Busy Little Bees: Reports from Internland

Busy Little Bees: Reports from Internland

It's the Butters Weeklyish Update!

It's been a busy week here at Maximum PC. Articles for the November issue are almost all in, and I for one am plenty excited. I just wrapped up the Hardware Autopsy, a few QuickStart articles and a review of a new gaming rig, which mark my first magazine byline since March 06, so I'm pretty pumped. Not to give too much away, but I'm also the cover model.

The secret project I mentioned last week is the PDF Archive, which Will announced last week. We're back to August 2006 so far, and we're working our way backwards from there. Not only is this good for you, the readers, it's good for me, as I get to look over every single issue of the magazine while I put the PDFs together. Woots abound.

Another first is a-brewing: I'm starting to build my first custom rig over in the Labs. Although I've kept up with the build-it-yourself scene for years, I haven't had the resources to pursue it until now. It's not going to be quite as fancy as the Dream Machine, of course - interns don't rank dual 8800s. I'm starting with the Zalman Fatal1ty case and using an AMD x2 5000+ CPU, then adding whatever I can scrounge from Gordon, Dave, and Mike. When I'm done it'll probably be closer to our test bed system than anything we've reviewed recently, but at least it'll do better than my laptop.

That's about it for this update. Now it's time to stealth into Tom's cube and steal his copy of Bioshock. Until next time, I'm Marty Stouffer. Enjoy your Wild America.





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Not only is this archive a blessing for MaxPC history buffs, but it addresses two other issues:

1) Let's say I can't afford the latest cutting-edge graphics card (because, well...I can't).

Then well pretend I play a game like Unreal 2004 every week with a bunch of friends (because I do).

Well, jump to say...the Mid-2005 issue, and look up the "Best of the Best"...presto! The cheapest card you can find that will play your old game at max settings. Ok, you may not be able to find that exact card, but at least there's a starting point for finding something similar.

2) What about that article you need that's in the issue you lost? It's all there, for history to review.

Finally, I would recommend that you leave a 6 month or so gap between the current issue and the latest archive issue. You don't want a drop in subscribers simply because they can wait a month and get the mag for free. Me...well I like having the paper version.

Thanks again.


Lars Rasmussen

I agree that there should be a lag between PDF & print issues. I'd recommend a month or two is all, though, especially since articles are written for the latest issue about 2 months ahead of time.
I agree that dated Best of the Best pieces are great for buying/recommending yesterday's great hardware!

I just recently threw away my Maximum PC print copies that were older than 3 years old. I'm still going to miss the howto & tutorial articles, though.

Thanks for the PDF archives, and Keep on Butterin'!



Shal, Lars:

We're currently going with a one-and-a-half month lag between newsstands and archives. The October issue is about to hit, and I just posted August's PDF. That way we're not threatening newsstand sales too much, and the info is getting online before it's too old.




You guys didn't send 'her' to Baghdad eh?



Didn't there used to be another intern? Were did she go? Did Gordon rant her to death?



Lauren was the other intern, but her internship ended in early August. And since Maximum PC internships are part-time, and we worked different days, I never even saw her. Highly suspicious.

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