Technologizer’s Fifteen Most Popular Stories of 2008

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It’s the time of year for year-in-review pieces–or, in Technologizer’s case, for a 5.5-months-in-review one, since the site only really got rolling in mid-July. So here are our fifteen most popular article so far, as gauged by page views. Enjoy ’em again for the first time!

1. The Thirteen Greatest Error Messages of All Time (September): Who would have thought that error messages could be so popular? To date, this article has generated more than twice as many page views as Technologizer’s second-biggest hit.

2. Apple Patentmania: 31 Years of Big Ideas (December): I found myself fascinated by the drawings that Apple created to docment the Apple II, the Mac, the iPod, and a lot of stuff that never went anywhere, so I shared a bunch of them in a slideshow.

3. Is the New MacBook Expensive? (October): My follow-up to my earlier stories comparing the prices of Macs and vaguely comparable Windows machines turned out to be an even bigger hit than previous installments.

4. Are Macs More Expensive? Let’s Do the Math Once and For All (August): If you conclude that Macs cost more than similar Windows boxes, you’ll provoke debate. If you say they don’t cost more, you’ll provoke debate.

5. FireWire Isn’t Alone: A Brief History of Features Apple Has Killed (October): When the new MacBook’s lack of FireWire prompted controversy, I thought back to earlier examples of Apple eliminating features before all of its customers were ready to see them go.

6. Is Swoopo Nothing More Than a Well-Designed Gimmick? (September): Ed Oswald’s story on an oddball auction site started a conversation among Technologizer readers that just keeps going and going.

7. The T-Grid: BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone 3G (October): A quick feature comparison of RIM’s first touchscreen phone and the most famous touchscreen phone of ’em all.

8. Needed for Chrome: The Google Toolbar (September): I was sorry to see that Google’s Web browser didn’t support Google’s otherwise pervasive toolbar. So were a heck of a lot of other people.

9. Apple’s New MacBook Pro: The Technologizer Review (October): I used the “unibody” Mac notebook and mostly liked the experience (hey, the machine I bought to review became my primary laptop).

10. iFrauds: The Fakest iPods Ever! (December): I wasted time and money by attending a liquidation sale that was rife with sleazy iPod knockoffs, and turned lemons into lemonade by turning it into the experience into a Technologizer slideshow.

11. Windows 7 First Impressions: Hey, This Looks Pretty Good (October): I took the preview edition of the next version of Windows for a spin, and found that it feels like a Windows Vista with fewer major annoyances.

12. The 13 Other Greatest Error Messages of All Time (October): So many commenters on our first roundup of error messages brought up additional ones that their submissions made for a popular sequel.

13. Ten Questions About Google Chrome (September): The moment I heard that Google was releasing a Web browser, I recorded my initial musings about what it might mean for Google and for the Web.

14. State of the Browser Betas: A Technologizer Cheat Sheet (December): Upgrades to every major browser are on the way, so I quickly summarized what’s new about the new versions, and how to get them.

15. The First $1000 iPhone Application (September): Many iPhone apps are free; some are 99 cents; ones that are ten bucks are on the pricey side. And then there was the one that cost a cool grand.

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