In days of yore when PC magazines ruled
I've just been having a look around to see how one of my favorite PC magazines of old is doing and am sad to see that PC Format appears to be barely hanging on in the UK whilst having shut down some of it's overseas versions. The distribution betweek 2008-2012 has seen it's distribution cut by a third - PC Format - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and it's not just them.
I am hankering back to what I consider the 'golden age' of PC Magazines in about 1999-2000 when the take up of computers in the home was at it's peak, the internet had not yet begun to bite into printed puiblications and you got 'A £1000 of software on our coverdisk'!.
The technoclogy was chnaging rapidly and the reviews sections packed to the gills with ever developing graphics cards seemingly updated on a 3 monthly basis, sound cards which varied in price up to stupid levels yet with no dicernable sound differance between them given the speaker and headset technology of the time and each edition running to several hundred pages not least due to adverts provided by manufacturers and suppliers most of whome no longer exist.
Compared to now where the PC Pro I brought last week was so thin I mistook it for a US magazine (their computer magazine market is in real decline), with free software (well, download codes) that was pretty much useless and did absoloutly nothing I neeed it made me realise that although everyhting has moved onto the internet I kind of miss having a nice thick magazine to work my way through.
I wish I'd kept a few tbh. They'd make quite interesting reading now!