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2008Why to start a startup in a bad economy (paulgraham.com)
1311 points across 6 posts | 1 week ago with 223 comments
2008To remember everything you learn, surrender to this algorithm (wired.com)
955 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 110 comments
2008Print this file, your printer will jam (nedbatchelder.com)
740 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 208 comments
2008History of the browser user-agent string (webaim.org)
669 points across 4 posts | 3 years ago with 23 comments
2008NirSoft Freeware (nirsoft.net)
625 points | 4 years ago with 232 comments
2008Obama: No warrantless wiretaps if you elect me (news.cnet.com)
592 points | 9 years ago with 299 comments
2008You weren't meant to have a boss (paulgraham.com)
524 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 165 comments
2008Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System (bitcoin.org)
516 points | 5 years ago with 385 comments
2008Marvin Minsky: What makes mathematics hard to learn? (web.media.mit.edu)
476 points | 7 years ago with 167 comments
2008"Secret" History of Silicon Valley (steveblank.com)
460 points across 3 posts | 2 years ago with 48 comments
2008Don’t work. Be hated. Love someone. (halfhalf.posterous.com)
459 points | 10 years ago with 103 comments
20081k True Fans (kk.org)
450 points across 3 posts | 1 month ago with 139 comments
2008Shouting in the Datacenter (youtube.com)
444 points across 3 posts | 5 months ago with 47 comments
2008A spellchecker used to be a major feat of software engineering (prog21.dadgum.com)
411 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 143 comments
2008Why are the Microsoft Office file formats so complicated? (joelonsoftware.com)
393 points | 6 years ago with 227 comments
2008Introduction to Differential Equations (tutorial.math.lamar.edu)
388 points | 4 years ago with 88 comments
2008Books Programmers Don't Really Read (billthelizard.com)
375 points | 6 years ago with 159 comments
2008Trolls (paulgraham.com)
360 points | 11 years ago with 303 comments
2008Jeff Varasano's Famous New York Pizza Recipe (varasanos.com)
350 points | 5 years ago with 145 comments
2008So what's wrong with 1975 programming? (varnish-cache.org)
335 points across 3 posts | 6 years ago with 11 comments
2008The Disadvantages of an Elite Education (theamericanscholar.org)
307 points across 2 posts | 6 years ago with 206 comments
2008Linux is not about choice (redhat.com)
301 points | 9 years ago with 230 comments
2008Operating System Development Series (brokenthorn.com)
300 points across 2 posts | 6 years ago with 36 comments
2008Jeff Varasano's NY Pizza Recipe (varasanos.com)
299 points | 1 year ago with 202 comments
2008Better Than Free (kk.org)
294 points across 3 posts | 1 year ago with 3 comments
2008Cities and Ambition (paulgraham.com)
278 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 58 comments
2008How I Turned Down $300,000 from Microsoft to go Full-Time on GitHub (tom.preston-werner.com)
276 points | 9 years ago with 89 comments
2008I fell in love with an assassin (independent.co.uk)
272 points | 5 years ago with 76 comments
2008My experiment with smart drugs (johannhari.com)
264 points | 12 years ago with 142 comments
2008Extruding Ice from Steel Fences and Pipes with Diurnal Freeze/Thaw (my.ilstu.edu)
261 points | 1 year ago with 21 comments
2008L-theanine, a constituent in tea, and its effect on mental state (apjcn.nhri.org.tw)
260 points | 4 years ago with 158 comments
2008Why it is important that software projects fail (berglas.org)
258 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 72 comments
2008How does database indexing work? (stackoverflow.com)
252 points | 10 months ago with 58 comments
2008How can C Programs be so Reliable? (tratt.net)
251 points | 9 years ago with 221 comments
2008Project from Hell (projectfailures.wordpress.com)
249 points | 4 years ago with 148 comments
2008What's the difference between the com and exe extensions? (blogs.msdn.microsoft.com)
246 points | 5 years ago with 89 comments
2008Common shell script mistakes (pixelbeat.org)
246 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 53 comments
2008The TTY Demystified (linusakesson.net)
244 points across 2 posts | 9 months ago with 22 comments
2008Microsoft bids $44.6B to buy Yahoo (reuters.com)
243 points | 1 year ago with 219 comments
2008Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund (old.ycombinator.com)
242 points | 4 years ago with 176 comments
2008Want to Write a Compiler? Read These Two Papers (prog21.dadgum.com)
237 points | 7 years ago with 70 comments
2008Git is as revolutionary as Unix pipes (apenwarr.ca)
235 points | 11 years ago with 55 comments
2008Low level is easy (yosefk.com)
235 points across 3 posts | 1 year ago with 101 comments
2008The “high-level CPU” challenge (yosefk.com)
229 points across 2 posts | 5 years ago with 127 comments
2008What does "HREF" stand for? (tomayko.com)
219 points | 9 years ago with 49 comments
2008Association between muscular strength and mortality in men (bmj.com)
218 points | 9 years ago with 199 comments
2008Mona Lisa in 50 polygons, using a genetic algorithm (rogeralsing.com)
209 points | 10 years ago with 53 comments
2008Using Programming Language Concepts to Teach General Thinking Skills (people.csail.mit.edu)
208 points | 5 years ago with 30 comments
2008RIP Good Times (articles.sequoiacap.com)
205 points | 8 months ago with 216 comments
2008Git from the Bottom Up (jwiegley.github.io)
205 points | 1 year ago with 15 comments
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