You're a geek in need of a job. In the meantime, you need to convince unemployment insurance that you're looking for a job. For the latter, you need to send out a few resumes every week, and go to any interviews that arise as a result of your efforts.
For both of these, RSS is your friend. Get yourself an account on Google Reader, or install a copy of Liferea, and then put the following into a folder entitled "Job search:"
NPost http://feeds2.feedburner.com/nPostJobPostings Startuply Seattle http://www.startuply.com/Rss/Search.aspx?s=in%2098148 Craigslist Web jobs http://seattle.craigslist.org/web/index.rss Craigslist Computer Engineering jobs http://seattle.craigslist.org/eng/index.rss Craigslist Software, QA, and DBA jobs http://seattle.craigslist.org/sof/ That's basically it. That's your twice-a-day scan (breakfast and lunch) of job postings. If you're in a different region, obviously use a different Craigslist origin and change the zip code on Startuply.
Also, if you use Firefox, take all the other jobs listings and put them in a single bookmark folder (use the bookmark organizer under "Bookmarks" to find it), and when you check your listings in your reader, go to that folder, right-click the folder, and choose "Open All in Tabs." That'll then give you a reliable, repeatable, scannable experience twice a day. After a few days, you'll get into the rhythm of your job search page collection and be able to separate the viable posting from the ridiculous ones in a matter of minutes.
Firefox supports the displaying of RSS. You might just want to use it instead of Google Reader. Also, Monster.com will give you a customized RSS feed if you use Firefox, because Firefox supports persistent authentication.
Here are the job boards I get using the Firefox trick:
* [Creative Hotlist](http://www.creativehotlist.com/index.asp?linkTarget=searchJobs.asp&state=WA) * [43 Folders Job Board](http://jobs.43folders.com/jt/jobs/search.php?search_string=&location_string=seattle&country_code=us&search=1&go=Find+Jobs&distance=20) * [Authentic Jobs](http://authenticjobs.com/) * [37 Signals Job Board](http://jobs.37signals.com/jobs/search?term=seattle)
Have copies of your resume in pure HTML. This will be useful when you're faced with one of those "paste your resume into our textbox here for keyword scanning" robots so endemic to midsize companies that don't have the time to actually think about you as a candidate.
p.s. I don't actually need a job at this moment. I'm working for an amazing start-up. But a friend of mine asked me how I found work, and this was part of my toolkit. I've had recruiters beg me for this explanation. But it's so obviously easy, I don't understand why other people haven't done it.