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This may be a silly question to ask on slashdot, but here goes. "How do you stay on top of technology?"

Technology of any field changes often enough that any technologist needs to be proactive in keeping on top of his field, lest his erstwhile knowledge be nothing more than last-year's news, and the people relying on him for his techyness be dissapointed that he simply is no longer on top of his field.

Whether it's the latest in hardware or software, versions or prices, or simply what is popular, it can take a great deal of time to realize what is going on, and then actually keep up with it. Slashdot (and Digg, et al) aggregate quite a bit, but also require constant reading (missing a day may miss the "important" news).

So, how do you stay on top of it all, and how much time do you devote to it?

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Question: How to you stay on top of technology?

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  • What areas do you need to keep on top of? I would expect that the news you actually need for your job is a tiny percentage of all the tech news out there. The problem isn't that there's so much news to keep track of but that it's so hard to pick out the relevant bits from the news sources you're currently using.

    There are usually online communities and/or news sites with very specific focus on individual technologies. You are probably best off with the one site that comes closest to being targeted exactly at
    • The problem isn't that there's so much news to keep track of but that it's so hard to pick out the relevant bits from the news sources you're currently using.

      That's half of it. The other is something "locking" what's new until it is updated, so someone who comes late to the game can see what he missed.

      What i want specifically is hardware and to a lesser extent OSS software. Do you know of a site that simple lists the basics?
  • I mostly rely on Slashdot for my tech news; I figure anything big will end up here within a few days, and lots of small stuff that is interesting, too. I used to waste a lot of time trying to make sure I hadn't missed any stories if I didn't get to read it for a couple days, I guess because I'm a bit paranoid about it.

    What I used to do was use the search page [slashdot.org], but not put in any keywords so that it would simply list all stories, in all sections. The problem, of course, was that it only lists 30 stories at a
    • by Chacham (981) *
      Interesting. But i already subscribe to slashdot daily email. Is that the same as RSS, or does RSS have another feature?
  • /. and dansdata.com

    I used to keep up with 5 or so, now I have fallen behind. :( I do not even have an in-depth understanding of the architectural details of the latest CPUs!!
    • I do not even have an in-depth understanding of the architectural details of the latest CPUs!!

      Yep, me too.

      Interesting link, thanx.
      • Ddansdata rocks, I have learned a lot from him. He is really down to earth, and his reviews tend to deal with actual "oh can I use this to find my way to the car, you know, one of those jobs a flashlight should do?" type of things. Not that he won't review insane lights, like the one on his front page right now. :)

        He reviews anything, at one point he was THE repository for heatsink reviews, for some reason every body kept sending him heatsinks to review, it was ridicules, he had this huge database! He al
        • Thanx, and thanx. I will have to check the site out, if you give it such a good review.

          I appreciate your efforts. I don't mean to control your life. Just to squeeze the really good info out of you. It's good to know you. :)

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