Signal v. Noise, a publication about the web
If you had to give it up, which subscription would you miss the most?
Cable Internet. ( I think that counts )
the new scientist
RSS: My blog (who unsubscribes from their own blog?)
Web: My slice
Service: My internet
Since I don’t pay any money for Dropbox: Campfire. Seriously.
2. My phone
3. Everything else is most junk that I signed up for and didn’t have the patience or time to cancel. I can live without it.
Wired magazine. It still stokes my creativity and gets my brain working unlike any other publication—on-or-offline.
Netflix. Tho’ the end of my frequent-flier-miles-enabled WSJ subscription was pretty painful.
The New Yorker!
Honestly (I know this will sound like I’m sucking up), probably Signal Vs. Noise. I don’t subscribe to any magazines or newspapers, and of all the RSS feeds I subscribe to, this is the one I probably enjoy most consistently.
+1 for the internet connection closely followed by my cellular contract.
I second Philip K. Life without Dropbox would be much less sweet.
Rogers High Speed internet.
For web content, I did have to give it up because she stopped blogging. “Creating Passionate Users” by Kathy Sierra, and I miss her work.
For current web subscriptions, probably “Seth’s Blog” by Seth Godin. I would miss his work if I had to can it.
Netflix has proven itself quite essential to me. That and the fact that I don’t have any other subscriptions that I actually pay for…
Cop out to give more than one, but I’d say either The Economist of my cable internet. Probably internet though.
Cheese of the Month Club
The Economist, without a doubt.
My internet connection for sure.
1) Internet connection
2) Web host
Internet connection? What about electricity and water?
XM Radio. I’m a Bob Edwards fan.
Chicago Tribune. Really! Newspaper + coffee starts off my day.
iPhone data and cellular service, Google Apps (since you don’t specify paid subscriptions) and Backpack.
1) Internet connection. 2) My cell phone.
And the thing I would miss the least is PC World. They have failed to print anything satisfyingly substantial in recent years, and as the magazine got thinner, the ads-to-content ratio has exponentially inclined.
As a geek I would say Github, with Campfire being a close second. In my non-work life it has to be Netflix.
For education…TutsPlus (http://tutsplus.com)
Is this post about newspapers? If so, I don’t pay to subscribe to any newspapers. I read the New York Times twice daily, but only online.
Cable modem service.
Girls Gone Wild subscription
Granta. It’s the only magazine I subscribe to, and apart from a basic cable subscription, the only thing I subscribe to!
I’m going to say Wired Mag.
(I count Internet and Cable as utilities…if they’re in play, I’d have to say my subscription to electricity)
My Webpass Internet service: $45/mo, over 25 Mbps symmetrical
MailHop service from DynDNS
—Esme in San Francisco
Gevalia coffee delivery.
1. My ISP.
2. Xbox Live.
Internet followed by Cable followed by Fast Company Magazine.
My SpiderOak Service. I backup and sync all my important data from my Macbook, Gaming Laptop and NAS through their simple and cheap service.
Rivals (college football and recruiting)
Netflix or Wired.
Wired. Still the best magazine ever.
Cellphone, for sure!
Netflix too. With no TV/Cable, it’s pretty essential. (I’m including internet as a utility.)
New York Times. (I too am considering Internet a utility.)
Netflix (or maybe T-Mobile. :-/ )
I won’t get too specific, but, man, I’d miss my porn.
1) Power, 2) water, 3) internet, 4)SvN (srsly)
@Daniel Larsson… Nice job on the astroturfing. My favorite part was when you mentioned that you work for Spider0ak. :)
I’d say Fast Company. Of the magazines I subscribe to, it’s the one that tends to have the most interesting info about things I had little knowledge of before reading.
My DVR fills up so fast sometimes NetFlix just sit for weeks.
I used to really enjoy the Sunday Chicago Tribune, but after a number of redesigns, section discontinuations, etc. it became such a shell of its former self I actually canceled my subscription a couple months ago…
Well since it doesn’t say “can’t live without,” I’d miss XBox Live the most…but I don’t include cable/internet/phone as a subscription in this case. I don’t really subscribe to many things, magazines or otherwise. I’m cheap, what can I say.
Screw water and electricity – what would suck the most is to live without cable TV channels like Spike TV & HDNet
Thrasher magazine. Subscriber since 1990.
Hmm. That’d be throwup between Last.fm and Basecamp.
Assuming that we don’t consider internet and cell phone service as subscriptions, then I’d miss Sirius radio the most.
Rent? Seriously if you don’t count internet and cell phone then it would be my hosting. I have no other subscriptions.
Do your mom’s weekly visits count as a subscription? Not that I would miss them the most, obviously.
World of Warcraft.
The Sunday New York Times. I can read the rest of the week online, but Sunday isn’t Sunday without the actual NYTimes in my hands.
Esquire Magazine. I’d miss the “Best and Brightest” issue the most, too.
The one I’d REALLY hate to give up is The People Of Walmart:
Daring Fireball – Tech-wise, Gruber seems to care about the same things as me. Similar tastes I think.
Its date-based todo lists and email integration are a crucial part of my workflow, and yes it is a todo list worth paying for. Without it I probably wouldn’t have time to enjoy my Netflix, DirecTV, New Yorker on Kindle and various other subscriptions.
Thrasher? I didn’t know you were a skater. Skate or die!
No subscriptions I’d miss here.
Economist, without a doubt
Hulu (when it starts charging). Actually, fios (20mbps) more so, but that’s not a subscription… that’s a basic human need, right?
If we’re talking paid things, Basecamp. I nearly canceled my account a few months ago, but I started using it for a long-term group university project and it’s becoming crucial to that project. If I end up consulting after I leave uni, I’m gonna need it.
If you’re including free things, I would really miss having Daring Fireball or Asymmetric Information in my RSS reader every morning.
Jelly of the Month Club
I really don’t tend to think of it as a subscription, but I probably should. I pay for it, I get more out of it than any other subscription, and I’d miss it like hell if I had to give it up.
Personally – HBO.
Business – Basecamp.
Sirius, would miss Stern the most.
SHOhd – dexter.
2) National Geographic magazine
Netflix I can do without. There’s a good independent video store around the corner.
I have no paid subscriptions. I haven’t found a service or product that made that type of payment model worth it for me. Not meant as I knock against your products — I don’t use your products outside of work.
Laugh all you want, but in corporate world that’s how investment works, that’s why billion cap companies like Gartner and Reuters exist – cause majority WANTS to see unicorns and their charts.
SEOBook.com, Cell phone (has data plan), Hulu & Basecamp.
Fast Company – I’ve been reading every issue since issue #1, which I still have somewhere.
None, not a single one. Why would I? If I’d have to give up people or what I love doing, that would suck. But subscriptions? All water under the bridge…
All of them, there is no subscription I cannot live without.
After getting used to Fios Internet at 2.3 mb/s, I can’t imagine getting anything slower. I get impatient using Android on 3g.
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