• Tag Archives C64
  • Commodore MicroComputers (July/August 1985)


    Source: Commodore MicroComputers – July/August 1985

  • 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!

  • RUN: The Home User’s Guide to Commodore Computing (April 1985)


    Source: RUN: The Home User’s Guide to Commodore Computing – April 1985

    RUN was one of the most popular and longest lasting Commodore 8-bit magazines in the U.S. For most of its life it covered the Commodore 64 and Commodore 128 but it also covered the VIC-20 in its earlier days. The April 1985 issue includes:


    • Commodore Sundial – Learn how to make a sundial with the aid of your Commodore computer.
    • Charting Your Future – Biorhythms can tell you a lot about your state of being. This program lets you chart them.
    • Celestial Swami – Did you know that your C-64 can double as a fortune teller?
    • The Plus/4’s File Manager – A review of the Plus/4’s built-in database program.
    • Video Jukebox – Relax with this program of kaleidoscopic color and sound patterns for your C-64.
    • Picking the Right Sounds – Tune your guitar with this program.
    • Teacher’s Pet – This educational program generates worksheets to help students practice basic arithmetic skills.
    • Easy Assembly – Here’s your chance to begin learning assembly language; the first installment of a new series.
    • Let It Scroll! – Here’s an easy-to-use subroutine that lets you scroll messages across your screen.
    • Programming Briefs – A list of disk commands for easy reference.
    • The Number Puzzle – It looks easy, but don’t be so easily fooled.
    • A First Lesson in Programming for Kids – the Basic Print and Goto statements can make a child’s introduction to programming easy and enjoyable.
    • Simon’s Basic – A hard look at a version of Basic that adds 100 commands to your C-64 system.
    • Making Boxes – Add a little punch to your programs – this short subroutine lets you box in your screen messages and menus with ease.
    • Sound Sampler – Seventeen amusing, captivating and out-of-this-world sounds that you can add to your own programs.
    • Graph Maker 64 – Create, save and print colorful vertical bar graphs for use in your programs.
    • A User’s Castle – A blueprint for building your own convenient computer sanctuary.
    • Gateway to the World – This continuing series examines how to connect your Commodore to the outside world and gives you a small project for controlling the user port.
    • Menu, Please – Here are routines that will add easy menu-handling to your Basic programs.


    • RUNning Ruminations
    • Magic – Hints and tricks that will let you perform computing wizardry.
    • Software Gallery
      • Gyruss
      • NATO Commander
      • Financial Cookbook
      • Exodus: Ultima III
      • Blue Moon
      • Promal
    • Computer Tutor – Educational software reviewed
    • Coming Attractions
    • Commodore Clinic – A questions-and-answers column to help your ailing computer.
    • Book Gallery
    • New Products RUNdown
    • Mail RUN
    • How to Type In Listings
    • RUN Amok

    …and more!