Long Live the Independence of the Blogosphere

By: Stephen Morgan

It is often said that the best time to buy a computer is usually six months after you have bought it and are comfortable with its specifications and have now managed to grow into making the damn thing almost nigh on obsolete.

Such is life in the technological world. It is a minefield and it is essential that you get as much advice about potential benefits and more importantly pitfalls about possible technology purchases as possible.

This sort of advice is not going to come from major proprietorial sources like the manufacturers themselves rather this sort of advice is going to come from the plethora of independent blog services that have sprung up to do this very sort of thing, keep the main manufacturers honest with their intentions (OK as honest as they can be).

After all where would we be if we did nothing but believe the major manufacturers? Let's take the example of a major software company known to many who has the habit of denying to millions that they have operating systems with potential holes in them that are a major security risk to most people. They keep up this process of blanket denial for at least six months and then release whole batches of security upgrades for problems that they have spent the entire previous six months denying they ever had!

So we have established that sadly in computing that despite their protestations the major manufacturers are not necessarily the ones who have our interests to heart but where to go now?

Well, enter stage left the crazy gang of free thinking individuals inhabiting the nether regions of the Internet, the inhabitants of the Blogosphere.

The what I hear you cry? The Blogosphere is the collective term encompassing all blogs as a community or social network.

The notion of a Blogosphere is an important one for understanding blogs. Blogs by themselves are simply the published text of an author's thoughts, but the authors read and comment on others' blogs, link to them and cite them. These relationships between blogs compromise a shifting Internet-wide social and cultural network.

The notion of a Blogosphere is an important one for understanding blogs. Blogs by themselves are simply the published text of an author's thoughts, but the authors read and comment on others' blogs, link to them and cite them. These relationships between blogs compromise a shifting Internet-wide social and cultural network.

The term resembles the older word "logosphere" (from Greek logos meaning word, and sphere, interpreted as world), the "the world of words," the universe of discourse. It also resembles the term "noosphere" (Greek nous meaning mind).

The real situations where the Blogosphere comes into its own lies with the small independent Blogs that are widely regarded but will be independent from the majority of outside influences. Such a Blog is the rather interestingly entitled "ghacks" about all things computer or Internet based. I could go into a shameless plug about how useful I found it and interesting etc.

This is all true and if you want to check this out then follow the links at the foot of this article and see where it leads you to. My favourite section is the weekend fun thread which most recently gave a very funny link through to a site about providing for Men, the ultimate survival toolkit for answering those questions we all love to hate: The girlfriends, wife's, husbands, boyfriends nightmare scenario - what do you do when asked THE question from your respective partner.

Great, fantastic, this blog provides really interesting and useful reading so go on give it a try

You won't be disappointed believe me.

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