,vesuvius wrote

Not read this for a while but have just had a nosey and boy have the adverts multiplied. It is impractical to request their omission, but I am sick of adverts, page after page of them

MSDN is probably the one magazine where I like the ads.  As someone who purchases controls and libraries regularly, I've found the ads a great mechanism to learn about them.  I do miss the "Toolbox" section of MSDN. 

I wish they did reviews of controls and libraries, but I understand that it may be hard to be viewed as impartial when they take in ad dollars.