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  • Family Computing (December 1983)


    Source: Family Computing – Issue Number 4 – December 1983

    Family Computing was a relatively short-lived multi-format computer magazine from the early 1980s. There were a bunch like it but most didn’t survive long. It seems magazines dedicated to one particular computer did much better which I suppose makes sense since most people probably didn’t have multiple computers of different types.

    The December 1983 issue of Family Computing includes:


    • A No-Hassle Way to Shop? – Beat the crowds and save money to boot just by pounding on your computer keys – with the right connection.
    • The Layman’s Guide to Word Processing – Best-selling author McWilliams makes even rank beginner understand why word processing has become such a popular computer application for home use.
    • A Young Girl’s Fantasy Turns to Fortune – Adventure game designer Roberta Williams turned her talents for storytelling into successful software packages published by the company she heads with her husband, Ken.
    • Buyer’s Guide to Joysticks, Paddles, And Track-Balls – All you need to know to choose the right hand controller for you and your computer.
    • Automatic Pilot – Four homeowners, who’ve turned science fiction into fact with easy-to-install home-controlling equipment, may be part of a wave of the future.
    • How to Make Your Own Computer Cover for Just a Few Dollars – It takes just a small investment of time and money – and a little sewing skill – to protect your computer.
    • Things Computer Salespeople Seldom Tell You – Asking the right questions when you buy a computer can save you hours of frustration and rage – and a bundle of money.
    • What’s A Computer? – California kids have some offbeat answers.
    • Games For Two…Or Ten – A selection of games guaranteed to gather crowds of players around the computer.
    • 10 Gifts Your Computer Wants For Christmas – If your computer makes life easier for you, don’t forget to return the favor – it’s sure to pay off for you as well.
    • How People and Machines Can Work in Harmony – Part two of a special report on ergonomics.


    • The Programmer – For enthusiasts of all levels.
    • Holiday Programs – Trim you electronic tree to music, make your own personalized wrapping paper, and divvy up holiday chores with programs for Apple, Atari, Commodore 64 and VIC-20, IBM, TI, Timex, and TRS-80 computers.
    • Puzzle – Shopper Search: Finding Mom at the department store.
    • Reader-Written Program – Writing letters in code – making your own character set.


    • What’s in Store – 14 pages of product announcements and reviews.
    • New Hardware Announcements – The latest in the field: Atari’s 1400XL, Timex’s 2000, TRS-80’s PC-4, Chalk Board’s PowerPad, and more.
    • Novelties and Notions – A compendium of computer-related items including disk punches, coloring books, calendars, computer printout greeting banners, and more.
    • Software Guide – Quick takes on two dozen new and noteworthy programs.
    • Software Reviews
    • Book Reviews


    • Editor’s Note
    • Behind the Screens – People, News, and Trends
    • Home-School Connection – Take a lesson from teachers – choose educational software the way they do.
    • Games – Giving games as gifts.
    • Home Business – A successful home accountant.
    • Computing Confidential – Addicted to computers.
    • Computing Clinic – Questions from readers.
    • Light Touch – The Man Who Bought Two Many Peripherals.
    • Basic Booth – A monthly cartoon.
    • The Primer – A multipart reference guide that appears each month.
    • Advertiser’s Index
    • Sign Off – Avoiding the “Piano Lesson Syndrome.”

    …and more!

  • Dragon’s Lair (Coleco ADAM)

    The Coleco Adam was a very short-lived computer system based largely on the ColecoVision video game system. Because of its short-lived nature and ability to play ColecoVision games, there were really very few games made specifically for it. One of the few was a port of the arcade game Dragon’s Lair. Released in 1984, the port for the Coleco Adam was the first home port of Dragon’s Lair but others would follow in a couple years. A ColecoVision port was apparently in progress but was never completed.

    The arcade game used a Laser Disc for full motion video. As the player controlling the protagonist Dirk, you had to time all your moves perfectly to avoid death. The Adam port obviously didn’t have a laser disc and was really only loosely based on the arcade game. You still controlled dirk and still had to time things just right but no full motion video and the levels were somewhat different. There were a total of nine levels in this version with the last being the confrontation with the dragon, Singe.