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Collecting Your News and Information Online

Today the print media is having economic troubles, as advertisers migrate to online venues. Of course, the print media is diversifying quickly and moving towards the Internet themselves. Still, you cannot get all your print media online all the time. Some magazines are only in paper form and if you want to stay on top of information and news, you will need a wide range of trade journals and popular magazines to do this. But how can you get all the magazines you want to read?

There are many strategies one can employ to getting access to such magazines. Trade Magazines can often be ordered online for free, while others can be picked up at Industry Trade Shows and then signing up there. Spending one to two days a month at a major bookstore coffee shop allows you to scan through Magazines and take notes, looking up the rest of the information online later.

Many magazines now have an online versions, which is sent by email, not all of it, such as classified ads or contributed byline filler articles, is online, but reading online and occasionally at a bookstore will keep you up to date. If you cannot find a specific trade journal or magazine each month, then even every other month or quarter will keep you up to speed.

Industries are a lot slower to change than one might think. New innovations remain topics for 4-6 months covering all the angles, marketing and exploits. It is not as difficult as it looks. As the coordinator for the Online Think Tank, it is literally my job to stay abreast of information in industry, government, non-profit sector and around the world. Below are the magazines that I review to do just that.

Foreign Affairs

Aviation Week and Space Technology

Nasa TechBriefs


Airport Business

Ground Support

Composite Technologies

Coatings World

Pollution Equipment News

Inbound Logistics

PDF Plastics Distributor and Fabricator

Health Management Technology

Campus Technology

Speech Technology Magazine

Microwave Journal



RFID Journal


Government Video

Federal Computer Week

B to B (online marketing)


The Economist

Global Finance

Financial Times

Wall Street Journal

Investors Business Daily

Harvard Business Review


Financial Advisor


Advertising Age

Broadband Properties

Professional Builder

Architectual Digest

Clean Rooms

Foreign Affairs

Florida Trend’s Business Florida

Hispanic Business

Red Herring

Desktop Engineering

Scientific American

Science AAAS

Popular Science

Popular Mechanics

National Oil and Lube News

Octane, Canada’s Car Wash and Petroleum Magazine

Commercial Carrier Journal

Transport Topics


Tire Business

Mobile-Tech News and Views

Professional Carwash Magazine

Modern Car Care

Detailers Digest

American Window Cleaner

Westways by AAA

Family Motor Coaching


Private Pilot


Runner’s World


Mayflower Quarterly

Obviously, not everyone will have such a robust periodical reading list, nor should they, as it can take up a bit of time each month. Nevertheless, the same strategies should be employed by those who seek information or consider themselves news junkies – Think on this, and see what you come up with.

Automotive News – All You Need To Know About Cars

Automobile manufacturers all over the world constantly maintain positive sale performances this year regardless of rising oil prices. Not even the horrible earthquake in Japan which happened earlier this year could slow down the pace of the automotive industry. People’s interest on this subject is very high. On the other hand, the industry is ever changing. Many car owners and enthusiasts feel the need to keep up with the latest automotive trends such as new car launches, events, car modification tips, technical guides and race reviews. There is where automotive news comes in.

Besides car aficionados, mechanics and workshop owners can also benefit from the latest automotive news. Vehicles and machines are constantly evolving. More recent models may have newer technologies and more sophisticated features or parts. As mechanics always deal with machines, they need to upgrade their knowledge from time to time, to keep up with the changing trends. They can get the latest updates from automotive news or from attending car exhibitions or motor shows.

Besides going to exhibitions, people can also get the latest information from automotive magazines. There are still many people today who buy physical copies of magazines to add to their collection. With the advancement of technology, the internet has changed the way we live. The internet gives us unlimited access to any kind of information. Now it is possible to get the latest news about the automotive industry online. People can access them anywhere, anytime, and free of charge.

Car reviews and car launch dates are two topics that are often searched by car enthusiasts online. We can also find many online automotive magazines that provide the latest news, trends and tips on the web as well. People can easily access information on new car launches, car modifications, as well as car parts and accessories.

There are thousands of weblogs on the internet that also provide free, comprehensive automotive news. Each of them contains different types of information. Well-established blogs usually provides in-depth news and reviews. Today, potential car buyers can check reviews available on these online journals before deciding on a car to buy.

Automotive forums have become a communication media between aficionados. There, people can post articles, open discussions and interact with other members. Car mechanics are encouraged to use online forums, so that they can get the latest scoop and share their technical know-how as well as experiences to others.

Toys for the Boys – How to Get Started in Collecting Die Cast Model Cars

If you think that children are the only people who collect toy cars, better think again. Most adult men have been known to be lovers and collectors of die cast model cars. These model cars are also known as matchbox cars (from the known die cast model cars manufacturer) and these mini-replicas of actual cars have not only held the attention of most gentlemen in the previous decades but have also continued to amaze men of the current high-tech generation.

What most people do not realize is that these car collection can be of high value with the passage of time. There have been models that have been on the market for sometime while those that have been released as limited editions. If you want your collection to be as valuable as other collectors’, then you need to keep your die cast model miniature cars in mint condition, with the original box. Of course, the price tags and other “special features” should be in tip-top condition as well. Simply put, your miniature car collection should always look like it’s been purchased off the shelf.

When you purchase these model miniature cars, it will often come in its own box which will state the model and make of the car. From the box, you will also learn from what car line the particular model is from and often, a short history of the car. If you take care of these boxes enough, they can be as valuable as the car itself. Now, when you start your collection, you can opt to purchase cars individually or purchase them by set. Of course, sets are known to be cheaper than buying individual cars however, if you are not fond of collecting car lines, then it’s probably not a very good idea to purchase die cast car sets.

Storing your cars may also require careful attention and detail. Your cars should not be kept in places that receive direct sunlight as this may damage your car’s color. Moisture, heat and dirt are also threats to the preservation of your car which means that before you start your collection, you should have a special case that will display all your cars while protecting it from the elements. Any form of damage can lower the value of your car, especially if its case (often made of thin cardboard and plastic) is damaged beyond repair. There are display cases that are available online while you can also opt to have your own customized display case. Of course, you can always repair damaged cars but you also have to be very careful when you do so. Touch ups that are not done properly can lead to further damage and lower value.

This does not mean however, that only mint condition of such model cars are of value. If you happen to save a couple of models when you were little, they can still be valuable depending on its model and the rarity of your model car. You can always check out collector’s magazines, catalogs and other die cast collectors on which models and makes are rare and which are highly priced.

Now that you know the basics, are you ready to buy your first die cast model car?