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There are Electronic Circles, too




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There are electronic Circles, too

But they can be savurated on the Web, in Romania...

    A year and 6 months from the first edition of an electronic monthly
magazine, in Iasi?

    "Circles is a materialization of a group of my ideas and hobbies. I
like very much technical and classical sciences and I think the magazine
offers topics on both directions."

    Now, the editor is working to the 17th issue. The last 16 editions
are available, unmigled, for the readers who found out later about the
Circles' virtual rotation. What they can read about?

    "In the beginning, I structured the magazine in five sections:
    - InfoBIT - this part is a host for the articles about information
technology: opinions, events, courses, opportunities.
    - Memo - exclusively original literature (prose, poems, essays)
    - INTer/INTra - a trying (welldone, I consider) to build a virtual
bridge between romanians from home and abroad
    - eXtra - novelty information, from certain fields (music,
vegetarianism, medecine, sociology etc.)
    - Hi,hI! - the humour section

    In the last editions, I added a new column: Argus - it's managed by
the well-known mythological character. He is searching on the Web and he
offers interesting Internet resources."

    Circles: over 20 collaborators.

    "The redactors are flexible, enthusiastic, they send to me their
articles via e-mail, usually. Most of them are subsequently formatted, to
respect the style unity of the current issue. I was helped by geographer
Stefan Kocsis (thanks for the kindness to offer for days and nights a
connected to Internet PC, a graphical Web navigator, a scanner... Yes, it's
true, the editor cannot afford a PC to be used exclusively only for Circles!
Also, I thank to doctor Alina Manole, programmer Dragos Acostachioaie,
mathematician Bogdan Craciun, photo-expert Dinu Lazar, economist and old
fellow Doru Tasca, the enthusiastic TheBans from Toronto and many other
collaborators."

    The editor is opening a new Linux session, he is calling joe editor
and he is writing the main page of the future issue. Maybe it's astonishing,
but all HTML documents are writing by hand. The majority of the included
pictures are original electronic creations, except art reproductions (Dali,
Picasso, Van Gogh etc.).

    "I don't know which issue of Circles is my favourite... I was happy
when the paintings of Constantin Tofan were appears on Web, when I'm
persuated some shy redactors to write. I'm content the Circles are hosting a
C++ programming course... I think every issue offers something
interesting!... I received (constructive or not) critiques, and
appreciations, too."

    We knew the work of every editor in chief is not easy, but when the
passion is strong nothing else matters...

    "Circles has difficult moments, too: 2 days after publication on the
Web, the 8th issue was completely deleted by mistake, the month was ending
and I can't found any computer to arrange the editorial, the Web still is
continuing to go slow... The people complains the Circles' page cannot be
loaded... But I hope these things will be resolved, soon!"

    And where this magazine can be read?

    "For a half of year, Circles can be located on two academical
servers: http://www.infoiasi.ro/circles/ and
http://www.univagro-iasi.ro/~busaco/circles/. The last issues can be
consulted on http://search.it.ro/circles/ (thanks to Sergiu Popovici). The
dream is to have much mirrors, on more accessible and fast servers."

    The Netscape is loading the summary page of the brand-new Circles
17. This title must be aligned to right... it will be better... Here the end
tag is missing...

    "The Circles are keeping on to be plotted on the cyberspace paper,
this is the most important thing! The main goal is to content the readers.
In a distorted world, this is desideratum of every (electronic or not)
publication. Who knows, maybe 'Agora ON line' will record the 5 years
anniversary of Circles... See you soon!"

Sabin Corneliu Buraga
busaco@infoiasi.ro
http://www.infoiasi.ro/~busaco

Sabin Corneliu Buraga

http://www.infoiasi.ro/~busaco

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