I have been a weekly buyer of Motorcycle News (MCN) for about 12 years now, probably missing only 10 issues over that whole period. Two weeks ago they brought in a whole new look, basically trying to package a newspaper as a glossy magazine. It does not work. Its a pig's ear of a job. I like buying a newspaper that looks, feels and reads like a newspaper. Sure tweak the content and so on, but why the magazine look and feel?
After Tony Carter took over as editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure (MSL) I did not like the direction he took it and did not bother renewing my subscription. Even when I pick it up to have a look at it in the stores I feel it should just be called Motorcycle Sport now, the touring and travel content feeling secondary to other features.
Having quit MSL I did have a worthy alternative to replace it, RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring and Travel, and have been a happy subscriber ever since. I came across it while visiting the US, picked up a copy and loved it. The international rates are also really good, probably much cheaper then any UK alternative. Sure it does not cover the roads I might find myself on regularly, but that is not the point. The articles, content and direction of the magazine is much more suited to me.
Is there any real alternative to MCN now? No. Is it going to bother them? Certainly not. But you never read a motorcycle review feeling like you could believe it. Rather you waited to see what they had to say 2 years later and then the list of defects would be rolled out. And do we ever expect a Triumph doing poorly? Of course not. We also know its all part of the game, they want to keep getting those multi-page exclusives were they get a good look at a new models development. And they should make the most of it while they can because if Ducati is any indication then Triumph is going to need new ownership to keep growing and lose that 'rough around the edges' feel (H-D anyone?).
Maybe others feel the same, maybe they love the fresh new look, while I am the last person is be averse to change but there is a way of doing newspapers and MCN I think might just be doing change for the sake of it.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin is just a matter of weeks away with the launch date of April 26th synced on our various calendar applications, so as long as some nasty 'show stopper' does not bother our rugged pangolin we just have to concern ourselves with the upcoming release parties. I have been running Precise Pangolin on a laptop since the Alpha 1, the first time I have ever jumped into the development cycle so early, and it has been a very smooth ride. This will be mainly due to the fact that there are no huge improvements to be made, anything significant has already been added in the period since the last LTS and now we are just polishing what has survived the last two years of development.
|My current Precise desktop with running Gnome Shell and some extensions|
|Do not want to press 'alt' to power off? There is an extension for that|
|Most of the time its just me, chrome and a brew|
|Gnome Shell's Overview, this the Window view|
|Overview again, but the Applications view|
|A quick search for 'shuttle' returns surprising results!|
|Docky in action|
|An extension in action, easy access to my 'places' and removable drives|