UK Magazines - anyone else completely given up?

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Lordy, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. Lordy

    Lordy Guest

    I stopped buying PC magazines about 2 years ago. They never seem quite sure
    of their target audience and whenever there was a group review of something
    I knew a little about it always seemed a little flawed, making me wonder
    about taking their advice on things I dont know so much about.

    They are also expensive! I would be tempted if for example their reviews
    were written by respective specialist forums/websites (eg StorageReview,
    CdFreaks etc), but it always seems like someone in the office gets picked
    at random to learn about a bit of hardware in one week and write a group
    test.

    I did buy a computer Shopper last month because it had the excellent
    Acronis Partition Expert 2003 on the cover disc. (This is better than
    Partition Magic IMO and correctly recognises some Linux partitioning
    schemes unlike PM).. anyway the DVD Writer review in there is awful and
    based soley on burn speed and nothing else. So I'll keep casting my eye
    over the cover discs but the contents leave much to be desired.
     
    Lordy, Nov 7, 2004
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    David Baxter Guest

    I'm a subscriber to Personal Computer World magazine; I get the DVD edition
    through my door monthly. While I try and stick with it, and while I feel I'm
    getting excellent value for my money, it is nice to pick up another title
    occasionally, to see how what the grass is like on the other side, if you
    will.

    I've found with PCW that they'll have "good" months where I find a majority
    of the articles interesting, and there's excellent content on the DVD, and
    then there's "bad" months where I'll only find a couple of articles
    interesting, the DVD content isn't anything to shout about, and I wonder
    what the reviewers were smoking... But as long as I feel there's more "good"
    months than "bad", I'll keep subscribing. It's quite often worth it just for
    the DVD content - I know if I'd bought the products they've had on their
    DVDs from a retail outlet, I'd've paid much, much more for them.

    I wouldn't rule out that I'd change magazine in the future, but for now, PCW
    is just fine for me.

    Regards,
    Dave
     
    David Baxter, Nov 7, 2004
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    Conor Guest

    PC Format seems to have the best reviews. Stayed away from Computer
    Shopper when it became nothing more than a 200 page advert pamphlet.
     
    Conor, Nov 7, 2004
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    Paul Hopwood Guest

    I admire your staying power! I stopped all my subscriptions about 6
    or 7 years ago, when the Internet started became a viable alternative
    for researching subjects, products and suppliers. I've since brought
    no more than a handful, mainly to fill the time during long haul
    flights and the like. For intellectual value I'd probably be better
    off buying a copy of "Womans Own" or something were it not for the
    embarrassment factor and weird looks I'd get from fellow travelers!
    ;-)

    Most reviews I've read are highly questionable, clearly written by
    journalists with limited technical ability evaluating a product over a
    limited amount of time and rarely reflect usefulness or reliability of
    the products over it's lifetime. They regularly recommend products I
    wouldn't touch with a barge pole. I'm of a similar view to you; they
    get it wrong often enough that I know about that I wouldn't trust
    their advice on subjects I'm less knowledgeable about.


    --
     
    Paul Hopwood, Nov 7, 2004
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    recursor Guest

    I admire your staying power! I stopped all my subscriptions about 6
    or 7 years ago, when the Internet started became a viable alternative
    for researching subjects, products and suppliers. I've since brought
    no more than a handful, mainly to fill the time during long haul
    flights and the like. For intellectual value I'd probably be better
    off buying a copy of "Womans Own" or something were it not for the
    embarrassment factor and weird looks I'd get from fellow travelers!
    ;-)

    ...Most reviews I've read are highly questionable, clearly written by
    ...journalists with limited technical ability evaluating a product over a
    ...limited amount of time and rarely reflect usefulness or reliability of
    ...the products over it's lifetime. They regularly recommend products I
    ...wouldn't touch with a barge pole. I'm of a similar view to you; they
    ...get it wrong often enough that I know about that I wouldn't trust
    ...their advice on subjects I'm less knowledgeable about.

    Yup! that's right and there's also the unquantifiable relationship between their product reviews
    and who is currently spending big advertising bucks in their mags.
     
    recursor, Nov 8, 2004
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    Lordy Guest

    [Deliberately un-snipped]

    Hi recursor,

    Your quoting can result in confusion - but I got there in the end.
    Also suggest adopting the '>'. Many moons ago I was rebuked for using
    '@'
    because I though it looked good!
     
    Lordy, Nov 8, 2004
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    recursor Guest

    "Lordy" wrote in message
    You're right, it's starting to dawn on me that the other 500 million Usenet users probably aren't
    suddenly going start doing it my way, it's just that for some reason I find ' > ' very unattractive,
    especially when it starts to accumulate in a long unsnipped thread :)
     
    recursor, Nov 8, 2004
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  8. recursor wrote:

    "Lordy" wrote in message

    ">[Deliberately re-un-snipped]

    ">Hi recursor,
    ">Your quoting can result in confusion - but I got there in the end.
    ">Also suggest adopting the '>'. Many moons ago I was rebuked for using
    "'@'
    ">because I though it looked good!
    "
    "You're right, it's starting to dawn on me that the other 500 million
    "Usenet users probably aren't
    "suddenly going start doing it my way, it's just that for some reason I
    "find ' > ' very unattractive,
    "especially when it starts to accumulate in a long unsnipped thread :)

    I used to use quote characters to quote (as above) which seemed
    sensible, and was criticised. But this wasn?t just because people wanted
    to tick to the Old Ways: it was pointed out that the better newsreaders
    recognised the ">", and use it for highlighting in colour and paragraph
    reformatting. Similarly the "-- " separator is recognised and acted on.

    Some people like to use
    for recursor

    Best wishes,
     
    Michael Salem, Nov 8, 2004
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  9. Their reviews are also always a month or two out of date compared to
    tomshardware or hardocp or anandtech. But its nice to get almost free
    versions of software that would otherwise cost quite a lot.
     
    Asfand Yar Qazi, Nov 8, 2004
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    Lordy Guest

    Lordy, Nov 9, 2004
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    Justin C Guest

    You've not seen it on a recent cover disk have you? I'm on the verge of
    buying it - but would rather not if I can avoid it... especially seeing
    as I need it for one job only (though I may find further uses).

    Justin.
     
    Justin C, Nov 9, 2004
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    Lordy Guest

    Its on Dec 2004 Computer Shopper. This is the Personal Edition, not exactly
    sure what the difference is bet that and the normal version, it resized a
    partition for me just fine, keeping data intact.

    The sad thing is, I had it already, I though this was a newer version, but
    was the same one I already had installed!
    Lordy
     
    Lordy, Nov 9, 2004
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    Justin C Guest

    Thanks for that, I'll check out the difference before I go and buy it.

    Justin.
     
    Justin C, Nov 9, 2004
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