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What to Get Your Geek for Christmas

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

It’s that time of the year! Yep, this week is Black Friday. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States and it marks the kick off to the Christmas shopping season.

So we’ve put together a list of toys that any geek would be sure to enjoy. Have a look and feel free to make suggestions to things that you think would be great geek toys or what you would like for Christmas.

…It’s the most wonderful time of the year…


Get Fit Geeks!

Monday, October 29th, 2007

If you’re like me you’ve probably put on a few extra pounds in the last few years.

As a software developer, I sit at my desk for 7 to 9 hours a day and when I get home it’s not unusual for me to spend another couple hours blogging or gaming before bed. So it’s not hard to see how that can affect you; if you let it.

This post is intended to motivate all you desk jockeys, like myself, to start today to live a more active lifestyle; a better lifestyle!


Caffeine > Code ? Good : Bad

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Since caffeine and coding go together like peanut-butter and jelly I thought I would talk about this drug of choice.

We truly are a nation of drug addicts. With alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine, most people are more amped than Steve Balmer talking to a bunch of developers.

Bennet Weinberg has written two books on coffee. His latest is called “The Caffeine Advantage.” Weinberg says caffeine is the world’s most popular drug. More than 50 percent of Americans drink coffee everyday — three to four cups each, more than 330 million cups a day and counting… When you add tea and soft-drinks, more than 80 percent of Americans are getting their fix.

It’s no coincidence that all the most popular drinks on earth, which taste quite different from each other, all contain caffeine.

A report by CBS says that caffeine is one of the fastest acting drugs known to man. When we drink it, almost every cell in the body, including the brain, absorbs it within minutes. There, caffeine works it’s magic by blocking something called adenosine, a chemical the body releases to tell the brain it’s tired. Caffeine intercepts the adenosine, turning the “I’m tired,” message into “I’m wide awake.” The result is an invigorating buzz coffee drinkers crave.

Some studies indicate that caffeine can help alleviate headaches. Caffeine is present in both over-the-counter medications (Excedrin) and prescription medications. Caffeine acts to constrict blood vessels and therefore helps some headaches.

Weinberg says, “We really want something that’ll help us work harder, sharpen our minds, increase our sense of well-being, improve our performance; caffeine is just that substance.” Is that guy pimpin’ caffeine or what?

What’s your thoughts — do you drink caffeine?

Do you think it helps with coding?

What’s your beverage of choice while coding?

All Work and No Play…

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

You know what they say about all work and no play…

So let’s hear it – what’s your all time favorite vids to play?

Here’s mine:

  1. Ultima IV – The quintessential RPG.
  2. Half Life 2 – Upped the ante on the excellent HL1.
  3. Unreal Tournament – The best multiplayer game ever.
  4. Monkey Island – So funny and so well written.
  5. Duke Nukem 3D – The first online FPS that started me down a long dark road.
  6. Mortal Combat II – On the Sega, in the dorms, FATALITY!
  7. Call of Duty – Totally absorbing.
  8. Lode Runner – A classic from 1983. Commodore 64’s best.
  9. Dragons Lair – 1983 was a good year. Laser disk first. Most my allowance ate by that machine at the Mall.
  10. Mario Kart (DS) – Great multiplayer fun.

What’s on The Horizon

Monday, May 21st, 2007

There’s a lot of cool things happening on Search-This in the months ahead! I wanted to take a moment and share them with you:

  • Paul has a new CSS article coming this Wednesday! I read it – it’s great!
  • I have an article coming out next week that will look at some of the biggest blogging mistakes. So you’ll want to make sure you’re not guilty of any of them.
  • Sara has several Random Bits podcast lined up with some huge names in the industry. I can’t wait! You should see who she’s talking with!
  • Question and answer sessions with Roger Johansson and Seth Godin! Is that not enough to get you excited! (What questions would you like us to ask these two gurus?)
  • More guest authors will be dropping in!
  • And hopefully June will see my first eBook! If you build websites for a living then I think you will like this eBook…

I’m excited – there’s a lot cool things on the horizon! If you haven’t already subscribed to Search-This, now would be a good time to do so!

Also, take a moment and tell us what you would like to see in the future from Search-This. What articles would you like to read? Who would you like to have interviewed in a Random Bits podcast? Tell us how you really feel!

Meme Tag – Links For Charity

Friday, May 18th, 2007

It seems our friend Chris Garrett has meme-tagged Search-This.

First, a little background on memes. The term meme originated by well known and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins in his book ‘The Selfish Gene’. A meme, as defined by Google is, “a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation.”

Well… that was nice, what does it mean in blogging?

For bloggers memes have become synonymous with internet quizzes, surveys, and novelties that people link to and pass around on their blogs.

Many of these memes are trivial and not worth participating in, let alone asking your precious blog viewers to participate in. But, not this one! This one has a cause — this one is — the Charity Link Meme!

Simply put, you are giving link love to charities. Take the original list and add your 5 charities of choice to the list!

Here is the original list …

… My five charities of choice…

… And the people I am going to tag…

Go to it people! Give some love today 🙂

Your Favorite Free Programs

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Kevin Ross Digg

Kevin Rose’s (Founder Digg)
favorite free programs

  • AVG Anti-Virus (Antivirus app)
  • Eraser (Data removal tool)
  • Firefox (Web browser)
  • GIMPShop (Image editor)
  • Picasa (Photo management)
  • SmartFTP (FTP app)
  • Thunderbird (E-mail client)

Since it appears that I was the last man on Earth to learn about Firebug, I thought I would ask – what are your favorite free programs?

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