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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!


  • 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!


  • Home Computer Magazine – Volume 4, Number 5

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    Source: Home Computer Magazine – Volume 4, Number 5

    Home Computer Magazine started life as 99er which exclusively covered the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. That machine was discontinued and to stay alive 99er expanded coverage to also include IBM, Commodore and Apple machines, for some reason keeping coverage exclusive to those brands. The name also changed to Home Computer Magazine though it wouldn’t last very long. Volume 4, Number 5 of Home Computer Magazine includes:

    Features

    • Quiz Construction Set – We provide the tools, you make it and take it.
    • Personal Load Calculator – Find out where your interest lies.
    • Jumping Ahead With Game Programming – Learn the techniques from the inside out.
    • Sketch-64 – Let the joystick become your Commodore graphics link.
    • Simon Sez – New string-related commands from our learned friend.
    • Razzle Dazzle – See how character manipulation enlivens TI graphics.
    • Division Tutor – Long division meets the home computer.
    • Putting The Puzzle All Together: Apple IIc Programming Considerations – Secrets of programming the newest Apple.
    • Bird Brain – Fly fishing takes on a new meaning.
    • Slither – This slimy snake silently slithers and sneaks.
    • LOGO Clones: TI Graphics in a Turtle-Shell – Duplicate turtles do their thing.
    • Build a LOGO Adventure – Part 1 of a series on creating interactive fiction.

    Product Reviews

    • Race Across the Page: A Review of the Evelyn Wood Dynamic Reader – Speed reading taught in a new medium.
    • 99/4A Auto Spell Check – Proofread your spelling the easy way.
    • PCjr ColorPaint – A mouse of many colors.
    • Graphics Magic At Your Fingertips: A Review of Super Sketch – Sketch what you will on this new tablet.
    • New Keys For Junior: A Review of Three Keyboards for the PCjr – No more chicklets with this Good ‘n’ Plenty assortment.
    • The Cricket!: A Sound Synthesizer And More For The Apple – More than just chirp, it sings!
    • Sailing – Seafaring adventures in the Bermuda Triangle.
    • Midnite Mason – Ghostly doings in a haunted building.
    • King’s Quest – Help Sir Grahame find the treasure.

    Departments

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

    …and more!