Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985

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Publication Date : 4th July 1985

Publication Contents :

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1 Atari revives 260ST - a 256K model with built-in disk drive [News Item]
Atari has revived plans to manufacture a low-cost version of its eagerly awaited 68000-based ST model, originally shelved in mid-May.
1 "Sir Clive Ltd" to head R&D - role of Sir Clive Sinclair clarified in future of Sinclair Research [News Item]
Some of the confusion surrounding the announcement fo Robert Maxwell's proposed takeover of Sinclair Research is beginning to clear.
1 US Gold to import "The Goonies" game in September [News Item]
US Gold will be importing Datasoft's computer game in September, based on Steven Spielberg's film The Goonies, which is to be released in the UK at Christmas.
2 Hyper Sports from Imagine [Advert]
Continuing the challenge where "Track and Field" left off.
4 Crisis talks at Acorn continue as financial crisis deepens [News Item]
As Acorn's financial crisis deepened last week the company was involved in urgent talks with the BBC, its major manufacturers, merchant bankers Close Brothers, and Olivetti, to try to put together its second rescue package this year.
4 Commodore Amiga US launch date set for July 23 [News Item]
The US launch of Commodore's much feted Amiga machine will now take place on July 23. The launch was originally planned for July 18.
4 Compunet expands after "teething troubles" [News Item]
After overcoming what it describes as "early teething troubles", Compunet now plans to expand its services during the rest of 1985.
5 Amstrad hits tape copy row with twin cassette recorder [News Item]
Amstrad has run into a legal storm over its dual cassette player which allows tape-to-tape copying.
7 Ingenious ... computer games for people who hate computer games (Software by Leisure Genius) [Advert]
Give your joystick a rest and your brain a chance with these family favourites. Now available from selected Boots and W. H. Smith Stores.
8 Domark presents You as ... 007 - A View to a Kill, the Computer Game [Advert]
You will become James Bond in his first arcade/adventure available now on Spectrum 48K, Commodore 64, Enterprise and watch out for Amstrad, MSX and others.
12 Street Life - Featuring the operation of the 007 "View to a Kill" game creators, Tigress [Article]
Martin Croft
There was a time when computer games really were written by teenagers, who came up with wacky ideas, worked out by trial and error just how to implement them, and then programmed the whole thing themselves - usually in the gaps between sets of exams.
14 Dashing "Dynamite Dan" for the Spectrum 48K [Review]
John Minson
Fade up William Tell overture. Announcer (in dramatic voice): "Will the dastardly Dr Blitzen's plans for world domination succeed? What of his assistant, the devilish Donna? ..."
18 Star Game - Jumbling along - a sliding block puzzle to while away those hours between programming for the QL [Type-In Listing]
R. Forsey
This is an adaptation of the well known sliding block pocket puzzle. In this version the computer draws a picture on the screen and then jumbles it up; all you have to do is to restore the jumbled up picture to its original state.
20 Debugging trace routine for the Spectrum [Type-In Listing]
Howard Allen
This is a machine code program for the Spectrum which when used with a Basic program will display the line and statement number currently being executed in the top right corner of the screen. This is obviously of use when debugging and developing programs.
22 Computer as canvas - create art on the Amstrad machines [Type-In Listing]
R. Mitchell
The following program will enable you to use the Amstrad as a canvas - to draw and paint pictures on.
27 Alphabet and keyboard familiarity on the BBC model B [Type-In Listing]
Andrew Heptonstall
This program for the BBC model B tests children's knowledge of the alphabet, and gives experience of using the keyboard.
46 Ziggurat - Comment - Little brother [Article]
Boris Allan
Possibly one of the worse aspects of 1984, the year of Big Brother, was the film of the book 1984. The film took the standard approach towards the book, which is that George Orwell was worried principally about a totalitarian prying state.

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Article: Popular Computing Weekly Vol 4 No 27 - 4-10 July 1985

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