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One of the best internet magazines
Member Name: MHWake
Date: 02/07/01, updated on 02/07/01 (15 review reads)
Advantages: Readable, informative well laid out, cheaper than many pc mags.
This must be one of the few net magazines that's written for general readers with a wide range of levels of knowledge of the net. Many of the others tend to be for complete beginners, or for people who want to read about successful ecommerce sites.
Picking some back issues at random, March 2001 started a series on cgi with instructions on how to build a chat room. To go with this they provided Xitami, Active Perl and Everychat on the CD. (The next part of thisseries, April 2001 showed how to create a mailing list in Perl and included SendMail and Robmail on the CD. The articles were easy to follow and well written.) It provided useful advice for IRC newbies and lots of tips on making the best use of IE5.
Product reviews are informative. Articles are varied and cover a huge range of topics. The writing is very good. It's entertaining but doesn't intrude on the content.
The experts section is very useful, with reader's problems sorted into sections. So as well as the general technical advice section, there are pages dedicated to helping people with each of Communicator, Internet Explorer and web site building. The Watch section deals with readers' problems with their ISPs. The experts tend to treat the readers with respect, even when they ask very basic questions (although I confess to preferring the "nasty" expert responses from soem other mags as entertainment.)
Even the front covers look fresh compared to many PC magazines. The page layout is attractive and professional. Some of the text is too small to read easily in a poor light. (There was one article I found printed in about 6 point. This has got to be too small for reading in less than perfect light.)
Generally, I enjoy it and find it definitely worth buying.