|Frontlines||Pimania, My name is Uncle Groucho (Automata)|
|Spectrum software on audio discs|
|Your Spectrum to go monthly|
|Spectrum & QL News||SinclairWatch
Atari releases for Spectrum, Profiteering
Matthew Smith moves to Software Projects, Carnell Software problems, Death Chess 2000 (Artic)
|Software Reviews||Spectrum Soft
After taking a hefty swipe at the software industry, Ron Smith invites the Staines and Stanwell Computer Club to check out the latest software packages. Alien Swoop / Domain, Apocalypse, Apple Jam, Barrel Drop, Brain Damage, The Crypt, Doomsday Castle, It's Only Rock'n'Roll / Tomb of Dracula, McKensie, Mr Wimpy, Paint Box, Pat the Postman, Robber, Special Agent, Spectrum Safari, Urban Upstart, Xark.
|Hardware Features||Rummaging in the ROM
Taking iron to solder, Mike Lord unveils the SoftROM.
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|Spectrolysis: Tuning Up Your Spectrum
Tuning troubles? Ian Beardsmore puts you in the picture.
|Those Moody Microdrives
Messing about in the ZX Microdrive, Andrew Pennell has come up with some interesting bugs.
|Getting Into Print
For those toying with the notion of upgrading their system with a professional printer, Henry Budgett's on hand with an in-depth look at the interfaces available. ADS Centronics i/f, Kempston Centronics i/f, Morex Centronics/RS232 i/f, Hilderbay Professional Printer i/f, Euroelectronics ZX LPRINT MkII.
|Programming||Routine Stuff: Take a Running Jump
Machine codeist Toni Baker improves your arcade games by leaps and bounds.
|The Protection Racket
If you've written a software masterpiece and you've got something to hide, Simon Goodwin will advise you as to the best means of protection.
|Variables on a Theme - part one
Dilwyn Jones delves deep into the Spectrum ROM, and emerges with a complete guide to the system variables. System variables are bytes in memory which help the Spectrum remember certain things it needs to know about itself - if you like, the housekeeping routines. Delve deeper into the Spectrum ROM with Dilwyn Jones in this, the first of two articles which investigate the complete available set of system variables, giving comprehensive guidelines as to what you can and can't do with them.
|Reader's Programs||Play Power
Boot up your Spectrum with our three annotated listings. Spectrums at the ready for some financial fun with Peter Young and a riotous road race with Danny Sheehan. And just in case you don't want to miss that vital appointment, you'd better key in Ian Turtle's machine code gem first.
Stock Market (Peter Young), Road Racer (Danny Sheehan), Clock This (Ian Turtle).
|Books||Paperdata: Cracking the Code
If you're looking for a machine code tutor, let Gary Marshall be your literary guide.
The Complete Spectrum ROM Disassembly, Introducing Spectrum Machine Code, Learn and Use Assembly Language on the Spectrum, Mastering Machine Code on your Spectrum, Spectrum Machine Code Made Easy, The Spectrum Machine Code Reference Guide, Spectrum Machine Language for the Absolute Beginner, Supercharge Your Spectrum, Understanding Your Spectrum.
|Interviews||Sandy White - The Antman Cometh (Quicksilva)
Heralded as this year's programming genius, Sandy White gives us the background to the classic Ant Attack.
|Nigel Searle (Sinclair)
Phil Manchester tracks down Sinclair Research's head honcho and finds out how lonely life is at the top.
|Odds & Ends||Forum
Your Spectrum readers speak out! Air your views on the Spectrum scene ... Let's hear from you ...
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|QL User||Sir Clive makes the Quantum Leap
Leapfrogging the opposition, Sir Clive's new micro looks set to crack the business computer market wide open. Innovative, stylish and powerful - and that was just the press conference! Sue Denham was there to bring you a blow-by-blow account of the excitement as Sinclair Research ceremonially unveiled its latest creation.
QL may not stand for Curate's Egg, but whatever the 'media-speak' surrounding Sir Clive's professional offering, naturally the new machine has its pros and cons. Quentin Lowe gives us some first impressions.
If you want to be first in the queue for a QL, hear what the scourge of the personal computer world, Guy Kewney, has to say.