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I will start by saying in the beginning I gave wired a running chance and it gave me nothing in return. My opinion of Wired is based on reading the magazine. (Approximately 20 times) In my experience, wired is a pseudo-techno rag which spends too much money on image and not enough on quality writing and research. Be it the numerous 'Sky is falling' Y2K fluffarticles from 1999 that sent my marketing people into a panic over power grid mathmatics that resembled an eight year olds attempt at looking intelligent, or the constant barrage of flavour of the month articles that have no real meaning and even less worth, Wired is proving to be the Las Vegas of technical magazines. It gives you a lot of glitz for your money, but not much substance. If you want articles written for the masses of Marketing Drones, Arts Students and Lawyers, then Wired may be good for you. If you hold any technical training, or have any interest in real technology, then I suggest you buy something else.
Wired has been around for a good while now -I think I bought my first copy about 5 years ago and it's certainly changed a lot. It used to be *very* focused on the Internet and was way ahead of it's time but has more recently become a general technology mag (with too many BioTech articles for my liking). The loss of Nicholas Negroponte as key contributor about 2 years ago was a shame too. Nevertheless, it's still a compelling read and is worth it for the cutting edge design - the recently had a heat sensitive cover on an edition ! It used to be very difficult to get hold of Wired but it's now available at all WH Smiths outlets and most other good magazine shops. if you're a technophile, it's worth a read as there will almost certainly be one article in it that is of interest and the depth of research is always excellent. Finally, you can get all back copies at their website
I can't always get hold of this magazine because of it being US based, but sometimes the local newsagents stock the odd copy. (if anyone's interested, it's distributed by Comag) Compared to the mainstream UK internet magazines, there isn't many similarities with the likes of .net and Internet Magazine - in fact it is far more like Business 2.0 with a few more off-beat cyberculture articles. Often they don't have much to do with the net at all; for example there was one about a "rocket car" a few months ago. That's why I think they are just aiming for a twentysomething ebusiness audience rather than being a simple internet magazine. It could be a complete mess but somehow it works. Most of the magazine is adverts which is a bit of a pain but it also means you get to hear about the latest products quicker than you would otherwise, if you just waited for them to rollout over here.
Wired is the technology magazine from the US. I get a US version of the magazine by subscription, I’m not sure whether it is the same as the versions available in this country but I believe it is. My version anyway does often have some interesting articles but all are far too detailed for me. As with most US magazines it is jam packed with adverts which makes it difficult to navigate around the magazine. The quality of the magazine material is good and can be useful but like I said very detailed. This isn’t really a magazine for light reading. Before you ask, the subscribtion I have was a prize. It is very technology focused, mainly on the Internet. If this does not interest you then I would avoid.
This is one of the most in depth and innovative magazines I have ever read. It gives in depth coverage of the latest technological progressions and isnt afraid to tackle bizarre subject matter aswell as the latest public hype. One of the first magazines to use advanced watermarked advertising even the adverts are fun! The style of the magazine is completely different from the standard linear template employed by many of its smaller and less informative competitors it has enough visuals to entertain even the less technological aware of people.
Although it's an American magazine, it is quite probably, the best magazine for the technically-aware. I import my copy in from America [at WH Smiths] and Wired is the most interesting read I get all month. It isn't your regular computer magazine - the articles are on as diverse topics of quantum physics to pirate radio stations. There are no reviews of normal peripherals or systems as you would find in a standard magazine. It is just very interesting technical snippets and articles. My particular favourite sections are 'Must Read' - which is a summary of the recent tech-news stories, and 'Fetish' which details over 20 high-technology gadgets each month. Be warned though - Wired has a particular style and not everyone will relate to it. It is aimed at the techno-savvy who wants a break from the day-to-day 'boring' computing articles, and successfully captures my imagination every week. You will learn a lot from the magazine, but all of it will be of interest.