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 Post subject: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 1:10 pm 
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has anyone noticed that the topics on maxpc are getting dumbed down more and more? Leave the one click bloatware solutions and all-in-one boxes for grandma reading the basic user targeted magazines. We MaxPC users are POWER users, System Administrators, Networking Professionals, Programmers, and all around COMPETENT. we can manage to follow 14 steps of instructions. we can handle regedit.exe and mmc.exe and even Linux. Tell us how to DO something, not which box does "most" of what we want with the least suck.
Also, it might be time to cut the piracy chatter. it's a highly charged topic, and we clearly don't all agree, much like politics and religion.
I still love maxpc, but I'm starting to lose faith. I hope some of you agree with this, and I hope the editors will hear what I'm saying and agree at least somewhat, and get this ship back on track!


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 Post subject: Re: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:21 pm 
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The way I look at it, there just might be someone who's picking up MPC for the very first time. He or she will want to learn about all the stuff which those of us who have been doing already for years take for granted. These people who get their feet wet will hopefully come back and want more.


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 Post subject: Re: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 5:44 pm 
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I'm not saying get rid of the entry level stuff, I'm just saying we need more of the power user stuff we used to have.


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 Post subject: Re: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 6:48 pm 
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Topic suggestions?

"The ultimate USB tool" - Selecting the right usb stick for the job (or maybe multiple usb sticks); usb stick to resurrect any Win7 installation, or maybe boot to a "live usb" environment with hardware diagnostic tools; point to the best free and paid apps;

And this could be done every year with whatever the new technology is, like maybe in a few years time the thing to have is the ultimate MicroSD card.


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 Post subject: Re: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:10 pm 
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I'd like to see such articles as "24 drive DIY NAS with ZFS." or "Insalling your own whole home HD DVR with Unlimited channels using Mythtv and XBMC" or perhaps "32 Amazing Undocumented Registry Keys you can tweak to customize your computer" and fewer "This box gets a 7, but it's the best there is, so buy it"


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 Post subject: Re: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 11:41 am 
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aarcane wrote:
has anyone noticed that the topics on maxpc are getting dumbed down more and more?


Yes!! Precisely why I've lost interest in the mag. Far too many retread articles from only a year or two ago too! Retread so Gramma can follow along I guess. Just dump your subscription, save your $14 per year. But from my vantage point, it won't matter since MPC doesn't care about their core customers they are busy trying to lure subscriber away from Simple Computing Magazine. If you really want to defecate, flip through a SCM at the newsstand.


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 Post subject: Re: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:10 pm 
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You know something weird? I remember people making this exact same argument years ago (somewhere near the time they switched from boot to MaximumPC).


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 Post subject: Re: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:31 am 
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If you've stuck with Maximum PC for any length of time, you've probably learned something. We hope. If you've learned something from us, you probably know more than you used to. If you know more, there's less for you to learn, but there are still tons of other people out there who we'd like to convert to the power-user ways. We still want hardcore power-user stuff, but if we only cater to the people who have been subscribing for ten years, we'll alienate new users who are just coming into the Maximum PC fold.

We have to strike a balance between making sure our loyal subscribers are getting what they pay for--making sure there is coverage for you guys--as well as attracting new readers. Especially in this economy and the state of the magazine industry, nobody ever stayed in business by narrowing their reader base--not without drastically raising the prices of subscriptions. Would you pay $50 or $100/year for a truly hardcore, only-the-bleeding-edge magazine? Then let us know! Otherwise we have to maintain a reasonable subscription rate, and that means trying to appeal to new power users as well as veterans.

"Maximum PC" is an attitude. As far as I'm concerned, if we can attract new users away from the cult of Mac and one-size-fits-all computing, away from computers-as-an-appliance and into building their own rigs, tweaking their own setups, troubleshooting their own hardware--the more people we can bring into the fold the better. We don't want to dumb ourselves down, we want to smart our new readers up :)


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 Post subject: Re: Dumbing down topics?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:42 pm 
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As someone who has subscribed to Maximum PC for over twelve years, I agree with nedwards. I have learned quite a lot by reading the magazine over that time, and (as a result) have built several systems since late 2003. While I certainly don't know everything there is to know about computers, I credit Maximum PC with educating me to a level where I can troubleshoot an issue (whether it be hardware- or software-related) better than most people that I know. While I can't say that I know what boot magazine was like in its language and content, I believe that if Maximum PC "dumbed things down", then I probably benefitted from that as it inspired me to start building my own systems and gave me the confidence to do so, and will do the same for other prospective readers.


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