Yes, I know, selecting the Top 100 Tech blogs is like choosing the Top 100 Grains of Sand on a Beach. There are so many zillions of tech-related blogs, and they evolve and change direction so quickly in truth, its an impossible task.
Still, some tech blogs have truly distinguished themselves, even in an incredibly crowded field. Theyre full of in-your-face opinion, but that opinion (on most days, at least) is backed up by deep expertise. Theyre well written and regularly updated, usually penned by major industry players and seasoned observers. Theyre recognized as thought leaders on their subject.
So, caveats aside, here are Datamations 100 Top Tech Blogs, by category:
Gadgets and shiny toys used by a mass audience.
Cool Tools Not just another gadget blog, this posting of interesting tech stuff software, videos, maps, Web sites, etc. is hosted by Kevin Kelly, who helped launch Wired magazine in 1993. He accepts submissions from readers and posts the best of them.
Engadget Gee whiz! A DVD laser retrofitted into Mini Mag flashlight! And tons of other strange and unique tech toys, plus scads and scads of miscellaneous online novelties.
Gizmodo Gadgets, gadgets, and more gadgets. Looking for a self-cooling seat cushion, or a juicer that hugs your countertop? How about a personal cellphone signal blocker?
Lifehacker Better living through technology, including plenty of pragmatic tips on using major software programs. Also offers personal advice (Survive and Thrive Your Freshman Year) and time management techniques.
DownloadSquad A diverse compendium of consumer tech factoids: Skype on the iPhone, saving data on a PC, and caffeine level calculators. (Caffeine level calculators? Have we really sunk to that level?)
Boing Boing In truth, consumer tech is only part of what the wildly wide-ranging Boing Boing offers the self-described "Dictionary of Wonderful Things" has few limits. Panoramic cameras, five-foot animated Frankenstein monster, riffs on DRM, graphic novels...you just have to see it to understand it. While youre at it, take a look at co-editor Corey Doctorows personal blog, Craphound.
The Raw Feed Tech pundit Mike Elgan monitors the strange and wonderful world of gizmos, gadgets, and happenings. Did you know theres a site where a sexy woman moans your IP address? Youd never miss such developments if you were a Raw Feed reader.