It is always a shame when a formerly relevant glossy goes tits-up.
It is especially galling when you helplessly watched the decline of the same without your words of warning being heeded.
InfoWorld is one such magazine.
For the nearly two decades since I started reading it, InfoWorld was, with the old PC Week, one of those technology weeklies I couldn't wait to get a read of.
However, in the last few years, it, including most of the, ahem, mainstream, IT press seem to have lost their way.
They abandoned reality by:
- Pandering to the Linux noisemakers by writing articles totally disproportional to the market share of Linux.
- Declared open source the panacea for software, as if that crew, and open source alone, was responsible for all innovation.
- Deserted their reader base of Windows users by coming up with nonsensical alternatives to Windows.
For goodness sakes, their former CTO openly advocated the use of a Macbook and xServe as enterprise products.
Users fled, and advertisers stayed away, each constituency voting with the tools available to them.
Unfortunate, but, there you go.
I can only hope that the remaking mainstream IT glossies learn from InfoWorld's demise and not fall prey to the Siren Song that is Linux/open source to their own detriment.