The days of ad-thick computer magazines are long gone. Several have fallen along the way, but a few die-hards are staggering around. They've shifted their focus to business and consumer electronics to stay alive (PC World) or recently announced frequency cutbacks (PC Magazine).
The Reaper believes these magazines are racing a clock which is inevitably going to run out. I'm going to have to load my boat with laptops, and you know how heavy they are. Consumers who want to fix their PC's, find the hottest software, made aware of the latest virus and scams, and best and worst shopping experiences can find it all online at... the magazine's own web sites, other web-only properties, The Consumerist and Jeff Jarvis' BuzzMachine blog.
The Reaper foresee the remaining PC magazines going the way of Infoworld and moving to a 100% web platform and abandoning ink on paper. Those days are gone. The web is made for geeks and tech owners.
So I'm laying down good odds right now that at least one of the remaining PC magazines (PC World, PC Magazine, and Computer Shopper) will have its motherboard fried by the end of 2008.