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I spent six years of my life as news editor at Network World and there was plenty to cover. Like the early days of software, there were vendors galore -- Cabletron, 3Com and a little company called Cisco. Today, most of the independent networking companies are gone, having either gone out of business or been bought by Cisco.

A former powerhouse, 3Com, just got snapped up by HP for a bit less than $3 billion. That's chump change compared to what the company used to be worth.

This market change has been hell on networking publications. Network Computing, where I was editor in chief for a while, died a few years ago, as did Network Magazine. Meanwhile, Network World, which has outlasted nearly all of its rivals, just went from a weekly to a biweekly.

What is your favorite old networking company and favorite dead networking magazine? Vote at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on November 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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