Your Spectrum
Issue 3, May 1984
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Home Contents
Frontlines Fuller rumours
Pacman (DJL Software)
Prolog (Sinclair Research)
Spectrum emulator for CBM64 (Phoenix Software)
Trashman release (New Generation Software)
Spectrum & QL News Rumbles
Melbourne House release schedule, Mugsy (Melbourne House), Hype (Virgin), Quasimodo's Revenge & Gilligan's Gold (Ocean)
QL delays, Motorola 68008 chip, Advertising Standards Authority
Software Reviews Spectrum Soft
This month, it's the Heald Green Computer Club giving us the low-down on the latest software packages. 1984, Alchemist, Cavern Fighter, Classic Adventure, Dinky Digger, Fred, House of the Living Dead, Hunchback, Jumbly, Magic Meanies, Naanas, Nightflight 2, Oh Mummy!, Pi-Eyed, Pinball Wizard, Robot Riot, Skull, Snooker, Spectron, Super Snails, Xanagrams.
Software Features Wet Screams
Unarmed but fearless, explore the watery depths of the ocean with Mike Mepham - all without getting your feet wet.
Hardware Features Tower of Power
With the odds stacked against him, SQ Factor pulls through with a comprehensive review of the Basicare system.
Sexing Your Spectrum
If you're not too sure about the gender of your Speccy, Stephen Adams reveals its most intimate secrets.
Programming Extending Basic
Stand by to have your mind ever so slightly blown because, for those proud possessors of a ZX Interface 1, Toni Baker is about to explain the procedure by which new commands can be added to the Spectrum vocabulary.
Plotting in 3D - part one: Graphics & Mathematics
The concepts behind computer-aided design (CAD) and, in particular, the delights of three-dimensional plotting, are such that they have usually remained the preserve of 'big' computers. Mathematician and engineer Damir Skrgatic sets out over this issue and the next to prove that usefulness in this area is within the reach of our honest but humble eight-bitters.
Adding Zip - part one
Designing good software is all a matter of organisation. Starting this month, Simon Goodwin begins a three-part feature that not only shows you how best to construct your Basic programs - but which gives you an excellent compiler program into the bargain!
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Variables on a Theme - part two
Continuing on from last issue, Dilwyn Jones completes his investigation of the Spectrum ROM's system variables - those useful housekeeping routines which give the Spectrum its character. And if you fancy delving deeper into your machine, try some of the suggestions Dilwyn has to offer ...
Miscellaneous Features Misfires of the Year
As Gavin Monk finds, games can't always be great - someone's got to get the raspberries.
Reader's Programs Play Power
Get those fingers tapping with our three annotated listings. Whether you're a patient puzzler or an arcade adventurer, there's lots in store in the following pages, courtesy of Colin Young and Richard Archdeacon. And if it's machine code utilities you're after, look no further than the contribution from Andy Wright.
Flat Cube (Colin Young), REM Remover (Andy Wright), Hopalong (Richard Archdeacon).
Books Paperdata: A Touch of Class
A mid-term report from Sandy Dewhurst on what's available in the educational books department. Home computers, they tell us, are the ideal vehicle for education - but what exactly supports this claim? Sandy Dewhurst, computer studies schoolteacher, sifts through the pages of various literary texts devoted to the subject.
40 Educational Games for the Spectrum, Educational Programs for the Spectrum, Educational Uses of the ZX Spectrum, Learning to Use the ZX Spectrum, Learning With Your Computer, Programming for REAL Beginners - Stages 1 & 2, Spectrum in Education.
Interviews Grahame Daubney (Prism)
Phil Manchester puts Grahame Daubney - the man behind the machines - on the spot.
Odds & Ends Forum
Hear all the hearsay as YS readers get it off their chest. If you fancy 'writing on spec' - put pen to paper and tell us what's on your mind.
YS Top 20
It's the YS chart countdown!
QL User QL News
While rumours abound, QL User checks out the truth behind the add-ons currently being advertised for the QL.
Around the Houses
More over-the-fence gossip from Ron Smith on the support expected from the software houses. With tongues wagging throughout the industry, Ron Smith, software sleuth, tracks down the rumours to their source and tries to answer the question on everybody's lips - just who has got a QL?
Soft Sells
Quentin Lowe examines Psion's freebie software packages for the QL - with annotated screen pics! The old story that software sells computers is taken to heart on the QL where the four Psion packages that come with the machine provide serious business tools at a home micro price. Quentin Lowe has a look at the software that maketh the machine ...
Holy Structures ... it's SuperBasic
What are the possibilities for structured programming on the QL? Andrew Pennell takes a peek at the provisional manual and reveals all ... Zap, Pow, Blam ... just when you thought it was safe to get back to unstructured waters, along came the Cambridge Joker in his QL-Mobile with a surprise present - SuperBasic - to threaten an imprecise programming world. Andrew Pennell battles to explain ...