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Computing calls itself "The newspaper for the Networked Economy" and as this suggests it is aimed at the computer industry. It is split up into sections including; Ebusiness, Enterprise, Comms and Management. The first section 7 Days deals with the current news stories in the computing industry.The week in 60 seconds is particularly good as it acts as a short and sharp introduction to the main articles in the newspaper. Most of the articles are serious and in depth but there are some humerous parts. I like the fact that some sections ask for reader input by e-mail. An online version of the newspaper is also available and the address is given at the bottom of the pages. Some of the articles also include links to further reading which is an excellent idea! Although it classes itself as a newspaper it has glossy pages and is in colour so feels more like a magazine. n the down side it has a lot of whole page adverts and also a lot of adverts on the article pages. It has an appointments section but jobs are for the professional only. Overall a readable and informative newspaper aimed at a specialist audience.
Computing is different from most computing (small “c” !) publications in that it covers the IT industry, rather than any of the standard hardware/software/games topics found elsewhere. For this reason, it is unlikely to appeal to anyone not in the IT industry, or at least with a strong interest in the goings-on in the computing world. Published weekly, it takes the form of a tabloid sized newspaper, covering the weeks events. Most of the content of the paper is made up of news and analysis of events in the industry. Clearly this will be of little interest to most people. Even the hardcore techies may find little here to whet their appetite, although there are the occasional reviews of hardware and software. The sizeable appointments section will really only be of interest to anyone based in England, since it is very rare to see any positions advertised for Scotland and the North of England. The highlight of a newspaper which can seem a bit on the serious side is the Backbytes section, home to some of the funniest jokes and stories doing the rounds on the web, or posted in by bored IT workers. There is also a Dilbert cartoon strip, so even if I don’t buy the paper, I always have a quick read of the back page anyway! Overall this can only be recommended if you have a strong interest in the industry. If not, I would imagine you won’t find this the most interesting of reads!