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Volume 2

Number 5

July 1984

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Features Editor
Mike Bibby

Technical Editor
Mike Cook

Art Editor
Peter Glover

Layout Design
Heather Sheldrick

Advertisement Manager
John Riding

Advertising Sales
Mike Hayes

Marketing Manager
Sue Casewell

Editor-in-Chief of
Database Publications:

Peter F. Brameld

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.


  • NEWS Keep in touch with the latest happenings in the eventful world of the BBC Micro.

  • BEGINNERS We show you how simple - and how powerful - subscripted variables really are.

  • WORKSHOP Continuing our fascinating and useful insights into the world of TOP, HIMEM and LOMEM.

  • KEYS A comprehensive user-defined key editor that really lets you see what you are doing.

  • DISC DISORDER? Discs in disarray? Let our clever techniques bring order into your media mix-up.

  • DISC DISASTERS? Ever accidentally SAVED over a file? Let our utility make this a thing of the past.

  • DOOMRUN Totally absorbing high speed space action.

  • ADVENTURES Our forthright columnist takes her usual critical look at the world of adventures.

  • MASTERMIND The perennial brainteaser favourite, this program will keep you engrossed for hours.

  • BACKGAMMON An enthralling BBC Micro version of one of the world's most popular board games.

  • PROBLEM PAGE Mike Cook tells you the things you've always wanted to know but been afraid to ask.

  • SOFTWARE SCENE The latest software releases assessed by our team of frank and thorough reviewers.

  • COMPETITION Find the hidden words and you could turn your BBC Micro into an IBM PC.

  • EXCLUSIVE Simple and short, this entrancing program shows the BBC Micro's graphics capabilities.

  • MICROWEB The first bulletin board for the BBC Micro is a runaway success - and here's why!

  • TELEPHONE LINKS A gentle introduction into the exciting world of modems, serial and parallel data.

  • The biggest show of them all! From July 19 to 22 all roads will be leading to Alexandra Palace - for the biggest Electron & BBC User Show of them all.

  • BODY BUILDING Build an acoustically coupled modem - a DIY kit that will help get you started.

  • COMMUNICATIONS An easy-to-follow look at the software needed by your modem - by Commstar's author.

  • HARDWARE SCENE Acorn's 6502 Second Processor and the Bitstik reviewed - plus a mini ROM board.

  • MICROMAIL The page you write yourself. Just a small selection from the flood of letters pouring in.

  • ORDER FORM From back issues to covers, cassettes to cases, everything you need is here.

(c) 1984 Database Publications Ltd.

The Micro User is an independent publication and neither the BBC nor Acorn Computers Ltd are responsible for any of the articles in this issue or for any of the opinions expressed.

Distribution to the news trade in the UK and Ireland is by Wells Gardner, Darton and Co Ltd.