Those of you living in the U.S. are probably familiar with Maximum PC magazine, which in my opinion is one of the few excellent print publications catering to PC enthusiasts. For a long time they had relegated their online presence which was poor decision making from its parent publishing company. The fact is, MaximumPC.com was very much alive until the dot com bust came and advertising dollars went dry. It took them until now to come back and while they are late to the online scene, they have still reopened doors offering full access to the magazine content. A lot of the articles are buried on PDF format so it’s not very easy to navigate but it’s still worth taking them a look as they have tons of information to offer.
Going to their new site also reminded me of the old days of TechSpot. New visitors may not know this but TechSpot was originally called 3D Spotlight (we mostly dealt with 3d graphics companies that at the time included 3dfx, S3, Nvidia, Rendition, Matrox, ATI, and a few others).
For a short period of time (before Maximum PC went down), 3D Spotlight was part of the exclusive “Maximum PC Network”, which gathered a select few quality technology sites; we got some extra exposure on their site and they hooked us up with A+ technology advertisers which at the time was hard to come by.
Thanks to archive.org I was able to recover an old Maximum PC frontpage where 3D Spotlight is listed as a network member and one of our articles is featured on that frontpage. Also here’s the network’s member list, and why not, an archived frontpage of 3D Spotlight that dates back to August 2000. How about this for a headline: “Nvidia announces the GeForce 2 Ultra” yay! Also 3D Spotlight’s forums are expanded to 4 sections!
Perhaps even more gratifying than tripping down the memory lane is that 3D Spotlight is still alive today in the form of TechSpot. Looking at the list of sites that used to be part of the Maximum PC network, a majority of them are gone with few exceptions like Ars Technica, Neoseeker, Storage Review and The Tech Zone.