120 years of National Geographics

A few years ago, a friend who moved to his country gave me his collection of National Geographics magazine, which with everything and moths now takes a good portion of my bookseller, so when the digital version is announced on a hard disk of 160 GB I got that mania for not letting it go. After surfing for many years, to know how the best computer in 1972 was announced and to find that every so often we have the same subject but with more research, I recognize that it has been an invaluable acquisition.


120 years of material, from 1888 to 2008 contained on a disc of 160 GB, although the content alone arrives at 100 GB and leaves 60 of free space, not at all wasted. It is also much more practical than the DVD collection that bothers having to be changing two out of three searches.

National geographics disco

You can search by year, this displays a catalog that shows the covers in the form of a carousel. Then you can select, browse and zoom in like the online magazines that are now fashionable.

Nat geo dvd You can also search by geographic area, which displays a map of Bing (formerly Virtual Earth). Once located in an area, refine the thematic search, indicating a radius of miles. This option requires being connected to the Internet, the map display is slow, but a future improvement is expected, which could well be a bigger window.

The search engine for keywords is wonderful, for example, if I wanted the flags of the states of the American Union, I should only put Flags states america, and voila, it was published in October of 1917.

Heh, heh, see how curious the Colorado shield is. I swear I've seen it somewhere.

National geographics disco

There is also a search by collection and a marking functionality called reading list, in which you can place marks in the form of labels according to interest. For example, as I navigate, every time I find an interesting map, I can load it to the "maps of interest for geofumadas" or "maps of Mexico" tag, to find them in one click at any time.


It is developed on Adobe Air, so the online update is a delight, aspects that the old encyclopedias could not overcome. The first time he executed it he spent his time downloading a new build, but he runs to the marvel.

Functionality is a strange medium, since the menu for accessing data, creating reading lists and navigating back and forth is unfriendly. After a couple of addictive hours it feels better, although it would not hurt a side panel easier to navigate over the content and improvements to understand how to go back.

The price

It can Acquire online for US $ 199 dollars, which seems high but if we break it down, supposing there were 12 magazines per year, it would be:

160 GB hard drive: US $ 80.00

Name recorded to disk: US $ 9.00

120 years of magazines: US $ 110

With this, each magazine in digital would be worth:

  • Nat geo2 8 cents
  • Or 5 Euro cents,
  • 1 New Mexican weight,
  • 39 Chilean pesos
  • Or 1.53 Honduran Lempiras

In conclusion, a great acquisition. My son loves it, his innocence has touched my soul:

Can you give it to me when you no longer occupy it?

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