If you are like many of our readers, one of the first
you'll turn to is our New Messages section, where your
about problems they've solved, problems they haven't
they've made to source code from the magazine, corrections
to other magazine materials, and, generally, items of
all of us. This month's edition is particularly interesting:
with a discussion of code from one of Larry Reznick's
find a message from Chris Hare (one of our regular contributors)
SCO's version numbering system; a request for help from
one of our
readers; a correction to code published in an earlier
issue; and a
long message from Randy Holt with information about
the USENIX System
Administrators Guild (SAGE) and its mailing lists. What
find is the "flaming" that characterizes the
of some computing magazines.
We have a theory about this: we think System Administrators
may be a different breed -- more patient, less convinced
know all the answers, more open to hearing from others
about how they've
done it. These qualities are also evident in the letters
publish -- letters that accompany subscription or information
email that requests Author Guidelines, and so forth.
The tone is pretty
much uniformly cordial and appreciative of what Sys
trying to do.
All of which spurs us on to try harder: so some of you
be receiving questionnaires, asking about what we can
do to become
more useful to you. We'll also be developing an editorial
for 1994 (yes, it'll be here before you know it!). You
may have noticed
that one or two of our issues have presented several
articles on a
particular subject, the subject identified on the spine.
Once we have
the survey results in hand, we'll identify the subjects
interested in and target particular 1994 issues to those
Though it may not show up on the questionnaire, we're
about what role you think Windows NT may eventually
play in your universe.
The trade magazines seem to run alternate headlines
World Running Scared" and "UNIX Vendors Talking
-- but that's coming from the corporate level. We'd
like to hear
the view from the trenches.
So, keep writing to us -- and if you haven't written,
feel prompted to do so by this month's issue, get started.
have a hand in shaping the magazine.