Maximum PC, a great magazine

The August issue of Maximum PC has been great, is somewhat more expensive than others of their level ($ 9 in the U.S. and $ 12 elsewhere), but subscription hardly costs $ 25 per year, with 12 editions.

After PC Magazine eliminate its English print edition, I began to consume this magazine, usually without buying it, for the cost of a good Mocha coffee. Reading it made me feel a different taste to the linear contents, predictable and Geek freshness from it, without losing quality in their writing. clip_image001Among the most attractive feature of this edition:

The race for the 8 MHz.

A collectable article by Erik Klein, based on the experience of one morning at the Computer History Museum, which shows the most influential developments in the 40 years it took to get to the first 16-Bit IBM PC. Incredible, this 286 was the first machine I used to run SAICIC 2.

The article has pictures and specifications as memory, CPU, operating system and innovation that made it stand out from the following models:

Years 1971-1975 Kenbak-1 (1971) Xerox Alto (1973) SCELBI-8 (1974)
MITS Altair 8800 (1975) KIM-1
Years 1976-1980 IMSAI 8080 (1976) Apple I
Commodore Pet (1976) TRS-80 Model I (1977) Apple II (1977)
Exidy Sorcerer
Atari 400/800 (1979) Apple /// (1980)
Years 1981-1985 Osborne 1 (1981) Epson HX-20 (1981) IBM PC
Comodore 64 (1982) Franklin Ace (1982) Compaq Portable(1982)
IBM PCjr (1982) IBM PC XT (1983) AppleMacintosh (1983)
IBM PC/AT (1984)

In the end, the guys in the editorial staff discussed what your first computer was. Besides, there are interesting articles like:

  • 8 Firefox Add-ons that you probable don’t know
  • 9 ways to prevent disasters in your PC
  • if it weighs less than a goose, then it is ultra portable
  • The Acer Aspire One inside

Maximum PC page contains material from the same level, you can follow with Twitter and Facebook, it’s also possible to view preview editions in pdf format, although only three months later, so it from may 2009 to backward can be downloaded for collection.

Each edition includes a CD with some podcast and never negligible software

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