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Network World Fusion 09/15/03

In case you haven't guessed from my posts, one of the things I spend a fair amount of time on every day is scanning technology-related Weblogs for interesting tidbits and resources. I started thinking last week: If somebody asked me, who would I put on my must-read list of Webloggers? What follows is a list of nine people whose stuff I read regularly. They're in no particular order; it'd be really impossible to say any one person is "the" most important online writer, because networking is so broad, that distinction would be meaningless (if you really care about security, say, you'd have to pick somebody different than if you really cared about Web services).

Ah, but the headline says "ten" most influential Webloggers! I'm curious - who would you put on your list? Tell me (either by e-mail or by clicking on the comment link below) who'd make your top-ten list (or why you think my list is all wrong) - let's see if we can use this collaborative technology to develop a top-ten list. If you want to review techbloggers in general, here's a list of 53 technology-related Weblogs from our Links pages (note, those links will bring up links to get to the blogs - my apologies for the extra step!).

Phil Wainewright
His Loosely Coupled blog is the place to go if you want to know the story behind all those Web services announcements - he tells you what they means, and why you should care (or not, as the case may be).

Dan Gilmor
Dan, columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, explains the nexus between technology, politics and policy.

Dave Winer
Love him or hate him (and there seems to be no middle ground when it comes to Winer), his Scripting News is a must read if you're thinking about the future of information and content sharing on the Internet.

Phil Windley
He's the former CIO for the state of Utah and his Weblog covers the breadth of stuff today's IS and networking pros need to keep up with - from security to network architecture to management (both of devices and staff).

Amy Wohl
The long-time technology observer serves up interesting tidbits - and her analysis.

Troy Jessup
Unlike most of the other people on this list, Jessup doesn't feel compelled to post something every day. But his thoughts on network security are well worth the wait - they'll make the wheels in your head start to spin as you ponder how to apply them to your network.

Roland Piquepaille
He's kind of a classic blogger - he ferrets out interesting stuff, then links to it. Only what he specializes in is seemingly exotic, futuristic stuff that could someday become commonplace (from robots with "feminine intuition" to wearable computers).

Glenn Fleishman
If you just can't get enough wireless news and analysis from our wireless research center, Fleishman's Wi-Fi Networking News will make sure you've met your own minimum daily requirement of wireless.

Ray Ozzie
One of the key developer's of today's collaborative workplace (think Lotus Notes), Ozzie is another blogger who doesn't post every day - but when he does, you want to set aside some time. Take, for example, his Saving the Browser piece on how Lotus Notes might be the prior art that would invalidate that Eolas patent on browser technologies.

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Although he is not directly in your line of questioning, I don't think, I'd add Joel Spolsky to the list ( He does not comment on the daily machinations of info tech (nor does he post daily), but he has insightful and well-written things to say about the art and business of creating software.

Posted by: mike on September 15, 2003 09:48 PM

I like Robert Scoble's blog. Microsoft is a very important company and Robert's blog keeps me up to date on what's going on.

Posted by: John on September 19, 2003 10:30 AM

Phil Windley? Yeah..he's the guy that was uncerimoniously fired as CIO of Utah for his hiring practices.

Posted by: Craig Berntson on September 19, 2003 11:49 AM

I beg to differ. Ray Ozzie almost never posts. the Corante Many-to-Many group is key and where's Joi Ito. Ever heard of Joi iTo? Or BoingBoing?

Posted by: Marc Canter on September 19, 2003 12:22 PM

Where's an Instapundit when you need one?

Posted by: Tom Foolery on September 21, 2003 08:36 PM

Overall I really like this article. It has been hard for me to explain to Non-Techie's what a Blog is. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: ASER on September 24, 2003 10:42 AM

Phil Windley is a Genius! If you want to
learn updated info...his Blog has it all.

BTW...the State of Utah is foolish to have let Phil go....their loss!

Posted by: Suzy on October 1, 2003 02:49 PM

Roland Piquepaille just plaigarises other writers content in an effort to gain advertising impressions as his own original content is non existant
shame really as he puts down all the honest bloggers who work hard to create new articles

Posted by: James Hanahan on August 15, 2004 09:16 PM

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