As a technology enthusiast and a working developer I want to stay in touch with the recent developments in the relevant fields. This post lists most of the sources where I get my news from.
What am I interested in
- Anything practical on HTML and CSS (you won't get far without keeping up-to-date with them).
- Slackware and Debian and Linux in general (with a strong focus on system administration).
- New programming languages and tools.
- New/old database systems (relational and alternative).
- Hosting news.
- New startups, especially in the IT field.
- Freelancing news. Possible work opportunities.
I read a lot of blogs, these are my primary source of information. I keep watching about 600 of them. The full list of feed URLs can be found from here. I do not read every article but I keep eye on titles and check out the interesting ones.
I am subscribed to some weekly mail news/digest lists. They are nice as they try to collect more important news into one place but in many cases I have already read those on the blogs I follow.
- NodeJS Weekly
- Docker Weekly
- DB Weekly
- Node Module of the Week
- HTML5 Weekly
- LLVM Weekly
- The Changelog Weekly
The only mailing list I am subscribed to is the Swi-Prolog's mailing list. I get announcements of new version releases from here. Some people also announce when they release new libraries (packs) for Swi. I wish there was a site/blog covering Prolog news but I haven't found it.
On Skype I am subscribed to 2 local Estonia-specific tech groups (Häkkerikoda and NodeJS Eesti). There is sometimes interesting discussion about Estonian IT. Unfortunately I do not use Skype much.
I haven't found social sites to be a good source of news. Generic groups are simply too large. There is too much noise: people asking for help, spam messages, promoted ads etc.
Twitter is an output channel for me. I post some of my own findings and rant there. There are about 5 users whose every tweet I (try to) read. Otherwise Twitter is dominated by verbose users and I really do not have time to dig enough to find interesting stuff. Maybe I just use Twitter wrong, I do not know.
Google Plus is almost as same as Twitter for me. Noisy generic and popular groups/channels. However, there is a nice Prolog community that I follow.
Not using any. Even worse noise problem than with social sites.