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Volume 2

Number 9

November 1984

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Features Editor
Mike Bibby

Production Editor
Peter Glover

Layout Design
Heather Sheldrick

Associate Editor
Alan McLachlan

News Editor
Mike Cowley

Technical Editor
Mike Cook

Advertisement Manager
John Riding

Advertising Sales
Mike Hayes
Margaret Clarke

Editor in Chief,
Database Publications

Peter Brameld

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.


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

  • BEGINNERS We take a look at the RND function and make a start on writing structured programs.

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

  • DISC LOADER A superb disc utility that allows large programs to be loaded directly to &E00.

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

  • TELETEXT PLUS Larger character sets are now feasible in Mode 7 with these easy-to-use techniques.

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

  • DUEL! The classic game for two players, its high-paced action will keep you enthralled.

  • BLOCK BUSTER There's an intriguing blend of speed and strategy in this game of relentless pursuit.

  • BODY BUILDING Ever heard a violin blown? You will, plus other wonders, with our D/A sound synthesiser.

  • HARDWARE SCENE We compare two double density DFS systems and take a look at a sideways ROM Box.

  • CLASSROOM CORNER Enjoyment and learning for younger readers as they use simple words to create a seascape.

  • SECOND PROCESSOR By cunning use of macros, we present a full implementation of the 65C02's extra opcodes.

  • COMPETITION Decide what the twins are saying to each other and win the latest database ROM.

  • SHOWTIME All about our next big show at Alexandra Palace from October 25 to 28.

  • BEYOND PRESTEL The comms world is bigger than Prestel. We show you just some of its huge potential.

  • BINARY BEACONS If packet switched systems and network topologies are mysteries to you, read on...

  • MICROTERMINAL We delve into assembly language and use it to improve our communications software.

  • LOGGING ON Once you're on Microweb, you'll want to peruse the message boards - here's how.

  • MICROMAIL A selection from the hundreds of lively letters you send us - keep them coming!

  • FAINT-HEARTED While A. practices campanology, Bob takes up speleology and enters the Perilous Pot.

  • MAIL ORDER OFFERS Back issues to binders, cassettes to cases, discs to dust covers - they're all 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.

News trade distribution:
Europress Sales and Distribution Limited.