Lists and Literature
... whut will hip you to the haps of cybertown
Getting on a listserv mailing list can let you in for quite an ordeal. I signed up for a joke list, for instance, and it took a couple of weeks for the stuff to start coming, and now it seems that one of the jokes is the idea of getting off the list. But there are well-managed lists, in profusion, and the ones that are either moderated or point-source can be pretty useful.
Dave Winer is a prolific programmer as well as a verbose commentator on the Mac, the net, the web ... every time Apple snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, you'll hear a lot about it from Dave.
There are a zillion free magazines -- some overpriced, some great. Here's my short list.
see also: http://www.nwfusion.com
In addition to good articles, reviews, columns, and buyers' guides, they have excellent cartoons by Frank and Troise. One of my all-time favorites had the following caption & dialog:
The harshest sentence ever recorded in legal history
is levied against a convicted computer hacker:
"I order you to wear a tie every day, take on a huge mortgage,
join the local Rotary Club and act normal in public!!"
which has changed its name to
due to inroads made by Windows NT into Unix territory
http://www.unixreview.com, now known as http://www.performance-computing.com
About a dozen years ago a partner and I had a paid subscription to Unix Review ... then they decided to make it a free mag, which means we had to "qualify". We didn't! We had several months of a paid subscription left, and we got flushed anyway.
I have since requalified, but hey! They owe me something. Donuts when I visit? A chrome bit bucket? Anyway, it's a good magazine. BUT: it's run by bean counters nowadays, and my favorite column, "Devil's Advocate" by Stan Kelly-Bootle, is down one page. It's like trying to have a party in a closet. They should pay him double, cuz a short column is harder to write than a long one.
Others that I find interesting to skim: Communications News and Computer Telephony.
You can blame all this on me, at my home page.
And you can send bouquets, brickbats, and hints to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Bear Albrecht)