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  • Input – Issue Number 2

    Source: Input – Issue Number 2

    Input was a short-lived magazine published in the U.K. in 1984-1985 but it was published weekly so there are a lot of them. It covered the subject of home computer programming. Computers covered included the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Dragon 32, Sinclair ZX81, Commodore VIC-20 and Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer. Issue number 2 includes:

    • BASIC Programming 3
      • The Computer As Decision-Maker – How IF…THEN is used. Three-way and multiple choices
    • Machine Code 2
      • 10-Minute Games Graphics – Binary/decimal and binary/hex conversions. Planning graphics.
    • Applications
      • Streamline Your Hobbies Files: 1 – A datafile program to index – or cross-index – your hobbies.
    • Games Programming 2
      • Right…Up…Left…Fire! – Use GET$ and INKEY$ to get your games programs moving.
    • BASIC Programming 4
      • The Programmer’s Road Signs – How to jump lines using GOTO, ON…GOTO and GOSUB.

    …and more!

  • 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!