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Top 60 Little-Known Technology Web Sites

Our guide to great blogs and Web sites worth adding to your bookmarks. The selection ranges from obvious picks like Technabob and Search Engine Watch to more obscure destinations such as Location One, istartedsomething, and GottaBeMobile.


37. DailyWireless
DailyWireless is an independent blog that covers a broad range of wireless news. The Web site, which is unassociated with any business or marketing organization, is operated by editor Sam Churchill, who says he's not an industry professional. The viewpoint presented by DailyWireless is consumer-oriented and not industry-oriented. In fact that's the best part about this blog -- it keeps consumers informed about the wireless world.

For the not-so-tech-savvy folks, DailyWireless contains a glossary of industry terms. There's nothing too funky or outlandish about it; it's a well-complied resource of news related to municipal Wi-Fi networks, WiMax developments, cellular, Bluetooth, public service communications radios, satellite communications, and everything in-between.

38. GottaBeMobile
This Web site delivers news, reviews, and commentary on everything related to mobile computing, such as tablet PCs, ultra-mobile PCs, operating systems, software, accessories, and connectivity. The "staff"is made up of editors that run the site, and several contributing writers who deliver the material in a very conversational way, often in first-person. While GottaBeMobile provides a lot of opinion, it's a good place to find reviews, specs, and pricing on the hottest mobile gadgets.

One very cool aspect of GottaBeMobile is the InkShows, a whole series of podcasts and blog entries on various topics that incorporate screen recording software for demos of products. It's not clear how big the Web site's following is, but it must be substantial enough for them to be selling T-shirts, mugs, messenger bags, and other GottaBeMobile gear.

One caveat: The Web site contains a lot of useful content but the user experience could use improvement, especially when it comes to loading time -- homepage often takes way too long to load)

39. Wi-Fi Net News
Written by wireless networking authority Glenn Fleishman, who also produces commentary for such august publications as The Economist and The New York Times, Wi-Fi Net News is a primary source for anyone interested in the build-out of broadband wireless networks, particularly Wi-Fi and WiMax. Like Malik, Fleishman started out as a lone blogger with a focused subject area (Wi-Fi) and has branched out while building out an infrastructure around him. The site is not comprehensive but does an excellent job of filtering the major wireless news while bringing an expert, and skeptical, eye to the often hype-ridden wireless industry. Wi-Fi is juicy these days as one project after another fails to meet its objectives. Fleishman reports on the happenings warts and all.

40. Muni Wireless
This blog/Web site is self explanatory -- it covers municipal wireless events, successes and failures. It's run by American Esme Vos from her office in the Netherlands and she demonstrates that people can work from virtually anywhere these days and cover events virtually anywhere else. The blog covers both Wi-Fi and WiMax, although its reporting on the latter is still thin.

Vos has been financed by Wi-Fi/WiMax pioneer/promoter Intel and not surprisingly her site generally accentuates the positive in the technologies. It's still comprehensive, and features a great amount of useful and breaking information on Wi-Fi in particular. Another thing about the blog/Web site is that its graphics are very clean, making it easy to read.

41. Sam Wormley's GPS Resources
This site is like a clearinghouse, or hub to hook you up with other sites that offer technical info and news about GPS technology, manufacturers, and more. The site provides a lot of nitty gritty details about all sorts of GPS applications, as well as news and details about GPS systems at the satellite level.

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