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One thing all travelers should do for good connectivity in the hotel. A good connection to the web is no longer merely a nice-to-have feature in a hotel for business travelers. Having a reliable htoel connection is often mandatory for getting work done on the road Fortunately, a web site makes finding hotels with strong internet connectivity easier. The hotelwifitest web site has a dynamic database that is populated by hotel guests running actual speed tests in their rooms to report Wi-Fi performance during their stay.

The procedure has two phases. The first is the collection of the connection statistics as stated. The statistics for each hotel are more reliable than other sites that rate connection quality because they are generated by actual speed tests, and not simple ratings. The second phase comes into play when folks want to find a hotel with good connectivity. There is a check box on the left of the search screen that you don't want to overlook, which only presents hotels with free Wi-Fi. See related: Teemo/Background. Signs that you're a bad programmer - Software Engineering Tips.

Why was this written? Most of these faults were discovered the hard way by the author himself, either because he committed them himself or saw them in the work of others. This paper is not meant for grading programmers, it was intended to be read by programmers who trust their ability to judge when something is a sign of bad practice, and when it's a consequence of special circumstances. This paper was written to force its author to think, and published because he thinks you lot would probably get a kick out of it, too. 1. Inability to reason about code Reasoning about code means being able to follow the execution path ("running the program in your head") while knowing what the goal of the code is. Symptoms Remedies To get over this deficiency a programmer can practice by using the IDE's own debugger as an aide, if it has the ability to step through the code one line at a time. 2. Object Oriented Programming is an example of a language model, as is Functional or Declarative programming. 3. 4.

My Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science Books: Part One. I was recently interviewed by Fog Creek and one of the questions was about my favorite programming, coding and development books. I got very excited by this question as I'm a huge book nerd. And by a huge book nerd I mean I'm crazy about science, computer and programming books. Every few months I spend a day or two researching the latest literature and buying the most interesting titles. I could probably go on forever about my favorite books. I was so excited about this question that I decided to start a new article series here on catonmat about my top 100 programming, software development, science, physics, mathematics and computer books.

Here's my bookshelf just to prove my nerdiness: My super nerdy bookshelf. In the first post in the series I'll re-share the same five books that I recommended in my Fog Creek interview. Enough talking. . #1 The New Turing Omnibus The New Turing Omnibus. A must read for anyone interested in computers. Author: Alexander K. The Little Book of Semaphores. Why can’t we read anymore? Spending time with friends, or family, I often feel a soul-deep throb coming from that perfectly engineered wafer of stainless steel and glass and rare earth metals in my pocket. Touch me. Look at me. You might find something marvellous. This sickness is not limited to when I am trying to read, or once-in-a-lifetime events with my daughter.

At work, my concentration is constantly broken: finishing writing an article (this one, actually), answering that client’s request, reviewing and commenting on the new designs, cleaning up the copy on the About page. Contacting so and so. Taxes. All these tasks critical to my livelihood, get bumped more often than I should admit by a quick look at Twitter (for work), or Facebook (also for work), or an article about Mandelbrot sets (which, just this minute, I read).

Dopamine and digital It turns out that digital devices and software are finely tuned to train us to pay attention to them, no matter what else we should be doing. How can books compete? Joel Grus – Data Science From Scratch: First Principles with Python. I am super-excited to announce that the book I've been working on for more than the last year, Data Science from Scratch: First Principles with Python is finally available! (buy from O'Reilly, use discount code AUTHD to save some money) (buy from Amazon). My experience learning and teaching data science was that there were two primary paths: The Math Path: "So you want to be a data scientist? Sure, the first thing you need to know is matrix decompositions. How well do you remember your measure theory? " Although I am myself a "math person", the first approach never resonated with me. My ideal would be a "third way" between these approaches: understanding the behavior of the most common tools by working through a solid-but-less-than-textbook-rigorous understanding of the math behind them, andimplementing simplified versions of them from scratch to understand exactly what it is they're doing.

Hence Data Science from Scratch. The days are long but the decades are short. I turned 30 last week and a friend asked me if I'd figured out any life advice in the past decade worth passing on. I'm somewhat hesitant to publish this because I think these lists usually seem hollow, but here is a cleaned up version of my answer: 1) Never put your family, friends, or significant other low on your priority list. Prefer a handful of truly close friends to a hundred acquaintances. Don’t lose touch with old friends. 2) Life is not a dress rehearsal—this is probably it. 3) How to succeed: pick the right thing to do (this is critical and usually ignored), focus, believe in yourself (especially when others tell you it’s not going to work), develop personal connections with people that will help you, learn to identify talented people, and work hard. 4) On work: it’s difficult to do a great job on work you don’t care about. 5) On money: Whether or not money can buy happiness, it can buy freedom, and that’s a big deal. 6) Talk to people more. 7) Don’t waste time.

Hiking the 2,650-Mile Pacific Crest Trail. Colin Arisman overlooking the Sierras near the summit of Mt. Whitney Last week, hundreds of hikers gathered in Campo, a tiny town resting on the border of California and Mexico, and set off northbound to tackle one of the longest, toughest trails in America. Stretching 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) meanders through harsh desert terrain, roller coasters up and down 13,000-foot Sierra peaks, and winds its way through the vast, pristine wildernesses of Oregon and Washington. In total, it crosses 25 national forests and 7 national parks, all of which greatly vary in temperature, terrain, and climate. For those seeking to “through-hike” the trail -- that is, hike it from end-to-end in a single trip -- the journey will take 135 to 150 days to complete. Along the way, a hiker will wear through 4 or 5 pairs of shoes, consume some 600,000 calories (mostly in the form of energy bars and freeze-dried foods), and take 6 million steps.

Colin overlooking Mt. 50 Unique and Useful Websites. In the internet world when we surfing the browser we can see millions of websites, blogs, gaming sites. Websites are categorized as personal resource, travel, education, general internet etc. But if you visit a website that may be useful and interested for you but another one feels that’s not special for him.

Internet is an amazing source and they offer some useful websites for the users. Here we go with the list of 50 unique and useful websites on the internet useful for everyone. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Untitled. Beach Reading (and More) Last year, there was only one book on my summer reading list that you could reasonably call a beach read. This year I tried to pick a few more things that are on the lighter side. Each of these books made me think or laugh or, in some cases, do both. I hope you find something to your liking here. And if it’s not summer where you live, this list will still be here six months from now… Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh.

The book, based on Brosh’s wildly popular website, consists of brief vignettes and comic drawings about her young life. The adventures she recounts are mostly inside her head, where we hear and see the kind of inner thoughts most of us are too timid to let out in public. The Magic of Reality, by Richard Dawkins. What If? XKCD, by Randall Munroe. On Immunity, by Eula Biss. How to Lie With Statistics, by Darrell Huff. Should We Eat Meat?