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'[OT] epemag was: Ultrasonic measurement'
1999\04\07@121606 by Bob Blick

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On Wed, 7 Apr 1999, Nigel Goodwin wrote:
> EPE is now available for purchase online at 'http://www.epemag.com', but
> the best news is that there is a free demo issue available for download,
> and by some lucky coincidence it's the Nov 98 issue.

I looked at the website, downloaded the free issue, and thought "this is
great, magazines that don't take up shelf space" and was about to spend
$9.99 for a year.

Then I read the fine print. It's uses a special adobe plugin that uses
your computer as a dongle. Wait a minute, I get a new computer every
couple of years. That means this magazine will be worthless(including all
saved issues).

A magazine I can buy online in PDF format is a great idea. Why do they
have to make it worthless by attaching it to my current PC? I was ready to
buy.

-Bob

1999\04\07@130516 by mwestfal

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Bob Blick wrote:
> A magazine I can buy online in PDF format is a great idea. Why do they
> have to make it worthless by attaching it to my current PC? I was ready to
> buy.


They also seem to have limited themselves to users of Intel/Windows
systems...

Tsk Tsk. Hobbyists NEVER use anything else, you know...

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1999\04\07@131537 by Jim Dolson

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Bob Blick wrote:

> On Wed, 7 Apr 1999, Nigel Goodwin wrote:
> > EPE is now available for purchase online at 'http://www.epemag.com', but
> > the best news is that there is a free demo issue available for download,
> > and by some lucky coincidence it's the Nov 98 issue.
>
> I looked at the website, downloaded the free issue, and thought "this is
> great, magazines that don't take up shelf space" and was about to spend
> $9.99 for a year.
>
> Then I read the fine print. It's uses a special adobe plugin that uses
> your computer as a dongle. Wait a minute, I get a new computer every
> couple of years. That means this magazine will be worthless(including all
> saved issues).
>
> A magazine I can buy online in PDF format is a great idea. Why do they
> have to make it worthless by attaching it to my current PC? I was ready to
> buy.
>

Bob,

I installed the adobe plug-in into my Adobe Exchange plug-in directory,
instead of the Adobe Reader plug-in directory.  I can now download the PDF's
and then save them from withing Exchange to a PDF file.  This allows me to
take the PDF's home and view them there.  This doesn't solve the
download-from-single-pc problem, but it does solve the view-from-single-pc
problem.

Jim

1999\04\07@134021 by Reginald Neale

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>On Wed, 7 Apr 1999, Nigel Goodwin wrote:
>> EPE is now available for purchase online at 'http://www.epemag.com', but
>> the best news is that there is a free demo issue available for download,
>> and by some lucky coincidence it's the Nov 98 issue.
>
>I looked at the website, downloaded the free issue, and thought "this is
>great, magazines that don't take up shelf space" and was about to spend
>$9.99 for a year.
>
>Then I read the fine print. It's uses a special adobe plugin that uses
>your computer as a dongle. Wait a minute, I get a new computer every
>couple of years. That means this magazine will be worthless(including all
>saved issues).
>
>A magazine I can buy online in PDF format is a great idea. Why do they
>have to make it worthless by attaching it to my current PC? I was ready to
>buy.
>
So was I. Then, like you, I discovered the hidden hassles. And since I use
a Mac, the key won't work at all!

The magazine is pretty decent but it appears that the people in charge of
this part of the operation are greedy and clueless.

Reg Neale

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