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Editor’s Note: Winter 2006

Digital Journal — When Digital Journal magazine began publishing five years ago, Windows XP wasn’t even launched yet, LCD monitors were just starting to replace clunky CRTs, colour inkjet printers were still novelties and Napster was just about to change the music industry forever.
How times have changed.

Today, technology is a global phenomenon touching every corner of our lives. It’s virtually impossible to function without having one gadget or another strapped to your hip, and newly created tech companies have turned into colloquial street jargon (“Did I remember to TiVo The Colbert Report?”). Thanks to hot devices like iPods and digital cameras, it’s much cooler to be up on gadget news.

Celebrating our fifth anniversary in 2006, Digital Journal is gearing up to bring you a year full of intriguing developments. From the growing use of Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP), to new cellular and satellite radio technologies, to a DVD format war, 2006 will be monumental for many different areas of the tech biz.

In our first issue of ’06, Digital Journal takes a look at the Internet’s most explosive trend — online poker. With tens of thousands of people betting online at any given minute,
Net gambling is forecast to earn a whopping $24 billion by 2010. In our exclusive cover story, David Silverberg exposes semi-legal gambling, poker sites that go public and the TV show that birthed the Net’s latest cash cow.

Also in this issue, Digital Journal columnist Jack Kapica takes a look at how growing competition is forcing Microsoft to change its business model; we dust off Dante’s deadly sins to examine how they’re destroying relationships, spreading climatic chaos and making us fat; and we talk to the creators of the most controversial film in Canada — Karla. Of course, we’ve also peppered the issue with new gadgets and gizmos that will appeal to all tech lovers.

Last but not least, we’d like to dedicate this issue to the readers that have stood by our side for five years and helped to make this happen. Thank you for joining the revolution.

Enjoy the issue.

Digital Journal Winter 2006 Highlights

Cover Story Online poker is a global force sweeping across the Internet, and every major player wants to win big. Digital Journal goes all-in to investigate how a card game born 200 years ago has become a multi-billion dollar industry.

Seven Deadly Sins Forget the Brad Pitt movie — we’re talking about the sins you see and commit everyday. Find out how the seven deadlies ruin our relationships, spark our natural disasters, make us lazy and saturate our ads with Paris Hilton’s boobs.

Why Microsoft is Peeing Its Pants That yellow puddle can only mean one thing — some rebels are retaliating against the king of Redmond and they have a chance to win. Digital Journal columnist Jack Kapica exposes the software war everyone will be talking about.

Is iPod Still the King of MP3 Players? In the battle for mobile-music supremacy, Digital Journal puts Apple’s top contender against three challengers. Who will be left standing?

On Stage with The Lord of the Rings The inside scoop on the most expensive stage show this side of Middle Earth. Digital Journal talks to the show’s creators to find out what Hobbit fans can expect on opening night.

Bringing Back the Criminal Barbie Karla‘s producers explain why their film is more than just another serial-killer biopic. And why Donna from That ’70s Show isn’t cracking jokes about her new role as Canada’s most notorious female murderer.

TechTalk In our new section, Digital Journal editor-in-chief Christopher Hogg talks with TV host David Onley about the latest tech trends. This issue explores what’s hot and what’s not for 2006.

The Vinyl Frontier Everything old is new again as we teach you how to convert records and cassette tapes into MP3s. Plus, Michael Moore’s MP3 playlist.

Photography Portfolio If pictures speak a thousand words, consider our photo section a novel you can’t stop reading. Be inspired by stunning photographs, and the stories (and cameras) behind them.

Gold Adventures: A Putt Above Strippers and sand traps, together at last. Golfing in Las Vegas is the best of two very different worlds, and Digital Journal profiles the one company that wants to make the Vegas experience unforgettable.

PLUS! a profile of Xerox Canada’s innovative business leader, fascinating city guides for Las Vegas and New York City, a feature on the benefits of digital SLRs, and TONS of reviews of the latest gadgets.


  • Essential Digital Gear: Check out the Top 5 of Digital Journal‘s wish list of must-have gadgets. It’s your useful guide to plasma TVs, digital cameras, cellphones and more.
  • Inside: A closer look at the latest goodies gives you the pros and cons of projectors, printers, satellite radio cellphones and wall-mounted speakers.
  • Digital Journal Inbox: Our tech advice columnist, Jim Sanderson, answers your questions to solve those finnicky PC problems.
  • Digital Journal Lemon Award: Just say no to Norton. Find out why in our section that exposes products that suck.
  • PLUS! pick up your copy of Digital Journal for your chance to WIN a Fujifilm S9000 FinePix, an Olympus Evolt E-500 or an Epson MovieMate 25!

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Chris is an award-winning entrepreneur who has worked in publishing, digital media, broadcasting, advertising, social media & marketing, data and analytics. Chris is a partner in the media company Digital Journal, content marketing and brand storytelling firm Digital Journal Group, and Canada's leading digital transformation and innovation event, the mesh conference.

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