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This issue is dated October 1981 and cost 50p

RegularsEdit

Contents / Editorial - 1 page (3)

Your Letters - 1 page (7)

Computer Club: Liverpool tries computers in youth centre - 1 page (11)

Liverpool is hardly famous for its computer clubs; in recent months it has been brought to our attention more as a centre of rioting and social deprivation. Our report this month is not on a Liverpool computer club as such, but on an interesting new experiment in community computing, writes Duncan Scot.

Response Frame - Tim Hartnell & Trevor Sharples - 1 page (55)

Fingertips - David Pringle - 2 pages (60-61)

Store Guide - 1 page (75)

Competition Corner - 1 page (77)

NewsEdit

News Headlines - 2 pages (8-9)

  • Database for Sharp MZ-80K: Newbear Computing produce database for Sharp MZ-80K (8)
  • Latest Computer Chess Games: Vulcan Electronics release Executive Chess, Chess Champion Mark V & Super System IV (8)
  • Hand-held New Brain sold to Grundy (8)
  • Utility ROM for Atom: by Willow Software (8)
  • Acornsoft Launches Plug-In WP Pack: Wordpack, Atom Forth, Mathspacks 2 and 3, Peeko-processor and Games Pack 8 (8)
  • Interface produced for ZX80/81: by Bolton Electronics (8)
  • ZX-80/81 chess program: - ZXChess I by Artic Computing (9)
  • Prestel TV's go Public (9)
  • Microtan add-ons developed by Tangerine User Group (9)
  • Special Atom keyboard for the physically handicapped (9)
  • BBC Computer Goes to ICL: Acorn announce BBC computers to be manufactured by Cleartone and ICL (9)
  • Maplin to tour 5 major UK cities with Atari roadshow (9)
  • Green paper on copyright (9)
  • New viewdata adapters (9)

ReviewsEdit

Varied Standards in ZX Program Survey - 3 pages (16-18)

The ZX range of computers is, arguably, the world's most popular. But not all the software for the ZX computers is of the highest standard. In this article Eric Deeson takes a sample of ZX programs on sale and devises his own methods for rating their quality.

Key:- Doc: Documentation, Loa: Loading, Scr: Screen Layout, EoU: Ease of Use, Fun: Functional Value, Pro: Programming Quality, Gra: Graphics and Nov: Novelty

Software Title Publisher Compilation Format Doc Loa Scr EoU Fun Pro Gra Nov
Liz Hassoft N/A ZX-80 4 0 - - - - - -
Moving Display JRS Software N/A ZX-80 4 5 4 2 5 5 5 5
Maths Drill Linsac Cassette 1 ZX-80 5 5 2 3 3 3 - 1
Dot Recognition Linsac Cassette 1/3 ZX-80 5 5 3 3 3 3 2 1
Musical Notes Linsac Cassette 1 ZX-80 4 5 2 4 2 3 4 3
Spelling Quiz Linsac Cassette 1/3 ZX-80 5 5 3 3 2 2 2 2
Day Finder Linsac Cassette 1 ZX-80 3 5 2 2 2 2 1 2
Graph Plotter Linsac Cassette 2/3 ZX-80 2 3 2 1 2 2 1 2
Prime Factors Linsac Cassette 2 ZX-80 2 4 2 2 4 3 - 1
Number Bases Linsac Cassette 2 ZX-80 2 4 1 2 4 4 - 2
Bar Charts Linsac Cassette 2 ZX-80 2 4 2 3 4 3 2 2
Statistics Linsac Cassette 2 ZX-80 2 4 3 3 4 4 - 2
Number Guess Linsac Cassette 3 ZX-80 2 4 3 4 2 2 - 2
Bigprint Linsac Cassette 3 ZX-80 1 4 3 3 2 3 3 3
Moving Display Linsac Cassette 3 ZX-80 1 3 - 0 - 2 - 3
Memory Display Linsac Cassette 3 ZX-80 4 0 - - - 3 - -
Hurkle Linsac Cassette 3 ZX-80 3 4 4 3 2 3 3 2
Four-in-a-Line Linsac Cassette 3 ZX-80 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 3
Maze Linsac Cassette 3 ZX-80 4 5 3 3 4 4 3 3
Multibase Arith Rose Cassettes Rose Cassette ZX-80 1 1 2 3 3 2 1 1
Quadratics Rose Cassettes Rose Cassette ZX-80 1 1 2 3 3 3 - 2
Matrices Rose Cassettes Rose Cassette ZX-80 1 1 2 3 3 2 - 2
Revision Rose Cassettes Rose Cassette ZX-80 1 1 3 3 3 3 - 1
Phone Index Rose Cassettes Rose Cassette ZX-80 1 2 3 1 2 2 - 1
Brkout / Ack-Ack Timedata N/A ZX-80 1 0 - - - - - -
Breakout Usherwood N/A ZX-80 3 4 2 3 3 3 3 4
Pools Bobker Tape 1 ZX-81 3 5 3 3 3 2 - 1
Draw Bobker Tape 1 ZX-81 3 5 3 4 4 3 4 4
Alien Bobker Tape 1 ZX-81 2 5 1 4 2 2 2 2
UFO Bobker Tape 1 ZX-81 2 5 2 4 1 3 2 1
Decision Bobker Tape 1 ZX-81 3 5 3 3 2 2 - 1
Simon Bobker Tape 1 ZX-81 2 5 3 3 3 3 - 1
Black Holes JRS Software N/A ZX-81 2 0 - - - - - -
Slalom JRS Software N/A ZX-81 2 0 - - - - - -
Orbit Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 1 ZX-81 3 3 - 2 3 3 1 1
Sniper Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 1 ZX-81 3 3 - 2 2 3 2 2
Meteors Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 1 ZX-81 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 3
Life Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 1 ZX-81 2 0 2 - - - - -
Wolfpack Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 1 ZX-81 2 0 2 - - - - -
Golf Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 1 ZX-81 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Maths Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 5 ZX-81 3 4 2 3 3 3 - 3
Balances Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 5 ZX-81 3 4 3 4 3 3 2 3
Volumes Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 5 ZX-81 3 3 4 3 3 4 2 3
Averages Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 5 ZX-81 3 0 - - - - - -
Bases Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 5 ZX-81 3 2 3 3 4 3 - 2
Temp Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 5 ZX-81 2 3 3 3 1 3 2 1
Lunar Landing Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 4 ZX-81 2 0 3 - - - - -
Twenty-One Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 4 ZX-81 2 0 1 - - - - -
Combat Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 4 ZX-81 2 0 1 - - - - -
Substrike Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 4 ZX-81 2 0 3 - - - - -
Codebreaker Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 4 ZX-81 2 0 1 - - - - -
Mayday Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 4 ZX-81 2 0 - - - - - -
Crash Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 2 ZX-81 2 4 2 3 4 2 2 3
Multiply Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 2 ZX-81 3 4 4 3 4 3 - 2
Train Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 2 ZX-81 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4
Fractions Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 2 ZX-81 4 5 4 4 4 4 2 2
Addsub Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 2 ZX-81 4 5 4 4 4 3 - 2
Spelling Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 2 ZX-81 2 5 3 3 4 4 - 4
Telephone Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 3 ZX-81 2 0 3 - - - - -
Note Pad Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 3 ZX-81 3 0 2 - - - - -
Bank Account Sinclair Research Sinclair ZX81 Cassette 3 ZX-81 4 0 2 - - - - -
Video-graph Video Software N/A ZX-81 5 2 5 4 5 4 4 5
Video-map Video Software N/A ZX-81 5 0 - - - - - -
Video-view Video Software N/A ZX-81 5 2 5 5 5 4 4 5

FeaturesEdit

Review: Tandy's Colour Computer - 2½ pages (12-14)

The TRS-80 Colour Computer is Tandy's answer to the Commodore Vic-20. Tim Hartnell runs through its key features including its game-playing ability and its potential for expansion. Prices start at £349 for a basic system with 4K of memory

Interview: Chris Curry of Acorn - 2 pages (20-21)

Chis Curry's Cambridge company, Acorn, is beginning to emerge as one of the strongest personal computer firms in Britain. Its main product, the Acorn Atom, has proved both popular and reliable. The company won the coveted contract to design and build the computer to be marketed by the BBC and accompany the BBC's planned computer literacy series. Chris Curry talks to Duncan Scot.

High Resolution Displays on the VIC-20 - 2 pages (29-30)

The Vic-20 is a versatile machine capable of displaying normal alpha-numeric characters, user-definable characters and high-resolution point plotting. In this first of a series of articles on programming the Vic-20 Nick Hampshire explains how.

Flowcharting: The Art of Writing Programs - 2 pages (32-33)

Drawing flowcharts before writing programs is a habit which can save many hours of debugging. It is not difficult and the symbols are easy to learn, argues Colin Woodford.

A Peek and a Poke on the Acorn Atom - 2 pages (35,37)

Even if you understand the principles of the Peek and Poke functions you might not realise how useful they can be when it comes to writing programs. Tim Hartnell works through some examples to demonstrate the main principles and then writes his own board game, making full use of the screen.

Old or New ZX ROM: How to Make the Switch - 2 pages (39-40)

Converting programs written for the old Rom ZX-80 to run under the new Rom is time-consuming. Many owners of the new Rom have preferred to scrap their old programs and start building a new collection. In this article Stephen Adams presents his own alternative — putting both Roms into the ZX-80 and switching between them.

Review: Microtan 65 - 3 pages (45-47)

The construction of the kit version of the Tangerine Microtan was described by John Dawson in Your Computer June/July 1981. This review covers the use of the Microtan central processor unit and Tanex boards.

Project: Controlling Electric Motors - 3 pages (50-51,53)

In his last article John Dawson showed how a radio-controlled transmitter and receiver could be used with a computer, and built a radio-controlled pen recorder. Having shown in principle that a computer can be used as a remote device he now explains how DC electric motors can be controlled.

Type-InsEdit

J-Checkers - Game of Strategy - 3 pages (24-26)

J-Checkers has been written in Basic to illustrate many of the concepts underlying computer-based games. Many of the ideas John White presents will be useful when you write your own games.

Software File - 6 pages (64-65,67,69-71)

  • Innocent Indexing (ZX-81) - Tim Goldingham (64)
  • Green-Eyed Monster (ZX-80) - P Connell (64-65)
  • Exam Marks (ZX-81) - G A Genever (65,67)
  • The Plough (ZX-81) - William Cartwright (67)
  • Latest Score (ZX-80) - Terence Wilson (67)
  • Punters' Draw (Pet) - J Consadine (69)
  • Least Sqaures (Atom) - Kevin Polston (69)
  • Bulls and Cows (Microtan) - Graham Richards (70)
  • Strings and Arrays (Atom) - Derek Haslam (71)
  • Consult the Oracle (ZX-81) - D A Walker (71)

AdvertsEdit

Games

  • Sinclair Research - Sinclair ZX81 Cassette No 1 & Sinclair ZX81 Cassette No 4 - page 2
  • Phipps Associates - The ZX81 Pocket Book - page 14
  • Macronics - 1k Space Invaders, 3k Space Invaders, Nightmare Park, Dragon Maze, Planetoids, Lap Record - page 22
  • Bug-Byte - Atom Invaders, Atom Breakout, Pinball, Star Trek, Fruit Machine, Labyrinth, Lunar Lander, Golf - page 22
  • Molimerx - Shuttle - page 23
  • Video Software - Force Field, Space Race, Football-League, Test Match, Stock Market - page 36
  • Quicksilva - QS Defender - page 48
  • Doric Computer Services - The Oracle's Cave - page 52
  • Bridge Software - 1k Games, Galaxy Invaders - page 54
  • JRS Software - Slalom, Black Holes - page 58
  • Hewson Consultants - Space Intruders, Planet Lander - page 68
  • Timedata - Brkout / Ack-Ack, Shell Game / Invaders, Breakout / Cupball / 3D Maze / Simon 2, Pinball / Letters / Spacewar / Drive - page 74
  • Acornsoft - Games Pack 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 - page 76
  • Program Power - Lunar Lander, Invader Force, 3D Asteroids, Alien Maze, Space Storm, Star Trek, Othello, Demon Dungeon, Dambusters, Zombies / Demovaders / Laser Fight, Labyrinth / Slot Racer, Minefield / Snake / Awari, Territory / Aztec - page 78
  • Control Technology - Pack 16/1, Pack 16/2, Tape Book 50, Tape Book VIC 15, Tape Book VIC 30, Atom Pack Alpha - page 79
  • Michael Orwin Software - Cassette One - page 80
  • Microtanic Software - Games 1, Games 2, Games 3, Games 4, Adventure Game - page 80
  • Silversoft - Star Trek, Games Pack 1 - page 82

Magazines

Other

  • MicroStyle - Page 4
  • Silicon Chip - Page 5
  • Chromasonic Electronics - Page 6
  • Midwich Computer Company Limited; Richard Francis; Flowchart Systems - Page 10
  • WHSmith - Page 15
  • ComServe; Essential Software Company - Page 19
  • Off Records - Page 22
  • Arfon Microelectronics Ltd - Page 27
  • Acorn Computer - Page 28
  • Office Systems; Q-Tek Systems - Page 31
  • Intelligent Artefacts Limited; Michael Cox Information Services; William Stuart Systems Ltd; ICL-CES - Page 34
  • Acornsoft - Page 36
  • Memotech; Diskwise Ltd; Tempus - Page 38
  • Sinclair Research - Pages 41-44
  • Eltec Services Ltd; Micro-80 - Page 48
  • Tangerine Computer Systems Ltd - Page 49
  • Melbourne House; DK'Tronics - Page 52
  • HCCS Associates; Prentice-Hall International - Page 54
  • Commodore - Pages 56-57
  • IO Systems Ltd; Bug-Byte; Twickenham Computer Centre Ltd - Page 58
  • Compec '81 - Page 59
  • Lowe Electronics - Pages 62-63
  • Pristine Electronics; M D R (Interfaces) Ltd - Page 66
  • Computer Publications; Audio Computers - Page 68
  • Maplin Electronic Services Ltd - Page 72
  • Adda Computers - Page 73
  • Brighton Computer Centre; Interface - Page 74
  • Silicon Centre; Personal Computer Palace - Page 76
  • Cambridge Learning Limited; Abacus Electronics - Page 78
  • Computers For All - Page 79
  • Compshop Ltd - Page 81
  • Linsac; D. Bruce Electronics - Page 82
  • Silica Shop - Page 83
  • Byteshop Computerland - Page 84

AnalysisEdit

Type Pages %
Features 21.5 26%
News 2 2%
Game Reviews 3 4%
Competitions 1 1%
Other Editorial (Contents, Surveys, etc..) 3 4%
Letters 2 2%
Type-Ins 9 11%
Total Editorial 41.5 49%
Total Adverts 42.5 51%

Other CreditsEdit

Staff Writer

Bill Bennett

Production Editor

Toby Wolpe

Production Assistant

John Liebmann

Editorial Secretary

Lynn Cowling

Contributors

Tim Hartnell, Eric Deeson, Nick Hampshire, Colin Woodford, Stephen Adams, John Dawson, David Pringle, Trevor Sharples

Publishing Director

Chris Hipwell

Issue IndexEdit

Your Computer Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1981 Your Computer Issue 1
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Your Computer Issue 2
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Your Computer Issue 3
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Your Computer Issue 4
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Your Computer Issue 5
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1982 Your Computer Issue 6
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Your Computer Issue 7
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Your Computer Issue 8
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Your Computer Issue 9
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Your Computer Issue 10
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Your Computer Issue 11
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Your Computer Issue 12
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Your Computer Issue 13
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Your Computer Issue 14
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Your Computer Issue 15
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Your Computer Issue 16
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Your Computer Issue 17
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1983 Your Computer Issue 18
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Your Computer Issue 19
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Your Computer Issue 23
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Your Computer Issue 24
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Your Computer Issue 25
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Your Computer Issue 27
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Your Computer Issue 29
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1984 Your Computer Issue 30
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Your Computer Issue 31
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Your Computer Issue 32
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Your Computer Issue 33
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Your Computer Issue 35
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Your Computer Issue 36
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Your Computer Issue 38
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Your Computer Issue 39
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Your Computer Issue 40
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1985 Your Computer Issue 41
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