with the technology of the Internet, you ought to check out The Internet Book, by David Hoggan. This is one of several books that are available on the net in full text, another is Phil & Alex's Guide to Web Publishing, by Philip Greenspun, an MIT professor who gives away an unbelievable amount of free stuff, including the click tracking server I use to keep track of this site.
If you like to read, and you think that Amazon sucks for trying to patent one-click ordering (the major reason my book links point to Borders), then you'll no doubt be interested in BookSense, a service to allow you to "shop online at your favorite locally-owned, independent bookstore". Their page, frankly, isn't all that impressive, but Left Bank Books has a much nicer one...
Advogato posted a nice interview with Donald Knuth, Stanford mathematics professor and author of (so far), volumes 0, 1, and 2 of The Art of Computer Programming. I see from that web page that someone wimped out -- that's what they were called when I first saw them, but apparently someone changed it.
[ A quick search of Google for '"Volume 0" Knuth' comes up empty, so perhaps my memory is failing. I am getting old, you know... :-) ]
Those of you who love to hate Microsoft will enjoy Notes from the Dirty Tricks file, a pretty-much 'Microsoft Sucks' page that, for a change, documents the "here's why" that so many people leave off.
Those people open to looking at love and relationships with a non-socially-blinded eye may find Stef's Poly Post Archive, a FAQ on polyamory, interesting; my favorite entry: "Can you be poly if you hate Heinlein?"
I come a bit late to the "Bruce Tognazzini pans Apple for OS/X / Aqua" commentary. But I must agree with Tog, Apple appears to be losing track of the user-interface usability standards that they developed and promoted in the first place.
Gregory Aharonian sent a very interesting note to the editors of Linux Weekly News a couple weeks back.
It seems, you see, that Geoworks (to whom I won't link, merely out of spite :-) is trying to enforce some patent rights to which they think they're entitled, against the people of the Wireless Application Protocol forum.
As I noted in a Slashdot posting a while back, WAP sucks. But I like Aharonian's idea, anyway.
Only a couple of loggers noted that the FCC finally bent on low power radio. As another author pointed out, and I'm damned if I remember where -- some print editorial this past week, and I've left the papers at home -- if there are still a bunch of unlicensed local pirates this time next year, the FCC won't have pushed hard enough.
It's also worth noting that Internet people may have the chance to do some good in this market: we already understand everything except the FM. And, also, that this just misses being moot -- the Internet is advancing fast, but not quite fast enough.
And finally for this batch, this thing is really cool, and it'll drive Sony's pricing down from about $800 for the same thing, but what happens when someone hacks it.
Note that I said "when", implementors of such consumer products almost never do their homework properly on security. "Why would someone break into that?" Because they can. "And, here, Auntie Em, is a picture of" "Oh, my God!" .
[ Much of that is, yes, stuff I found other places, and I no longer remember where. Apologies to the folks who did find it, and see below. --j ]