Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2007 14:27 UTC, submitted by ozonehole
Apple "Colleagues at my former outlet, PC World magazine, have told me that Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken quit abruptly today because the company's new CEO, Colin Crawford, tried to kill a story about Apple and Steve Jobs. The piece, a whimsical article titled 'Ten Things We Hate About Apple', was still in draft form when Crawford killed it. McCracken said no way and walked after Crawford refused to compromise. Apparently Crawford also told editors that product reviews in the magazine were too critical of vendors, especially ones who advertise in the magazine, and that they had to start being nicer to advertisers."
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RE[2]: too bad..
by fretinator on Fri 4th May 2007 15:06 UTC in reply to "RE: too bad.."
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

I guess it's mostly a question of integrity. I will never alter or change a review because the parent company of the product demands it; nor will Eugenia. The only thing I will change are factual mistakes, i.e. when I say product X can't do Y, while in fact, it can.


That's why if I want a _REAL_ review, I come to places like OSNews. Or TOM's Hardware, etc. I'm not dissing the PCWorld, PCMagazine, etc. They serve a different purpose. Sometimes I don't want to think, I just want to stare at pretty pictures of Video Cards and Laptops (I know, it sounds bad!). That's when I read one of the Mags. Different purpose.

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RE[3]: too bad..
by Luminair on Fri 4th May 2007 17:29 in reply to "RE[2]: too bad.."
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

I thought you were sarcastic for a moment there. Tom's Hardware is not to be included on your list of independent reporters with integrity. They figuratively sold out years ago, and have recently sold out literally ;)

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RE[4]: too bad..
by fretinator on Fri 4th May 2007 17:56 in reply to "RE[3]: too bad.."
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I thought you were sarcastic for a moment there. Tom's Hardware is not to be included on your list of independent reporters with integrity. They figuratively sold out years ago, and have recently sold out literally ;)


Bummer, you're right, I haven't been there in a long time (maybe too long!). Basically, every day I make the rounds of OSNews, Slashdot (I know, not a lot of reality there!) and LinuxToday. I just subscribed to LinuxJournal, but haven't gotten my first issue yet. I also read Dr. Dobbs (I'm a software developer). Too bad about TOM's. Who else do y'all recommend?

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Tom's Hardware?
by mrfoo on Fri 4th May 2007 22:15 in reply to "RE[2]: too bad.."
mrfoo Member since:
2007-05-04

I have heard from friends who worked at hardware distributors in Silicon Valley that good reviews at Tom's Hardware are paid for.

I don't know if it is true, but I stopped paying attention to them after hearing this a few more times since then.

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