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Yep you guessed it, the blog that has killed this technology blog is called Technology Bloggers. So that I can dedicate more time to building a fantastic community blog, I have 'killed' Christopher Roberts Technology Blog - although what a great life it had!

So many articles and yet not a single comment! WordPress powered Technology Bloggers however can offer you comments, you can become an author, control your articles, your profile etc. The best thing about technology bloggers is that it is a community blog, meaning that it is 100% dofollow. You comment, you benefit; you read, you benefit; your write, you benefit - it really is that simple!


Technology Bloggers can now be found at TechnologyBloggers.org. Before this I had planned to put the blog on Technology-Bloggers.com or TechnologyBloggers.co.uk. Why didn't I? Read the about Technology Bloggers page and all will become clear Smiley Face
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This is Christopher Roberts Technology Blog - over and out!

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Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 15th April 2011

The Death of My Technology Blog

You did read the title write, this is the end of my technology blog. This weekend, my technology blog is going to die.

 You can say goodbye to this brilliant blog, and hello to something fantastic and new. For a while now I had planned to 'destroy' my technology blog and do one of two things: 1, Revamp it, so that it is powered by WordPress, or 2, Rename it, so it is on it's own totally new domain powered by WordPress. I have decided to do nether.

But wait, does that mean Christopher Roberts Technology Blog will cease to exist?

Yes.

But... it's not all bad news.

As Christopher Roberts Technology Blog dies, a new blog will rise from the ashes. This blog is not going to be like my current one in many ways. First off, not only will I be talking about technology, but also about social media, blogging, science, SEO and more...

The other main difference is that my new blog is going to be a community blog. What does this mean? Well, I will own the domain and have administrator access to the blog, but, anyone will be able to read, comment and write for this blog. The idea is that I can gather bloggers from all walks of tech life, and have them write all to write in one place. This will not be an alternative to their blog, but an extra place to write.

Full The Death of My Technology Blog article >>

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 25th March 2011

Does Your Mobile Phone Contract Cost Too Much?

Ever found that you are trapped in a seemingly never ending contract, with a provide you just can't get along with? Read this guest post by Ricky and hopefully you won't have this problem again Smiley Face

If you dread opening your mobile phone bill every month, you are not alone. Too often the mobile customer finds their monthly bills far higher than expected; padded with unexpected charges and overage fees. To make matters worse, they are probably locked into a one to two year contract with their service provider. Mobile phone providers offer such a confusing array of plans and deals, that it can be difficult for the consumer to find the service that both meets their needs and is cost effective. 
Open QuoteAmong the readers who responded to an informal poll on our Electronics blog, almost two-thirds of those who had a contract plan reported using only about 200 of the average 600 minutes in their plan.Close Quote
Source: Consumer Reports magazine January 2010 edition

As with any purchase, it's important to do your homework before you sign on the dotted line. The best way to save on mobile costs is to ensure that you choose a plan that fits your calling pattern. Before you start to shop around for phone service, analyse your mobile phone needs. Are you a talker or a texter? How many anytime minutes do you use in the average month?

Full Does Your Mobile Phone Contract Cost Too Much article >>

Posted By: Ricky (Guest Author)
Date posted: 14th March 2011

The End of the Space Race

Today the oldest of America's space shuttles (the Discovery shuttle) has landed back on Earth for the last time.

Today’s landing brought the end to Discovery’s 27-year long career.

Spending on space exploration has been stalling in recent years, as less less governments around the world invest in space exploration. This decline in government investment has however come at a time when private spending on space projects is rapidly increasing. My first article of the year talked about mobile phones in space, just one example of private investment in space and it's many uses.

When man landed on the moon for the first time in 1969, it was the United States government that sent Apollo 11 to the moon. Mars was the next target, and before the global recession President Barack Obama said how he hoped to be landing on this planet by the 2030's. Is this still possible though? With less spending on space by governments will this still be possible, and if so will it be private investors that take us there?
 Moon Buggy Mark II (NASA)

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Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 9th March 2011

Dofollow and Nofollow

In a recent comment by Diana from Elephant's Eye on my philosophy blog she said: "Please, can you point me to an explanation for dofollow?" she then went on to say how she was "mystified by dofollow". Are you? No prizes for guessing the topic for this article. Smiley Face

A nofollowed link
A followed link
 If you regularly browse the internet, you may have come across the term dofollow, or possibly nofollow, so what exactly is dofollow?

If you were talking about dofollow and nofollow, you would usually be talking about links. Now a nofollowed link is one that passes no RageRank or link juice. This means that if you comment on a blog which has the rel="nofollow" or rel="external nofollow" that blog passes no link juice to its commenters. If you comment on such a blog, you are receiving no benefit as far as search engines are concerned if you put in a URL or not. Any traffic (people who click the link) generated of that link is 100% normal though, users without knowledge of nofollow would know no different if the link were nofollow or dofollow.

Followed (or dofollowed as they are more commonly known) links carry PageRank. These are links which have no rel="nofollow" or rel="external nofollow" tags in the link. They don't have a rel="follow" or a rel="dofollow" tag in, as that is not a valid tag! To make sure a link is followed, check it doesn't have the word nofollow in the start of the link tag.

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Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 28th February 2011

The Internet is Growing

Almost 300 exabytes is quite a lot of storage space isn't it? Read my article on computer bytes and you will see just how big an exabyte is.

Growth - Is it good and is it sustainable? Well 300 exabytes is the estimated size of the internet at the moment. That's a massive amount of data. If you were to assume that the average computer has a half a terabyte hard disk, then that amount of data would need over 2 million computers to be stored on.

That's not the the end of the story though. Every year the internet grows massively. It's predicted that in the last few years is being growing between 20% and 50% each year. If it were 50% that would mean that the internet is doubling in size year on year. In 2012 you would need over 4 million computers to store the internet on, and by 2020 at a 50% growth rate, you would need over 2.048 billion computers!

Full The Internet is Growing article >>

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 21st February 2011

Design Updates

Just a quick article to let you know about some small changes that I have made to my tech blog today.

Firstly you may have notices that the top bar is now a little lighter than before. I thought my technology blog looked a bit dark, and possibly a bit dingy. To fix this I have lightened the header space up, giving it a bigger, lighter feel.

I have also made a few small changes to other parts of the blog, including:
  • Touching up some of the articles - to improve the grammar or to make the HTML 'tidier'
  • Speeding up the site - I have modified bits of code try and make my blog load quicker
  • Modifying the sidebar - in an attempt to make it easier to use, so you can spend more time reading and less time searching
  • Linking to my Facebook page - you can now find a link on the sidebar, which if you follow will let you fan my technology blog on Facebook, this will let you get updates in your feed when a new article is released, or when there is some other news relating to my blog
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Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 7th February 2011

Old Tech Is New Tech

If you have heard the news at all in the last few weeks, then you will be aware of the situation in Tunisia.

After days of protests and the defiance of night curfews, President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country and an emergency government was formed out of the current government and the opposition.

A few days after Tunisia left the headlines, it was replaced with Egypt. A similar situation is unfolding there now; Egyptians are on the streets protesting for the removal of President Hosni Mubarak.

To try and calm the nation, the Egyptian authorities have sent tanks onto the streets, imposed curfews across the country and restricted the use of the internet. The vast majority of the country’s internet has become unreachable.
 A tin can and string phone - Basic technology

Full Old Tech Is New Tech article >>

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 1st February 2011

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