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from the gotta-read-something-other-than-Slashdot-right dept.
Osgyth asks: "Everyone is quick to complain about a magazine when the author makes a mistake or a stupid comment. Wired and PC Magazine are only some that have fallen to this attack. Which 'PC related' magazines does the Slashdot crowd read? Are they informative and accurate? Or merely read for their entertainment value?" Why limit the topic to just PC Magazines? What other periodicals do you all read that you find interesting?
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What Magazines Do You Read?

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  • I "Read"... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:08PM (#9574378)

    I *read* Playboy. No, really...it's for the articles!!
    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:13PM (#9574493)
      I find that "Barely Legal" has better technical articles, while "Juggs" has a deeper insight into contemporary society.... sure....
    • by Nspace13 (654963) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:21PM (#9574659) Homepage
      Come on, no one reads playboy for the articles. In fact with the advent of the internet and streaming free porn clips, who actually pays for printed "static" porno anyway?
      • Re:I "Read"... (Score:5, Informative)

        by MikeDawg (721537) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @05:46PM (#9575878) Homepage Journal
        When is the last time you opened a Playboy? Picture content isn't very high. . . There are maybe 10 pages of pictures while all the others are either ads or articles.
      • Re:I "Read"... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by jonnystiph (192687) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @05:49PM (#9575904) Homepage
        No one is ever going to believe this, but! Many moons ago, before I could afford a computer. I did read Playboy for the articles. Honestly I don't get into that air-brushed, too much make-up, plastic girl crap. However the articles were the best source of news I could find on a regular basis. Then I finally stepped up to the real world, got a computer and a connection, I never looked back, but when you have the choice of TV/Newspapers or playboy, playboy servers as a better information source hands down.
    • by That's Unpossible! (722232) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:24PM (#9574714)
      I read Penthouse for the pictures.
    • Re:I "Read"... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by concordeonetwo (644570) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:34PM (#9574860)
      One Time when I got thru a Playboy real quick, I decided to see what the articles were about and oddly there was review on the iPod, which it praised.
    • Re:I "Read"... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by slaker (53818) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:39PM (#9574955)
      As do I. I really like the long-format Playboy interview, and I've tracked down old issues based on finding, say, the Jimmy Carter "Lust in My Heart" issue or the last print interview Martin Luther King Jr. did before he was assassinated.

      I love the heck out of older Playboys. Did you know that OJ Simpsons was once the spokesman for a line of Hunting Knives? I get a kick out of the tone of some of the then current-events articles and the little blurbs about the high-tech (e.g. Videodiscs in the late 70s) of the day.

      Nowadays Playboy has moved closer to Maxim/FHM-style content, which I consider a sad state of affairs, but it's one general interest magazine I do generally read in its entirety.

      One thing that REALLY SUPREMELY pisses me off is how much worse the content is in Cosmopolitan than Playboy. Open a Playboy, and the first 120 or so pages are largely political or general interest (the forum, the interview etc), then a 3 - 7 page pictorial, then 20 more pages of general-interest material or fiction, then the PMOM (3 - 7 pages), 50 more pages - fashion, sports etc., the last pictorial, then more general interest stuff. There might be an article about sex - history of contraception or somesuch, and there's the Advisor, which is a two page column that's about half sex questions in a given month, but... it's not generally bad or explicit.

      Open a Cosmo: Fashion, fashion, celebrity news, DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS RELATED TO PROSTATE MASSAGE, general interest, fashion, diet tips, six pages on "Spit or Swallow"... basically, other than the ~15 pages of artistic nudes in Playboy, something like Cosmo is a FAR worse Smut Rag.

      But, er, I like the pictures in Playboy, too.
      • Re:I "Read"... (Score:4, Interesting)

        by SirWhoopass (108232) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @06:10PM (#9576125)
        Excellent post. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one upset by their move to more of a Maxim type format.

        My wife reads it as well. Often before I do, since she usually gets to the mail first.

        I've had any number of friend's girlfriends who are shocked that my wife "allows me" to get the magazine. When I press the issue, asking if they've ever actually read one (or even opened one), the answer is always no.

        I like your comparison to Cosmo. I'll have to remember the next time one of them gets holier-than-thou and implies that Playboy is in the same category as cheap pornography.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:40PM (#9574972)
      I used to read Playboy, but now I am blind!
    • by dmomo (256005)
      I'm dating this really hot chick (no, for real.. a real chick), for the er.. articles.
    • by spuke4000 (587845) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:53PM (#9575156)
      I was at the airport one time, and the magazines were all one section over from where they labels of the section were. So computer magazines were in a section labled 'Fashion', Fashion magazines were in a section labeled 'Business' and so on. All the porn was in the 'General Interest' section. Seemed appropriate.
    • Re:I "Read"... (Score:5, Informative)

      by krs-one (470715) <vic&openglforums,com> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @05:21PM (#9575570) Homepage Journal
      Every month Playboy has something where the review software, games, and other tech stuff. They once reviewed Mozilla (Firefox didn't exist at the time, I don't believe) and gave it rave reviews. I thought that was pretty cool. I even brought the issue to school to show my nerdy friends, heh.

      -Vic
  • by MoxCamel (20484) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:08PM (#9574383)
    ...the official magazine of Commander Taco. This week's issue finds the Commander in the kitchen, where he'll show you how to re-use those leftover stories...again and again! Mmm-mm! Then, it's off to "The Taco Journal" where you'll learn that spelling really doesn't have to count. Also in this issue, take a road trip with the Travelling Taco, where he'll show you how to spice up a slow news day with obscure Menga websites! And finally, join us in the kitchen, where the Taco show you how to re-use those leftover stories!

    T...The Magazine for the Slashdotter who missed the story the third time around!

    • ...the official magazine of Commander Taco. This week's issue finds the Commander in the kitchen, where he'll show you how to re-use those leftover stories...again and again! Mmm-mm! Then, it's off to "The Taco Journal" where you'll learn that spelling really doesn't have to count. Also in this issue, take a road trip with the Travelling Taco, where he'll show you how to spice up a slow news day with obscure Menga websites! And finally, join us in the kitchen, where the Taco show you how to re-use those lef
      • by MoxCamel (20484) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:38PM (#9574933)
        OH MY! You did know, of course, by slandering the patron Saint of Slashdot, you where destine for "flamebait", but it is still VERY funny.

        It only re-affirms my belief that Slashdot mods are just very confused people. I mean, if you're going to mod me down, at least use "Off Topic." Flaimbait? Here's flamebait: Moderators have small penises! There's yer friggin flaimbait, bitches!

        Oh, and so I can stay on topic, I read Sport Pilot, and Writers Digest. I'd say that PC Magazine sucks, but I think it's the official magazine of the Slashdot moderator. So I'll refrain.

        Mod: +1 Bitter Sarcasm

  • by gokubi (413425) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:09PM (#9574385) Homepage
    Extra! [fair.org], the paper magazine of the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

    FAIR analyzes how the media reports, what they report, what they don't report, and calls out their biases.

    They've done a lot of work around telecommunications policy [fair.org], looking at what the governement is saying, what business is saying, and how it will affect you and me.

    They don't speculate--I love them because they are so analytical. They are data heads who use the LexisNexis database to stastistically evaluate how the media does. Is there a conservative bias in media? They'll give you the numbers and let you decide.

    Subscription is $21/year.
    • by Bingo Foo (179380) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:20PM (#9574640)
      I love everything about what FAIR does except one thing: The way they claim that they are impartial.

      If they would just admit that they are using their "statistical analysis of LexisNexis" and such to support their biases, then they would be have much better marketplace utility.

      If you want impartial, look at StratFor [stratfor.com], which fancies itself an "intelligence" oultet rather than "news." The difference being that people make decisions about their present and future actions based on intelligence, whereas news is simply to inform your opinion. Therefore intelligence must be impartial to be worth anything.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:09PM (#9574392)
    When I can sit and reload slashdot all day!
  • Lets see... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by cdrudge (68377) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:09PM (#9574393) Homepage
    CIO Insight, eWeek, CRM, PC Week, PC World, Dr. Dobbs Journal, Information Week, Info World, Maxim, FHM, Stuff, Golf World, Seventeen, Glamour, InStyle, Wired, EGM, Outdoor Life, Something Music Retailer, Something about Embedded Electronics, American Baby, Parenting, Home Channel New, plus a few others that I probably missed. Of course those are all the free ones I've found. The only sub I pay for is Playboy of course. :)
  • CPU (Score:5, Insightful)

    by l33t-gu3lph1t3 (567059) <arch_angel16@hotma i l .com> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:09PM (#9574397) Homepage
    Computer Power User - it's what Byte tried to be, before they were forced to have 3 pages of adverts for every page of content, and renamed themselves "MaximumPC"
    • Re:CPU (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Martin Blank (154261)
      Wasn't the original name Boot Magazine?

      A friend still has a subscription to it, and finds it worthwhile to continue. I occasionally grab a copy from him for interesting articles, such as the one they had a couple of years ago about ripping audio.
  • PC Magazine = shit (Score:5, Interesting)

    by strictnein (318940) * <strictfoo-slashd ... m ['hoo' in gap]> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:09PM (#9574400) Homepage Journal
    Wired and PC Magazine are only some that have fallen to this attack.

    While Wired can still be interesting (I read it since I started getting a free subscription somehow) it has steadily turned into the "shiny things" computer magazine. Anything stupidly expensive instantly gets coverage. PC Magazine went from being a reasonable source of information to a huge glut of advertisements with worthless content sprinkled in here an there.

    2600 is entertaining still and I buy it regularly (don't want to be on that subscription list though *GASP*!) although some of the articles list tech information that's just nowhere near correct. A little too heavy on the lame windows exploits/security information too.

    Non tech: Maxim and Stuff really do have pretty interesting/funny articles (and other things too)
    • by tekunokurato (531385) <jackphelps@gmail.com> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:49PM (#9575111) Homepage
      But Wired has a lot of great cultural coverage; nobody really cares about the stupid device reviews, they're just filler. It's always interesting to hear what's going on in the minds of people who are philisophically advancing the world of technology (even if the big articles they print are often by extremists). Agreed, as a computer magazine Wired has little worth. But as a cultural magazine it's better than any tech rag I've found (though I'd LOVE to hear suggestions if you've got any).
    • by pixelated77 (472348) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:59PM (#9575262)
      Maxim (Stuff to) is the male equivalent of reading Cosmo: it just makes you feel inadequate. You're not going to wear their fashion, you're never gonna throw those kinds of parties, sex... well, you get my point. And if you are one of the few select males that does live that lifestyle, you don't read Maxim.
    • by sysopd (617656) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @05:44PM (#9575856)
      I buy 2600 [2600.com] magazine regularly and enjoy it. I used to also pickup blacklisted 411 [blacklisted411.net] but I haven't seen it anywhere in several years! Anyone read/read (thats currently read/have read before) it?

      I also read DDJ and C/C++ users journal. But I've found DDJ hasn't had any meaty articles in ages. Mainly bought it for the cdrom full of backissues. What I'd really like is a mag with good algorithms and practices/approaches to solving problems. Either original code or analysis of existing GPL/free/etc code, what they are doing that works well, etc. There is a LOT of very advanced methods of problem solving out there but all I seem to see in these magazines are articles on things such as "string concatentation", a review of Windows XP SP2, and a lame "history" of jargon and acronyms (to cite a few sleepers). Anyone know any good magazines that fill this void?

      I used to enjoy Boot which I think is now Maximum PC. Haven't read it in a long time. Is it still any good? I remember they started a Maximum Linux or something and made a handful of issues before canning it.

      We also have (Portland, OR area) a free magazine that's been around for ages that rocks called Computer Bits [computerbits.com]. Mainly just good for finding good deals on computers and related equipment/services from local companies. BUT back in the day they had a large list of local BBS's which was a good reference! They also sometimes have good articles.

  • MENTAL FLOSS (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Teahouse (267087) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:09PM (#9574408)
    The best magazine around. It's not PC related, but I got tired of reading PC rags right about the time they all started sucking up to the manufacturers 7 years ago.
  • I read wired (Score:4, Insightful)

    by enrico_suave (179651) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:10PM (#9574416) Homepage
    dead tree edition... then see the articles posted here after they hit the wired website a few days later =)

    *shrug*

    e.
  • Mental Floss (Score:4, Interesting)

    by BMonger (68213) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:10PM (#9574417)
    I was reading Mental Floss [mentalfloss.com] until my local Barnes & Noble stopped carrying it... I might just have to start up a subscription.

    I do subsribe to National Geographic but I've found myself not reading it that much but just looking at the pictures.
  • by nizo (81281) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:11PM (#9574429) Homepage Journal
    Smithsonian and Discover are the magazines of choice, but only for the pictures! Oh and Sysadmin Magazine, which always has useful articles in it (can't wait to dig through the CDROM they sent with their back issues on it).
  • None really (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bamf (212) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:11PM (#9574432)
    I gave up buying consumer PC mags as they didn't tell me anything that I hadn't already found out at least 6 weeks before. I still read some of the weekly trade magazines though, mainly because I get them free at work.

    Other than that, the only ones I buy are related to mountain bikes, or occasionally hi-fi kit.
  • by MrIcee (550834) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:11PM (#9574436) Homepage
    ...Scientific American, National Geographic, 2600, Mens Health, Instinct, Gourmet, Wired, Time (latest 3 weeks), and a myrid of catalogs on a variety of topics.
  • by grasshoppa (657393) <skennedy@@@tpno-co...org> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:11PM (#9574444) Homepage
    yeah, that's right, the one where ol'Dicky is supposedly a robot.

    Why? Because if I want to read lies, I might as well know I'm reading them.
  • Scientific American (Score:4, Informative)

    by wormbin (537051) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:12PM (#9574466)

    Scientific American [sciam.com] is the only magazine that is interesting enough to make me regularly read it cover to cover.

    Yes, given the state of education in America, the magazine title is becoming an oxymoron. :(

    • by Hans Lehmann (571625) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @07:24PM (#9576759)
      Scientific American has become a shallow, dumbed-down, replacement of what it was for many, many years; a collection of serious and in-depth articles covering scientific discoveries of the time.
      My Dad kept every issue back in the 60's, frequently referring back to them during his many forays in the world of physics, math, & chemistry. They were twice as thick as the current issues, with almost zero advertisements. The magazine today is only a small step above Popular Science, probably closer to Omni magazine.
    • by jenkin sear (28765) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @09:12PM (#9577484) Homepage Journal
      I gave up on SciAm after the nasty hatchet job [lomborg.com] they did on bjorn lomborg.

      They used to have real live science; now it seems like it's politically biased in favor of the accepted dogma. Sad really.
  • by GillBates0 (664202) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:12PM (#9574471) Homepage Journal
    every since I started reading /. and other magazines (Wired, Chip (erstwhile English edition), etc) online.

    Only magazine I buy periodically is the Reader's Digest - usually at airports.

    And yes, ACM CrossRoads [acm.org] too, though I find it has very little useful content nowadays - they need volunteers btw.

    • by arcanumas (646807) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:42PM (#9574990) Homepage
      Exactly.
      I stopepd buying magazines after i got hooked with interesting Internet content. Yes *even* slashdot :)
      You want pr0n? you've got it.
      You want funny stuff? Clicks way.
      you want information? Not only do you have the kind you are looking for but you can get it much less 'filtered' than you otherwise would.

      My point is that the Internet is killing the newpaper/magazine industry. It's only us, the geeks, for now, but it is surely going to spread.
      The big problem for them is that i can get the same stuff (usually better) from the Internet *for free*. Which means that they can just say: "Hey, let's make an on-line edition of our magazine" and save themselves. They have to provide content that i can't get elsewere.

  • Me (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mrpuffypants (444598) * <mrpuffypants@gma ... om minus painter> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:13PM (#9574479)
    Newsweek, Wired, 2600, and Maxim
  • Car and Driver (Score:4, Informative)

    by imac.usr (58845) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:13PM (#9574486) Homepage
    I've been a subscriber to Car and Driver [caranddriver.com] for the last fourteen years, despite having bought only two new vehicles in that time. Why? Several reasons:

    • I like cars, and it's clear they do too
    • I trust their testing, which they do a good job of explaining
    • most of all, they're endlessly entertaining, especially when they're testing some goofy vehicle like an airplane tug [caranddriver.com] or a fire-fighting tank [caranddriver.com]

    I look forward to every new issue just to see what they'll do next.

  • Simthsonian (Score:5, Interesting)

    by markhb (11721) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:13PM (#9574492) Journal
    Smithsonian, [smithsonianmag.com] the official mag of the Smithsonian Institution [si.edu]. I always tell people, if you can't find at least one article of interest in any given issue, than you are a very boring person.
    • Re:Simthsonian (Score:3, Interesting)

      by xTown (94562)
      Wow, this is exactly what I was going to put. Glad I read through the comments first.

      Smithsonian is a great, great magazine. As you said, there's pretty much guaranteed to be at least one good article in every issue--for example, the little blurb on urban exploration a few months ago. And the column on the last page (I forget what it's called) is pretty reliably funny. I've even enjoyed reading articles that I thought I would have no interest in, like that one a while back about collecting bugs in--Central
    • Re:Simthsonian (Score:3, Interesting)

      by athorshak (652273)
      Excellent magazine! I also have subscriptions to Wired and Discover, but Smithsonian is the one I look forward to every month. They cover a great range of topics and the articles are generally very well written and photographed. It's a lot like National Geographic in some ways, but with a little wider range, and more in-depth content. Great mag!
  • Consumer Reports (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Emperor Shaddam IV (199709) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:14PM (#9574502) Journal
    Hey, I know its not "cool" but I got the best kick ass vaccum cleaner they make for $150 dollars and its more quiet then my fridge.

    Oh, and PC Mag occasionally, although the writting has gone down hill.

    Wired has great articles, but who has time to read them.

    "Club" - if you don't know what this mag is, don't ask. ;)

    • by Omega (1602) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @05:21PM (#9575582) Homepage
      Consumer Reports [consumerreports.org] is great. They don't accept advertising, the magazine is published by a non-profit [consumersunion.org] company and they actually buy every product they test (no freebies or special "demo" models). It makes them incredibly trustworthy and unbiased.

      Linux Journal [linuxjournal.com] is a great magazine too. Their articles are incredibly rich in technical details - and the coverage isn't just linux kernel focused. They also have great articles about system administration tools, embedded systems, new hardware and general open source software development. They do accept advertising, but the ads are actually useful and relevant -- embedded h/w suppliers, cluster computing manufacturers, hosting providers, etc. I'm sure this is all preaching to the choir, though.

    • by bluGill (862) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @09:21PM (#9577531)

      The problem with consumer reports is if you know anything at all about the subject at hand you know that a different product is better. Makes one wonder about the products you know nothing about.

      For cars their bias against American manufactures is legendary.

      Though I will admit that the better product might not be worth the cost, they seem to take low price too far.

  • Mac Addict (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Some Woman (250267) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:14PM (#9574503) Journal
    Informative and Funny. How can you go wrong? Seriously, this is the more entertaining than I thought a computer magazine could be. The writers are brilliant.

    I also read whatever magazines the previous occupants of our house subscribed to. This usually amounts to Latina and Stuff. I wouldn't recommend Stuff. It's like Playboy without the softcore porn and competent writers.
    • Re:Mac Addict (Score:3, Interesting)

      by acomj (20611)
      I like the letters sections of that magazine.. I keep the font issure. Irreverent and entertaining and informative.
      Before broadband I would live for that cd of software /demos that came with it.
  • by acomj (20611) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:14PM (#9574512) Homepage
    The New Yorker because it has funny cartoons to get you going, fiction and non-fiction. They had a really good articles about google a while back. Lot of interesting off beat stuff. Good short stories.

    The economist is more on world events the economy (although it includes that too). They have interesting perspective on things.

    Both are unfortunetly fairly $$ as magazines go.

    • by slashd'oh (234025) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:47PM (#9575070) Homepage

      I agree with you about the New Yorker - it's currently the only magazine to which I subscribe, but the cost isn't too expensive, since they publish close to 50 issues per year. Plus, its proper grammar counter-balances Slashdot. :)

      My favorite columnist is Peter Schjeldahl, the art critic. I learn - or at least am exposed to - at least one new word in every article he writes and he has amazing density. Take this example, from a recent issue (June 7): "The god of the plains is an orthodox minimalist, specializing in brute coups of uninflected space and light."

  • slashdot! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dante (3418) * on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:15PM (#9574516) Journal
    I don't subscribe to anything to do with technology, thats why I have slashdot!

    The two things I do subscribe too are national / international news magazine called The Week it's great for the stuff that you don't think about till the weekend.

    And a literary magazine called The sun, that does mostly personal essays, fiction, interviews, poetry, and photographs.

  • My magazines (Score:3, Informative)

    by Big Nothing (229456) <big.nothing@bigger.com> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:15PM (#9574517)
    Living in Sweden, I'm not sure how relevant my answer will be to you, but here it goes:

    * Nätverk & Kommunikation
    * PC för alla
    * Mikrodatorn
    * Internetworld
    * Computer Sweden
    * Linuxworld

    Of those N&K is the most "professional" and "PC för alla" is the most versatile.
  • The Economist (Score:5, Interesting)

    by _J_ (30559) <jasonlivesNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:16PM (#9574542) Journal

    A densely packed periodical with a ton of well thought out opinion pieces that cover the whole world. Their articles contain a lot of fact but are - ultimately - opinion pieces. I don't always agree with them, but when I don't I have to sit down and think about my reasons.

    Although, if you read their technology quarterly you realise that they aren't delving that deep into each issue they research.

    IMHO, as per.

    J:)
    • Economist + (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Infonaut (96956) <infonaut@gmail.com> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @05:59PM (#9576011) Homepage Journal
      Agreed. The Economist is excellent. Even when I don't agree with the Economist, at least they don't assume that I'm a 5th grader, the way most of the American newsweeklies do. There's far less of that, "A Nation Mourns" sort of sweeping generalization that Newsweek and Time live by.

      As others have mentioned, The Atlantic [theatlantic.com] is a bright spot on the American media landscape. It's impressive in that it shows a lot of the deeper trends, and it isn't afraid to explore ideas. Instead of focusing on controversy, the articles tend to be more about getting past the shrill argument and down to the real matter at hand. William Langeweische and James Fallows write brilliantly. It's worth noting that the Atlantic has offered perhaps the best overall coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath of any American magazine.

      For those who complain about supporting advertising, check out The New Republic [tnr.com]. It gets right down to business. The pages don't have much advertising. Excellent coverage of a wide variety of topics make it a worthy suppliment to the Economist, and proof that not all American publishers underestimate the average American's brain power.

      It can be very worthwhile to read The New Republic and then read The National Review [nationalreview.com]. Also not aimed at children, the National Review is solidly right-wing Catholic. The experience of reading both magazines one after another can be incredibly jarring. But for me it reveals a lot about why American politics is dominated by polarization and controversy. It also forces me to confront a world-view that overlaps with my own only infrequently.

  • by pnatural (59329) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:17PM (#9574557)
    I stopped reading magazines all together years and years ago. Too little content for too much money (seriously, why pay for advertising?)

    Reminds me of the Fight Club quote:

    We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear.
    • I pay for The Nation [thenation.com], which is an excellent news/politics weekly. Some of the stuff is online, but there's nothing like having the paper itself for the train.

      I used to get Harper's [harpers.org] but I really don't have time to finish a Harpers and they usually just end up in the bathroom after I've read the main story. A fine magazine with some very intelligent writing. The Harper's index [harpers.org] is worth the admission price alone.

      I subscribe to salon.com too. I never understood the allure of Lumpen and the other 'hip' liber
  • C't (Score:3, Insightful)

    by bitkid (21572) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:18PM (#9574583) Homepage Journal
    C't [heise.de]. IMHO the best computer magazine out there, covering Windows, Linux and Mac. I also like their fair and balanced (no joke intended here) product tests.
    • Re:C't (Score:3, Informative)

      by isj (453011)
      I read C't too whenever I travel. It is a very well-balanced magazine having both articles for the beginner (ok, not completely newbies) and for the advanced. It has very comprehensive product comparisons and tests. The Q&A sections are accurate as far as I can tell.

      In addition, when I read the magazine on planes chatty people leave me a alone (non-germans thinking "oh no! a german", while germans think "oh no! a computer nerd" :-).
  • Minerva (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Medievalist (16032) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:18PM (#9574591)
    Minerva Magazine [minervamagazine.com] is awesome, although the web site is rather weak in comparison.

    What, my username didn't tip you off?
  • The Atlantic (Score:5, Informative)

    by Nspace13 (654963) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:19PM (#9574601) Homepage
    It is not a PC magazine but I read The Atlantic [theatlantic.com]. My favorite 'everything' magazine and it contains "Real Information" (not just a bunch of celeb news). Sometimes they lean a little to the left in the ditorials, but overall I think they attempt to present a fair view of the world. Check out the online version for some pretty hefty reading.

    Major Topics

    • Books & Critics
    • Fiction
    • Food
    • Foreign Affairs
    • Language
    • Poetry Pages
    • Politics & Society
    • Science & Technology
    • Travel & Pursuits
  • by gwernol (167574) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:19PM (#9574603)
    ...but, as if anyone were interested, I regularly read:

    The Economist - intelligent political and economic coverage with a distinct UK/European background. Smart enough to make you think even if you disagree with its editorial slant, as I often do.

    The New Yorker - good writing, often thought provoking and cartoons.

    Atlantic Monthly - more intelligent current affairs writing.

    Granta - excellent if sometimes inconsistent modern fiction.

    GQ - decent men's magazine, although the US edition is noticebly dumbed down in comparison with the UK edition.

    Premiere - movie reviews and in-depth articles on the entertainment industry; think Entertainment Weekly with brains and a staff of almost journalists :-)

    Of the computer-related magazines, I used to subscribe to Wired, but it has descended into mediocrity in the last few years. At least it had verve during the dotcom years. I also enjoyed Byte and have issues going back to the early 80's. It was beginning to head towards just another PC review magazine before it folded, but in its heyday it really was a hobbyist's delight.
  • Magazines?! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anita Coney (648748) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:21PM (#9574657) Homepage
    I used to love reading computer related magazines. There's just something great about laying on a couch while you read. However, the net destroyed all of that fun. I'd read stories online and then read the same "news" a few weeks later in the magazine. Rather than pay for deja vu, I stopped subscribing. News stops being news when it turns old.

  • by aengblom (123492) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:24PM (#9574710) Homepage
    The Chicago Tribue [chicagotribune.com] recently published a list of the year's "50 Best Magazines."

    Notably, Wired took the #1 spot:
    1. Wired: After a wobbly post-boom period, Wired has transformed itself from an insider computer monthly into a slick, smart and playful cultural journal. The reporting is excellent ("The Future of Food," "The New Diamond Age," for instance) and the graphics deliver some of the best short-form journalism in the business. The back-page feature Found" and the upfront section "Start" are consistently strong, and even the "Letters" page crackles with energy. The writing staff is lively yet authoritative, and columnists Lawrence Lessig and Bruce Sterling are smart without being snooty. Even the ads are cool. Finally: We dare you to show us a better magazine Web site (Wired.com).
    2. Real Simple
    3. The Economist
    4. Cook's Illustrated
    5. Esquire
    6. The New Yorker
    7. American Demographics
    8. Men's Healthy
    9. Jane
    10. Consumer Reports

    Myself, I read Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Aperture, Harpers and Scientific American. I'm thinking of picking up Reason, Foreign Affairs, The Economist and The Weekly Standard.
  • My reads (Score:3, Interesting)

    by harley_frog (650488) <harley_frog@NosPam.yahoo.com> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:33PM (#9574846) Journal
    Cook's Illustrated [cooksillustrated.com] because it provides honest information about tools and tells you why some recipes work and some don't.

    American Iron Magazine [americanironmagazine.com] because AIM has a good balance of tech, reviews, and custom bikes.

    Backpacker [backpacker.com] provides not only reviews of equipment and hikes, they're now including GPS waypoints with the maps.

  • c't is the best (Score:3, Insightful)

    by innot (582843) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:38PM (#9574937)
    The best "PC Related" Magazine that I know of is c't [heise.de].
    Very insightful, good know-how articles, writers that know their stuff and even an occasional homebrew hardware project (like a USB / RS232 Interface in the latest issue)

    What other PC tabloid these day still has detailed architectural comparisons between the latest AMD and Intel creations. Or will devote pages to the advantages vs. disadvantages of the current RAM technologies.

    I would compare c't to Byte Magazine in the mid-80s, before Byte went "mainstream".

    Thomas
  • by mike_mgo (589966) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:42PM (#9574988)
    This is my favorite source of book reviews (with editorials and the occassional movie review thrown in). I find it much better than the NY Times Sunday Book Review which often isn't much more than a plot capsule and a reviewer stating whether they liked it or not (they always like the book).

    The reviewers in the New York Book Review usually bring up challenges to the argument/methodology used in the books reviewed. Most of the reviews also cover 2 or 3 books on the same topic, comparing the strengths/weaknesses of each.

    Just a warning though, there is an obvious liberal bias to the review. It isn't of the Michael Moore/Al Franken variety that "all republicans suck" but is more reasoned and researched arguments against specific policies. And even though I'm liberal it would be nice to have some intalligent consevative views printed more often just for variety's sake.

    About the only critcism I have of the magazine is that nearly every issue for over a year now has had an article (usually an editorial as opposed to an actual book review) on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (almost uniformily critical of the Israelis). Which is fine, Israel is certainly open to some criticism, but after ten articles it becomes a little tiresome.

    I used to subscribe to Men's Health and found the health and fitness articles informative and well written, but after 2 years the articles became a bit repetitive. Other than medical updates there is only so much you can really write about doing arm curls.

  • C'mon guys (Score:5, Interesting)

    by dogbowl (75870) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:45PM (#9575040) Homepage
    All of the magazines listed so far seem pointless to even mention.
    Maxim? Wired? gee, maybe I should check them out next time I pick up my new American Idol CD at the walmart.

    Here's what I like, when I can find them:
    • Giant Robot [giantrobot.com] - for hip asain crap
    • Magnet [magnetmagazine.com] - for music
    • Ready Made [readymademag.com] - trendy household stuff to make
    • Found [foundmagazine.com] - wierd things found on the street
    • Edge [futurenet.com] - video games
  • No Maximum PC? (Score:5, Informative)

    by EvilNight (11001) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:48PM (#9575086)
    I mean, 300 comments and nobody mentioned it yet? Maybe I have a grossly inflated opinion of them, and someone can clue me in as to if they suck, and why.

    The magazine is short, to the point, has a truckload of awesome tips and tricks sections (most of which would be of interest to even advanced computer users), has phenomenally accurate hardware and software reviews (to the point where I'm almost inclined to take their reviews as gospel) and it has a good geeky attitude that makes it an entertaining read. I've been a subscriber since they were called Boot magazine in the mid-1990s, and to this day I've never seen anything to make me doubt their integrity or make me want to cancel my subscription. It's also a damn cheap mag, renewals are usually $12 for the year.

    Basically if you give a damn about computer hardware, you should have a subscription. Very highly recommended.
  • Circuit Cellar (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ajlitt (19055) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:49PM (#9575109)
    ...in electronic copy edition. This is the only magazine I pay for. I find enough reading material online to fill both my geek and non-geek news quotas.
  • You know... (Score:5, Funny)

    by lowe0 (136140) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @04:54PM (#9575177) Homepage
    Come on, guys, there are subtler ways of collecting demographic info.
  • nature (Score:4, Informative)

    by Danny Rathjens (8471) <slashdot2&rathjens,org> on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @06:48PM (#9576487)
    Ever notice the huge percentage of all the neat news stories you read about scientific progress in biology or physics are actually just summaries of the article that was published in nature?

    Now if they would just stop selling my address to all those snail-mail spammers that seem to think every nature subscriber is a microbiologist.

  • by gessel (310103) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @07:14PM (#9576666) Homepage
    Every week, topical, broad, and well written. Rarely do they publish completely stupid articles, without at least acknowledging that many readers might find them so, New Scientist is the best magazine out there.

    They publish good computer related articles as well, from social issues like privacy and security to physics issues of fabrication techniques.

    Most importantly though, they still have a concept of journalism, unlike WIRED's mornoic McLuhian "there is no objectivity" "geeks are our heroes" "all technology is perfect and wonderful" breathlessness that overwhelms any actual intellectual value that might lurk accidently unexpunged from their articles. Unfortunately their worse-than-useless meme has infected most of the US technical press to a greater or lesser extent.

    Technology Review used to be good, but took a huge dive into pathetic pandering and breathless sensationalism under the train wreck that was John Benditt. They started to recover a tiny bit under Robert Buderi, but alas, they've just replaced him with somone from that other "long boom" loosers magazine, Red Herring, though I don't know anything else about Jason Pontin and he may turn out to be smart - perhaps he left Red Herring out of disgust?

    Why is it that random placement of irrelevant paragraphs and illegible typography has become central to any US magazine's technology identity? If there was one thing more stupid and ill-concieved than WIREDs self professed end of objectivity, it was the illegibility they passed off as cutting edge design, after stealing it from Mondo 2000 and cleaning it up a bit.

    Even that centuries old bastion of reason and depth, Scientific American, has succumbed to the "expanded readership" afforded shallow, mindless optimism and has scaled back their thinking articles for more content that would be at home in WIRED's pages, and seems to have cut back on opposing views, letting corporate flacks define the market impact of their inventions without any critical review - the very heart of WIRED's journalistic abdication.

    As far as I've found, aside from professional journals, that leaves New Scientist as the best source of real news about technology, and the only source I've found with any critical analysis of the consequences of an invention or discoverty.

    The reason why I rant so is that, particularly since the advent of the internet, WIRED style breathless but glossy reprints of corporate press releases are irrelevant. When I want to know what Microsoft thinks is their greatest innovation, I'll go to their website and save my money. What I'm willing to pay for is a journalist who takes the time to read MSFT's latest boast, then finds the people who can meaningfully and authoritatively comment on the veracity of the release and integrates the answers, all properly attributed. Only New Scientist still does this.
  • by guanxi (216397) on Wednesday June 30, 2004 @09:01PM (#9577444)
    I've tried just about everything, trying to find an efficient way to stay as informed as possible. One principle I've learned: The longer time there is between publications (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, etc), the better the articles. I guess it shouldn't be surprise.

    Not just magazines, in rough order of how essential they are.

    NEWS AND CURRENT EVENTS

    * National Journal Daily Briefing: If you read one thing every day, make it this national headline summary from the beltway publication, the National Journal. Available for free here: doonesbury.com/media/dailybriefing/index.html (there's nothing about it that will remind you of Doonesbury).

    * The Economist: I can't add to what's been said above

    * The Atlantic: They ask great questions, and think well. They get a little too far from the facts some times, but otherwise fantastic.

    * Foreign Affairs: Written by the leading foreign policy experts.

    * Stratfor.com: Cold hard geopolitical intelligence, not news. Far superior to most other sources in their predictions, analysis, and willingness to address the fundemental, practical questions.

    * NY Times, Wall St Journal, Wash Post, LA Times, Christian Science Monitor: The dailies worth your time.

    * BBC World Service Newshour: The toughest journalists around. The interviews are the best, with regular pregnant pauses from world leaders. Unfortunately, at an hour a day with no index to the segments, too time-consuming.

    WORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVES

    * News International from Pakistan: (jang.com.pk/thenews) I've looked around for good '3rd world' media; this daily isn't perfect, but they're far ahead of most peers. Esp. good when balanced with ...

    * Hindustan Times: Another excellent daily from the developing world.

    * AFP: The major French newswire covers stories omitted elsewhere.

    * Institute for War and Peace Reporting: (iwpr.net) Unique, close-to-the-action coverage of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and other hot spots.

    * Far Eastern Economic Review (feer.com) Owned by Dow Jones (publishers of the Wall St Journal), matchless coverage of the 'far east'.

    OTHER SUBJECTS

    * SCIENCE: ScienceWeek (scienceweek.com) If you want efficient, serious coverage of science, there's no peer; Scientific American is for wimps. Absolutely take a look at this weekly. I can't recommend them enough.

    * PUBLIC OPINION: PollingReport.com: Summaries of all major polls at one, well organized, no-nonsense website.

    * BASEBALL: Baseball Primer weblog: (baseballthinkfactory.org/files/primer) If you're as much a baseball geek as you are a computer geek.

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