Skip to main content

PC Magazine

Many of my favorite magazines continue to wither away - joining Look and Life in magazine heaven. I was a dedicated reader of Red Herring, loved the practical - and occasionally snarky - Business 2.0.

PC Magazine announces on the inside that the January issue is its last print version; from now on it will be an e-zine. It really isn't all that surprising. There aren't dozens of PC producers anymore fighting for our business. No more Eagle, Brick, WYSE, DEC, Tandy, Packard Bell, Swan or even IBM. And not much invention happening in software either. No competition=no advertising. I understand it even though I don't like it.

Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff wrote a "Dear Reader" letter bound into the January edition. In it he tried to convince me that the e-zine format is just as good. His first two points are: "It arrives in youre-mail automatically." and " It is portable". Well, Lance, the magazine arrived in my mail box automatically, and is more portable than my laptop. And, when I'm sitting in the airport, I don't have to wait for it to boot up. I can mark a page and pick it back up at any time - minutes or weeks later. I can shift to any postion I want to get comfortable when I read it, and I don't have to worry about battery time. You failed to convince me - but I don't have any choice if I want to continue to get the info, do I?

Comments

Russ said…
Gene, Just think about the trees!

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: What Matters Now by Gary Hamel

Interview of Eric Schmidt by Gary Hamel at the MLab dinner tonight. Google's Marissa Mayer and Hal Varian also joined the open dialog about Google's culture and management style, from chaos to arrogance. The video just went up on YouTube. It's quite entertaining. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Cover of The Future of ManagementMy list of must-read business writers continues to expand.Gary Hamel, however, author of What Matters Now, with the very long subtitle of How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation, has been on the list for quite some time.Continuing his thesis on the need for a new approach to management introduced in his prior book The Future of Management, Hamel calls for a complete rethinking of how enterprises are run.

Fundamental to his recommendation is that the practice of management is ossified in a command and control system that is now generations old and needs to be replaced with something that reflects an educat…

7 Ways to Fix Your Gut and Help Your Brain

Author Peter Andrey Smith titled his article on the relationship of the brain to the intestines, and, in particular, the tiny creatures that live in our intestine beautifully: “The tantalizing links between gut microbes and the brain”. If the human brain is the frontier of medical science, the microbiome, those tiny creatures that live in our intestinal tract, is Jupiter. The linkage between what goes on in the gut and the brain is indeed tantalizing, and the subject of research worldwide. There are over 1,000 different kinds of those things living inside us. There are hints that having the wrong mix of gut microbes, or the absence of any particular type, is linked to asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and more. Further, antibiotics, illnesses and other factors can deplete the population. Here are seven things we can do to help keep our little creatures happy and healthy.
Eat the right stuff. There is evidence that the right diet helps keep …

Get REM Sleep; Manage Fear

A good night’s sleep may help you manage fear and risks better.

A study just posted in Journal of Neuroscience describes the importance of a good night’s sleep to controlling strong emotions, especially fear. Previous studies in this area attempted to discover what happens in the brain after a frightful experience.  These prior studies, for example, show how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects sleep. A team at the Rutgers University Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, led by Itamar Lerner, has taken a different approach. They wanted to see if there is a relationship between adequate sleep and prevention or management of the brain’s reaction to subsequent stressful events. Research Team Lerner is a Postdoctoral Fellow in sleep research. Along with fellow researchers Neha Sinha-also doing Postdoctoral research-in her case in brain imaging, Shira Lupkin and Alan Tsai, they used new technology that allows mobile tracking of sleep habits over a period of time, not j…