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  • Home Computer Magazine – Volume 5, Number 2

    Source: Home Computer Magazine – Volume 5, Number 2

    Home Computer Magazine was an early to mid 1980s computer magazine that covered Commodore, Apple, IBM, and Texas Instruments computers though it was born out of a magazine devoted exclusively to the TI-99/4A. Volume 5, issue 2 includes:

    Features

    • It Figures! – What does it do? How does it do it? It Figures!
    • Evacu-Pod – Pilot your Evacu-Pod to rescue miners on 4 other worlds.
    • Switch ‘n’ Spell – A spelling aid … with an entertaining twist.
    • Laserithmetic – Will math skills and laser blasts keep alien beasts at bay?
    • Organizer Reports – Flexibility and organization highlight your outline printouts.
    • Razzle Dazzle – Don’t just play with your 99/4A, play it, maestro.
    • What is CP/M? – Is this operating system headed for rebirth?
    • Apple Seedlings – Sort your ProDOS catalogs.
    • Commodore Hornblower – Inside the SID chip.
    • IBMpressions – Create 3-D surface drawings with BASIC.
    • Field & Screen: Using a Data Base System – A general introduction to using data bases – correctly.

    Product Reviews

    • The Music of Sound: A Review of 4 Music/Sound Software Series with Keyboards for the C-64 – Creative fun with Commodore’s amazing sound capabilities.
    • Lost in CP/M Land: A Review of the Microsoft Premium Softcard IIe – Are we being too hard on the Softcard?
    • A CP/M Dawn for the TI-99/4A: A Review of Morning Star’s CP/M Package – Finally, the CP/M window is opened to 99/4A Users.
    • Spy vs Spy – Does the software capture the comic MADness?
    • AppleWorks – An easy-to-use integrated package reaches the home.
    • The Ancient Art of War – Here it’s okay to pick a fight.
    • Legacy II for the PCjr – Junior continues to grow in power.
    • The Factory – Punch, stripe, at rotate objects in your own factory.
    • Keys to Responsible Driving – Better than a driver’s manual?

    Departments

    • Welcome to HCM
    • Inside/Outside HCM
    • On Screen
    • Letters to the Editor
    • HCM One Liners
    • HCM Review Criteria
    • Industry Watch
    • HCM Product News
    • Program Typing Guide
    • Program Listing Contents
    • DeBugs on Display
    • Home Computer Tech Notes:
      • Apple
      • Commodore
      • IBM
      • TI

    …and more!


  • Computist (May 1987)


    Source: Computist – Issue Number 43 – May 1987 



    Computist was a rather unique magazine for the Apple II. It openly advocated circumventing copy protection and provided the means to do so. Piracy was a big deal back in the day, especially for 8-bit computer software so various disk based copy protection methods were common. While covering other technical subjects and containing some other typical computer magazine stuff like reviews, the bulk of Computist was dedicated to publishing techniques to remove or circumvent such copy protection for the stated purpose of being able to back up your software.

    The contents of the May 1987 issue of Computist include:

    Softkeys for:

    • Graphics Expander
    • Information Master
    • Certificate Maker
    • Elite
    • Catalyst
    • Temple of Apshai
    • Spell It

    Feature

    • Capturing Locksmith
    • 6.0 Fastcopy

    Core

    • Computer Eyes / 2: a review

    …and more!


  • Home Computer Magazine – Volume 5, Number 3 (1985)

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    Source: Home Computer Magazine – Volume 5, Number 3 – 1985

    Home Computer Magazine started life as another magazine that focused solely on the TI-99/4A by Texas Instruments. By 1985, that machine wasn’t really doing so well do to Commodore’s price war. 99er then became Home Computer Magazine and covered a random assortment of computers including IBM/DOS, the Commodore 64, the Apple II and it continued to cover the TI-99/4A. Home Computer Magazine only lasted for about 11 issues. The Contents of Volume 5, Number 3 from 1985 include:

    Features

    • Budgetron – A mighty hero to rescue your budget.
    • Over-Reaction – Keep this reactor cool – but don’t overreact.
    • Torpedo Alley – Fire torpedoes, then dive, dive!
    • Geometrix – Basic shapes compose the world.
    • Build a LOGO Adventure – In part 3, we add objects to our Adventure Land.
    • Achilles and the Turtle – Can Achilles ever beat the turtle?
    • Apple Seedlings – Generate character graphics on the hi-res screen.
    • Commodore Hornblower – Select waveforms and envelopes from SID.
    • IBMpressions – Blending sine waves into complex patterns.
    • Razzle Dazzle – Multi-layered animation with TI sprites.
    • MAC-ROs – Expanding BASIC on Macintosh
    • Speeding Up A BASIC Program – Part 1 teaches the first steps to speed up BASIC.

    Product Reviews

    • The Gibson Light Pen – Sketch or paint right on the screen.
    • Monty Plays Scrabble – Is the computer a worthy opponent?
    • Dollars and Sense – Does it make sense to spend dollars on this program?
    • The Music of Sound Part 2: Music Software for the C-64 vs. Casio’s CT-6000 Keyboard – Comparing musical hardware to musical software.
    • Junior’s First Words: A Review of the PCjr Speech Attachment – This speech synthesizer has little to say.
    • Commodore-Taming for the Shrewd: A Review of SysRes – Coming to the aid of C-64 programmers.
    • Computer-Age Typing – A Look at Some Key Typing-instructor programs.
    • Going Solo: A Review of Flight Simulator II – Flying by the seat of your computer.
    • Moon Patrol – Eliminate the nasties in Sector 9.

    Departments

    • Welcome to HCM
    • Inside/Outside HCM
    • Letters to the Editor
    • HCM One Liners
    • HCM Review Criteria
    • Industry Watch
    • Group Grapevine
    • HCM Product News
    • Program Listing Contents
    • Program Typing Guide
    • Debugs on Display
    • Home Computer Tech Notes
      • Apple
      • Commodore
      • IBM
      • TI

    …and more!