As a public service, I maintain 2 Web sites:
This links page contains thousands of links to all the useful
places I've found on the Web over the past several years. It includes:
General purpose stuff like dictionaries, phone books, maps, news,
Business related stuff like IRS sites, financial sites, etc.
This is my Bristle Software corporate site. Unlike my links page, this site is
full of stuff I wrote personally.
I've posted tips and techniques for a variety of technical topics
User tips for Mac, Unix, Internet, Windows, Microsoft Office, etc.
- Tips for Consultants, Job seekers, etc.
I also mail out daily tips. I maintain several mailing lists for
sending out tips and techniques on a variety of technical topics.
The lists are private (I am the only sender) and by invitation
only (I know every person on them). I never reveal the addresses
of people on my lists. If you ask to be added to a list, it will
never lead to you getting e-mail from anyone except me.
On a typical day, I mail out one technical tip to one of my lists. On days
when I don't have time to prepare a tip, I sometimes mail a joke to my Jokes
list. I also maintain a couple of
social lists like Golf and Ping Pong, which I use for rounding up
the occasional golf foursome or ping pong match, and some business-related lists
like Consultants (for advertising consulting engagements that I'm too busy to
accept), and Job Wanted (tips and leads for people actively looking for a new
Each tip is a stand-alone bite-sized nugget. Typically one screenful
of text or less. Nobody wants to accumulate a backlog of long unread
technical articles that become a burden. With my tips, you should
know from the subject line, or certainly by the first sentence, whether
to bother reading it or just hit delete. If you continue,
you should have learned something useful within 30 seconds or so, and can proceed
on your way. If
there are people out there who save my tips to be read later, I'm not doing it
right. So please tell me.
Total traffic is always less than one message per day to all lists
combined, and usually business days only, so people who read their
e-mail at work don't see 3 messages on Monday.
I have computer user lists:
Internet user tips
This is my least focused list. I've recently taken to mailing things to this
list that are not strictly Internet related, since I've gotten such appreciative
feedback. For example, I've sent out a few links to interesting articles about
technology trends, what Google and Amazon are up to,
etc., with short bullet-list summaries in case you don't want to read the entire
article. I think everyone should be on this list.
Cloud Computing user tips
Mac user tips
Unix user tips
X Windows user tips
Windows user tips
Work wanted, worker wanted, advice to consultants (buying your
own benefits, negotiating contracts, etc.),
questions for consultants,
etc. Full-time engagements as well
as small part-time clients.
People who are currently actively looking for a new job as
an employee, not a consultant. Only on the list until they
find something. I occasionally forward job solicitations
that come my way. I also send advice on job hunting,
networking, etc. It's a short list of very focused people,
so I may violate my "one message per day" policy, and send
more than one per day to this list.
General career advice. How to stay employed, how to
find a new job, how to retire at age 40, etc.
computer programmer lists:
Android programmer tips
- Python programmer tips
Java programmer tips
Groovy/Grails programmer tips
XML programmer tips
SQL programmer tips
NoSQL programmer tips
Perl programmer tips
C++ programmer tips
VB programmer tips
ASP programmer tips
Philly Area Java programmers
- Meeting announcements for Philly User Groups for Java, JBoss,
Spring, Agile, etc.
and other lists:
People who enjoy math puzzles
Note: This list is different from the others. Much smaller.
About a dozen people, not hundreds. For this list only, everyone
sees everyone else's address and all are encouraged to Reply-To-All,
which typically leads to about 6-8 messages per month. Any of
you can post a new puzzle and proposed solutions are typically sent
Used to organize occasional golf outings
Used to organize occasional ping pong outings at my house or at the local
club in West Chester PA
Used to organize occasional lunch outings near Malvern PA
Jokes that I find funny, and that are family-friendly,
non-offensive, and G-rated.
Jokes that I find funny, that may not be G-rated.
Local friends of Fred
Things I'd only send to local friends, including referrals
of the local businesses of friends, shore houses for rent
by family members, etc.
Remote friends of Fred
I send to both this list and the local friends list for
things that are not local to the Philly area that I want
to share with all my friends.
Tips about voting (registering, absentee ballots, etc.)
Plus some political analysis/commentary. Mostly liberal.
I don't like to get my news second-hand. Don't want to be
swayed by potentially right- or left-leaning news sources.
I don't echo them. Mostly things I've observed directly.
Remember, even if you are on all of these lists, you'll still get
no more than one message per day. On a typical day, I pick one of
the lists and send one message to it. (Actually, on a more typical
day, I just forget all about it and send no message!) In any case,
you won't get flooded.
Whenever I mail a tip to one of the technical lists, I also post it
to my corporate Web site:
Browse there to see the type of stuff I've sent in the past.
As you may have guessed if you followed that link, I've been doing
this for over 20 years, and almost never had an "unsubscribe"
request, though I do promise to honor any such requests immediately.
Since these lists are by invitation only, there is no automated sign-up
page. Click here to send me e-mail asking to be added
to the lists. Be sure to tell me which lists to add you to, and what
e-mail address to use for you.
Fred Stluka -- mailto:email@example.com -- http://bristle.com/~fred/
Bristle Software, Inc -- http://bristle.com -- Glad to be of service!