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.net Magazine the Internet in a book
Member Name: paddywak
Date: 19/02/01, updated on 19/02/01 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent read. Loads of subjects covered. For all levels of experience
Disadvantages: advertising, but all mags have to have it
The magazine is split into sections, which then go in-depth and are very interesting to say the least. If you do not read from cover to cover there is something wrong!
Magazine sections include:
This is for all levels of experience of website builders should you be building your first Homepage or being paid a small fortune for a professional job for some big company. I think that you can never know enough when it comes to computers and the Internet, but web building is an experience of its own as there’s so much to learn. Even the most experienced builder can learn a trick or two from this bit.
.net Know how:
Here is where the editor gets his welcome message across to greet you. Then you get the ‘Ask the Experts’ section which is self-explanatory really. People are asking for advice and help. From there, you move to .net’s guide to ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and shows you who is offering what package at the time of going to print. They also feature a very nifty reference table where you can compare ISPs and find a good deal (if there is such a thing!). Lastly in this section you have a section that tries to teach you how to get the best use out of Communicator (Netscape’s offering of a browser), Internet Explorer (three guesses who develops this browser) and some of the other contenders in the browser wars. I wish that they would do a bit more on Opera though, as I love this program! Some months however, they just concentrate on Communicator and Explorer, a bit unfair at times considering there’s more than these two browsers on the market.
There are a few pages of questions an
d answers devoted to web building problems, which is handy.
Finally, and I was really glad when they started this one last year, there’s a section called ‘.net Watch’, which investigates peoples’ problems with ISPs. This is a very handy bit as the magazine generally carries a lot more influence than a single person can. You contact .net Watch with your problem and they see if they can get it sorted for you. If you need to send .net Watch, an e-mail here’s their address:
Knowhow@netmag.co.uk and put ‘.net watch’ in the subject line so that it goes to the right department. If you want to try to see if anyone else is having the same problem or has had the same problem, you could always use .net’s forums:
http://www.netmag.co.uk/forums/ispforum.asp this may be a bit quicker than the e-mail option and always worth a try. Your solution may be there!
On the CD:
Another self-explanatory one for you, but please do check out the CDs, as there’s some truly great full programs on offer most of the time. Another good thing about the CDs are that they normally have all the upto date browser plug-ins and updated browsers for you, which saves hunting round the Internet for them and then having to download them!
Finally you get the rest of the features of the magazine which include:
Access all Areas, which basically reviews websites, news (new news at the time of going to print), games reviews and a bunch of other useful articles for you to read.
There’s always a competition each month that has some really hot prizes up for grabs (you can enter these via the website too!).
Have You Say, which is the readers’ letters pages. I love reading these, as some of them are brilliant. Others are a waste of time as they just suck up to the magazine in the hope of a freebie!
Online Shopping, which goes in-depth about shopping online, the pros and
cons and some good places to shop from. They usually show a few bargains that you may be interested in buying.
Net Software, which is a review of some Internet, related software, I.E 5.5, Gozilla and others like that which have just released the updated version.
Net Hardware, which is basically, Toys for the Boys (and girls of course!). They review some really weird and wonderful gadgets here! Some lovely prices too!
Finally (thank god he’s near finished!) you come to the last part of the magazine which is ‘.net 100’. This is basically their top 100 sites for the month. There’s some really brilliant sites here that are well worth visiting. On the other hand, there’s some truly weird ones too. Visit the lot and have a laugh or two!
There you go, that’s .net magazine in a large nutshell. Another good idea is to visit the magazine’s website http://www.netmag.co.uk as it’s a brilliant site, which can take hours to explore. There’s forums for your gripes, downloads to fill your drive with, news, reviews and much, much more!
Last thing, just to give you a laugh after reading all this! .net’s site of the month for issue 75 September 2000 was none other than ………DOOYOO!!!!
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