& QL User
Issue 5, July 1984
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|Frontlines||5||Bags of news and views on all the latest hardware and software.
|Spectrum & QL News||47||SinclairWatch|
QLs finally arrive, Misleading advertising, Price changes
Ron Smith, software sleuth, reassembles the rumours. Our man behind the software scenes, Ron Smith, gets to grips with the gossip on all that's new from around the houses. Star Trader & Twin Kingdom Valley (Bug-Byte), Humpty games (Artic), Combat Lynx (Durell), BC Bill & 'megagames' (Imagine), Highway Code & Tripz (CRL).
|Software Reviews||52||Spectrum Soft |
Chiltern Computer Club took the latest software up into the hills to give us their unbiased (and panoramic) views. 'Sticks at the ready, the Chiltern Computer Club buckled down to some concentrated critique as they sifted through the latest bundle of software to give us their unbiased evaluations.
|Software Features||58||Thrills from The Quill |
After all those hours spent playing other people's adventures, the time has come to create some of your own. Thomas Green takes a look at the do-it-yourself package from Gilsoft.
|Hardware Features||29||The Luck of the Draw |
Discussing the artistic potential of various micro add-ons, Henry Budgett concentrates his critical powers on British Micro's Grafpad.
|49||Getting Attached to Printers |
In order to overcome the software problems of attaching a 'grown-up' printer to your Speccy, Dilwyn Jones sorts out how you can produce the full character set on such diverse printers as the Star Gemini 10X and the Epson FX80.
|72||Interface Zero |
"Throw out the chips", urges Simon Goodwin, as he applies the age-old formula - simple is best - to his DIY joystick interface.
|Programming||21||Spectrolysis: Channels and Streams |
Negotiate streams and channels with Ian Beardsmore. YS's own Mr Fix-it, Ian Beardsmore, guides you through the rapids of channels and streams. For theory, philosophy, bugs and fixes - write to Ian ...
|25||Spectrum Control: Project Two Revisited |
YS reader, Christopher Ashford, claims this is your chance to become a machine code musician. Penny Page puts it to the test ...
|34||A Chance Encounter |
Toni Baker puts back the 'random' in RANDOMIZE. As luck would have it, Toni Baker has come up with an interesting way to access true random numbers - with a little help from machine code, of course.
|63||Adding Zip - part three |
Following on in our epic series, Simon Goodwin unlocks some of ZIP's darkest secrets, as well as detailing how to add a couple of high resolution graphics commands. And there's still more to come ...
|Miscellaneous Features||37||ZX Phone Home |
As computerised bulletin boards spring up all over the country, you're going to miss out on all the action unless you get hooked up to a phone fast. Our man on the line, SQ Factor, checks out the scene.
|Reader's Programs||78||Program Power |
Peter Shaw invites you to tap in his latest masterpiece. This month's Program Power features just one program - and it's been written at the keys of our very own Peter Shaw. Complete with all the thrills and spills of a fruit machine, Peter has managed to cram in a few extras as well.
Katapilla Krazy (Peter Shaw) (letter), (letter).
|Books||69||Paperdata: Hard Lines |
John Flenley checks out the current bookshelf offerings for the DIY buff. Software might be the success story of the 'eighties, but without the hardware boffins just think where microcomputing would be. John Flenley, logic and software designer, examines the bookshelves to see just how much encouragement there is for the potential hardware freak.
|Interviews||88||Jan & John Peel (Legend) |
Phil Manchester unveils the secrets of Valhalla with Jan and John Peel. In a never-to-be-forgotten journey, Phil Manchester breached the icy wastes of the south, in search of the legendary halls of Valhalla and the chariots of the gods - only to find a clapped-out Porsche ...
|Odds & Ends||15||Top 20 Games |
June's chart-toppers as voted by you the readers.
Speak up for yourselves - this is your letters page after all! Is there something you're not telling us?
|33||Back Issues |
If you've missed out on our earlier editions, fill that gap in your life.
Don't blame us if you miss a copy in the shops, take a sub.
Make friends, publicise your club, swop your software.
|QL User||43||A Process of Philosophy |
Why did Sinclair Research abandon its favourite processor when starting development of the QL? Answers to this question and others inside. The difference between the Z80 and the 68008 processors is one of philosophy, contends Simon Goodwin, and not just a matter of a few extra bits.
Spectrum emulator for QL, Delivery rumours, 4QL peripherals (Quantum Leap Systems)