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  • K-Power (November/December 1984)


    Source: K-Power – Issue Number 8 – November/December 1984

    In the early 1980s, there were several computer magazines oriented towards kids. Most of them didn’t really last very long. K-Power, despite incorporating another short-lived kids computer magazine, didn’t survive much longer than a year. The November/December 1984 issue includes:

    Features

    • Space: The Fun Frontier – A look at computer games for Trekkies!
    • Let Your Computer Organize Your Hobby! – Need help sorting out your collection? Here it is! Plus, a look at hobby software. And a program to help you organize your hobby!
    • Computer To Go – K-POWER’s guide to buying a portable computer. And a chart of portables you might go for.

    Departments

    • Editor’s Note – How to make your computer part of the holidays.
    • Logon – Pen pal information, reader requests, and a coconut!
    • Compuzine – The lowdown on new computer TV shows. Plus, an exclusive repot from a computer trade show, Silicon Alley, and Scrolling Dough.
    • Dr. Kursor’s Klinic – The Dvorak keyboard, and big news for Timex owners.
    • K-Net – How to battle on-line frustration.
    • Screening Room – Reviews of Amazon, Cell Defense, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein, Jack Attack, and Castles of Dr. Creep.
    • Strategy – Zork hints! And, how to survive fantasy/role playing games.
    • Classified
    • Contest – What’s the use of computers?

    Hacker Heaven

    • Programs – Palindrome Construction Kit, Music Gizmo, Amazing Drumulator, and Melodies from Mars. Plus, the winners of the Word Twister Contest.
    • Pixel That! – Take off with the E-Z Flight Simulator.
    • Compucopia – Encoder/Decoder Contest winners.
    • Microtones – Musical Stings – mini-routines that play tunes! For the Apple, ADAM, CoCo, and more.


  • 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!