The 6 Best Information Technology Magazines For Geeks

by Dan

Being Geeks, we are, by definition, interested in all things related to tech. There are some days where interest borders on obsession. That’s what happens when we dungeon delve to learn everything about a topic that we are interested in.

In this article, we will explore different technology magazines. Each of the six periodicals will be reviewed and explain how they fit into the overall community of nerdy magazines. 

Recycling Magazine

Before considering the more tech-intensive magazines let us start by discussing recycling. We as IT nerds use hardware regularly. When our computers, tablets or cellphones get broken or become outdated, we more often than not discard them.

Then they become e-waste. E-waste contains toxic materials, like mercury, that can be carcinogenic to workers that recycle them incorrectly. Burning e-waste will pollute the air, and when sitting on a landfill, harmful material can seep into the groundwater. But where to recycle electronics safely? Fortunately, there are places… 

Recycling Magazine is an online and paper magazine publication for the Recycling industry in German-speaking countries. They focus on the recovery of solid wastes, including e-waste. They are an excellent source of information should you wish to know more on this subject. 

Wired

Wired is an American information technology magazine. It is available in print and online. Wired was started in 1993.  If you want to know how technology is changing the world, this is the magazine for you. It is a magazine about business, science, philosophy, art, adventure, and online culture.

It covers the latest gear and gadgets from the thinnest smartphones to the most recent in high definition TVs. Innovations like inflight Wi-Fi and new technologies are also discussed. About 900,000 people read Wired every month. 

Maximum PC

Maximum PC is an American website and also information technology magazine first published in 1998, with about 200,000 monthly readers. Their primary focus is on hardware. Specifically PC hardware.  

With product reviews, in-depth technical discussions and tutorials, you will be brought up to speed with the latest on computer tech. PC hardware that is covered includes Central Processing Units, video cards, chipsets, RAM, hard drives, cooling systems, computer cases, motherboards, and optical drives. 

Non-PC hardware coverage includes tablets, smartphones, and cameras. Some software coverage in the games and anti-virus environment is also provided.

Make

Make was an American magazine first published in 2005. Their parent company, Maker Media, suddenly shut down this excellent publication in 2019 due to financial difficulties. Maker Media is in the process of re-organizing the magazine, with the hope of a relaunch in the future.  

Even though the magazine is not active, we decided to include it due to its obvious cultural contribution to nerdcore. This publication was all about tips and tricks to building gadgets. Building your own toys or rigs is arguable one of the most interesting things out there, due to the ability to endlessly customize something.

Make, focused on DIY projects. If you want to build your computer, robot, or any other electronic device, Make was your go-to source of information. 

ComputerWorld

Founded in 1967, ComputerWorld has been around for decades. In 2014 ComputerWorld canceled it’s printed edition. Currently, it is a purely digital publication. Approximately 100,000 people read ComputerWorld each month.

This publication mainly covers the IT universe. Emerging technologies like Virtual workers and self-driving cars and technology trends like 5G networks are also included. Special reports such as “IT salary comparisons” and “The best IT places to work,” are published from time to time.

Techiestuffs

In comparison to the magazines as discussed above, Techiestuffs is a new kid on the block. Techiestuffs was launched as recently as 2011. By April 2014 it already had 25,000 page views per month. Techiestuffs is not a magazine. It is a tech blog. Techiestuffs publish posts on open-source materials, technology, web design, the internet, gadgets, and social media. 

Conclusion

As mentioned above, Techiestuffs is a blog, not a magazine. Strictly speaking, it is not fair to compare them to the other more established publications, but at the rate that Techiestuffs is growing in page views per month, they are catching up fast.

The Best Information Technology Magazine For Geeks must be Make; sadly, they aren’t printing new editions currently. Hopefully, they go back to publishing because they were one of the best out there for tech DIYs.

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