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Thu May 5 16:19:51 CDT 2016
On Thu, 5 May 2016, Sean Caron wrote:
> I kind of miss thumbing through it, like Computer Shopper -- remember
> that behemoth? :O
I used to trek to the public library in a little town of 800 folks. The
library was about the size of my living room. However, they got Byte and
Computer Shopper. I remember one of the librarian ladies who volunteered
there coming up to me once and asking "How can you sit and look at these
magazines for so long?"
That was the same place where I'd go transcribe BASIC programs out of
magazines and books to see if I could figure out if there was any way on
$diety's green earth we they'd run on my pathetic Timex Sinclair (but hey,
I had the 16k RAM pack!) Then I'd go home, find out the code wouldn't run,
then peek/poke my way to fixing it. I think I still have a bowling game I
The good side of that now-seemingly-pathetic situation with books and
magazines communicating the critical bits to learn was this:
1. It was easier to concentrate. There wasn't always a web browser or game
client beckoning me away to fun-distracted-time-wasting-land.
2. Magazines made a nice self-contained little package ("issues") so they
are great sources for nostalgia. They are almost little time capsules.
The nearly immutable nature of the format gives an interesting
3. I explain print media to my (much) younger brothers like this: Imagine
a screen that is super-super-cheap, doesn't ever run low on power, has
a _killer_ refresh rate (none, it's static), is so thin and light you
can carry thousands of them at once, has almost unlimited resolution,
and has a shelf-life probably 2x-3x that of the electronic devices they
describe. Ie.. the "physicality" of print is worth something to me.
4. Plus, close to 100% of the content is usually somewhat vetted (well
maybe not the adverts as much). It's not (usually) just some 13 year
old punk spouting off on reddit etc..
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