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Oh and Nat Geo isn't bad either. :P

>_>...

 

I find myself reading The Economist these days. The global viewpoint and tech insights are sometimes quite refreshing!

 

z

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I bought issue 1

 

Back when Atomic started, I had a many interests, but I mainly bought the magazine because it delved into ‘how things work’

 

I did subscribe to the magazine for a few years

 

Now, I find that I focus on fewer interests, and the inner workings of PC’s is not one of them

 

I do buy the occasional issue over the counter, and I will buy a PCA if I am planning on buying something technical.

But the areas that the magazine covers is not high in my agenda

 

Tech nowadays seems to be sealed black boxes (ipods, ipads, etc) and how much ‘stuff’ can be stored on them

Boring

 

Pete

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Did you see the link I posted a few pages back?

Yeah but that was for a job in which someone just "writes" stuff.

 

I was thinking more along the lines of a real job :)

 

Edit: i think i should probably run now...

 

When you are at that point in life where you are almost one with the machines, then you might be ready. When you can put your hand on a disk array and know which one in a pack of 15 has a failed platter without peaking, then you might be ready. When you can pop open a terminal window and instantly "feel" that the kernel running on the box has a problem, or the iowait state is just not what it should be, without running any diagnostic commands, you're getting close.

 

When you can feel the very core of what it is to touch technology that the rest of the world has only every dreamt of and share the passion through the written word, you're on your way to the promised-tech-lands. Yours is then the world, and nothing on this mortal coil can stop you...

 

z

 

 

*infatuated girly sigh*

I'm almost there.

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All feedback is good feedback.

Thanks to those that did reply. The answers were interesting.

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1) Do you or did you at one stage subscribe to Atomic and if so, why?

I bought from issue 8 over the counter and subbed from around issue 14 - it is the first and only mag i have subbed to

 

 

2) If you don't subscribe anymore or never have,why not?

I stopped my sub around 4 years ago when I realised I wasn't reading it much - it had gone from devouring it in the first day or two, to finding that mags were being put unopened on top of the previous month's unopened mag. It was in the lead up to MPC -> MPG

 

3) What would it take to get you to subscribe again?

hardcore tech - especially the application of tech to systems

reviews in a paper mag are these days are by definition "old news" due to the burden of print publishing cycle, Opinion and industry articles about the application of leading edge tech don't date so quickly.

 

4) Roughly how long have you been visiting the forums?

10 years

 

5) How many hours a week would you spend on here?

approx 3-4 hours.

 

6) How does that compare to 2 years ago?

lot less, was probably 10-20 hours then

In the past I had a few specific tech areas that I spent hours per day in. I've moved around different tech areas, but find there's not too much new happening.

 

7) Do you see yourself still here in 2 years time?

50:50 chance. I might be one of those once a month lurkers.

 

8) On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest) rate your Atomic experience.

7 - at my peak of atomic use, it was a 1- = it made a big part of my daily routine (perhaps I was addicted), these days its a minor activity, but still fun to be around here.

 

9) If you could change one thing about the mag or forums, what would it be?

See 3

 

10) And finally, who is/was your favorite writer for the Mag?

Dan for the zany fun and facts (although also big fan of John and Ben who combined facts with passion and a bit of fun)

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1) Do you or did you at one stage subscribe to Atomic and if so, why?

Bought OTC from issue 1 and my wife got me a one year subscription soon after that because I was so into it.

 

2) If you don't subscribe anymore or never have,why not?

Subscription ran out, and by that time I was into other stuff.

 

3) What would it take to get you to subscribe again?

I might, it's a pretty good deal and I have bought the last few issues anyway.

 

4) Roughly how long have you been visiting the forums?

10 years, on and off.

 

5) How many hours a week would you spend on here?

Just been visiting the forums again recently since my last bout in 2008, probably 4 or 5 hours a week.

 

6) How does that compare to 2 years ago?

Was popping in very infrequently two years ago.

 

7) Do you see yourself still here in 2 years time?

I guess so, might depend on if I end up getting more involved in the social side of the forums, of which is slim chance as I have all these phobias and shit.

 

8) On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest) rate your Atomic experience.

8

 

9) If you could change one thing about the mag or forums, what would it be?

+1 For me I'd add more hard core tech and less gaming in the mag. More people on the forums.

 

10) And finally, who is/was your favorite writer for the Mag?

Couldn't say I've ever thought about this.. I seem to recall liking Ben Mansill's articles (he used to be the ed right?)

Edited by chilli

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