Things can change in a heartbeat on the Internet. In the nearly nine years that I have published articles here on Ghacks I have seen sites come and go.
Back when I started out, I looked up to the guys from the Download Squad, Cybernetnews, or the old Lifehacker that published so many great articles, reviews, tips and links that it was sometimes difficult to decide what to write about.
The tech blogging landscape has changed a lot in the past two years. Great blogs have been shut down completely or were abandoned by their authors, while new sites were only launched sporadically and with little lasting success.
What you find now on the Internet are large corporate sites or at least sites with strong financial backing that write about tech topics among other things.
The issue here is that those articles are rarely good. Don't get me wrong, they are well written but they are too generic to be of much use most of the time. Still, those sites tend to rank better in the search engines than "smaller" sites.
Note that I'm not referring to hardware or "gadget" sites, but sites like mine that concentrate on software, tutorials and Internet services mostly.
Here is a short list of tech sites that I miss dearly. The list is far from complete, so feel free to leave a comment below to add sites that you miss to the list.
- Download Squad - This site was on the forefront of tech news for many years. Most of what I cover here on Ghacks was also covered on Download Squad. I was able to find new programs, web services or tips on the site on a near daily basis. It went downhill when AOL acquired the Huffington Post, decided to merge the site with Switched, to then shut it down completely. The Download Squad archive is still accessible on the Internet, but no new posts have been published since April 2011 on it. No link, as the main page links to the Huffington Post now.
- Cybernetnews - Well, the site has not been shut down, but it has not been updated since December 2012. Created by Ryan Wagner in 2005 (a good year for tech sites), it quickly became one of my favorite tech blogs to follow. A strong focus of the site were tutorials that Ryan posted on it, software reviews, as well as reviews of web services.
- Freeware Genius - One of the greatest freeware review sites of all times. Samer's site was hit hard -- and in my opinion unfairly -- by Google's Panda update. While I cannot say for sure that this is the reason that the blog is updated rarely these days, I can wholeheartedly say that I hope that this site recovers from it so that Samer starts to publish articles more frequently on it.
- Shell Extension City - Not a tech blog but a site that posted a handful of tech related links each day, usually to interesting software programs or web services. It is still online and attempts were made to revive it multiple times, but the posting frequency has been really low in recent years.
- Raymond.cc -Raymond's blog is also still around, but posts are made infrequently on it. The site offered great software tutorials and reviews, and was one of my go-to sites for these things.
- Rarst.net - Another site that has not seen an update in years. Rarst did not post much when he was active on his site, but when he posted something, it was always interesting to read. He had a strong focus on web technologies and programming, but did cover other programs and services of interest as well.
- Lifehacker - Well, the site is still active and maybe even more popular than it ever was. But, the contents have changed dramatically over the years. Tech is not the main focus of the site anymore, and while you find articles about tech on it fairly regularly, they most of the time link to other sites where those contents were published on. Used to visit this site daily, now I only look at it once a week maybe, if at all.
That's my short list of sites that I liked a lot. Have anything to add to that?