Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985

Publication Date : 27th June 1985 to 3rd July 1985

Publication Contents :

Page Item
1 Timex loses 400 jobs despite Sinclair rescue [News Item]
Sinclair Spectrum manufacturer Timex has announced it is making 400 people out of its 1300 strong workforce redundant. The redundancies will all come from people working on the manufacture of the Spectrum Plus.
1 Business retailers doubtful over F1e [News Item]
ACT has been experiencing some difficulties over its 595 F1e machine. The machine, a cut-down version of the Apricot F1, is intended to appeal to higher education establishments and home users alike.
1 Yachting simulation planned for the Autumn [News Item]
Melbourne House has announced it is to release a game based on the Whitbread Round the World yacht race, which begins in September.
1 Rupert the Bear game from Quicksilva [News Item]
The latest cartoon hero to face computerisation is Rupert the Bear.
4 Acorn suspends shares again amid continuing financial difficulties [News Item]
Acorn has suspended its shares for the second time this year. The company has continued in severe financial difficulties, since Olivetti's 10 million rescue package in February this year.
4 Ministerial backing for Mosaic's project [Advert]
Mosaic's latest project is a computer game based on the satirical television series Yes, Minister.
5 US Gold takes on Epyx games contract [News Item]
US Gold has finally signed the deal with Epyx to take over the production of Epyx's titles in this country.
5 Healing touch from Talent's Cartridge Doctor [News Item]
Talent computer systems has announced that its Cartridge Doctor for the QL is now available.
5 Discs galore at ZX Microfair [News Item]
The sixteenth ZX Microfair took place last weekend, at the fair's new home at the Horticultural Hall near Victoria Station in London.
10 Street Life - Gold to platinum - an interview with software converters Platinum Productions [Interview]
Graham Taylor
Back in the olden days when there were thousands of software companies, all based in people's bedrooms and operating on a tidy budget, things seemed simple.
15 Dun Darach for the Spectrum 48K and Amstrad 464 [Advert]
From Gargoyle Games.
16 Glass for the Spectrum 48K [Advert]
Battle your way to three enemy bases. Do you have the courage, stamina and skill to become a Game Lord?
17 Hardware - UMI-2B Midi Interface for the BBC [Review]
Ian Waugh
With the ever-increasing interest in computers and their role in music production, it's rather surprising to find a shortage of Midi interfaces for the BBC computer.
17 Hardware - Maxam Assembler and expansion Rom board for the CPC 464/664 [Review]
Tony Kendle
To add Roms to the Amstrad machines it is necessary to have some sort of expansion board that plugs into the disc port.
18 Hardware - Voice Master for the Commodore 64 [Review]
Chris Jenkins
Anirog's Voice Master is something of a breakthrough in several fields.
18 Hardware - Nightingale/Commstar Package for the BBC [Review]
John R. Cochrane
After an initial flush of over-enthusiasm, the use of home computers for communications is now being considered more seriously by many users. One of the most popular budget-priced modems available is the Nightingale multi-function modem produced by Pace.
20 Star Game - Caterpillar Race - racing caterpillars on the Commodore 64 [Type-In Listing]
Tim Hodkinson
This game is for two to five players and the idea is that each player bets on their own caterpillar in the Caterpillar Grand National.
22 A partial renumber program for the BBC Micro [Type-In Listing]
Cy noble
The BBC model is the finest home computer on the market, but for some strange reason it lacks a partial renumbering command such as is found on some cheaper computers - e.g. Dragon 32 and one or two others. If you are writing programs for profit or amusement this can be a nuisance, hence the following.
26 Sort out upper case and lower case for the Spectrum 48K [Type-In Listing]
Dilywn Jones
This article sets out to add two new string handling functions to Spectrum Basic.
28 Printer initialisation made easy on the QL [Type-In Listing]
Dr R. K. Lowry
Modern printers can do an awful lot. The problem is that getting them to do it requires a lot of ferreting around in the manuals, control codes and four-letter words.
30 Design your own sounds on the Amstrad machines [Type-In Listing]
John Durst
One of the most ambitious features of the Amstrad machines is the system which produces computer music. With up to three channels on the go, along with volume envelopes and tonal modulation, it can produce quite impressive Victory fanfares and the like.


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Article: Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 26 - 27 June-3 July 1985

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