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Best/Worst Magazines Answered

Please forgive me if this topic has already been discussed in the forums. With the holidays up and coming, it seemed like a potentially good time to look into getting some magazines for monthly reading material. That said, what are your favorite (and least favorite) magazines? --Purduecer


I really don't read many magazines. I get Craft in PDF format, and I read Self and various cooking magazines at work because they're free. Oh, and Ready Made!

My favorites are, in no particular order,
Nuts 'n' Volts
Popular Science
Hakin9 (a very technical mag. mostly for computer security personnel)
Engineering Design New (EDN)
CQ Magazine
and ARRL's QST Mag.

I've heard about 2600, but don't know much about it (beyond the fact that it's a hacker magazine), what sort of articles do they feature?

here you go, now that I am home: #25, year 2008 - number 3 (Autumn) Table of contents: The Last shall be first (reminiscing about The Last Hope conference, and future Hope conferences i.e. The Next Hope) Bell's Mind Markup Language: hand scanning The TORminator: and how to make things more secure The State of Cyberspace and Cyberwar: with a little history to bring one up to date Watching the Watchers: Google Analytics and redirection strategies. The Telcom Informer Apple Dashboard Widget Insecurity Penetration Testing the Red Team Way FaxCore Reshacking Windows Vista Games iMation Insecurities Blackhat SEO, how the dumb masses are exploited to make a profit The Hacker Perspective Spoofing Banners with Open Source Servers Remote Scripting AT&T; Wireless information Set up your Phone for International Dialing USB Antiforensics Transmissions Discovering Firewalls Hacking Music Sleeper (fiction) and finally an ad for The Best of 2600 :-)

WOW, well, i cut mine down from more than that, to about 10. AND, i only visit them during my lunch (30mins) at work, weekdays. It was needed to make room for ibles.

Hmm? In my list of magazines, I only have 9 listed. Directly above your post is the table of contents for the 2600 mag.

ah thats makes more sense. (teach me to not read properly.)

You're welcome. Like I said though, it would be best to leaf through one from a Borders store first before subscribing....it may not be what you are looking for :-)

Well, some of them are a bit technical, sometimes very exclusive (like an article on creating skeleton keys for the unused 3 doors of an abandoned subway in NYC, etc). But they are all for the "enlightenment" of those that want to know things about the workings of the tech around them, so they can better prepare for those that would break in for ill purposes, and to make better decisions on what types of Tech to embrace and which to just say no to.

Most Borders stores carry the magazine if you want to look through one before deciding....and there is a Best of 2600 book out in the stores now too.

If I need a magazine, I tend to stand in front of the racks of our well-stocked local newsagent (far better selection than the local WHSmith or any supermarket) and grab what takes my fancy. Generally reliable for something interesting (in no particular order): Make Craft (the sister magazine to Make) New Scientist (the Christmas issue will be out soon - usually full of slightly silly stuff) Scientific American Power Kite (not much reading, but pretty pictures) Fortean Times Top Gear Mini World or Classic Mini Analog Interzone However, if you're looking for holiday reading, why not try a decent book? I would recommend anything by Terry Pratchett, China Meiville, Niven and Purnelle, Ben Bova, you get the idea. Specific books (just in the order they came off my shelves): Here-Be-Monsters (Alan Saw) The Last King of Scotland (Giles Foden) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel (Susanna Clarke) What Does an Martian Look Like? (Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart) The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins) (even if you're religious!) American Gods (Neil Gaiman) Neverwhere (Gaiman) Diceman (Luke Rhinehart) (potentially disturbing) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (Mark Haddon) The Mould in Doctor Florey's Coat (Eric Lax) Wooroo (Joyce Gard) (pub 1961, hard to get hold of now) Making books - Anything by William Gurstelle Vacuum Bazooks, Electric Rainbow Jelly...(Neil A Downie) Build Your Own Combat Robot (Pete Miles, Tom Carroll) Junkbot, Bugbot & Bots on Wheels (Dave Hrynkiw, Mark W Tilden) Building Stirling Engines Without a Lathe (Kjeld Hoejfeldt) Or get yourself a decent book on origami or knot-tying. A good knot-book and a few feet of cord are quite a pleasant way to pass an evening with kids - they can help each other hold awkward bits, and it's a challenge to conquer the trickier knots.

Look out for Make 17 in February :D 2 iBlers in one volume!

Yep. Someone I know very well indeed, and Kelsey

Well done, and Kelsey, that was fast work.

Bloody upstart, only been here ten minutes, featured in Make already...

What are you both in for?

If it's secret, PM me.

I've written a "profile" article about my crib mod (you'll find a link to the draft via my Web page). They're sending a photo editor next week to take some pictures!

Aww lucky, I have to get my sister (photography student) to take my pictures. That said, I'm the wrong side of a rather large body of water.

Yeah, they probably don't have that big a travel budget. In my case, it's a two hour drive for the poor sot in commute traffic. Not happy times, but cheap :-)

Mine's for my scroll wheel thing. I'm in the process of taking some hi-res pics.

Thanks, Kiteman! I pitched an article about my crib to them even before I joined I'bles (an actual paid article, see my Orangeboard; w00t!).

In fact, it was that pitch, and noticing how many MAKE articles include links to I'bles, that got me to join!

I find it very hard nowadays to choose any printed magazine. I use to have a lot of subscriptions to stuff I was interested in (Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, Keyboard, Popular Science, PC mag, Handyman, Cooking, Reader's Digest, etc.) But with the internet, magazine articles became smaller and ad pages increased. You still have to go to the internet for in-depth articles. I also got tired of the junk mail that came along and all of those other people trying to get you to renew a subscription. I still have a few fluff mags that came "free" with credit card/frequent flyer mile rewards. So, I only get the chance to browse printed magazines while in the waiting room at the doctor's office or with the other freebie flunkies in the mega-box bookstores camping out reading. My kid does have Nickelodeon and Highlights thoug.

ooo, I forgot about Handyman :-) Oh and I forgot to mention in my post lower, that EDN can be gotten free ;-)

yeah, but you won't find the "2600" mag in the doc's office for sure LOL

I didn't know you were such a HAM. CQ DX. My brother had some battleship Hammarlunds as a kid, never had time to study morse code to take the test though.

I never got the chance to study much either...and even though I built myself a practice keyer, I never had enough time to learn the code. Now you don't need it for one license, but I would rather be able to yak on some of the higher bands. Just a pipe dream for me....although I have built a few little "radio related" devices over the years. ;-)
beside, these days, I am more of a porker than a ham ;-)

No one really has hobbies like those anymore. Stuff you had to think about and be resourceful in making your equipment. I was into model rocketry but today that is probably outlawed. Today, everyone just gets a video game. I thought it was cool you could get a postcard from someone you contacted on the air.

I was into model rocketry but today that is probably outlawed.

Not around here....they now sell model rocket kits in two of the local Craft shops (Michael's & A.C. Moore) along with the engines etc. (at one time, hobby shops what's a hobby shop? LOL carried this stuff).

PS: I thought is was cool just to talk to someone, without long distance charges, half way around the world :-) Although getting a QSL card would have been cool too :-)

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