March 11, 2009

The shift from print to digital

As most of the world's businesses deal with economic troubles, so do the various media outlets designed to cover them. What may be thought of mainly as a reporting outlet for the days events, is in fact, a business itself, prone to the same struggles as those it is reporting on. Many of today's newspapers find themselves in the unenviable position of having to shut their doors or go online-only. Time has put together a list of the 10 high-profile newspapers likely to do just that, and there's a good-karma follow-up on how to save your newspapers. Both are good reading.

From newspapers, then on to magazines. PC Magazine has already gone online-only, having made the switch in January. Yes, there were throngs of hate mail, sobbing, why-me, why-now, complaints. But in the end it still doesn't change the economics of the situation: it costs money to operate printing presses and produce a physical magazine, and then ship it all over the world. With that as the background, at least we still get the content, even if it is on our monitor only, and not laying flat on our coffee table. At least we still get John Dvorak's column. In his most recent posting, he talks about how one of the latest Linux distros, Ubuntu 8.10, blew him away, and should replace Windows as his, and your, operating system. That just might be worth checking out.

Finally, if you thought that everything that could be virtual already was, then check this out: Topps baseball cards. Enough said.

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