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Magazines in Days Gone By

NG
noggin Founding member

They had a very clever and probably underappreciated in-joke in the list of contributors, a credit for Colin "Blud" Dalziel.


I think you're going to have to explain that one to me...


Dalziel is not pronounced Dal-zeel.
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)

They had a very clever and probably underappreciated in-joke in the list of contributors, a credit for Colin "Blud" Dalziel.


I think you're going to have to explain that one to me...


Dalziel is not pronounced Dal-zeel.


Its pronounced "dee-ell" as in "blud dee-ell"! Laughing
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DV
dvboy Central (West) Midlands Today
JAS84 posted:
I used to buy two tech mags - Personal Computer World, and Windows XP: The Official Magazine. The Windows mag actually still exists to this day (it's another Future title), which I stopped buying when it transitioned to Windows Vista (I skipped Vista, and later bought a new PC with Windows 7 on it), and the long running PCW was axed some years ago.

They always came with DVDs with software and game demos on.


The trend for "cover mounted software" dates back to the 1980s and Future caught on quite early with that idea. Their 8-bit titles Amstrad Action and Your Sinclair (and later Commodore Format) started bundling so-called "covertapes" for the Amstrad, Spectrum and C64 respectively.

The "cover disk" continued into the 16-bit era and when CD (and later DVD) became a thing, it was possible to have hundreds of programs you didn't want, as opposed to the three or four you might have got in the 8-bit era. Though CDs and DVDs later became laughably cheap to make, they aren't particularly environmentally friendly and a lot of magazines later switched to digital downloads, although at that point you had to buy the damn thing to see what software they had available, although I can't recall using any magazine bundled stuff long-term - maybe a game or so in the 8-bit era but these days? If you don't like what the magazine gives you, Google will find you something else in two seconds.


I think I originally got DigiGuide off a magazine cover disk, software I'm still using today.
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