I already subscribe to one computing magazine, that being PC Advisor, so what am I doing writing about Internet Advisor, since it's not a magazine I normally buy. Well, it's vanity that made me do it. You, see I had an e-mail from the deputy editor of Internet Advisor who had seen the opinion that I had written about www.Oneswoop.com, a car importers, an opinion which bordered on the less than flattering. A regular contributor had let them down at the last minute and my op was just what he was looking for to fill the gap in their "I Loathe...." category. So I just HAD to buy the magazine, didn't I? Well, actually, no, they sent me a freebie! Firstly, let me say that despite the title, there is no connection between PC- and Internet Advisor, the former is a IDG group publication and the latter from Future Publishing. You obviously have to think quickly these days to make sure a chain of names like "What Car, Camera etc" is there for your use when the time comes. I'm waiting for a magazine that advises on advice magazines. We could call it "What What?" Or "Which What?". Anyhow, back to the plot.. As its name implies, I-A is aimed at web users, both casual browsers with advice and reports on retail sites (which is where I came in), and those who take website design seriously (which is where I doze off!). So you won't find any of those tiresomely repetitive articles about how to upgrade your PC (except to put a modem in of course!). One thing it does share with PC-A is a glossary of terms for people who want to know the difference between IDE and "skuzzy", and can't tell their cookies from condoms (never accept a Hobnob or Jammy Dodger from someone this confused) I assume this is there every month, which means that two of its pages at least could become less than useful in a short space of time. Bearing in mind that the "real&
quot; pages in the Jan 2002 issue number from 3 to 130, and 23 of those are taken up by full pages of advertising, you begin to see why, at £3.99 a throw, I thought it was a tad expensive. (OK, I know I didn?' buy it, but somebody does). The feeling of thinness is partly due to the somewhat less glossy paper than I am used to, and (a plus point) the lack of stiff card ads, which make the book keep on falling open at the same page. So, unlike PC-A, I didn't have to undertake a frenzy of ?ripping and recycling? to render it readable! The lower paper quality does however mean that colour printing is inferior. I can almost hear you wondering if I'm the sort of person who would complain that even The Bible is printed on thin paper! Now for the content. Despite the lowish number of pages, the magazine is packed, and I mean packed with articles. So much so, that it starts to look a bit "scrap-bookish" in layout. My article, on page 97, for instance is a strip down the right side of the page in quite small print. Hurt? Me? Joking part, all the pages do tend to look a bit "busy" and I found navigation difficult. In the January 2002 edition, for example there are pieces about make-overs on existing websites, comparison charts for the major ISPs and what they charge for the various unmetered options, including broadband, which could prove very useful to help you cut through the morass of offerings all bundling different features to make comparison impossible. I certainly feel as if I know more about e-mail and browsers than I did before. Whether I needed to know is another matter. Then of course, there comes the obligatory magazine disk. This I did find genuinely useful since it included the latest versions of IE6, OE6, Acrobat 5.0, Winzip 8, Winamp 2.76 all without wasting line time on downloading them. For this month at least, I can truly say that I?' pleased
with the purchase (that I never made) but in the long term I would have to question whether I would want a magazine so closely focussed to the Internet, which is just something I use. Especially at £3.99 a copy. (My 3-year sub to PC Advisor only costs me £1.39/month in effect)
I felt obliged to write a review about this magazine as I actually feature in the November edition! (on page 90, my review about www.screwfix.com, along with a full colour photo of yours truly in my classroom. About a month ago, I received an e-mail from the editor of this magazine, completely out of the blue. He had enjoyed reading my review of the DIY website on these very pages of dooyoo and asked whether he could adapt it for use in the magazine. I had to send a digital camera picture and taaa-daaa, there’s the end result on page 90 of the November 2001 edition. Incidentally, the editor of this magazine rates www.dooyoo.co.uk with 4 stars, and highly reccommends it - strange, that! Before appearing in its pages, I had never actually read the magazine, though it has been around for about 3 years. I think what had put me off in the past is the (in my opinion) rather high cost of £3.49 per issue. However, as with most glossy computer magazines of this type, you do get a “free” CD. Personally, I prefer the cheaper of the glossy computer magazines, without the CD, for example Computeractive or Web User. By attaching a CD to the front of the magazine, these publications use this to further promote other companies goods as they often just have “trial” versions of their products. “Free” CD aside, “Internet Advisor” is actually quite an in-depth magazine, dealing with internet-associated problems with much detail. Unlike Computeractive’s friendly dictionary-definition approach, the Internet Advisor gang presume that their readers know the basics, otherwise they wouldn’t have got this far to spend £3.49 on a specialist magazine! The November issue tackles many internet problems that users may face, with an excellent letters / problem page. One feature which I found particularly useful was one which gave tips on revamping your website to make it more user-friendly and eye-catching
. All in all, this is one of the better PC / Internet publications on the newsagents’ shelf, though I still think that £3.49 is a bit steep, even with a free coffee mug coaster, oops, I mean CD.
I have been reading IA for nearly a year now. The mag is full of useful items, its witty and well structured. The cover CD is always very good (although they should have a full list of its contents in every mag) and when one of the programmes on the CD didn't work, I called them and they fixed the problem over the phone with me. I would recommend the mag to everyone, whether a complete novice or old hand. The price has just gone up by £1.00 though!
Having submitted the review below I have just received my latest copy and noticed that it has gone up again to £3.49. They have increaes the pages to 132 and have introduced some new sections. It is still probably good value but I will keep a close eye on it and report back later I have been subscribing to Internet Advisor right from the start. I bought as an absolute beginner and it was extremely useful in helping me through those first early steps. Some people might criticise it for repeating those 'Absolute Beginners'pages in every issue, but there are new people joining the internet everyday and I often found in those first few months I needed to look back. I am certainy not yet an expert, but I do feel much more confident about using the net and I still find the magazine incredibly useful and a good read. The last reviewer described the basic contents of the magazine so I wont bother to repeat them but I thought I might give some more examples as to what has appeared in recent issues In terms of features recent articles have included, how to go betting online, buying a car on line, route planning sites, how to protect your kids, how to find things for free and many more. In the section 'How to' they have described how to use different search engines, how to plan games online,how to access emails on the move and lots of different articles on how to build your own web site. The best thing I find about their articles is that they don't use jargon and every thing is very easy to follow A recent addition is the readers problems, again they tend to be problems that the everyday user has and the solutions are explained in simple easy to follow terms. You always have the obligatory attached CD rom, some of which is good but mostly predictable. The cover pricehas recently gone up to £2.49 from £1.99 but I feel it is still very good value compared to other si
milar magazines. Other advantages: focused on family users so no links to unsuitable sites and hardly any adverts What would I like to see, some kind of six monthly index,you know they have covered that somewhere and it would be nice if you could track it down more easily. My suggestion give it a try, it's not expensive and I think you'll enjoy it
I suppose Computer magazines have been around for many a year, from the crazy days of Spectrum magazines Crash and Sinclair User, to the current crop of PC magazines. Nowadays there seems to be a steady flow of Internet related magazines that are taking over the market, the great thing about Internet related magazines is they cover all formats of computers, so they get a bigger spread of the market. The latest of these Internet related magazines I have tried is “Internet Advisor”, and I have to say I was highly impressed with it, although I have only bought the one issue. So what is Internet Advisor? --------------------------- Internet Advisor is a magazine that covers all aspects of Internet usage, it has quite a decent content, not too many adverts, and you also receive a CD full of very useful tools and utilities, that range from the superb Namo WebEditor (see my opinion) which is an excellent Web page building piece of software and Banner making software to the very useful things like Win-Amp, WinZip, Real-Player 7, etc, I know you can get the majority of these programs free off the Internet, but this saves you the hassle of downloading them. The magazine costs, £2.49, which to me is very reasonable considering you get the free CD, after all, you get the likes of PC Format, that charges £4.99 on the strength of its free CD. What does Internet Advisor contain? ----------------------------------- Internet Advisor contains quite a few very useful sections; here I will guide you through them: On your CD: ----------- This is the first section, alls it basically is, is a very useful description of the programs that are on the free CD, this is very useful, as it saves you the time of installing the programs to see what they do, it allows you to choose which are useful to you and which your not really too fussed on. Best of the Net: ---------------- In
this section, you are given a comprehensive preview of new sites that reside on the Internet, that they reckon are the best and most useful, very well described and a good read. Letters: -------- Well, this is, yes you guessed it, a collection of letters sent in from users, not much to add to that. Features: --------- This is where the main features of the month can be found, in the issue I have bought, it includes a very comprehensive guide to Search Engines, giving you information on how they work, etc, it also gives you some very useful tips which will help your searching be more successful. There is also is very good guides to Internet security, telling you the best and most reliable programs to help you surf the Internet safely and keep them hackers at bay, and the best Virus protection programs. Altogether, there are about 5 or 6 main features, all are very useful and informative. Kids: ----- This is a section dedicated to the young ones, it includes lots of super sites to allow your children to learn, participate and play online games, they are all very safe sites and are thoroughly described and rated. How to: ------- This is the most useful section, where you are guiding through the various stages of doing things like building web pages, turn your computer into a fax machine, and also give you a very good guide to the main software that you get on the free CD. Questions and Answers: ---------------------- This is where you seek help if you are stuck for some vital information about various topics regarding Internet usage and programs. Readers Web Sites: ------------------ This is a very cool section, which allows the readers to send in their Home page address’s and get some great exposure, there is a good description of the sites submitted, to help you see if any interest you. Absolute beginners: --------
----------- If you are new to the Internet, this is definitely the section for you; it includes the basic knowledge you need to help you understand the Internet and various Internet related programs. Information pages: ------------------ Another very useful section, which includes bags full of various information, which ranges from a glossary of terms to a comprehensive guide to things like, the best ISP’s and most useful information web pages. Summary: -------- For £2.49, I think this magazine is a very useful and superb value, especially seeing as though you get the free CD packed with goodies, I would recommend this to anyone who uses the Internet. It is on a par with “WebUser” for value, but has more appeal to the more experienced Internet addicts. The only downside to this magazine is their own web site is not as good and useful as the “Web User” site, but here’s the address for you to check it out. http://www.netadvisor.co.uk/
Here’s another magazine that I recommend to new users of the Internet. We all have to start learning somewhere and Internet Advisor is that somewhere! For £1.99 per issue, you just can’t lose out! <<<>>>**<<<>>> For your £1.99, you would wonder if the magazine had anything in it worth reading, let alone what the CD may have on it. Well, I hope to give you a good idea of what you can expect to find in Internet Advisor and hopefully my opinion will answer your questions about the magazine. <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>WHAT’S ON THE CD<<<>>> <<<>>>**<<<>>> OK, this is where you find out what’s on the shiny, potential coffee cup coaster taped to the front of your magazine. Normally you’ll find some very useful free full programs on the disc. More times than enough you’ll find more than one full program though. You’ll also find a mixed bag of Freeware (totally free), Shareware (not free), patches, updates and useful utilities which all help to make your usage of the Internet that bit better. In all it’s usually a good CD to have. <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>BEST OF THE NET<<<>>> Here’s where you’ll find some fairly useful web addresses to have a butchers at. Each month Internet Advisor print a list of sites that they feel may be of use to you. You may find a few that are actually useful & others that are totally useless. <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>READERS’ LETTERS<<<>>> One of the best bits of the magazine. You get some great letters that are very interesting to read. There’s some that will teach you a few things. Then of course you get the usual bag of Brown Nosed Letters, which are hoping for a freebie. <<<>>>**<<<>>>
<<<>>>QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS<<<>>> Another useful part of Internet Advisor that’s always worth reading. You can find answers to your own questions here at times. There’s always the silly questions that have been asked thousands of times, and which may make you laugh. <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>READERS’ SITES<<<>>> Just what it says. If you’ve got a website that you’re particularly proud of, why not send your address in and let Internet Advisor have a butchers at it! If they think that it’s good there’s a fair chance that they will feature it in the magazine. If this does happen you normally get a gift and loads of good exposure. If they find that your site’s not so good they may feature it and inform you of ways to improve it. <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>USEFUL ADDRESSES<<<>>> This is Internet Advisor’s list of websites that may be useful to most people. Some of the sites may be no use to you at all, but you never know til you check them out. <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>WEIRD WEB WORLD<<<>>> Here’s your chance to have a good laugh! Basically this is a list of sites that are weird and wonderful. The listed sites should always be taken with a large bucket of salt! Let’s just say that some may offend you, others may just disgust you & the rest are just WEIRD!! <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>HOW TO<<<>>> This is your guide of how to do various things connected to the Net. The How To’s range from choosing an ISP (Internet Service Provider) to better usage of the Net in general. They go into loads of different subjects that may make your usage of the Net a better one. <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>BUILD YO
UR OWN WEBSITE<<<>>> Exactly what it says on the box! Take one sizeable amount of free webspace, add one web building program, throw in an eager PC & user (preferably with brains intact & ideas) and finally mix thoroughly. Then et voilla….one website! It may not be a great one, but it’s still a website nonetheless! <<<>>>**<<<>>> <<<>>>ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS<<<>>> This is the part that’s dedicated to Net Newbies. It teaches the beginner quite a bit about the Internet, how to get on it & how to use it. This is an absolute must for beginners! <<<>>>*<<<>>>*<<<>>> You get loads more features in the magazine other than the one’s that I’ve listed. These range from news & reviews to competitions & an ISP guide. You get even more than on top but I’ve just listed the main ones. For £1.99, you get a great magazine & a feature packed CD! That’s a lot of stuff for a miserable £1.99! Internet Advisor is probably the best £1.99 that you’ve spent in ages & you won’t be sorry if you do buy a copy. The best thing to do is to check out the magazine when you see it on the shelf of your local newsagents. Then you can decide if the magazine’s for you. This way you don’t waste any money either! Thanks for your time.
Internet Advisor a beginners magazine to that comes with a cover disc with every issue giving useful software like real player,music match jukebox,winzip, and useful software to make websites which gives you simple step by step instructions on how to use the best ones The magazine is split into three main sections which are: ===Features=== This section has some helpful sites on the net to do certain interesting things. ===How to...=== This part shows your different types of projects(how to...) ranging from website building to MP3's and how to use the certain bits of software that they have included on the cover disc. ===Regulars=== Divided into many sub-catorgries including the welcome page,cd contents,best of the net,letters,childs play,software reviews,Q&A,Readers Web sites,Glossary,Subscriptions,ISP directory,top websites and finally they have Weird Web World. My Overview Of the Mag Has things like the top 50 websites(not very top actually), and thats about it(and the help pages)the rest of the magazine is on how to use the software that came with it which i think is a little lame and pointless, i know there are lots of beginners out there but i think they can find out how to do it easily themselves or find help on websites. Instead of wasting it on what people think is a good magazine but after all there were one or two little parts that got me reading.
Internet Advisor is a monthly publication which costs £1.99 and every issue I have bought has come with a free CD full of free programmes such as Internet Space Builder, Web Artist and Paint Shop Pro amongst others. This magazine is ideal for beginners and less experienced computer users, as it may be a bit like teaching your granny to suck eggs for experienced computer users, but nonetheless this is a useful magazine to start with. The magazine is bright and eyecatching and also well laid out. In every issue you will find the following 4 items: Beginners' guides: This gives you basic knowledge from what the internet is, through to getting connected (including what kit you need to actually get connected), and sending and receiving your first e mail. Essential features: Topical issues such as 50 New Years resolutions to make online, and these include where to auction off unwanted Christmas presents and meeting Mr/s Right. Every month there is always a featured site of the month and the magazine rates the site on design, content, and ease of use. Step by step guides: This month this section included creating and designing a web site, and sharing your photos with friends and family on the internet. The final item is the cover CD with the freebie programmes, as at the moment the magazine plan to include this with every issue, which makes the magazine a bargain at £1.99. I have found the magazine invaluable and it has helped me a great deal finding my way about the internet.
I have been using the net for over a year now and have found Internet Advisor to be an excellent resource. The magazine is colourfully presented with good easy to understand diagrams on how to use the net. It is well written in a clear and well laid out format and does not contain some of the jargon found in more advanced computer magazines. There are many interesting links to websites and most importantly a good feedback page for people to share their experiences on products. The price, a snip at £1.99 is probably the best on the market for Internet category magazines. I would definately recommend this to anyone who is perhaps unfamiliar with the net and would like one step tuition in simple format. As a more advanced user now I still buy Internet Advisor for the website links and reviews. There is always something new and exciting to read and a free disk is also included with this excellent publication
Internet Advisor is about the best value computer magazine I have come across. It costs just £1.99 each month and has a cover disc. (I have had to send the cover disc back on two occassions as it didn't work but that can happen to anybody! on both occassions the disc was replaced promptly.) The magazine is packed full of good, easy to understand advice for beginners and intermediate. Last months edition, for example, had a cover disc with 50 free Games, Xara3D Graphics, etc on it.It included a guide to the best 50 sites on the net. Articles on safety on the net for kids,and lots more. This a really good value magazine with something for all the family in it.
I bought this Magazine for the first time the other day as it had a free cd-rom on it of hot dog pro, to help me build my own web site! And i was really amazed at how informative it is and easy to understand even for a fairly new internet user like me. In the past I have bought several internet magazines and they all tend to waffle on with such high tech words that someone like me has trouble working out, but with internet advisor its different - they even have a L plate section for really new users. It has a step by step guide in this issue to go with the CD rom on how to get started on my web page, i wouldnt have had a clue without it! It also tells you whats hot on the net, it solves problems on the Q and A page, there are reviews on products, prizes to win, and all for only £1.99, well worth a read, i will definately be buying this one from now on!! i have learnt loads of new stuff just from this one issue! If your like me and find all these jargon words a bit hard to understand or you dont know your way around computers much then definately give this magazine a try - you'll be amazed how much you can learn from it in just ten minutes!
I have been buying Internet Advisor for several months now and i find it an interesting and informative read - especially if you are not really an expert on both computers and the net. With each issue, you also get a free cdrom with internet programmes on it - an absolute bargain really as the magazine only costs £1.99. It recommends the best sites, gives step by step guides, offers advice on problems you may be experiencing, how to send e-mails etc. It also has information for setting up your own web site - all in easy to understand plain english. So, if you want advice and features on the worldwide web, look no further and grab yourself a copy of Internet Advisor.
I have been buying this mag since January of this year and every issue has pointed something out to me that I always wanted to know! One of these questions you always want to ask but think it is stupid! The magazine is broken up into clearly defined parts and has features on all sorts of things, from wiping out world debt, best buys and loads of reviews on new sites. You are guided through the book by a family who all join in the fun of the internet, the highlight of this I think is to show that the internet is fun for everyone, Doris (mum) and Ted (dad) even get involved, Doris normally reviews the best shopping sites and parenting sites and how to protect her kids while on the net, where as Ted loves to visit sites that are to do with fast cars. The Kids (oldest first) are Suzie, Kev, Jimmy and Maisie who also have their favourite sites to visit and review, Suzie loves to review all the music sites so she can keep up to date on all her pop hero's, where as Kev loves to surf the computer games and software sites and tells us where the best free downloads for software and games are available and how reliable they are!! Little Jimmy is mad about Pokemon and keeps up to date with all their going ons by visiting the thousands of sites out there for Pokeman, then there's young Maisie only a kiddy but she knows what she likes, Winnie The Pooh, Disney and Doll's Houses, with the protection that Doris has set on the PC it is safe for Maisie to surf for these things as long as she likes, so that is the family and how they will help you, they are very friendly for every reader adult or child!! There is an excellent software CD on the cover every month with over 30 freeware or shareware programs or time trials, one of the best programs I used was the evaluation of Paint Shop Pro 6, which I proceeded to buy as it improved my websites 100% (see my review on this product - plug!!). But there are endless great programs and are norma
lly compatible with mac or windows a great bonus as the mag is only £1.99. One of the strongest features updated every month is the fight for Free Internet which they have supported since launch and keep you up to date with the most reliable one's available. Then there is the rant and rave section where you can write a rant or a rave review about what ever you like on the net or the magazine and if you are the best ranter or raver you get a prize, normally a book on the best way to use the net!! The best section I think in the book is the problems page, now hundreds of people must write in as these pages are jam packed every month and you will always find the solution to a problem you may be having because someone has asked it for you, a great little helper, never has a month passed where I have not thought "Oh that is how it is done!", it is easy to follow and they explain it very well. So that is Internet Advisor a must for the absolute beginner and an excellent reference guide for the seasoned pro, I am now in my 8 month of using this mag and get it delivered straight to my door, if you subscribe you get 12 issues for the price of 11 so even more saving.
The following review was written in August 2000. I have left the review untouched but have placed an update at the end to cover any changes since it was written.
The internet can be very intimidating to the beginner. Browsers, e-mail, ISPs and hyperlinks all conspire to give the impression that the internet is too complicated to get involved with but, with a little help, the reality is very different and you can soon be surfing the net with ease.
Internet advisor is aimed squarely at the internet beginner and with that in mind it does an excellent job. It starts at the beginning, explaining how to connect to the internet and use your email and browser. Each issue comes with a cover CD containing popular and useful software, usually backed up by a tutorial in the magazine. Monthly features spotlight several topics (such as natural history and travel) and recommend related sites to visit. Additional sections include a guide to building your own website for the more adventurous and a glossary explaining all the technical terms.
I would certainly recommend anyone who is thinking of trying the internet to get hold of a copy. The Absolute Beginners section is worth the money alone. The cover CD's often contain plenty of useful software which is very good value considering the magazine only costs £1.99.
The only downside is that large sections are repeated every issue. Once you are up and running (or should that be surfing?) there is very little new content in the magazine to keep you coming back each month and your knowledge will soon outgrow this magazine.
In summary, Internet Advisor is a cheap, friendly magazine, well laid out with extremely valuable information for the beginner but don't expect to buy more than a couple of issues unless you see something you really want on the cover CD.
Thanks for reading.
© Nomad 2000
Update - August 2005
Well here is one magazine that seems to have vanished from the shelves. The last issue that I saw must have been a couple of years ago and I can't say I'm surprised. It's the sort of title that most people would quickly grow out of. Perhaps the the price being beefed up to £3.99 also didn't help.
My sister gave me a copy of internet advisor and I was really impressed with it, while I was still new to computers I used the magazine as a source for information and was very pleased that it was so easy to follow. The magazine costs £1.99, making it one of the cheapest internet magazines. Every month you get a free cd which is packed with usefull tools and resources. Advice and how to`s are included and highly recommended for the beginner. Building your own web site is illustrated in easy explainable terms, with useful links and advice. It has a reference section explaining what all the jargon means, and an area for information on web servers,which one is the best and what they have to offer. Also a useful address page, listing usefull places to go to for certain help. A what`s new section and area`s about certain web sites. In all this is very good for a beginner, and a main disadvantage about this magazine is that a lot of the stuff is repeated in each edition, this is no doubt due to it being aimed at the beginner. For the price it is a worth while magazine to have.