Aus­tralia’s top two tech mags are join­ing forces

APC edi­tor Dan Gar­diner ex­plains the changes com­ing to the mag, and says farewell in his fi­nal ed­i­to­rial.

APC Australia - - Contents - DAN GAR­DINER EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF dan.gar­diner@fu­turenet.com

Re­al­is­ing that this is­sue of APC will be the last I ever edit is, frankly, a fairly bit­ter­sweet mo­ment.

APC is the mag that gave me my first full-time job out of univer­sity — I was orig­i­nally em­ployed as a fea­tures writer, but quickly worked my way into the heady word of prod­uct test­ing and bench­mark­ing, and I still de­rive plea­sure from it to this day. Although there were a few other stops on the way, find­ing my way back to APC and then even­tu­ally be­com­ing its stew­ard (a role which I’ve en­joyed for the last six-and-a-bit years) has been a huge priv­i­lege. Putting to­gether a mag­a­zine ev­ery month is a chal­lenge, but it’s also im­mensely re­ward­ing — and, in the case of APC, it also lets you spend a lot of time with supremely cool tech.

Of course, I wouldn’t have been able to en­joy such a fab­u­lous job with­out APC’s fan­tas­tic read­ers, some of whom have stuck with us since APC was first pub­lished in May 1980 and ac­com­pa­nied us on our jour­ney through ev­ery stage of the per­sonal com­put­ing revo­lu­tion. This col­umn isn’t in­tended to be a ret­ro­spec­tive, and we hope to keep bring­ing you APC for many years to come — and I’ve no doubt that my re­place­ment is up to the task.

From next month, Ben Man­sill will be tak­ing the reigns as edi­tor of APC. Ben’s an im­mensely ta­lented edi­tor and long­time friend who’s join­ing us from PC & Tech Author­ity mag­a­zine — Aus­tralia’s other big PC-ori­ented pub­li­ca­tion. To co-in­cide with that (and in case you missed the big logo on the cover!) we’re also proud to an­nounce that PC&TA is now be­com­ing a part of APC. The full de­tails of this merger are still be­ing fi­nalised, but you’ll find the first stage of that in this is­sue’s new ded­i­cated PC Builder sec­tion, which is where we’ll be hous­ing our monthly PC Build­ing Mas­ter­class along­side two PC&TA reg­u­lars (Sys­tem News and Mar­ket Watch, which re­spec­tively look at an im­por­tant topic if you’re build­ing a PC and round-up four pre-built PCs from Aussie ven­dors) and three ‘blue­prints’ for build­ing a com­puter for dif­fer­ent needs and price points. We’ll also be bring­ing some of PC&TA’s best writ­ers on board APC, where their ex­per­tise will help us con­tinue to pub­lish the best tech mag in Aus­tralia.

I’d also like to wel­come PC&TA read­ers who are mak­ing the tran­si­tion to APC — and I have a favour to ask: if you were fond of par­tic­u­lar sec­tions and fea­tures in PC&TA, write to us and let us know which ones you’d like to see make the tran­si­tion over to APC.

My thanks again to all our read­ers — it’s been an ab­so­lute plea­sure.

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