October 24th, 2003

thinking, perplexed

Attn lazyweb:

I want a software blog.

I want it to tell me about neat things that I should be running in Linux, primarily, and maybe also about neat things on other platforms. It should definitely be about open-source software.

It needs to represent a lot of voices, and not be a column written by one person. So it could be a LiveJournal community, maybe, or it could be a collaborative site like use Perl but about software.

It has to have reader comments, because the best way things like this can work is for people to post "Sure, that's neat, but I wish it did FOO", and then "Oh, BAR is a program like this one that also does FOO", and so on.

Sweetcode is almost what I want, but its editorial stance aims a bit too much for the esoteric. There isn't a great deal of practical esoteric software, which is probably why sweetcode gets a new post every few months. This is why it needs to be a community effort; if one person posting had the sweetcode editor's taste in software it wouldn't be overwhelming because other people's tastes would balance it out.

VersionTracker is almost what I want, except it's more of a repository and less of a showcase, and it tries to accomplish too much, and it's oriented towards OS X rather than Linux.

Freshmeat is almost what I want, but it doesn't have an editor, so it's hard to pick out the neat bits from the sheer volume.

Does anyone know if such a thing exists?

Does anyone else think that something like that would be worth reading? Worth contributing to?

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pixy's color scheme chooser

For the longest time I used the Visibone Webmaster's Color Lab for the rare times when I had to come up with a color scheme for something webby. (I still do, really; it's pretty neat.)

Reading Kottke's remaindered links list the other day, though, I came across Pixy's color scheme chooser, which instead of only comparing colors together lets you choose a starting point (HSV) and then suggests colors to use in a monochromatic, contrasting or analogic scheme, and then lets you view how those colors will look if limited to web-safe colors (is there even such a thing anymore?), and with a bunch of different kinds of colorblindness. Way cool.

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