Upgrade

Technology Blog, by: David Monaghan.

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Upgrade is a technology blog started by myself (David Monaghan) in order to supply technology information to my family and friends who are interested in keeping up with the current trends but don't have the time to keep up with today's fast paced markets. The problem with most technology web-sites as I see it is the limited scope each seems to inherit from either the personality of the creator(s) or the trends of other sites and services already available. I prefer to remain focused on providing information which applies to the definition of the word, "Technology".


Dictionary definition of technology;

tech·nol·o·gy (tĕk-nŏl'ə-jē)
n., pl. -gies.

    1. The application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives.
    2. The scientific method and material used to achieve a commercial or industrial objective.
  1. Electronic or digital products and systems considered as a group: a store specializing in office technology.
  2. Anthropology. The body of knowledge available to a society that is of use in fashioning implements, practicing manual arts and skills, and extracting or collecting materials.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2004, 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Wikipedia information about technology;

Technology is a word with origins in the Greek word technologia (τεχνολογια), techne (τεχνη) "craft" + logia (λογια) "saying". It is an encompassing term dealing with the use and knowledge of humanity's tools and crafts.

Disambiguation of technology

Depending on context, the word technology has the following definitions and uses:

Technology as tool

In its most common use, technology refers to tools and machines that may be used to help solve problems. In this use, technology is a far-reaching term that may include both simple tools, such as a wooden spoon, and complex tools, such as the space station or the written sets of procedures and maintenance manuals for it.

Technology as technique

In this use, technology is the current state of our knowledge of how to combine resources to produce desired products, to solve problems, to fulfill needs, or to satisfy wants. Technology in this sense includes technical methods, skills, processes, techniques, tools and raw materials. (E.g., in such use as computer technology, construction technology, or medical technology).

Technology as a cultural force

A culture forming or modifying activity (such as— in part of its meaning— manufacturing technology, infrastructure technology, or space-travel technology). (McGinn). As a cultural activity, technology predates both science and engineering, which are attempts to formalize some parts of technological endeavor. This is not to imply that technology is the only or the necessarily dominant culture forming activity. Indeed, culture itself acts strongly upon, and shapes the form and nature of technology. However, due to the increasingly widespread use of ever more complex technologies and their frequently unintended consequences, problems arise in their use. Such topics include (but are not limited to) technological ethics, environmental impacts, technological by-products, and technological risk. The cultural force of technology (e.g., as seen in the invention of writing) may truly be said to be the driving force that sets us apart from the rest of the flora and fauna of Earth.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Technology".


I prefer the Wikipedia description of the term because it apparently applies to every use of the word and contains the type of view I hold. This blog focuses on not only discussing topics which fall under this description, but also uses it in order to structure these discussions in order to be as complete as possible. For example, when discussing a topic concerning a piece of electronic technology (a tool) we can be sure to discuss ways that this tool relates to a technique and a cultural force. I do hope to entertain, enlighten, and enjoy the readers of this blog, so please take some time to contact me in any way you can. I can be reached via email at monaghan.david@gmail.com, I have Google Talk which uses the same address, this blog allows anyone to submit comments and I will be notified via email upon their submission, I have a MySpace page at http://myspace.com/monaghandavid (not a frequent visitor but I again get email notification upon comments and mail in MySpace), I also have my personal blog which also accepts comments at http://monaghandavid.wordpress.com. Any feedback, criticism, and comments are welcome.

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