Yes it was a good article.
I like Micromart exactly because of articles like those. In fact I bought it just for that article.
I really can't stand bigger more expensive magazines with all the cruft. Mags like PC Pro. Nice mag, well written but a bit formal. Is a news section really needed? And all those glossy pages. Some (wink) magazines are coming in at £6.50 these days and you think to yourself, `do I really want to spend over an hour at minimum wage for this impulse buy?` There's about another 6 other magazines all covering related interest and you think to yourself `crikey, I can only justify buying one really`.
With Micromart it's cheap, which I like. Nice rough pages.
Yet all the stuff in there has the same feel as LinuxFormat, you can imagine the person writing it is talking to you personally; it's not a technical impersonal tone.
I kind of wish there was something that was a mix of linuxformat and micromart really. Micromart has to cater for closed source software running people (the pirate masses mostly), yet LinuxFormat is Linux, which I'm sure holds it back. Then again there's Magazines like Wired. I have been known to buy all 3 to cover that geek interest. There's not really anything that covers everything, a slashdot mag for example. Closest thing to that I guess is Wired. But wired doesn't have enough linux in it.
I reckon there should be a true UK competitor to Wired (in terms of scope) runs by the LugRadio type crowd.
Thus, although there's Linux mags to choose from and mags like wired I often end up just buying Micromart even though it's nothing like the linux mags. It needs more articles like yours.
The classifieds section has kind of changed so much... a bit odd. I wonder if there might be a way to get that to make sense again... I could only see it really working if the mag was regional like Autotrader. At the moment the main thing is that ebay is such a pain, it's nice to be able to just put an ad in a paper as normal, like Gumtree. I'm sure this has been talked about before.