Just a quick nod to O'reilly's newest publication, MAKE. My father recently subscribed and over the weekend I got to get a nice read out of it!
Check out the site: http://www.makezine.com/
If you are into taking scrap computer parts and making things with them...like an old mouse becoming a robot...or some pretty digestable tutorials on things spanning from podcasting to hacking your PSP or iPod...then this is the magazine!
O'reilly, being a computing book publisher fav for me already....has a wonderful reputation for getting the information across while being entertaining! As a self-taught computing person....their books are great!