Do you ever read free magazines?
I was going to sign up for a free subscription to "Baseline" (as per Joel's recommendation), but I didn't want to bother with filling out the survey questions. I'd probably never read the magazine, anyway.
J. D. Trollinger
I get Information Week for free every Monday and I do read it - some of the articles are interesting and others not so good like the one Joel read. Overall I like it enough to read it and let others at work read it before chucking it...
What I enjoy is about getting them is once you start you'll get them forever. Oh, they'll send you notice after notice about every 6 months trying to get you to update your info, telling you that you only have one more issue etc.
You guys are speaking my language! I subscribe to all kinds of free CIO, IT management, and network magazines and I pitch most of them. I regard it as my retribution against Phb culture and magazine authors posing as experts on things they've never done professionally.
I get a few and I like them fine, look through them and occasionally find useful information. I give accurate info on their survey, except for my initials which I encode so as to keep track of who sells my info to who. Seems mainly my info gets sold to people peddling expensive conferences.
X. J. Scott
The only freebie that I find worth anything much is Network Computing. Unlike the rest I have seen it is technical, actually talks about interesting infrastructure hardware and working with it.
I do skim through my free subscriptions when I get the chance. It helps me identify new products, competitors, future marketing, etc. You'd be surprised what tidbits you can find just by reading the press releases. It's like reading slashdot - 99% of it is bullshit, but that other 1% might be a gem.
No, absolutely none at all. And my life is my own again! Woohoo!
Software Development always gets my full attention. Infoworld a little less so but I have them email me everything I regularly read. I can't seem to find a way to stop getting Oracle Magazine though - I found so little of value in it that I have stopped trying.
I get about 8, including eWeek and Baseline, and I find them really valuable. I encourage my staff to read them, and they stick around for several weeks before we pitch them.
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