PCWorld exits print a winner as the online exodus continues

PCWorld was the last of the big computing enthusiast magazines in the US until today that is. Effective with this months issue, PCWorld will be ceasing publication in print and concentrate all its efforts on online and digital editions. This marks the end of the big enthusiast magazine and in joining Newsweek, US News, Gourmet, PC Magazine and countless others in the deadpool it may be time to change how we look at the magazine publishing industry.

The magazine industry has not died, quite the opposite in fact as the online sites like TechCrunch, TheVerge, Engadget, and even us here at SNFN cover the same things that magazines used to cover, only now we cover the news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week instead of waiting for a weekly or monthly magazine to come out. There is a countless amount more content available today than there were a few years ago and it grows daily.

So instead of bemoaning the demise of print, maybe it is time to look at it for what it really is, innovation. The large publishers are going to have to innovate, or die. PCWorld is doing a good job of this as they are not laying off any journalistic staff with the change, but concentrating their work on where the eyeballs, and thus the advertisers are.

So congratulations to PCWorld and we look forward to continuing to enjoy your work online.

Bill Gates is still smarter than you and I

We sometimes forget just why Bill Gates ended up where he is today and how Microsoft ended up being the behemoth it is. Today, Bill Gates did an “ask me anything” on Reddit and proved again that he is a visionary. It is amazing when you think about just how right Gates has been on most things. Had the shareholders listened better to Bill and stayed on the tablet front like Bill wanted to, the world we live in today would have been much different. Steve Jobs is mostly credited with today’s tablet explosion but it was Gates who had the vision first. What Jobs did was run with it in a way that a behemoth like Microsoft just could not do.

In today’s Reddit session, Gates sounded off on a lot of things and it was funny to watch the posters amazement at how savvy Gates was with comments like how fast he was responding and the like being common.

Bill shared his thoughts on technology and some personal thoughts as well. Some of the highlights included his thoughts on Bing, Windows 8, his philanthropic work and some personal things as well. We really got a look into Bill Gates the man in this AMA and it appears that everyone really liked what they saw.

Some examples:

On Steve Jobs: Gates said that he and Jobs “respected each other” and that he saw Jobs regularly before the Apple co-founder’s death in October 2011.

On Windows 8: “It is a huge advance for Windows which people will see even more as the great applications and hardware come out.”

The next big disruption: Gates thinks robots and speech interaction will be big. Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at “computers”. Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways..

What if he wasn’t a computer geek: He said that if the “microprocessor had NOT come along,” that he might have turned his talents to medicine or theoretical mathematics.

He Still Codes! : “Not as much as I would like to. I write some C, C# and some Basic. I am surprised new languages have not made more progress in simplifying programming. It would be great if most high school kids were exposed to programming”

This is highly recommended reading for anyone. If You want an insight into the mind of a genius without a filter, check out this conversation.

By the way, Bill has just about the coolest computer we have ever seen. He showed off his Perceptive Pixel display which is a huge Win* whiteboard. Amazing. Lest there be any questions about who was doing this AMA, you can see the Reddit on the display pic he posted.

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Check out the complete AMA here and be sure to dig deep into the comments Bill answered questions from commentors as well as the first questions. Amazing AMA