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Signal vs Noise

By Vicki Ball

Signal vs Noise is 37Signal’s blog, about “design, business, experience, simplicity, the web, culture, and more”.

37Signals is well known in the internets for a few reasons- mostly as the home of David Heinemeier Hansson creator of Ruby on Rails, and also for their range web-based services for managing projects, people and things (Basecamp, Highrise, etc).

With a reputation for being opinionated innovators (and, some would say, arrogance), the blog is a great mashup of discussions about many things business and web, but the comments can occasionally suffer from a bit of Tall Poppy Syndrome. All of which gives a great insight into how a “big” software development company works, innovates and is perceived.

The most prolific contributors are Jason Fried, Matt Linderman and Ryan Singer. While each of the 37Signals products has its own blog, you’ll occasionally hear about new features- but always in the context of a broader discussion, perhaps about usability, business strategy or design/implementation process.

And I think that’s what sums up what I love about this blog so much- it’s the thinking entrepreneur’s blog about real practice. Discussions in the comments are also often thoughtful and thought-provoking, and with a large readership you’re bound to get a healthy range of views.

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Nov082009
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Succeed Blog

By Vicki Ball

Because you should always celebrate successes, and because awesome things should be blogged about- there exists the Succeed Blog.

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Giant Robots Smashing into other Giant Robots

By Vicki Ball

The name of the Thoughtbot blog (Giant Robots Smashing into other Giant Robots) made us laugh out loud when we first found it, followed by a quick vote in the affirmative (carried through at 100%) for most awesome blog name ever.


The blog itself does not disappoint- with a much more technologik bent than the more lofty and entrepreneurial 37Signals blog, it gets right down into the guts of particular problems and issues. While it’s not updated every day, each post is quite lengthy and detailed, thoroughly exploring an issue, event or concept.

In a few words: thought-provoking, but practical.

In another word: awesome!

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The Hypothetical Blog: Stark Raving Sane

April 05 Icons, icons and icons!

Building any kind of web interface, particularly one that requires any kind of human interactivity, will at some time utilise icons. Whether they be on buttons, used in headings, or tabs or panels, icons are like little visual pieces of informative haiku: small, succint and should make you smile.

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Railscasts

In our opinion, Ryan Bates is something of a Rails stevedore: since March of 2007 he’s been packaging and delivering Railscasts to the interwebs on a weekly basis.

Available through iTunes or via download on the Railscast website, each episode lasts between five and twenty minutes, with shownotes and additional resources also available on the website.

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