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Daily Reads

I am always interested in what people read on a daily basis on the web so here is what I read and why I read it. I am sure you won’t be surprised by its slant towards the geeky.

slashdot.org

One of the first geek oriented sites to pull together stories submitted by the community, still coming up with bits from way in left field.

lifehacker.com

Part of the gawker media and blog network, I pay attention to some of the life productivity tips it offers, with a heavy slant to computer software tricks that might even someday help me. Scroll to the bottom of the page if you want to explore some of the other gawker sites

good.is

I think of good.is as my way to keep my hope alive that people are still doing good in this world. Topics range across action, business, cities, culture, design, education, environment, food, health, media, politics, technology, and transportation. I am not sure how to summarize what good.is, other than I keep finding news bits that I would not have otherwise found.

krebsonsecurity.com

My way of following one take on different security threats.

news.google.com

Saying it is just a news aggregator is underplaying its value. Rather than try to explain the value to me of Google News, here is their take.

“Our articles are selected and ranked by computers that evaluate, among other things, how often and on what sites a story appears online. We also rank based on certain characteristics of news content such as freshness, location, relevance and diversity. As a result, stories are sorted without regard to political viewpoint or ideology and you can choose from a wide variety of perspectives on any given story. <http://news.google.com/intl/en_us/about_google_news.html>

I love seeing how different media outlets handle a particular story and Google News makes it really easy to read other’s points of view

arstechnica.com

Yes, another tech news site but they often go beyond just a few paragraphs in analyzing tech news. And, many of the reader comments are just as instructive as the articles.

You may have noticed that all of these (except krebsonsecurity.com) aggregate information and news from other sources. That is how I find interesting things; it is like hearing what library books your friends are reading.

And, then there are all those podcasts to listen to <Grin>.