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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

PCMagazine Goes to Monthly Format

I don't have a URL handy for it, but in the latest print issue of PC Mag they announced changing to 12 issues a year compared to the 22 issues a year it has been forever. I've been reading PC Mag since 1988 and it's been sad to see the exodus of so many long term columnists and the change/rechange in focus as they try to find their way. Not just them of course, technical magazines in general continue to shrink and decline more than most magazine segments. I suspect that is because more than the other segments the IT professional increasingly wants their information available online and eschews paper.

I think it's our loss. Web reading just doesn't match print, even when web contented is printed via the nearest laser. It's good to read something that occasionally isn't 100% on topic but turns out to be interesting and useful anyway, and the ads seem more useful if less entertaining. Have to wonder if we'll see a similar decline in other segments over the next 10-20 years?


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