And who pays the wages of people websites? Where does the revenue come from? For sure, the joy in the nineties was reading websites created by, and for, enthusiasts as their hobby - but at the time it was a supplement to magazines and newspapers. In reality, I spent a lot of pocket money on dead tree magazines, like PC Zone and later (thankfully I expanded my hobbies beyond gaming) Mountain Biking UK, the latter worth it for the beautifully painted full-colour artwork*.
Yeah, everything was more awesome in the 90s, but paying £14 for a CD album wasn't so much.
The buzzword back in the '90s was 'micro-payments' - it didn't take off at the time, but the idea was to make it easy to pay website you like a few pence per visit. Now one can imagine paying a modest subscription to read content from a group of websites. Some tradition journals now have apps or subscriptions available through tablets (primarily iPads). The tradition of having full access to a website if you have a subscription to a dead-tree magazine is long established (New Scientist, Which?)
It might not have escaped your attention that the focus of stories on The Register is changing slightly, with more stories about storage, since these are of interest to the people who might just buy the goods and services advertised.
*Nice picture: http://www.thisiswhy.ip3.co.uk/thisiswhy/index.html I do note that the hand-written text is often too small to read on a 1920 x 1200 display, but it looked lovely on the glossy page of a magazine. It would look good on a high-res tablet, though.