PCWorld, one of the few remaining general-interest computer magazines still being printed, has thrown in the paper towel, announcing that it will cease its printed version after 30 years.
Harry McCracken, who once wrote for PC World (it was then two words) and now writes for Time magazine, said it marks the end of the printed general-purpose computer magazine era.
He's essentially right, although a few still exist, such as Macworld MacLife and Maximum PC.
TechMan remembers when the newstand was overflowing with computer magazines at a time when computing was a hobby and not a tool at work and there was no Internet to answer every question. There was a magazine for every brand and type of computer and for operating systems and software.
That time has largely passed.
But TechMan will miss the issues he used to read regularly. There was Byte and the massive Computer Shopper, often a thousand pages or more, mostly ads. Also he read the pioneering Dr. Dobbs Journal as well as PCMagazine and A+ and inCider and Nibble for the Apple II.
Some survive online but somehow they can't match the experience for a young nerd of checking out the corner newsstand for the latest geek read.
Tech is in the air: Two important advances in aviation tech this week.
Popular Mechanics reports that a Kickstarter-funded project has won the Sikorsky Prize, one of the most elusive goals in aviation, by keeping a human-powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute.
Aerovelo, an aeronautical engineering startup, met the qualifications for the $250,000 prize with a flight completed at an indoor soccer stadium near Toronto that lasted 64 seconds and reached a maximum altitude of 3.3 meters.
In a second first, a fighter-jet-sized-drone piloted entirely by computer landed on an aircraft carrier.
The X-47B experimental aircraft took off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland before approaching the USS George H.W. Bush, operating off the coast of Virginia. The drone landed by deploying a tailhook that caught a wire aboard the ship, bringing it to a quick stop, just like normal fighter jets do.
In a not so impressive aviation tech story, Ars Technica reports that Russia launched a Proton-M rocket carrying three satellites on July 2 but it immediately crashed in a massive fireball. RussianSpaceWeb.com revealed that investigators have determined the culprit was the "critical angular velocity sensors, DUS, installed upside down."
Website of the week: Maxthon may be the most popular browser you've never heard of, TechCrunch reports. The Beijing-based company's browser has gained a global following of more than 100 million unique visitors per month in 140 countries. It can be downloaded for free at maxthon.com.
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