Bright Spots in the Blogosphere

Some geeky blogs you'll want to check out.

The buzz around the water cooler aint what it used to be. If you want to understand what your geekier cohorts are talking about, it may be time to start sharing some of their reading material. And we dont mean whats on their nightstands. The staff at has done the legwork for you. Here are some of our favorite geeky blog sites.

• Hack a Day

Want to learn how to add a USB to a cheap Linux router? Create a snake robot? How about an Xbox 360 laptop? Hack a Day has these basement projects and many more. This site is for the serious techie. At the same time, its good for a laugh or a new hobby.

• Lifehacker

Lifehackers motto says it all: Dont live to geek; geek to live. This blog offers timesavers of just about every stripe, from Firefox shortcuts to tips from the Getting Things Done faithful.

Corporate Blogs

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Base: 275 IT decision-makers familiar with blogs at U.S. companies with 500 or more employees

Source: Forrester Research Inc., June 2007

• IT Toolbox Blogs

IT Toolbox has a number of in the trenches IT pros who talk about technology and management issues. There are specialist blogs dealing with security, databases and project management, among other subjects. Its a versatile site.

• Danger Room

Wireds military and defense blog covers some of the coolest and scariest military technologies not to mention scandals, debates and other military news. Lots of video and imagery are included.

• OReilly Radar

This is where you can read Tim OReilly (founder of OReilly Publishing) and others discussions of networking, programming, open source, intellectual property, politics, Web 2.0 and emerging technology.

• Techdirt

Techdirt is a newsy, tell it like it is blog that frequently features debates on the hot issues in the Internet and computer fields. Scandals are a specialty. Simplicity is its hallmark.

• Feedster feedpapers/Technology

Like drinking from a hose. This Web page brings together blog sites about technology, sports, celebrity gossip, food, personal experiences you name it. It also offers a blog search feature that allows you to search on words or phrases, and it has a very cool RSS aggregator for news feeds. It also injects some great humor into technology news. An all-around great site.

• Rough Type

Nick Carr, of Does IT Matter? fame, has a sharp-minded blog that discusses all manner of issues and trends relating to technology. Always an entertaining read, Rough Type often locks horns with companies, people, technologies and policies that rub Carr the wrong way.

• The Unofficial Apple Weblog

TUAW offers a collection of independent bloggers that is, independent but not undecided or uninformed. Its a good source for Apple-related news.

• Elliott Backs blog

This self-professed computer scientist posts everything from his opinions on why XML stinks to the Titanics passenger list. This site is well composed, offering great tips on topics such as increasing system performance and blocking spam.

• 4sysops

This is a very useful site with well-written tips and how-tos for Windows administrators.


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