Thursday, 20 November 2008

Farewell, PC Magazine. I haven't read you for years, but I'll miss you

I gather from Martyn Daniels' blog that PC Magazine is to cease publication. I find this sad, as I started my professional writing career doing pieces for computer magazines, and PC Magazine was the daddy of them all.

I had already had one sad moment when PC Week died. Although not my very first publication, PC Week was where I started writing regularly. This free weekly survived on advertising and job ads - it was the rise of IT job websites that killed it. Now PC Magazine is moving to be web only.

Although I never wrote for it (though I did have a column for quite a while in its UK home-grown rival, Personal Computer World), PC Magazine was the authoritative source when I first became involved in PCs back in the mid-80s (yes, children, we had PCs in the 1980s). Back then, I couldn't have done my job without it. Now it has virtually gone virtual.


  1. Oh, my word--you're THAT Brian Clegg. I think I used to know you all those years ago, when I worked in computer games publishing... good grief.

    (I doubt that you'd remember me--I worked in sales and marketing and our paths rarely crossed; but I did know of you, because I used to read your pieces.)

  2. Jane - I've always felt I was THAT Brian Clegg, but I've never realised why...

    Seriously, it's quite possible. I used to review games for a couple of VNU publications off an on, sometime for PC Week, most consistently for their demised online magazine, V3.

  3. I'm sure I recognise your name in that context, but wonder if I was involved in the industry a little earlier than you?

    I worked mostly for Argos Press Software, and for TelecomSoft: my friend, the infamous Jane Cavanagh, who I worked with for some years, went on to form SCI and make her own personal fortune while I became a writer and made naff-all. I write for the satisfaction now, and the irony.

  4. It's all in the fuzzy past! I wrote from PC Week from around 1993 and V3 was around 1996, I think.

  5. Byte was another very popular and influential magazine that stopped print publication (in 1998).

  6. Absolutely. Byte was for the real, roll up your sleeves and manipulate bits by hand experience.