This is my small collection of sites, books, apps, services and other things I consider the best and use all the time (in case of books that means I re‑read them regularly).
Check out the “Reviews” category too.
Some links are my referral links and I’m getting a small bonus for each use. For example, Dropbox awards me some free storage space for each new user registered through my referral link. There is no difference for you (and sometimes a discount), so please use them if you wish.
My Goodreads profile — almost all the books I’ve ever read are listed there. Select categories on the left and sort by the rating column to make sense of anything.
Slate Star Codex — a personal blog of Scott Alexander. He is a psychiatrist and a very smart guy. He posts more deep, thoughtful essays on ethics, rationality, human mind and society every year than most other smart guys manage to write in a lifetime. Be prepared for hours of mind‑provoking reading. I’ve translated a few of his essays into Russian.
Health and Medicine
Pubmed — I think this is the largest medical database in the world. Nearly every clinical trial or medical lab experiment ever carried out, every scientific paper ever published in the field — it’s all there, almost always for free. Documents date back to ⅩⅨ century. This is the source for health‑related information.
Khan Academy — by far the best online school, completely free.
edX — free online courses from the world’s best universities. Other MOOC platforms may offer more courses, but edX is unsurpassed by its competiton in terms of courses’ quality. Only the first‑class stuff here.
Lumosity — brain fitness: daily workouts to improve and maintain your cognitive skills. Especially important and effective for senior people. Subscription‑based paid service.
Less Wrong — the one‑stop resource about rationality and overcoming cognitive biases.
Wait But Why — a wonderful blog about everything by Tim Urban. With pictures!
My IMDB Profile — my movie and TV show ratings (below each of the posters).
Cross‑platform and cloud apps
Anki — free flashcard and spaced repetition app. One of the best ways to memorize anything: foreign words, world capitals etc.
Dropbox — one of the first cloud storage services. Still the simplest, the fastest and the most reliable.
InoReader — the best RSS Reader/Aggregator. It’s even better than now‑deceased Google Reader was.
KeePass — free and open source secure password storage app. It doesn’t have its own cloud, but you can sync its files with the Android version using Dropbox.
Trello — the best card‑based note‑taking, team collaboration and project management service. It’s a pleasure to use.
DropSync — real‑time Dropbox folder synchronization for Android (like it works on the desktop). DropSync is for Dropbox, but there are other apps by the same developer for MS OneDrive, Google Drive and Box.com.
JetBrains — the guys who’ve made IntelliJ IDEA and the best IDEs for other languages (Python, Ruby, PHP etc.). Must have tools for a software developer.
Miniconda — light version of Anaconda — one of the best Python bundle and package management system.
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