An updated and curated list of readings to illustrate best practices and patterns in building scalable, available, stable, performant, and intelligent large-scale systems. Concepts are explained in the articles of prominent engineers and credible references. Case studies are taken from battle-tested systems that serve millions to billions of users.
A website with lots of different conversion utilities. Plug in the values, get the answers, and get on with your life.
A site that tells you why keeping a changelog is important and how to keep an informative changelog.
Download a PDF, print it out, instant graph paper.
David MacKay has put the textbook he wrote online for everyone to download in a variety of formats. If you find it useful, consider buying a copy.
A permalink to a post at the Global Nerdy blog explaining the Laws of Software Development.
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Not as mysterious as you might think..
A suite of open source electronic design tools. Uses a GUI for schematic capture. Also capable of analog and digital simulation, generation of parts lists and export of PCB designs for fabrication.
A user-created database of chip and component pinouts. Faster than reading data sheets!
Infosec related podcasts by the best known and respected professionals of the field.
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A publisher reprinting rare, forgotten, and unusual texts. Download them as .pdfs or purchase them online. Many categories are represented, from epic sagas to classical fiction, drama to architecture, history to technology.
An interactive chart of musical instruments, the frequencies they generate, and what effect they actually have. Mouse over the spectrum for a particular instrument and read the data long the right-hand side.
A wiki full of information pertaining to the construction of sustainable communities, from engineering to water purification, construction, and agriculture.
The homepage of a group that's moved on from building and open sourcing submarines to building and open sourcing rockets for space travel. They are based entirely on donations from private parties and are staffed with engineers who are donating their time and expertise as they can. They are building and testing rocket engines in Europe with the eventual goal of reaching orbit.
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A pair of books licensed in the Creative Commons (BY) which talk about the architecture of open source software. The core developers of four dozen projects talk about how their software is structured, and most importantly why. They were written so that F/OSS developers wouldn't have to learn by reinventing the wheel, instead there would be a reference.
There are two books, which you can read online and download for free. Or you can buy them as Kindle editions (the proceeds go to Amnesty International).
This company sells conductive fabrics, woven not out of fiber but very, very fine wires. They seem ideal for sourcing primary components for building shielding - say, you're constructing an RF testing facility and you want to minimize leakage (or intrusive external signals). Or you're building yourself a Faraday cage for some reason.
RepRap is an open-source (hardware, software, and documentation) desktop fabrication system which lets you construct arbitrary objects (or parts for assembling more complex systems). It's unique in that you can construct one yourself for about $400us, and it is fully capable of making duplicates of itself.
A browseable online database of servomotors and their operational specs.