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Best laptops for education school and your kids plus a lot of suggested software.
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A post on imgur, led me to this lovely gem. I had almost forgot about it.
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Dave Grohl and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic both spoke at length with David Fricke about In Utero and its tragic climax – Cobain's death from a self-inflicted shotgun wound in April, 1994 – for a feature story in our new issue. Grohl was especially vivid and detailed in his memories of In Utero and the foreboding loaded in Cobain's songs. Click through for additional excerpts from their conversation that didn't make it into the original feature.
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A sweet lesson on patience.

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

(Thanks for sharing +Damien Basile)
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Online tools I regularly find helpful

Hey guys. I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of some of the tools I use in my workflow these days in case it's useful. Please feel free to check them out (or share your own toolbox) if you think it would be of assistance to others.

With thanks to +Paul Irish +divya manian, +Joe McCann and others for their work on these tools.
========== - An excellent markdown editor in the browser which can connect with both Dropbox and GitHub. I personally use it for everything from drafting slides to articles when Mou ( isn't available. We're working on bringing GitHub markdown and Gist support to it soon.

HTML5 Please API
=============== - (Released this week) An API and set of widgets for detecting modern browser features required by your page/app/demo and suggesting compatible alternatives to your users if yours doesn't meet requirements. We're hoping to convince some Chrome experiments to adopt this shortly.

HTML5 Please
=============== - Modern browser features rated by how safe they are to use with recommendations on the best 3 polyfills to consider for each (where applicable). If you ever use the Modernizr polyfills list as a reference point, this is an improved view of that data.

================ - Ben Alman's task-based build tool for projects does everything from concatenation through to unit testing with a headless browser. It can even watch for file changes if you're interested in that. Do check it out as although it's in beta, it's already very powerful.

================= - This has all but completely changed how I cross-browser test new projects and I can't recommend it highly enough. Browserstack lets you spin up VMs for practically any old or modern web browser you may need to test in and they've also been working on getting support for distributed testing in place. You might also be interested in +Scott González's node-browserstack project that lets you use their API through Node

CSS3 Please
================ - A cross-browser CSS3 rule generator that covers everything from gradients to @font-face. I crack this open more than once every week.

Matt Kersley's 'Responsive'
====================== - A really simple, but useful little tool for testing responsive layouts. This helped me test out the redesign on my blog and was fairly accurate when I later confirmed rendering on actual devices.

Remy's jsconsole
================== - A super-awesome tool that lets you remotely control and debug browser windows, regardless of whether they're in another another browser or completely different device. Great for partial testing your app on mobile/tablet devices.

Chrome Dev-tools AutoSave
====================== - I covered this in a screencast but CDA is a really hot way to make changes to pages in the Chrome developer tools and have them automatically save locally (so you don't even need to switch back to your editor). If you haven't checked it out it's definitely worth trying.

John Alsopp's CSS3 Playground
======================= - When you need something a little more visual, John's CSS3 tools let you play around with configurations for gradients, text properties, transforms and more. Great for tweaking designs.

jsPerf (an absolute must)
====================== - I've listed this more than once as my site of the month in .net magazine and for good reason. It's an extremely useful way to benchmark your JavaScript snippets and get a lot more value out of Browserscope.

======== - An extremely helpful visual builder for creating jQuery Mobile apps. It's not promoted as one, but it's also very useful to creating app mockups without needing to touch any code.
============== - Most of you will already know this one, but it's helped power some of the other tools on this list. It's a curated list of browser features supported by browsers, broken down by browser versions.

HTML5 Readiness
================= - A historic view of how far HTML5 and CSS3 feature implementation has progressed over the years and where we are now (last updated 2011, will probably be updated again soonish). Mostly here for funsies.

That's it! I of course use a number of other desktop tools but that's about it for now. jsFiddle/jsBin etc have also been awesome but for the most part I've shifted to doing everything in gists if not with Dillinger.
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