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Editor’s Letter : We’ve come a long way in a short time

Hi geeks

Well, we’ve made it to issue 3, I know there were some of you out there thinking we couldn’t do it. Go on fess up 🙂 To be honest it’s not been entirely easy, but the team are working so hard to bring you each new issue. This one should be a really good issue, we have a fantastic interview with the OpenCandy CEO, plus a feature on Creating your very own Live CD distro and many more articles covering; undo, geeks and the Internet. We’ve also hopefully got the first GeekDeck podcast coming out in a few days. It’s a musing on many things, covering; Piracy, Marios Moustache, HUDs, Bugs, and much much more.
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Editor’s Letter : A little help please

peteHail all Geeks

Hi guys,
It’s with great pleasure that I bring you issue 2 of GeekDeck. I was concerned at how this whole thing was going to work out. Whether I’d be able to fill the magazine with an average of 10 articles each month, but so far, it’s going just fine. We still have much to talk about and there are many ideas for features and interviews boiling away in the backs of our minds, which I hope will fill you all with wonderment for a long time to come.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the contributors. It’s not easy having me on your back for an entire month and I have to say I did give a fairly tight deadline of about 2 weeks for the first issues articles, hence a lot of issue 1 was written by me. I was prudent in storing up a good few articles, just in case I needed them. As I sit here at the train station, three weeks away from the release of issue 2, I already have 2 articles, a sign-off and this letter already in the bag. So I should be ok for issue 2 too.

There are some really great articles coming up, however, what I’d like to do, is ask for a little help from anyone reading this that feels they may have the right skills, or knows someone who may have the right skills. The GeekDeck team is in need of a few things right now. The first is an audio cut and shut shop. We’re considering doing a podcast which would be the main contributors talking about each others articles and giving their views on the previous issue. Several of the contributors are really keen to do this, myself included, but I just don’t have enough time to sit there and cut up the audio, insert funky music etc.

The second thing we’re after is possibly someone to help layout the PDF version. Currently this is done using Scribus. “Woah!” I hear you cry. “That sounds like hard work” Well, actually….No. Granted it does mean I am limited in some respects, but laying it out in Scribus is actually working out really well. This way I can get an idea how things are going to look quickly and without any expensive software. However, if there is anyone out there who is willing to give us a hand in this respect, we’d welcome them with open arms.

Finally, we want to spruce up the GeekDeck website a little. This involves a measly $15 for the wordpress upgrade, but along with that, we need someone who can design us a buttkicking website to work with wordpress. Anyone who feels they are up to the job, send us a portfolio.

So I hope you enjoy Issue 2, it’s been fun writing for it and we always want to hear your comments and feedback, good and bad, it helps us to do better for you.

Thanks

cbx33

PS, you can now follow us on twitter, http://twitter.com/geekdeck

Editor’s Letter : A brave new start

pete

Dear Geeks,

Welcome to the first issue of GeekDeck, a new zine/blog thingy that I’m hoping will wet your appetite for all things geek.  You may be wondering why GeekDeck was started, why it’s going to be different from every other technological zine/blog thingy out there?  (Note to self, find a better word for zine/blog thingy)  Well, I can’t tell you it’s going to be the best thing since MOSFET transistors, but I can tell you that we intend to do our best to cover as many different areas as possible.

Thinking about it the other day, I decided the main purpose of GeekDeck, was not so much to provide people with interesting articles to read, but more to entice them in to read one article, but at the same time, hopefully, get them to read another article from a completely different section.  The overall plan is to expand peoples geek palettes.  Get them interested in things that they otherwise might never have stumbled upon.

We’re aiming to release an issue every month.  This is where it’s more like a magazine.  However, we’re using a blog to do it.  Hence where it’s more like a blog.  At the moment, the team is 6 man strong.  These guys will form the core of GeekDeck and in time we’ll start opening it up so that anyone can contribute articles to the zine/blog thingy.  (The problem is I just hate the word ezine….ewwghgh, gives me the shivers)

On a slightly different note, we’ve decided to release a PDF version of GeekDeck too. This PDF will look a lot more like a traditional printed magazine. The aim of the dual release is to enable people who like fancy magazines to have the PDF, and people who like like RSS/text based versions to be happy too.

Well, I think I’ve rambled on enough for the first editorial.  I really do hope you enjoy the first issue, and if you do, blog about it, digg it, slashdot it, spread the word, because as you can imagine in the early days, we’ll need all the help we can get.

The GeekDeck Team