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What is your opinion of PC World?

By Tink! ·
When I first stumbled into IT, it somehow came about that my company offered to pay for a subscription to the magazine, PC World.

For 2 years I received this publication and thought it to be fairly informative. At least it was to me at that time in my young IT life.

Lately I have really questioned the integrity of the information and the editors of PC World. I still receive their e-newsletter of downloads and some of the programs they suggest are either sub-par in quality or just questionable in usage. For example - You tube downloader. Seeing as how we already touched on the idea that downloading or capturing streamed music without rightfully paying for it is illegal, should a publication really offer this to their readers? Or is it a trap to see how many people actually download it? (it's Free)

I no longer give PC World the esteem that I once did years ago. What does the TR populace have to say about them?

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They were a fairly good mag

by Jaqui In reply to What is your opinion of P ...

long ago.
but they went the way of the home gamer type, making them useless for tech info.

I remember their multi-page product reviews and listings, which they killed off some years back. That was when I stopped even looking through it for anything of value.

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I used to refer people to those reviews

by Tink! In reply to They were a fairly good m ...

long ago. Back when Ask.com was a site forum for "experts" to provide answers.

If it weren't for the fact that a few of their download suggestions are actually useful (and free) - I doubt I'd even think of PC World these days.

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I picked up something

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I used to refer people to ...

called FileGrabber there years ago. I'm glad I keep downloaded installers - haven't seen it anywhere for years now.
Handy dandy little freebie - copies Windows Explorer right-hand pane contents allowing for printing of them. Still use it. But wondering how Vista will fare with it. Still haven't tried it there.

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Magazines

by Ed Woychowsky In reply to They were a fairly good m ...

They seem to be going down the same path as Byte; ads, fluff and eventual obivion (for pay online corpse). Even Dr. Dobb's is a shadow of it's former self.

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I didn't subscribe

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What is your opinion of P ...

to their magazine. But I did spend a lot of time there reading for awhile. I also downloaded a few handy dandy freebies. Things do seem to have changed over there. The last couple things I downloaded (don't remember any more what) gummed up the works. Ain't been back.

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yes quality really has degraded

by Tink! In reply to I didn't subscribe

I check the reviews and thumbs up/down on the downloads before I try one and lately there's been alot more down than up.

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Not bad,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to What is your opinion of P ...

I subscribe to it at work. It's cheap enough and give me something to read when I go out for lunch.

As Jaqui noted, there's too much home electronics / non-PC content. PC Magazine suffered from the same disease from 2005 through 2007. They got their act back together in 2008, only to stop paper publication at the beginning of 2009.

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I could have gotten PC magazine

by Tink! In reply to Not bad,

too probably. At the time though, I deemed it frivolous to have so many magazines about the same subjects. Plus back then I felt PC Magazine was a little to "hefty" for me.

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All printed publications are suffering

by mjd420nova In reply to What is your opinion of P ...

Just like the situation that is happening with newspapers throughout the country, they are suffering from lack of subscribers and as a result the advertising revenue has fallen and it becomes a vicious circle. I spend a couple hours a week at Borders, settled in a chair, reading the mags I'm interested in but seldom buying. Why, most have broadened their scope of articles in an attempt to increase their readership and it has backfired on them. I see many publications that have slanted their reviews towards rating their advertisers higher than the other manufacturers. I see this as just a way of keeping the advertisers they do have happy. This gives them a bad reputation and again drives more subscribers away. I can find almost all of the info I need on the web and save myself the cost of a subscription. Many years ago, actually over 40, I had close to $500. worth of yearly subscriptions to various mags, then they decided to start making some extra money by selling their mailing lists. I began changing the name under which I subscribed by using different initials and apartment numbers and department names. This allowed me to track where certain junk mail was getting their mailing lists and I cancelled those pubs. This didn't halt all the junk mail though, some of the publishers were selling mailing lists that were a couple years old. How many out there remember the BYTE magazine? At first it was a very good read until the pages of advertising outnumbered the article pages. It went from a modest 75 to 100 page mag to over 500 pages that was close to 75% advertising. My mailman really let me know he wasn't happy lugging that thing around once a month.

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It was very good a LONG time ago

by JackOfAllTech In reply to What is your opinion of P ...

I maintained a subscription for several years way back but cancelled when the things you mentioned started happening.

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