June 19-25 1986

Vol 5 No 25

Spectrum Plus 2 is ready to roll

ications apart

© Amstrad's design lor Spec- trum Plus 2 is finalised

е Machine will have only 128K Ram

® Prospects lor Loki still remote

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The Edge...do you have it?

Its the latest craze! The most amazing 3D arcade game ever featuri *Curvispace 3D’ and а host of problems to solve as Bobby goes in search of his Brothers to bring them on home...

Go on, have a ball!

£895

The Ultimate Quest You are Prince Kyle accompanied

by your loyal warriors in this fantastical г the legendary Mindstone.

the first icon-driven graph adventure to boast the full features ofan adventure and strategy game. Bound to enter the annals as а true classic in

micro adventure

sk Spectrum (in 48K Amstrad versions

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SOFTWARE» 12 Atari Desktop

No real desktop is as tidy as that represented on the Atari ST. Duncan Evans looks at a pack- age that simulates the clutter of the real thing, adding a clock, notepad, calculator, and sundry other executive toys.

11 Turbo 64

Commodore 64 owners have one of the best computes around. Unfortunately they also have the slowest disc drive. Chris Jenkins looks at a simple remedy - sim- ply plug in this cartridge and step back in amazement.

12 QL designs

Save thousands of pounds with this drafting and design package from Talent. With this and a QL you don't need to buy a hugely expensive CAD terminal. Peter Worlock reports.

GAMES» 16 Reviews

More of the latest releases come under scrutiny, including Dragonhold on the QL Нурепогсе on the C16, Master of Magic on the Spectrum, Buster

Block on the Amstrad, and Bump, Set, Spike on the C64.

19 Arcade Action 20 Adventure Corner

Special Supplement Print technology

In this week's free supplement.

i Desktop publishing lts this year's buzz phrase in business computer circles. But home micros can get In on the act

iv Laser technology Just a short while ago, daisywheel printers were consid- ered the bees knees but now there's a new kid in town and it leaves the old stuff for dead.

viii Printer buyer's guide if you're looking for a printer you'll be spoiled for choice. We feature dozens all for less than £500

xi Hardware review Chris Jenkins be- comes enamoured with a small, quiet and, above all, cheap little printer for the Commodore 64/128. It's got two

colours too.

24 Language series

Logo is one of the most popular com- puter languages, much beloved of education enthuysiasts. However, it has a lot to offer outside the class- room, as Kenn Garroch observes.

26 BBC

А machine code scroll routine from

Chris Gibson.

26 Amstrad

Part 2 of the Amstrad sound laborato- ry. Experimental noise from Brian.

REGULARS > 4 News Desk 8 Letters, Puzzle 15 Communications

The Spirit of Compunet Gompunet artists in colour.

plus

35 Soundcheck

A host of C64 music software plus more MIDI news from mark Jenkins.

*«PROGRAMMING Сайде.

28 QL

29 Commodore 64 31 Spectrum

32 Bytes & Pieces 32 Peek and Poke

44 New Releases 46 Charts, Hackers

Editor Christina Erskine News editor John Lettice Features editor John Cook Production editor Lynne Constable Supplements editor Christopher Jenkins: designer Barbora Hajek Advertisement and Promotions manager Simon Langston Advertisement executives David Osen, Jon Beales Editorial secretary Annmarie O'Dwyer Administration Geraldine Smyth ‘editor Peter Worlock director Jenny ireland. Published by Sunshine Publications Ltd, 12-13 Little Newport Street, London WC2H 7PP. Tel 01-437 4343 Telex 298275 Typeset by Publishers Repro- graphics Services Ltd, 4 Roger Street. London ИСТ, Printed by Greenaway Harrison, Sutton Road, Southend-on-sea, Essex. Distributed Бу S M Dis- {ribution, London SWS, Те! 01-274 8611. Telex 261643.

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Popular Computing Weekly. Tel: 01-437 4343.

How to submit articles Articles which are submitted for publication should not be more than 2000 words long. The articles. and any accompanying programs, should be original. It is breaking the law of copyright to copy programs out of other maga- Eve AI Ue) ето programs - so please do по! your only copy. ‘cannot accept any responsibility for any errors in programs we publish, although we will always try our best to make sure programs work.

Spectrum's

£600 P

SPECTRUM GROUP is to launch a £600 IBM PC clone next week, and as Acorn also prepares a badged version of Olivetti's M19 it looks like be- Coming open season lor the Amstrad PC.

The Spectrum machine is a Far Eastern import, and sports 640К Ram, MSDOS and GWBasic and twin 52 inch disc drives. At the price, and at this specification, the Specirum machine could beat the Amstrad on price, and has the added advantage of having the IBM standard operating sys- lem, MSDOS, bundled Amstrad's machine will in- stead have DOS Plus, the PC operating system from Digital Research, included instead

Acor's version of the Olivetti M19 looks like being less of a competitor on price than the Spectrum PC. Olivetti prices the M19 high by today's Standards, and although sell- ing it through Acorn would give

it the opportunity to break into the UK educational market it's unlikely to allow Acorn, its Brit- ish subsidiary, to undercut it The machine also lacks PC standard expansion slots

Alligata offers dream prize

Alligata Software is organising a "Prize of Your Dreams" sum- mer promotion for its pro- grams. Anyone buying an Alligata tape or disc up to 30 September should receive an entry form for Alligata's com- petition draw, the prize being goods of your choice to the value of £500.

The form covers current stock and Alligata's summer releases, which include Meltdown for the Amstrad, Pub Games for the Spectrum, 64 and Amstrad, and Trap, Tony Crowther's new game for the 64

Atari special offer on 520

Atari is to sell its 5205ТМ in four different cost-cutting bun- dies during June and July. the basic pack consists of 520 and disc drive reduced from £548 to £449, while pack two also in- cludes a monochrome monitor. and costs £699, as opposed to a normal price of £846.

Pack three consists of 520, twin drives and colour monitor

and is reduced from £996 lo 2849, while pack four offers 520, twin drives, monochrome monitor and dot matrix printer lor £849. This is reduced from £1,045.

Announcing the offer Atari UK marketing manager Rob Harding said that the packages would appeal to a broad base of users.

Micronet puts its toe in MUD

MICRONET. is to launch Shades, Из own version of MUD, in August. Shades will cost 99р per hour, and will have no registration fee apart (гот Micronet membership. Micronet says it has re- ceived many requests for a MUD variant, but had problems

finding a system that could cope with large numbers of users and would run in viewdata format, These prob- lems have now been cracked, and according to technical di- rector Mike Brown Shades ex- ploits the positive features ol viewdata, including colour.

RCS Microsystems’ new Zero-One-Q single board computer sports 20 character display, 8K of battery backed Ram and 32K Rom. I/O includes RS232 and 42 рагайе! lines. Details on 01-979

AMS launches Magazine Maker digitiser bundle

AMS has combined its AMX Pagemaker and AMX Video digitiser to produce a package called AMX Magazine Maker. The digitiser allows any video that produces a composite sig- nal to take images from a cam- era or TV. These are then con- verted to the Amstrad graphics screen, and can be used within

Pagemaker. The combined Packages cost £129.95. The complete package can be used

to produce magazine-like layouts.

Details from Advanced Memory Systems, 168-70 Wilderspool Causeway, War- rington WA4 6QA (0925 4134501/2/3)

New Sinclair Spectrum is ready for production

4 Continued from page 1

a product of Amstrad's engi- neers rather than Sinclair's де- sign team. И doesn't use the Astron cards Sinclair had planned (ог the Pandora, and the technology of Loki, Sin- clair's advanced version of the Spectrum, remains firmly on the shelf.

The machine's interfacing is, however, likely to remain a problem for Amstrad, as the Spectrum 128 has both an RS232 and midi, albeit with

non-standard plugs, while its rivals” the Amstrad 484 and 6128 do not. Alan Sugar main- tains that the Plus 2 will not signal the death of the 464, but it this is to be the case Amstrad may be forced to limit the new Spectrum's specifications to keep it firmly in the games market.

Amstrad's main professed interest in Sinclair was for the Spectrum's games capability, but a games console launch is also a possibility.

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PCs still pending at the Amstrad show

The latest Amstrad show, held at London's Novotel last week, sulfered from a severe case of PC starvation, As expected the ‘Amstrad IBM PC compatible failed to show. and to make matters worse the MSDOS up- grade from Vortex appeared to have joined it in Limbo. Vortex, however, confirms that ils ma- chine is ready, and UK distribu- tor Screens expects delivery in the next eight weeks. Amstrad remains mum about its own PC, but it appears that some of the larger dealers are current- ly in negotiation to take deliv- ery of the machine, so the launch can't be too far off. Launches this time round were however limited to an Amstrad modem, selling at £99.95. This is à rebadged version of the Pace Nightingale, which retails for a sum not unadjacent to £99.95

The upgrade Screens in- tends to distribute is produced by German manufacturer Vor-

tex, and is based on the Intel 8086 processor (the faster ver- sion of the 8088 used in IBM's РС). It will come with 512K Ram and Digital Research's DOS Plus operating system bun- Фед, and the latter will include hooks allowing it to run DR's Macintosh-like Gem graphics environment.

Screens isn't willing to fix a price for the upgrade until the first shipments arrive, but reck- ons it will be around £400-500. The company also unveiled an enhanced version of Vortex's expansion board for the 464 this should also arrive ín the next couple of months.

Add-on supplier Timatic had been blessed with some new arrivals, although spokesman Nick Young claimed that the hard disc, although ready, had blown up twice in prototype the other day and therefore couldn't be present. He did however promise that the non- incadescent production ver-

sions would be very cheap. In default of this the company's main exhibits were the "Bigdisk" duo one megabyte (unformatted) 53 inch discs for the 8256 (£209) and 6128 (£249). Both of these work in conjunc- tion with the company's Camelion software program that will allow Amstrads to read and write MSDOS format discs.

Former Spectrum specialist DK Tronics was offering a range of Amstrad 464 expan- sion devices, including speech synthesiser, Ram expansions, light pen and 256K silicon disc. The latter retails at £99.95, the same price as 256K configured as Ram

EMR had a combined hard- ware/software music package on display. This consists of Miditrack Performer software and midi interface, the com- plete package costing £129.85 lor 864/6128 version and £139.85 for 464. The system is

“Ofcourse, the cardboard goes limp in hot weather

claimed to work with any midi instrument.

New Star Software's William Poe! made a more overt al. tempt to enliven proceedings by claiming that he would un- vell a low-cost PCW8256/8512 lookalike at the show. Desper- ate newshounds reporting to the stand were aggrieved to discover that the “lookalike was a cardboard cut-out mod- el, a number of which he'd had printed up for the show.

To prove we can lake a joke we'd just like to point out that New Star is selling dBase I! at £395, while First Software re- tails itat £119.95

Budget game prices drop down to 99p

Budget games manulacturer Central Solutions has slashed the price of its range to 99р. According to a Central spokes- man the company is reacting to the current stampede into bud- get titles, which has seen Fire- bird increasing its profile and the likes of US Gold and Mikro- Gen joining the fray.

Central's price cut also al- fects its ten game packs, which

were priced at £5.95 and £6.95, and are reduced to £4.95 each. The company says that it can still make a profit on these prices, and feels the cuts should increase ils market share drastically. It intends to maintain the low prices, and re-released 12 back-to-back adventure games tapes at 99p each at the beginning of this week

New games house

Andrew Wright has left Activision to form а new com- pany, Thalamus, which will be the games software arm of Newsfield, publisher of Zzap and Crash. According to Wright Islington-based Thalamus is a separate company within the Newfield group, and will be managed independently. Wright intends to release

four titles by Christmas, one of them being a tie-in, and prod- ucts, he says, will be of a high quality. “You won't ever see us producing a £1.99 game, add- ing a poster and a sticker and putting it out at £9.99, " he says. Although he claims to have products ready he doesn't in- tend to give any details until later in the year.

THE MAN in the photo 15 Vick

Pearce, developer of the Соттіе-Х package for the Amstrad PCW. The package consists of modem that sup- ports Email and viewdata, dual serial and Centronics inler- face, Comm + software and an Easylink subscription form. It costs £286.35, and is claimed to be incredibly easy to use. But if this is the case, why's he trying to stick that interface there? Telephone engineers should phone him on 0992 541118.

First plans expanded range

First Software and Publishing, which recently announced an Amstrad PCW8256/512 version of Ashton-Tate's dBase || at £119.95, is also to sell Ше pro- gram on the Commodore 128 and Tatung Einstein. But ac- cording to First boss Sarah Galbraith the company has no plans to release the program ‘on the Amstrad PC when It is launched

First has an exclusive UK licence from Ashton-Tate to market CP/M versions of dBase al the current low price, but the latter company is highly unlikely to be interested in cut- ting the cost of its IBM PC products.

First will, however, be launching a £49 integrated soft- ware package for the PC in the summer. this will consist of spreadsheet, word processor, graphics, time manager, diary planner and forecaster, and will effectively be a re-issue of an integrated suite previously marketed by Peachtree

19-25 JUNE 1986

POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/S

Ргодис! Мешв

Saga bundles WP program

Saga Sy: to bundie its. new word processor, The Last Word, with its Saga Elite and 2001 Spectrum add-on Кеу- boards. п addition the key- boards will come with an offer of £20 discount on the

Centronics GLP printer The Last Word sells on its ‘own for £13.95, and features an

80 character display, full on- screen help facility, calculator and a wide range of printer and disc drive options. the normal price of the Centronics GLP, which has both Centronics and RS232 interfaces, NLQ mode and top speed of 120 charac- ters per second, normally costs £199.95. The Saga Elite now costs £69.95, while the 2001, which has an infra-red connec- tor, costs £119.95,

Detalls trom Saga Systems, 2 Eve Road, Woking, Surrey GU214JT (04862 22977).

Filming cabinet for 3inch discs

Micro Interface is now supply- ing the 3 inch Filing Cabinet, а ten disc box that fans the dics out neatly when opened. It costs £5.95

Details from Micro Interface, 84 Talbot Road, London N6 4RA (01-340 0310)

Build your own Amstrad PCW8512

CITADEL is offering an up- grade kit allowing you to con- vert а PCWB256 into an 8512 for

£189.95. This consists of a Ram expansion and second 3 inch drive, both of which are fitted internally.

Details from Citadel Prod- ucts, 50 High Street, Edgware, Middx HAB ТЕР (01-951 1848)

Epson issues a technical manual

Epson is to sell a comprehen- sive technical support manual

covering both its printer and computer products, the manual gives detailed specifications оп the products, including news on the latest Rom up- grades, and is intended to pro- vide users with full information on their machines. The manual comes in eight separate sec- tions at £10-12 each

Details from Epson UK, Dorland House, 388 High Road, Wembley, Middx HA9 6HUM (01-902 8892).

Diary Dates

JUNE

24-26 June Computer '86

G-Mex Exhibition Centre, Manchester. Details: Business and industry ‘computer show. This exhibition was formerly known as the Northern Compuler Show.

Price: Free entry by business registration.

Organiser: Reed Exhibitions, 01-643 8040.

28 June Bracknell Computer Show Coopers НИ Community Centre, Bracknell, Berks.

PC User Show

Olympia, London

Details: Hardware and software for ІВМ machines and their compatibles Organiser: ЕМАР. 01-608 1161.

2427 Jul

Acorn User Exhibition Barbican Centre, London

Details: Hardware, software and peripherals for the Electron, ВВС micro and Master machines

Trade only 10am-1pm on 24 July. Price: £3 adults, £2 chidren, £1 discount for advance sales. Organiser: Ediionscheme, 01-349 4667.

and education. Price: 2. Organiser: Montbulld, 01-487 5831.

8th September

Official Commodore Computer Show

UMIST, Manchester

Detalis: А wide range of Commodore. hardware, software and peripherals. Formerly the Commodore Horizons. ‘show.

Price: £3 adults, £2 children, £1 discount Ки advance booking. Organiser: Database Publications, 061- 456 8383

OCTOBER

30-31 October.

Hampshire Computer Fair Guildhall, Southampton

Details: Business computers and communications,

Price: Free entry by business registration.

Organiser: Testwood Exhibitions, 0703 31557,

NOVEMBER

22 November

The 6809 Christmas Show Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster, London

Detalis: Dragon software and

Details: Software and hardware for the 26-28 September репрпепав. Dragon, Commodore C16, Plus 4 and Electron and BBC Micro Price: Vie 20, SEPTEMBER User Show Organiser: Microdeal, 0726 6820, Price: £1 adults, chidren and OAPs UMIST, Manchester 50р. 3-7 September Details: Software, hardware and Organiser: John Penn, 04203 Personal Computer World peripherals for the Electron, BBC micro. 5970. Show ‘and Master machines. Produced by Olympia, London Асот. Details: Software and hardware Yor Price: £3 adults, £2 children, £1 home, educational and business discount for advance booking. JULY computer users. For the first time this Organiser: Database Publications, 061- year the show is to be organised in 456 8383 16-18 July three separate halls business, games 6/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 19-25 JUNE 1986

Spectrum/Amstr

MIKRO-GEN Unit 15 The Western Centre Western Road Bracknell Berks.

Satisfaction

hank you for publishing the letter from Chris Moore in Popular, May 22. | too am an Enterprise owner and, as usu- al, | was reading through the lelters in a rather smug way.

1 own a computer not only with an “ultimate Basic", but a Basic that works (cf Atari). | also have had no problems getting a response from Enter- prise Computers, almost al- ways by return of post, or get- ting the machine fixed (cf Amstrad and Sinclair)

Okay, | admit it’s not perfect Having used it for on average our hours a day for about four months, it broke down. | put it back in its box and posted it for repair on Monday afternoon. On Saturday morning, it was back on my desk - the same week!

Sometimes, as a minority computer owner, 1 get the teel- ing | don't exist and you may bear in mind that we probably ‘own unfashionable computers because we are interested in computing not fashion. this probably means we are more likely to buy computer journals.

Of course most of the inter- esting listings you get are for utilities, something you are less likely to receive trom En- terprise owners as this та. chine comes equipped with most of the requirements lor programming

R Mishra Cambridge

Upgrade woes

n January | sent my 48K

Spectrum to Sinclair Re- search to have it upgraded to а Spectrum Plus. My computer was returned four weeks later, but unfortunately on testing it |

Puzzle No 213

QL in print

have just bought a [s GLP printer

for my QL. Из an excel- lent printer, ideal for the ma- chine. For £160 you get trac- tor and friction feed, serial and parallel interfaces, a host of typefaces, a good NLQ and complete compati- bility with the QL and its bundled software (including Easel. The ribbon is a Broth- er M1009 and Commodore MPSB03 type, so is easy to obtain. However the state of euphoria I'm now in was only reached after two printers and several wasted days. То save others from similar frustration | offer the follow- ing information:

There are in fact three ver- sions of the GLP with differ- ent firmware; the original IBM, an EPSON RXBO equiv- alent and the QL version. The manual with each is for the IBM version and in my case no extra information was given about the changes in the others,

И you use а centronics interface you should be able to use any of the variants. The problem arises from the QL's need for a &-bit and no parity serial setting not рго- vided on the IBM version

The QL version's cha ter set one is 100% compati- ble with the QL and codes above 192 (decimal) are non-

discovered that it had only 16K. ol memory, so | spent £3.60 on postage and returned it to Sinclair

Two weeks later my comput- er was returned, but this time when | switched it on the Screen remained blank and re- fused to display the copyright

printing. Character set two repeats above 127 The DIL switches are slightly differ- ent as follows:

The Epson version has in- ternational character sels and an italic typeface. The switch settings are com- pletely different and | can't offer much advice on this. Switch 2-2 is the МО switch and the communications switches are possibly as above.

Micro Anvika, ol Totten- ham Court Road, London, sold me the printer with the switches set for the OL and a phone call to Centronics re- vealed the switch functions. My only criticisms of an otherwise perfect accompa- niment to the OL are, apart from the terrible documenta- tion, that thick single sheet paper gets caught on the lid which necessitates its Ire- quent removal. Also the ех: tra QL characters do nol print in NLO, rather they ap- pear as emphasized. Graph- ics characters or an italic mode could surely have been added to the QL version

Steve Lee Woodford Green Essex

message. So | spent another £360 and returned it again, with a covering letter asking for

a relund of postage costs.

Two weeks later my Spec- trum came back. This time, the screen was still blank, the heat Sink was lying separately in the was

box, the ‘loudspeaker’

loose in the computer casing, and the PCB was held down by only two screws

1 was going to return it again when | learnt of the Amstrad/ Sinclair deal.

Please could you advise те what to do with my once perfect Spectrum which lasled three and a half years without a sin- gle fault, and now seems to be finished by Sinclair's repairs department.

Peter Ball

Preston

Try writing to SRL, which is

what remains of Sinclair Re-

search is now called, at Milton

Hall, Milton, Cambridge, CB4

4AE (0223 862661), explaining

your problems and asking for advice.

Commodore clubs

ра starting a couple of user groups with a friend for Com- modore 64 and C16 owners. We will accept inquiries rom any- where and we will reply in- stantly. There will be no mem- bership fee. Theuser groups will beaimed at swapping hints and tips for software, and writing software listings. Anyone wanting to join the C64 group should write to me at the address below. The address for the C16 group is David Hill, Commodore User Group, 61 Madeley Road, Havercroft, nr Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Please could inquir- ers enclose an SAE for reply.

Stephen Buttertield Commodore User group 51 Madeley Road. Havercroft

WFA 2РЈ

Back to Basic

have read with interest the growing debate that seems

Prolessor Otto Hex was responsible lor order-

Square yards.

(iv) The total area is also an exact number of

ing the new paving slabs for the college quad-

rangle. Unfortunately, due to his absent-mind-

edness, he has mislaid the paper on which he

had written the details required.

However, he does remember the following

(i) The quadrangle, which is nearly but not exactly square, is rectangular in shape

Ui) The length and width are both an exact

number of feet, and the area (in square leet) is a

five-digit number ending with a 4

(ili) This five-digit number contains within it a run of three consecutive digits in ascending numerical order.

What is the smallest that the quadrangle can be? (Note that by ‘almost square’ we mean that the longer side is no greater than 10% more than the smaller).

‘Solution to Puzzle 208

The first time that there is an equal number of both calls for counts greater than one hundred is on the count "153- On this call “Fizz” and "Buzz" will both have been called forty-one times.

Winner of Puzzle No 208

This week the winner is A.M. Scott ol Grange- mouth, Stirlingshire, who will be receiving £10.

Е:

Rules The closing date for puzzle 218 is July 15.

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to have started in your maga- zine, lately, concerning the usefulness of the Basic sup- plied with the Atari ST range. As an owner of three difler- ent computer systems and my wife owning a fourth | would

‘Swers to this question are very unclear. | bought my first com- puter purely out of curiosity as to what they were all about, | have since progressed to a machine that | think fills my needs well. It has taken me

hours a day, achieving some- thing | can go and buy of if the shell straight away.

This doesn't prevent me from continuing to dabble, just from a hobbying point of view, in programming. When seen in

more plus 30 pence to cover production costs and postage back, or b) Send us 90p to cover the above plus the cost of a tape.

Jason Roseaman

like to put forward a few obser- three computers, however, be- his light | think that ST Basic 56 Redlie Close vations. Of all of the profes- fore | realised what | even meets its requirements ade- Stanford le Hope sional software we have, on all wanted from one: proper word quately. It might have been Essex 5517 ВВВ the systems, | would say that processing, а fascination with nice if it exceeded its require-

less than five of the programs computer graphics and ainter- ments brilliantly but I shall not C128 tweak

аге written in Basic. | would conclude from this that profes- sional programmers don't see Basic as a language to be used

est in the mathmatics of music has led me to the ST. | realize there are many more uses. In my opinion very few are actual-

miss НИЙ doesn't

It seems a gross overreac- tion to me to claim that the machine itself is flawed be-

am writing to inform Commo- dore 128 owners about some incompatibility problems they

for saleable applications ly uselul in the home. Of my cause its freely given away тау have experienced when software. three reasons only the word Basic isn't as good as some trying lo load games in 64 This, | think, does not mean processing із of any real useto people might have liked. mode.

that Basic is of no use but that other languages are just more suitable. 1 would suggest, therefore, that it you have

me.

| һауе had a great deal of tun and pleasure programming my computers in various lan-

Mark Annetts Richmond Surrey

Most programs ! have found do nol load, eg, Mr Do, PC Fuzz, can be loaded by simply pressing the Caps Lock key

boughtthe ST with the intention guages. | even consider myself down and then loading as ol producing some application to be quite advanced atit tis Blasting out normal.

that you feel you must write ironically this knowledge So far this works for all yourself and intend to use in though that makes me realise ‘ou may have noticed that Anirog tities, Mr Do and Some important way then you that if | wish to produce any- there are по! а lot of tape- Goonies.

should be using the best tool for the job

In fact the more | think about this debate the more it high- lights one of the fundamental problems of the computer in- dustry. Just why do people buy

thing as advanced as a proles- sionally produced piece of soft- ware | would have to devote as. much time as they do to do it justice,

Having already got a full time job | can't afford to spend

based magazines and fanzines around these days, so ! would like to inform you of my own magazine called Blast I.

This is a monthly mag. To receive it, the readers can do either of the following: a) Send

Also you might try switching to lower case in 64 mode and pressing Caps Lock for an in- teresting effect

Jonathan Dale Codnor

home computers? The an- six months to a year, eight vs a blank tape of C15 size or Derbyshire

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