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Ask HN: What are some good technology blogs to follow?
893 points by buddies2705 on March 12, 2017 | hide | past | favorite | 187 comments
I check hacker news daily. Is there any other blogs which provides good technology content daily basis ?

The morning paper (in Computer Science): https://blog.acolyer.org/

An upvote was insufficient t express my agreement with this recommendation. The amount of papers this guy gets through and summarises well is ridiculous.

Adrian Colyer has the highest ratio of being genuinely lovely to being smart of anyone I've met

I don't follow the blog, however from a quick scan at the other comments and a quick look at the blog I think you mistakenly said something you didn't mean.

> highest ratio of <X> to <Y>

You are saying he is very <X> and/or not very <Y>.

If you did mean to imply he was stupid I would be very interested to hear reasoning on that before I dive into his work!

I agree I made it complicated - I mean he is very nice and very clever

Is there not also the possibility where the baseline of <X> is rather low, thus allowing for a comparatively "highest ratio" of <X> to <Y> without implying a low <Y>?

Not saying that's necessarily the case here, I don't follow the blog either, just pointing out another interpretation.

Right, the parent probably meant lowest ratio. Though that sounds weird in casual conversation.

Except that also occurs when both things are very low - not a compliment either.

Best to steer clear of 'ratio' if praising two traits, sum them or something, don't divide by one of them.

I think the point of the comment was to praise them for how they manage to have equal amounts of both things, when those things are rarely seen together. Most people would assume from context (given that the comment is phrased with positive sentiment) that it was meant that the ratio was low and the implicit sum was high.

Can you give a couple of intuitive examples of "highest ratio of <X> to <Y>"?

High ratio of salary to mundane work - either the work is interesting, or salary is large enough to compensate.

been on both sides of that one. :)

This is probably the only automated email that I read start to finish (while consuming everything it links to.) It's been a pretty damn good time investment given how much it's "leveled me up."

+! for The Morning Paper. InfoQ runs a quarterly eMag based on it which is easier to keep up with. https://www.infoq.com/morning-paper-quarterly-review

The series of "A paper each weak" is very good :)

These are the three technology sites I visit (almost) daily:

1. https://dev.to/ 2. http://highscalability.com/ 3. https://www.oreilly.com/ideas

It wasn't easy to find but here's the Atom feed for OReilly: https://www.oreilly.com/ideas/feed.atom

The O'Reilly blog was unknown to me until today. On first glance, it seems that they have lots of interesting articles in my areas of interest (ML, data science, data governance).

Thanks for the tip!

Thanks. The high scalability looks exactly what I wanted few months back. The blogs looks interesting and talks lot about scalability which I'm lacking so badly.

I learned so much from those weekly high scalability digests. I can't recommend them enough.

Where do I subscribe for the weekly digests on highscalability.com/? Thanks

They are published every friday. No subscription needed.

i keep up with highscalability, the ~weekly digests are awesome. I don't know how he keeps up with so much.

https://stratechery.com/ - best tech blog on the Internet. Nothing related to coding but thorough and thoughtful take on every-day-happenings in the tech industry.

Steve Yegge was one of the best bloggers I've read. Other than a post from November it'd been dark for a few years. Still a good read though.



The OP was asking for blogs to follow though. The first link has months and sometimes years in between posts. The second link hasn't had any new content in 11 years.

For the downvoters, The OP specifically asks:

"Is there any other blogs which provides good technology content daily basis"

Note the word "daily" so suggesting blogs that are very rarely updated or have not been updated in over 10 years are odd suggestions.

You can downvote on HN? Genuine question. I'm new here

Indeed you can however I believe you need greater than 500 karma points to do so.

to be fair, he did specify in his comment that they have not been updated but are still a good read, so I don't understand your hostility.

Hostility? There was nothing even remotely hostile in anything I wrote.

Agree, thanks for pointing the 'daily' part out, I'd missed that in the OP.

Raymond Chen's posts are excellent https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/

OpenBSD related - http://www.tedunangst.com/flak/

Weekly aggregations:

- http://chneukirchen.org/trivium/

- http://www.dragonflydigest.com/ (Look for the weekly "Lazy Readings" post)

Ted Unangst's blog is interesting even if you have nothing to do with OpenBSD.

Trivium is excellent, it's a lovely mix of both deep and playful bits of tech. Also worth pointing out its historical significance as a continuation of the world's first ever tumblelog, Anarchaia.

Troy Hunt: https://www.troyhunt.com/

He writes great articles on security and is the man behind https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Coding Horror [1], and Joel on Software [2] are my favorites.

[1] https://blog.codinghorror.com/ [2] https://www.joelonsoftware.com/

I was going to reply that Joel quit blogging already, opened a his site to find a prooflink - and wow! He actually writes new stuff, and even the site looks new.

Anyway, the old-time Joel posts should be required reading to anyone who even wants to be a developer. And should certainly be re-read once in every 3-5 years or so.

I summarized all his blog posts once in one sentence per post, organized by year.[1]

[1] http://jwbs-blog.blogspot.nl/p/joel-on-software-summary.html

He did summarize most of those in his books:


Oh interesting, it looks like Joel on Software recently got an update. Apart from cosmetic changes, there are now a number of recommended reading lists to help you find articles you might like.


Joel on Software is a brilliant blog. Read through all the posts a couple of years back, all of them were interesting and well written; a lot of them were solid gold.

Probably one of the best blog ever, programming or not, because it's not just good, it's so damn genuine.

Also http://thedailywtf.com/

I followed that for a long time, but stopped a few years ago as the articles felt so fake and/or fluffed up.

Do anything for a long time and in a very busy life and you start picking habits, patterns. When you write a blog for so long it's obvious you will develop a tone, style and way of writting that will feel deja-vue. And of course you can't be a genious every day so many time you rely on a formula you know works for you when the spark isn't there. That does't make it less genuine. If anything, it's human.

Plus they have a (fantastic) business to run so it get influenced by it.

Still, the last articles on password were high quality material.

https://blog.fefe.de comes to mind, but it is in German.

For a weekly HN digest, I read this: http://n-gate.com/hackernews/

> For a weekly HN digest, I read this: http://n-gate.com/hackernews/

How cheeky =)

blog.fefe.de nette Satire und so aber way too political for my "haxor" reading needs, the whole first page is full of current affairs

I am keeping a mind map of all blogs that I want to read and follow (https://my.mindnode.com/Lr33AxQg1yTrPzYJrAbFD7E6Wr7cM6YyoUfX...)

It's part of a bigger mind map I am making (https://github.com/nikitavoloboev/knowledge-map)

Interesting. What tool, if any, do you use to create the mind map? (Maybe it shows that on the site, have not looked yet, plan to later today).

I use MindNode app (https://mindnode.com) to make the mind maps. It's macOS only though.

Unfortunately I don't have a Mac, but thanks.

John Gruber's blog, Daring Fireball, is pretty good if you don't mind the occasional (ok, near systematic) pro-Apple biais.

Likewise for the Macalope's column.

I read Gruber. I like Gruber. But I think he is sometimes not critical enough of Apple.

But he is much better than people like Rene Ritchie. I simply cannot read anything he writes.

I quit reading as I've grown tired of how much content is political and not Apple/tech-related

That's a good blog indeed. Markdown led me there ages ago, and I've been a regular since. BTW, probably the word you were looking for is systemic, not systematic.

You've got it wrong. He's not nearly as bad as some of the Apple commentators out there. He is consistent with his praise as well as his complaints. He close enough to the employees to add an accurate insight, but detached enough to maintain an in-bias view.

There isn't another Apple reviewer I trust more than Gruber.

Also the guy created Markdown. Show some respect. http://daringfireball.net

The fact John Gruber created Markdown is completely unrelated to the issue of the quality and/or bias of his blog.

Also I don't see anything in the post you replied to that shows any disrespect to John.

In an unrelated anecdote I thought I'd share about daringfireball.net is that I used to do domain research for SEO purposes and sifting through each expired domain from the major registrars I was absolutely shocked as to how many links come from that domain.

He has linked to so many failed website and startup ideas over the time that I literally saw a link from his blog at least once a week.

His website may be one of the most prodigious spreaders of decent link-juice on the internet.

You've got it wrong. Just because he is not as bad as other apple commentators and him having some complains doesn't make him unbiased. His pro apple bias made me stop reading his blog.

Also: Yes, he created markdown. Mad respect for that!

http://hackaday.com Has a lot of good content for IoT and hardware hacking. Lately some spot-on articles summarizing various electronics and RF terminology for the layperson.

Ted Unangst does a great job aggregating links to tech content over at http://www.tedunangst.com/inks/. His own blog is great as well.

Also, previously: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11563516.

My favorites:

1. Freecodecamp: https://medium.freecodecamp.com/ 2. Hackernoon: https://hackernoon.com/ 3. The morning paper: https://blog.acolyer.org/ 4. Codinghorror: https://blog.codinghorror.com/ 5. a16z: http://a16z.com/ 6. Ben Thompson :https://stratechery.com/

From https://summitroute.com/blog/2017/01/07/news_summaries/ , some have already been mentioned.

- Downclimb (my own), for weekly infosec news summaries: https://summitroute.com/blog/2017/03/12/downclimb/

- Bulletproof TLS, monthly, for crypto and TLS news: https://www.feistyduck.com/bulletproof-tls-newsletter/issue_...

- Mobile security news, monthly: http://www.mulliner.org/blog/blosxom.cgi/security/mobile_sec...

- This week in 4n6, weekly DFIR: https://thisweekin4n6.com/2017/03/12/week-10-2017/

http://joeduffyblog.com is great, albeit it's far from being daily. It has long posts about operating system and programming language design

Somewhat related to following blogs. But how do I follow blogs anyway? Is there any good Google Reader like apps, that are easy to use?

I use a desktop app, QuiteRSS. I'm in front of the same computer all day so I don't need a reader that's synced across devices. Whatever you use, I suggest you look into subscribing to everything you can using RSS (HN, Reddit, YouTube), it's a much better experience than rescanning sites over and over.

I've started using email where possible. As long as they only send me new articles I'm happy. The second they spam me, I don't read them anymore. Unfortunately not everywhere offers it.


I loved Google Reader. When it died, I tried several replacements. Feedly was the one I ended up using. I'm not as fond of it as I was of Reader, but in my opinion it's the best of the ones I tried.

Feedly as a backend to Reeder 3 (paid). Don't like Feedly interface so opted instead for Reeder, much better experience IMHO

I use Netvibes: https://www.netvibes.com/en

I've recently been looking to use web based tools where possible and tried out feedbin. If it stops running I can self host as it's open source. In the meantime I'm more than happy to pay the monthly sub for something I use daily.


I wrote a personal bookmark web app to keep track of sites I visit frequently, group them, tag them, and search. It was a fun project, and I'm the only user, so there isn't any support overhead. It runs on a $5/month Linode instance.

I've been using lately https://booky.io/ . I'm not affiliated in anyway with them. It's currently missing a global bookmark search though.

Since I often don't have a connection Pocket is my goto for reading (though it's awful at math). https://feedhuddler.com automatically populates Pocket from rss.

I use Feedly and greader on Android (using Feedly as a source).

TT-RSS running on my linux box. Has slick web and app clients (although I had to pay for the android client).

I'm very happy with inoreader

I second this. Very Google Reader like.

Newsblur won it for me when Google Reader went tits up.

Stringer is open source, and works with Reeder2.

Feedly is awesome. Give it a shot.

I use AOL Reader.


http://semiengineering.com/ as I think we are at an inflection point of Moore's Law and it is worth understanding how that plays out at the lower layers of the stack.

This list highlights and confirms a mild annoyance I have every time I see (or get recommended) a blog I might want to follow: it's rarely easy to get an overview of historical posts.

Almost everyone seems to go for the 'no summaries, home page is the latest post in full, followed by the one before in full, ...' format.

Notable exceptions mentioned here: antirez (brief summaries) and danluu (list of titles). Both of these approaches are far better IMO.

Not a technology blog, but "Manager Tools" is a podcast that I love. Their solution to your problem is a "map of the universe" [1] which organizes every cast they've done since 2005 into a pretty easy to follow graph. They also revisit old topics every now and then.

On a side note - if you're in a technical leadership job where you're no longer an "individual contributor," think of a situation that's annoyed you, then click around the manager tools map. They probably touched on it (it's got "how to promote someone," "how to delegate" for various personality types, "how to give feedback," and even "how to handle body odor" and "how to fire someone").

[1] https://www.manager-tools.com/map-of-the-universe

I would recommend https://hackernoon.com/

Some of the blogs from my RSS feed, mainly but not exclusively .NET:

Scott Hanselman

Martin Fowler

Coding horror

Fabulous adventures in coding (Eric Lippert)

Zed Shaw (still on my list even though he seems to have largely abandoned tech)

Ayende Rahien

Steve Yegge

Schneier on security

The Light Cone (Brian Beckman)

The Shade Tree developer (Jeremy Miller)

I write a weekly AI newsletter called Import AI which is also cross-published to this WP blog. I try to cover a mixture of fundamental research papers and applied stuff. It also includes some OpenAI updates: https://jack-clark.net/

Self promotion: https://ma.ttias.be

Not daily, but plenty of links to follow-up on.

Alternatively, weekly summary of all things Linux & open source (RSS feed available); https://cronweekly.com

I've been following your mailing list for a while and it's a great way to stay up to date after a very busy week. So i recommend it in a non-self-promotional way !

p.s.: I miss your podcast already

I have a public list of engineering techblogs at Twitter: https://twitter.com/fauria/lists/techblogs/members

I would recommend benedict Evans weekly news letter , it gives the best news and updates from the tech world. Unlike a blog site which can be monolithic this news letters covers the top tech happenings of the week and it feels very complete for me

LWN.net - news for the Free Software community

https://dzone.com/ actually technical articles for people who prefer tech over pop and culture.

this one i also follow .

Dev networks that are part of my daily dose of information

- https://hashnode.com - http://coderwall.com - http://reddit.com/r/webdev/ - https://hackernoon.com

http://www.2ality.com/ for deeper insight in JavaScript and its current development.

It's updated monthly but really worth to have in your rss feed http://spritesmods.com/

The guy hacks and create stuff from time to time and it's very interesting to read. It's also more on the hardware side of things (I had to Google what's a shift register and how they work to understand one of the article)


Specialized in compressive sensing, matrix factorization and machine learning.

Don't let the blue color put you of, the author reads and reviews an unbelievable amount of research every week and maintains a huge repository of papers, implementations, talks and video's.

I pretty much scanned through the entire list of comments and i cant believe no one's mentioned www.hanselminutes.com. That is an excellent podcast and blog from Microsoft's Scott Hanselman who's an excellent interviewer and student ofn technology as well as a mentsch. Highly recommended.

Specifically on InfoSec, I would recommend:

Krebs on Security https://krebsonsecurity.com

Daniel Miessler https://danielmiessler.com/blog

I subscribe to Benedict Evans newsletter. It's basically a collection of interesting tech related links with commentary.

It's not daily though.


The tittle should be:

"How can I become a master procrastinator"


"Websites that can steal all my free time"

Or, if the blogs you read are good instead of time wasters, it could be "What Blogs Could Help Me Avoid Becoming an Expert Beginner".

I had to look up the phrase "expert beginner" as I was unfamiliar with it. I found it interesting. This was a good read for anyone else who might be unfamiliar with the term:


I publish 4 weekly digests with only 5 links per each every Monday (so you have one article a day).

Programming Digest - https://programmingdigest.net/

C# Digest - https://csharpdigest.net/

Elixir Digest - https://elixirdigest.net/

React Digest - https://reactdigest.net/

People of Color in Tech[0] is really great; lots of very insightful interviews.

[0] http://peopleofcolorintech.com/

Take your pick from this list here:


I wrote a big list of React/Redux-related blogs in a Reddit comment about a month ago: https://www.reddit.com/r/reactjs/comments/5t8loz/what_are_yo... . Most of them aren't daily, but the content is excellent.

Stack Overflow newsletters[1] are great as well. It sends you top questions of the week, both answered and unanswered. Great way to learn small things about things you love. Its the perfect application of "Knowledge should be bite-sized".

I subscribe to RPi, Net Eng, CS, theoretical CS and Code Golf news letters. Any other suggestions?


edit: Added link

I'd recommend "Embedded in Academia" - https://blog.regehr.org/

I follow a blog/podcast called Scale Your Code (https://scaleyourcode.com/). The host interviews a lot of interesting people like DHH or Jeff Atwood. He didn't post every day, but interviews are pure gold (last one was with Nick Craver from Stack Overflow).

Not exactly a blog, but worth checking https://www.infoq.com

I put together a votable list of most of the sites recommended by HN users so its easier to see which blogs are the most popular/recommended (anyone can vote).


No one has mentioned https://kukuruku.co/. We translate popular and interesting tech articles to English. We are also working on letting users write and publish their own posts.

For deeper insight about technology in general, not specifically software: https://www.reddit.com/r/DeeperTech/

A related question, what tool do you use to manage your feeds? Instapaper is good for one time links, overcast is good for podcast feeds but I am still struggling to find a decent one after Google retired reader.

Feedly. From all the trials and searches I've done as a former Google Reader devotee, it's the closest to it from interaction perspective, but much MUCH better with integrations, including sending an article to Instapaper.

I came across Feedbin recently, trialled it for 14 days, loved it, now subscribing for just $3pm.

Clean, simple, and easy to use (vi navigation shortcuts!) - no affiliation just a happy new customer.

Oh, and it's also open source at github.com/feedbin/feedbin.

Feedly is still klunky, but the best I've found.

On iOS I like Reeder's integration with Feedly.

I'm also still grieving the loss of Google Reader.

Maybe try out InoReader - https://www.inoreader.com

Vienna on Mac

The Old Reader online

I've tried TT-RSS on my mac, that worked as well.

https://mysteriouscode.io/blog/ - for stuff around AWS but also FreeBSD and general IT security.

Not strictly a blog but InfoQ is phenomenal. https://www.infoq.com I check it every day and also listen to their podcast

There's also an awesome blog about distributed systems correctness by Kyle Kingsbury at https://aphyr.com/

Blog about JavaScript topics like frameworks and web performance: http://www.syntaxsuccess.com/

If you are interested at all in Scala, lihaoyi's blog (http://www.lihaoyi.com/) is phenominal.


A great way to follow interesting subjects (eg. FPGA, Singel Board Computers... )

good point, http://www.bing.com/news is nice too

Liliputing is quite good for tech news: https://liliputing.com/

Semiconductor Engineering http://semiengineering.com/

May this be helpful. http://www.theserverside.com/


A blog on security, privacy and (foto) forensics.

Would you invite me?


qznc@web.de thanks :)

http://alterslash.org a readable slashdot digest


It is a niche area but covers an intersection of law, technology, consumer protections and software development.

this site (it is still a pilot project) collects trend words together inside dashboards http://www.congruit.io/... I have written it for fun, because I don't want read tons of blogs :)

contact me through devopsrecipes.info if you want collaborate on the project!

How do you guys manage all the various blogs to keep up on new posts? RSS? Which tool(s)?


Agreed. I've tried nearly a dozen readers (online) during the frenzied Google Reader shutdown frenzy. Felt like the smoothest transition, fullest feature set and fairly straightforward. To the point that I've been a paid subscriber since the moment I chose it as my RSS solution.

I love digitaltrends.com. Good writing and a lot of interesting pieces on new technology.

Hey guys! I have created a list and included all the links mentioned on this page : https://github.com/amitmerchant1990/tech-blogs

All in one place!

You may want to take all this advice, and create a news feed rss widget on http://start.me - that's what I just did.

techmeme.com is a very good collection of all the conversation catchers that are happening in tech industry !

not the normal CS type stuff but:

-smashingmagazine.com -csstricks.com -sidebar.io -nngroup.com/articles/

Medgadget.com for medical tech

any such decent ones for networking ?? networking as in computer networking.

techmeme.com good to get the tech news of the day.

http://perltricks.com is very good.

You can check https://reviewdeeper.com it provides information about useful but unnoticed apps and other trending topics in the tech world

Not able to open website

Looks like the working link is http://reviewdeeper.com (not https).


Please don't post any more uncivil/unsubstantive comments to HN.

I don't think this kind of random insult has any place on HN

Seems the "loray jesi" is the insult... he's saying "look at the site you are on, you dick" - in Hindi.

I am in awe of many resources you are sharing here now but my question is how they are going to monetise their effort? Some of these are run on a volunteering basis and while it is good for the community, I am not sure it is healthy and sustainable in the long term. Any sort of funding provided?

Y'know, _some_ of us just write because we like sharing information we've learned to help others :)

I am in awe that some people seem only to think about things in terms of how much money can be made. Tech has always had a rich community of sharing. Let's not kill that.

They already make lots of money, do you think they really need an extra thousand / month from banners or selling t-shirts? I can guesstimate that they receive many inquires for new business and that could easily bring in more $ than they could ever get from some "clever" monetizing.

I'm a big fan of "The Technical Blog of James" https://ttboj.wordpress.com/ but I'm pretty biased. Check it out and LMK!

mgmt looks very interesting, I enjoyed reading many of these posts about the design and philosophy. What is LMK?

LMK - Let Me Know

If you can read french, http://sebsauvage.net/links/ is a nice generalist IT blog.

I'm the author of http://sametmax.com. And I like to brag, saying it's probably the highest quality blog on python. And I mean it. But it's in french and also talk about porn so you've been warned.

Oh! Sametmax sur HN, vous êtes partout

Merci de m'avoir donné envie de programmer en python, c'est vraiment un langage sympa !

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