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  • Compute!’s Gazette Disk (Commodore 64, VIC-20)

    USA 1985


    Back in the 8-bit days of computing, it wasn’t as easy to get software (“apps” in modern parlance) as it is today. There was no internet to speak of and centralized online services were expensive and the connections slow. You were mostly stuck finding software at a local retail establishment that sold such things or going through a mail-order company. You could also type-in programs from magazines dedicated to whatever computer you happened to be using. However, this could take many hours.

    Then there were products like Compute!’s Gazette Disk. Compute!’s Gazette was a spin-off of Compute! magazine that focused just on Commodore 8-bit computers like the Commodore 64. In addition to subscribing to the magazine, you could also subscribe to their disk service. With this service you received a disk each month with all of type-in programs from the magazine from that month. It was relatively expensive at about $70 a year but on the other hand that’s less than $6 month typically for several programs. It certainly saved you a load of time if you actually wanted those programs.

    There were several such subscription based disk services over the years. Most magazines dedicated to 8-bit computers had them and there were a few disk only services like Loadstar as well. Some of these services lasted well into the 1990s. Compute!’s Gazette Disk was published until 1995. That’s pretty incredible when you consider that was the time of the Pentium, Power PC and the beginning of the Internet age.

  • Compute! (September 1984)


    Source: Compute! – Issue Number 52 – September 1984

    Compute! was the best of the early multi-format computer magazines. In 1984 it was covering a variety of 8-bit computers such as the VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, TI-9/4A plus the PC (mostly the PC and PC Jr.). The September 1984 issue includes:


    • The Educational Software Explosion
    • The Latest in Learning: New Trends in Educational Computing
    • Choosing The Best Educational Software

    Education and Recreation

    • The Tester
    • Missile Math
    • Lightsaver


    • Exodus: Ultima III For Commodore 64
    • The Seven Cities Of Gold
    • Word Flyer

    Columns And Departments

    • The Editor’s Notes
    • Readers’ Feedback
    • Computers And Society: Discovery-Based Learning And Teenagers
    • Questions Beginners Ask
    • The Beginner’s Page: ROM And RAM
    • The World Inside The Computer: Build A Computer In Your Mind
    • Learning With Computers: Aids For The Blind
    • INSIGHT: Atari
    • Machine Language: Math And Tables
    • Programming The TI: Writing An Educational Program
    • 64 Explorer

    The Journal

    • Lightning Sort
    • Atari Bubble And Bulldozer Sorting
    • Commodore Autoboot
    • Atari Paddle Fixer
    • Apple Editing Hints
    • Commodore Disk Pattern Matching, Part 1
    • SYSound
    • Musical TI Keyboard

    …and more!