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Having recently transcended into the world of techies?, I felt I needed to get a magazine to make sure I am keeping up with the latest internet related issues, but when I looked at the magazines I was like 'well which one?!' After half an hour or so I decided on .Net (I think I was persuaded by the free CD containing programs worth over £300) and I have been buying it ever since. Every month I'm off to WHSmith to get my .Net mag (which seems to be the only place to stock it unfortunately). There are few magazines that I read from cover to cover but this one I do, I even read the welcome note inside the front cover. I accidentally missed a copy once but it's OK because you can read all the past articles on their website. The things I really like about this magazine include: Free CD's - every month they include a CD (sometimes 2) containing free programs, some examples of which have been Actinic Catalogue, Spy Cleaner, IMS Web Spinner and Command Anti Virus. Some of the free stuff is a bit naff but often worth a look (Hey It's FREE!!). The magazine also includes sections on how to use these programs. There is a help section where people write in with their computer related questions, I have found many an answer to my problems through these pages. As an up and coming web developer I particularly enjoy the web-building section. This is written by professional designers and frequently includes articles on HTML, Flash, actionscript, ecommerce and building web applications. It is always up to date on the latest hot topics, for example the October issue includes a very interesting section on site promotion and search engine submission. Whilst being really useful for web builders, .Net has other information in it that is more generally related to the internet. There is the Net Gamer section where they review games and give you hints and tips, and the Quick Clicks section which contains silly w ebsites that .Net think are worth a mention for some light relief! The Net Gear section features 'the coolest gadgets and hottest hardwear'. If you subscribe you get a discount and often this includes special offers such as a years free hosting when you take out a subscription. If you are new to web development I would definitely recommend buying this magazine. I myself am fairly new and it has really helped me figure out what's what! Even when I am more experienced I think I will carry on buying it as it keeps you up to date in the world that is internet. On the down side: WHSmith seem to be the only place to sell this magazine, which is not a problem for me as there is one near me, but this may be a pain for others. This magazine contains lots of adverts, mainly for web hosting companies, but these don't really distract too much from the content as they are relevant to the nature of the magazine. I really must get around to subscribing to this magazine! Not only would I get 38% off the price but I just missed an offer where I would have got one years free hosting along with the subscription. Perhaps I'll wait and see what next months offer is. I have to admit I have not bought any other magazines that are in the same category. I have flicked through them in the shop but at a fiver a time none have persuaded me to buy them - I'll stick with my .Net thanks very much!
"A" magazine…NOT just "ANY" magazine. Yes, I have subscribed to this magazine well over two years now and can personally assure you this is one of the absolute best one's around. It provides helpful and innovative articles on various issues that we are faced with in everyday lives around the net. The software CD that comes along with the magazine highlights some of the popular programs that many of us shall use at some point in time. The articles range from your day to day Internet Service Providers (ISP) listings to the more serious articles such as avoiding pornography on the internet to making your computer safer to hackers (firewalls, Anti-virus applications etc). There is also a help section in the magazine that does provide some rather helpful links towards your general Internet Explorer problems, Web design problems and even some technical suggestions such as dial-up and networking issues. I must say, no matter whether you are a beginner, intermediate or an expert user of the Internet, this magazine shall have something for everyone. Though, I must say, from when the magazine was first released to what it is at present, the information provided (articles) has become lesser and the software selection provided is getting rather outdated. They also seem to be a lot more focussed on generating revenue from advertisements (almost a whole 10-15 pages of adverts) that provides little or no-benefit for readers who want to capture information. Nevertheless, get a few issues of this magazine and try out for yourself. You can always stop buying this magazine if you get bored with it, though I have my doubts on that happening.
If your new or experienced to the internet and want a brake from straining your eyes in front of the monitor, get a copy of .net from your local news agents and you'll see just how great this magazine really is. .net always has great summaries of any major happenings over the past month and exciting news on any forthcomings. One of the best parts of the magazine for me is the web tutorials for creating different aspects of your own web site whether it be graphics, layouts or special codes such as cgi or php which has been the main topic lately, there’s always some thing new every month which any one can try. Newbies or the more advanced. The magazine caters for all. Young or old, new to the net or the experienced. In every issue you will see reviews on the latest hardware relevant to the net, the latest software and also site of the month giving you an excellent guide and idea for what to buy and what not and the best sites to visit. The price of the magazine is very reasonable even though it went up 50p 2 months ago, at £4.50 with a great CD full of the latest and greatest web tools you cant do without and occasionally you’ll find 2 CDs on the cover, you cant ask for more. The only things I might quibble about are the piles of adverts and the AOL cds. No one should be cruel enough to encourage use of AOL!
In my opinion, if you are looking to buy a magazine concerning anything to do with the internet, this is the best there is. I have been buying .net for about 18 months now and in every issue I always find the articles detailed, fun, easy and informative to read. .net always has great summaries of any major happenings over the past month and exciting news on any forthcomings. One of the best parts of the magazine for me is the web tutorials for creating different aspects of your own web site whether it be graphics, layouts or special codes such as cgi or php which has been the main topic lately, there’s always some thing new every month which any one can try. Newbies or the more advanced. The magazine caters for all. Young or old, new to the net or the experienced. In every issue you will see reviews on the latest hardware relevant to the net, the latest software and also site of the month giving you an excellent guide and idea for what to buy and what not and the best sites to visit. The price of the magazine is very reasonable even though it went up 50p 2 months ago, at £4.50 with a great CD full of the latest and greatest web tools you cant do without and occasionally you’ll find 2 CDs on the cover, you cant ask for more. The only things I might quibble about are the piles of adverts and the AOL cds. No one should be cruel enough to encourage use of AOL!
This could hae been a very short opinion. "THIS IS THE BEST NET MAGAZINE AVAILABLE" bar none.No other magazine gets anywhere near the sheer quality of this publication.I will mention the one and only drawback at the start here,that is it only comes out once a month.Thats it no other drawbacks. Onto the good bits.Anything to do with the NET then .NET covers it.My favourites folder is chock a block with their recommendations of web sites.The mix of information and tips and advice is perfect.All laid out an in easy and informative style.Humour is in there aswell not over the top, it always appears appropriate to the article.If you are designing your own web page there is advice by the bucket load,if you just surf for fun there are lots of useful sites mentioned and recommended.If like me you like trying out new software and tinkering there are reviews and advice on using the latest software.Help aswell when "the latest software isn't quite as good as you thought,because you didn't read .NETS review of course . One other thing, their cover disk.Unlike other magazines which quite often are full of old software that your granny wouldn't use,they always seem to have something on the disk worth installing and keeping on your machine.You often have a slightly older full version with a trial of the latest version with the option to upgrade. I think they ought to recompense users for harddrive space used because once one of their progs go on your machine it stays there. I cannot rate this magazine highly enough. I only read two issues before my cheque was in the post for a subscription. The value is exceptional considering what you get. I eagerly await each new issue. As far as I know they havn't reviewed DOOYO yet if they did then I would be surprised if Dooyoo wasn't highly recommended. I say "GO OUT AND BUY IT" if you have even the slightest interest in PC's or the Internet.
When you first look at .net, you would be forgiven for wondering what on earth it was. OK so the title lets you know that it is something to do with the Internet, but beyond that it's not clear. Take last month's issue for example. The cover story is about how to increase traffic to your website. "ah" you think. "It's for webmasters". But allow your eyes to stroll down the page, and you will see various everyday articles such as an instant messaging supertest. It gets even more confusing if you look at this month's edition. With the words "The Sex Issue" printed boldly on the cover, you might be thinking "A smutty soft porn mag masquerading as an Internet publication. So what is it? Well, I think it is closer to the former description I used. It's articles cover various 'net related content. It has the usual sections: news, reviews, previews, letters and editorials. By far the biggest section, however, is the tutorials. This mag is really about improving your skills. Articles include the technical side of things, such as coding in ASP etc. as well as design and content help. In terms of difficulty, articles range from intermediate to advanced level, with nothing too simple or too complicated. They are generally informative and well written, as you would expect. However, there is another side to .net, and that is it's humour. There is a certain attitude running through the whole mag that gives it a very light hearted feel. Articles start with lengthly introductions, often about seemingly irrelevent topics, but it's all done to make you smile. Refering back to that article on improving your visitor count, one of the strategies they attempted was standing in London with a placard. Not exactly traditional advertising. You might expect that "The Sex Issue" would have an 18 rating and be stored away on the top shelf. However, because they approached the topic in such good humour as they did, this didn't happen. This mag does indeed cover 'net issues. However, it is far from the sterile state that most similar publications are in. It really has a grasp on reality, it knows that even the most dedicated of webmasters wouldn't want to sit through page after page of dull tutorial. The range of content is unmatched, often with a bit of celebraty news thrown in too. It is unique in every sense of the word.
Ask anyone who`s been there, and they will tell you the very last thing you should do when creating a Website is to site down and create a Website! Sounds daft, but if you want to save yourself hours and hours of re-jigging the first few lines or even the heading of your site, you need to have an idea of what you want it to look like before you begin. And that`s where .Net magazine can help. And that`s just the start! Packed with hints and tips, shortcuts, useful ideas and helpful Websites (including it`s own!), .Net should be the first port of call for anyone who wants anything more than just a photo of themselves and a few lines of text. The more you read this magazine (I subscribe, and would recommend it, as you save £`s!) the more you realise how little you know! How do those banners work? How hard is it to create a hyperlink (pathetically easy, but don`t tell everyone!). What about 3D rotating graphics? How do I start to even begin to learn the coding for that? Again, here`s where you money is possibly the best spent £4.49 per month (around £7 a quarter if you subscribe!), as each issue comes complete with a CD packed with goodies. Graphics packages, optimizers, firewall packages – all and more can be found on virtually every CD. Even buying a single issue of this mag could save you hours of downloading time. If you haven`t got Winzip 8.0, I would almost guarantee that you will find it in the A-Z section of any issue. It`s probably sounding now like I work for this magazine or something, (I don`t), but it has honestly helped me so much that I don`t mind giving them the praise they deserve. Probably my favorite part of the whole mag is the questions from readers. I have had my question published and answered in one issue (how do I create a button that will add my site to someone`s favorites?), and there is so much to be learnt by reading the answers to all the questions that I often go straight there. Well, if I haven`t convinced you to try this mag by now, I never will. I will just end by saying if you buy an issue and after reading it you have learnt nothing, you should seriously think about writing your own mag - or even a complete guide to everything to do with the Internet!
Short and sweet - good value, good articles, buy it. As with all magazines, there is a cover disc. This one is 99% internet related and has a few useful bits and pieces that maybe you haven't seen, or can't afford the download time. Articles are well written and in English rather than computer-ese. It's a good read every month, bringing you up to do with what is happening in the internet/WWW world, as well as what may happen. It also has a very good letters page and expert help for all levels of internet understanding.
This magazine is a good choice for anyone who wants to learn about new web sites, whether you are a novice or an established user, this magazine is still a great choice for you. "The net" reviews web sites based upon categories such as: History, Kids, Games, Weird, and Travel. There is also a section in this magazine which is called step by step. This section contains articles about subjects which should be of great interest to the Internet novice. Some examples of these articles are, how to choose an ISP (Internet Service Provider), or how to use e-mail more efficiently, as well as information about other internet browsers besides Netscape and Internet Explorer. Some of the feature articles in this magazine are meant for the more established users though. These articles tell you about how to create your own web site, how to put your homemade movies online, and internet radio just to give you a few samples of some of these articles. There is also other information to be found throughout this magazine. For instance, each month a different celebrity tells you about what sites they have bookmarked and why. There is also a monthly article which features the best parodies online. All in all, a very nicely done magazine for anyone who goes online!
I first bought this magazine on a trip up to Manchester from London. The cover looked good with a bumper issue of a mouse house and two cds. It was a great read, filled with all sorts of useful information. Every issue has starts off with a news review of all sorts of stuff relating to the net. At the time I was just creating my website, and it had lots of useful tips on how to set up my site and to get it listed on Yahoo! Which was very successful. I managed to get both my sites listed onto Yahoo! After doing a few modifications to my site. The magazine always comes with a CD jam packed with software and sometimes there are two. There is usually one piece of software that can either be used to make a web site or an online shop. Since I bought my first copy I have subscribed to the Magazine this has been my only problem as they sort of messed it up, but as a way of saying sorry they extend my subscription by 3 months. Which was is great,
.net magazine has been around for a few years and is coming up for its 85th monthly issue. I have been reading since approximately issue 40, and have noticed a steady decrease in the Editorial pages and a marked increase in the advertising pages. The articles, though well written are invariably of little use as the magazine appears to be aimed at "beginners to the internet", therefore anyone who knows more than how to type a URL into a browser will be a little disappointed. Within the last couple of months however there appears to have been a major paradigm shift within the Editorial staff and I am now seeing the signs of this magazine getting back to its "glory days" and I am pleased to say that the staff are starting to become more aware of the needs of their "hard core" readership by introducing in-depth articles for example on PHP and CGI. In addition the graphic design of the magazine (aesthetic looks) has improved immeasurably within recent months. .net magazine also has its own forums where you can find very many interesting (and not so interesting) conversations, ranging from Ducks to cheese to browsers to search engines. All in all, a once great magazine that is making a valiant fightback to its former glory!
.net is an excellent internet magazine that I read every month. It's got great reviews, great articles, great progrmas on it's cover disc. Great every actually. It taght me how to create HTML pages, and now I have my own site! It is really cool, and even if you don't/can't create web-sites, don't fear. Buy it for the gameing section and learn how to create sites in the meantime. The only bad thing is it only comes out once a month, not once a week like I want it to.