Some of you probably were not aware that this project was going on.
It all started with a forum post on 7th of March by Ash Stone:
We didn't even have a name for the magazine at that point, or any clue to what the format would be, but it has been a long journey since then.
Once it was decided that it was to be called 'The Magpi' we spent another good while trying to come up with some kind of mascot / logo.
Once we had some basic page layouts, things really started to take shape, and the articles started to flesh-out. How we got up to 32 pages - I'm not quite sure! But it was great that everyone was pulling together to make it happen. A few characters emerged - people that were willing to step forward and devote some time to helping out.
We are still a very small team - and we really would welcome any assistance that we can get, so that we can share the burden a little. Really the success of the magazine is the hands of all of us. Nobody really owns it - it's just what we all make it.
Frankly, I have very little time for people that are quick to criticize what we have done and slow at stepping forward to help make it better. It's very easy to be judgmental and not take part.
The first issue was always planned to be mainly 'introductory' - nothing too heavy in terms of technical depth, and I think the next few will also be quite light, and not offer much to the experienced computer expert. To be honest those people don't really NEED a magazine anyway - They tend to do their own research and steer it in whatever direction interests them. They also speak in a language that mainly baffles the average person, so if we can help to bridge the gap even slightly - we will have succeeded.
My personal experience is that I've had to learn most of what I know through my own research, and I've often encountered a certain arrogance from some experts who are unwilling to share their knowledge and mock / be-little the beginners who start off genuinely keen to learn - but get annoyed by some off-the-cuff smart-remark and give up. I think that's a real shame. I see this all the time on forums... someone asks a question 'how do i do this?' and they get half of the answer and some sarcastic quip to the effect 'THAT'S REALLY EASY! DON'T YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO DO THAT?'.
I'm glad to see that there are people out there that have the patience to help beginners out - I only wish there were more people like that.