bOING bOING: free collection from the print zine, 1989-1997


36 Responses to “bOING bOING: free collection from the print zine, 1989-1997”

  1. Derek C. F. Pegritz says:

    Shukran jaziilan, akhi! This is awesome.

  2. fewz says:

    (tsdguy): “Counter culture reduced to sucking at the teat of Microsoft for a distribution. Just out of principle I refuse to read it, let alone having to suffer MS Word – scanned imaged embedded into an MS Word file?”

    Took the words… And what a surprise and a disappointment, from BoingBoing no less!

  3. fewz says:

    Was it a matter of distribution, or did BB profit by letting M$ borrow some of their cred?

  4. Dave Walsh says:

    AH! My collection had fallen off the back of a friend’s Vespa, sometime in the late 90s….

  5. Anonymous says:

    I still have mine -boing ping taught me how to use FTP in 1995

  6. ernestoelgato says:

    I LOVE IT!

  7. querent says:


    And a Robert Anton Wilson interview, to boot.


  8. AnitaPeterson says:

    An extraordinary idea, thank you for doing this!

  9. Nicky G says:

    Ah, the heady days of print Boing Boing. Thank you, guys, for warping my mind as a 13-ish year old.

  10. WaylonWillie says:

    neat! thank you!

  11. Chesterfield says:

    Excellent! I understand you posted a Word file to satisfy your sponsors (and I have no problem with this), but I’m wondering if there is any actual benefit to posting a Word file rather than a pdf file?

    I’m just thankful it doesn’t require Silverlight!

  12. Gronk says:

    Thanks for the PDF, anon!

    I mean, come on, a Word document. Kind of funny, actually. For a moment.

  13. fewz says:

    “Chesterfield: fewz, it’s right there in TFA: [Microsoft's] sponsorship has made this project possible.”

    Chesterfield, that’s marketing-speak boilerplate, and, you assume I didn’t already see that.

    It still doesn’t answer this question, though the actual reason is pretty pointless: “Was it a matter of distribution, or did BB profit by letting M$ borrow some of their cred?”

    The implication, to take the boilerplate statement at face value, is that we wouldn’t even be seeing this offer, had M$ not funded it, or some part of it. Which seems questionable. I’m sure in May of 2011, BB can easily afford the scanning and publication costs/efforts.

    Of all the small businesses that would’ve gladly undertaken the same effort, in scanning, formatting, and hosting the download in exchange for a plug, BB chose M$.

    It still begs the question; why M$? And still, what a disappointment. THE worse promoter of proprietary file formats and vendor lock-in.

  14. fewz says:

    I also surprised we can even view the converted web version in any browser, as opposed to only IE.

    The real payload here, is the promotion of M$’s docx format and web display of the same: “for free at Microsoft’s Office Web Apps SkyDrive”

    I suspect that M$ contacted BB, in an effort to buy some promo for their web/doc competitor to Google’s. Some “hip cred” promotion, which is simply smart marketing on M$’s part.

    Still disappointed to see BB cooperate. They took the pay-off from M$, didn’t they?

  15. zuludaddy says:

    This is very, very cool of you to share. Thank you very much for your generosity.

  16. brosbeshow says:

    zines! brings me back. awesome to get a look at bOING bOING’s roots, happy that BB was finally able to make this happen, and put it in the cloud (with SkyDrive) no less. To think, when they first wrote this the cloud was just a visible mass of water droplets!

  17. RebNachum says:

    “See, before the Internets, blogs were called ‘zines’ …” Thanks for the lookback — and the early lookforward!

  18. dbg7 says:

    Heh. I was going to post a pdf of this, but I see someone’s beat me to it.

    Very cool. I’ve managed to find some issues of the zine on ebay but only a few. (so far I have 5,7,11 and 12, and they tend to go for $10-20)

  19. Toff says:

    Wish I had a complete collection, but I’m pleased I have as many of the originals as I do.

    I wish Beyond Cyberpunk would run on my iMac. The online version is not as cool.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone have any information on the little green alien figure featured on the cover of the May 2011 ‘Special Issue’? It seems to have the initials ‘M.F.’ inscribed on it.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Oh thank you thank you thank you! My collection vanished several moves ago. This is wonderful!

  22. KingDingDong says:

    My three favorite mags- boing boing, wired, and option- subscribed to them from the first issue on, they’re still packed away somewhere in the attic! It was a great when all three showed up in the same week…

  23. Cormac says:

    I still have all my copies of the print Boing Boing sitting on my bookshelf, it is pretty fun as an artifact for remembering the feeling of the early 90s and the rise of the Internet as a major part of the world. :)

  24. Rob Beschizza says:

    Microsoft paid us in $340 man-purses.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Robert Anton Wilson. Sorely missed.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Ah, bOING bOING and Mondo 2000 were where it was. I remember, as a (then) darkwave DJ, how impressed I was with the goth issue. Ah, the wacky cyberpunkish 90s. I’m going to go drink some Jolt, take some smart drugs, and do some serious art damage while listening to Negativland.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I was interested right up until I realized it was in Word format.

  28. c0nn0r says:

    For those that want to read this but don’t have access to MS Word I’ve taken two seconds out of my life to convert it into .pdf for all to enjoy.

    Here’s the link:

  29. Anonymous says:

    So cool to see where Boing Boing began! Thanks to Microsoft for making this possible, first Skype then the bOING bOING zine! Bravo Mr. Ballmer, you’ve had a good week.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Dude, where is the HyperCard stack?

  31. missamo80 says:

    Note that, as mentioned in the original post, you do not need Microsoft Word to view this. Just click the file on SkyDrive and it will open in the web version of Word just fine, in pretty much any browser on any platform you may fancy.

  32. tsdguy says:

    Geez. Counter culture reduced to sucking at the teat of Microsoft for a distribution. Just out of principle I refuse to read it, let alone having to suffer MS Word – scanned imaged embedded into an MS Word file?

  33. CountZero says:

    Just thought I’d point out, for those whining about it being a Word doc, and proprietary formats ‘n’ all, it opened up perfectly on my iPhone, which also allowed me to download it into my documents folder in Airsharing, where I can read it at my leisure, irrespective of network connections, etc.
    Thank you boingboing, I’ve really only recently discovered your wonderful blog, in fact since I picked up Cory’s book ‘Little Brother’, and it’s become an indispensable part of my web-life, so it’s great to see where it came from. I have little time for MS, but anything that gets stuff like this out into the greater public domain is fine by me.

  34. Anonymous says:

    This looks awesome, Mark! And thank you to all y’all Boing Brains for posting about our Plazm campaign on BB today… within an hour, someone donated $1,111 and won my copy of Boing Boing #1 in print. i will be terribly sorry to see it go… but i’ll have this new anthology, at least… xoxo magtif

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