trms links #4

Before getting to the links, I wanted to apologize. This website was down yesterday, and it’s all because I couldn’t figure out how to properly set up SSL certificates once they expire. I now know how to do that. To the links!

Tech

  • Taskwarrior. This is an interesting take on the to-do app, as it’s completely terminal-based. Not for me, as Things is already well established in my workflow, but if you spend a lot of time in the Terminal, this might be for you. It’s actively maintained, free, and open source.
  • SSL For Free. If you own a domain and need free SSL certificates, look no further. I am currently using one such certificate on this website. Life saver.
  • DarkReader. It’s a browser extension that turns dark mode on for websites. It’s incredibly smart, possibly the smartest of its kind I’ve seen. Free on Chrome and Firefox, 7$ on Safari.

Mixed Bag

  • Random Poorly Drawn Lines Comic. I am a huge fan of Reza Farazmand’s comic Poorly Drawn Lines. It’s an instant mood booster. This link shows you a random comic of his every time you click it. It’s first in my bookmarks bar, no joke.
  • Colnect. I’ve been getting into coin collecting lately, and I’ve been using Colnect a lot for the purpose of organizing such collection. It’s a huge catalog for your collections, be it coins, paper money, stamps, sugar packets, tea bags… Interesting website.
  • NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Who doesn’t like space? Here’s a new picture of said space, every day, straight from NASA. Most make for good wallpapers.

trms links #3

  • Music for Programming – a nice collection of tunes to program, study, or write to. I’ve found a small number of them to be sort of distracting, but overall great collection. They also provide a torrent file to download them for offline consumption.
  • OneTab Browser Extension – I don’t know how this extension didn’t come under my radar before. It takes all of your open tabs and makes a list of links, this list being in a tab itself. You can then reorganize these lists and even share them with people. Totally recommended.
  • Wikipedia – Random Featured Article – Wikipedia’s ‘random’ function is great to discover novelties, but most of the times you’ll just get a maybe paragraph-long, underdeveloped article. With this link, you make sure your random query only picks from featured articles. Here’s also a link for good articles.
  • David Seah’s Compact Calendar – I’ve been using this calendar for four years. As the new year comes around, you need a calendar. And sure, the one on our computers is great for day-to-day business, but you also need (I think) a holistic view of the year to come. This is where this calendar comes into play. It fits in a letter-size/A4 piece of paper, and it’s a great way to take a look at the year as a whole.

trms links #2

Here’s some more cool stuff from the Internet.

  • GTD in 15 minutes. The world of productivity on the internet is full of snake oil. There is a method, however, which is simple and has found success with many, me included. This website explains David Allen’s Getting Things Done method quickly, for free, with no tricks or things to sell you.
  • SankeyMATIC Beta. Sankeys are these graphs, like the one on the right. This website allows you to create one in a relatively quick and easy manner. They’re a good way to confirm your suspicions about where your money went this month.
  • The TeX FAQ List. I had a lot of fun a little ago writing this post about how to get started with LaTeX for beginners. This link is right up that alley, as the TeX FAQ List is, as you might surmise, a rather comprehensive list of all questions a (La)TeX user might have, answered in a clear and easy to understand way.
  • I Love PDF is a website I come back to time and time again. Anything you might want or need to do with PDF files, such as splitting, merging, or converting them, you can do there, for free. Sure, there are offline solutions, but this is pretty convenient.
  • OmniAtlas. I love maps. I love history. For people like me, OmniAtlas is a feast for the eyes, with plenty (currently 747!) of historical maps. Get on it.