If you write a lot of software and have your own stuff that you host and tinker with, here are some recommendations:
1) ServerBeach! ServerBeach provides dedicated server hosting. Need a place to hack on perl, python, apache, and php? These guys have great bandwidth, great support, and zero downtime. I pay $99/mo. Checkout my uptime:
[[email protected]]$ uptime
11:02:04 up 422 days, 3:32, 2 users, load average: 1.41, 1.07, 0.82
2) Code Project. This is just a great site for collecting articles about random coding topics, with concrete examples. I read the RSS feed daily. Sure, there are people that post weak articles, but reading this daily gets your mind thinking about topics you wouldn’t have otherwise considered.