Lots of readers have written in to complain about the packaging of the disc in LXF105, and I don't blame them. If you haven't seen the issue yet, the disc isn't bound into the large paper wallet we've been doing for several issues, but was instead placed inside a clear plastic wallet and stuck to the back page. It sucks because:
1) People were just getting used to the bound-in paper wallet
2) Plastic is bad for the environment
3) Plastic also looks cheap, despite costing more
4) We lost space where we'd normally print disc contents and other information
I've just scrambled back to LXF Towers to report on the Eee PC 900. Asus brought a much-in-demand sample unit to Future Publishing, but we barged away our sister magazines to get a quick test-run. The form factor is largely identical to the 701 unit (a smidgen taller, wider and heavier), and the touchpad is slightly more spacious.
Dell's new range of Vostro laptops are absurdly cheap, starting at £169 (ex VAT) for the low end model. How can Michael Dell afford to feed his kids anything except Tesco Value Noodles and Aldi Blue Pop?
Simple: ramp up the price of displays. If you want a sparkling WUXGA screen on your new lappy, prepare to pay a premium (click for bigger):
Should our next gift for subscribers be Linux-related stickers? This quote alone convinces me:
"Would love some stickers though to show where I've made my mark. Up to now I've been rubbing my scent on machines from a spare gland."
Now we just need lots more people saying roughly the same thing, and I think our subs team would be convinced...
Joy of joys. SourceForge has introduced interstitial adverts, blocking your path between clicking a download link and getting the software.
I mean, it was bad enough that SourceForge doesn't save your choice of mirror, instead pointing you at all sorts of ultra-slow download locations, but this is lunacy.
This is blasphemy.
This is madness.
A friend of mine recently bought a CD made by David Alan Stern - a guy who works as a full-time accent trainer. The goal of the CD is to teach you how to speak English in various accents, such as Scottish, Boston, German, etc, presumably to make you a more versatile actor. Problem is, the guy who teaches it doesn't sound very convincing. In fact, his attempt at a Scottish accent is almost unparalleled in its awfulness - has this chap even met a Scottish person before, or seen one on TV? By the sound of it, I think not.
If you thought my job was all about inserting typos, commissioning features and playing Unreal Tournament, well, then you thought pretty much the same as me! But today I'm in Marlow attending a conference for all the editors at Future. Now, admittedly not many people go through their local magazine shop counting Future logos, so you may not realise quite how many magazines we make - suffice to say there are well over a hundred people here, all learning the latest theory about brand vs product.
Thanks to everyone who read about our informal reader survey in LXF 104 - vote are still coming in, and we won't really be taking any action for a few months yet just so that everyone worldwide has the chance to vote too.