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Volume 4

Number 3

May 1986

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Features Editor
Mike Bibby

Production Editor
Peter Glover

Art Editor
Heather Sheldrick

Associate Editor
Alan McLachlan

Reviews Editor
Christopher Payne

News Editor
Mike Cowley

Technical Editor
Mike Cook

Advertisement Manager
John Riding

Advertising Sales
Mike Hayes
Peter Babbage

Editor in Chief,
Database Publications

Peter Brameld

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.

ABC 64,956
January-June 1985


  • News
    Pages and pages about all the latest happenings in the ever-changing world of your BBC Micro.

  • MicroLink
    A monthly progress report on the growth of Britain's nationwide on-line database for micros.

  • Begin here
    Our series aimed at the micro novice continues with an introduction to the power of FOR...NEXT loops.

  • Machine code
    This month our 6502 assembler series takes a close look at some of the addressing modes available.

  • Inside the Master
    This informative series about the new BBC Micro continues with a look at the operating system.

  • Adventures
    Columnist Alice calls it a day with the final article in her fascinating series for the micro adventurer.

  • Micromail
    Your news, views, brainwaves and moans - with cash prizes for the best letters you send us.


  • Software scene
    From Karate Combat to Way of the Exploding Fist, our reviewers evaluate the latest software.

  • Hardware scene
    A hard disc from Midwich and a solderless ROM/RAM board from Watford are put to the test.

  • ROM roundup
    Wordwise Plus is a powerful package. Is Wordease the ideal utility to get the best from it?


  • Cavern quest
    Guide Cecil around the hazard-strewn mine and collect the diamonds before his oxygen runs out.

  • 4-site
    In this clever extended version of noughts and crosses the rules are simple - but not the strategy.


  • Showtime
    A cut-price ticket offer for our next show at the Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster, from May 16-18.

  • Character sets
    We explain how to create slim characters and provide 40 columns of text in Modes 2 and 5.

  • Taming the tube
    Some of the secrets of the 6502 second processor and how to switch it on and off from software.

  • Catalog II
    With this handy utility most of your disc operations can be performed quickly with a single keypress.


  • Riches to riches
    How Nazir Jessa, a successful optician, changed course and founded Watford Electronics, building it into a multi-million pound empire based on the BBC Micro.

  • Spreadsheets
    A new series to explain how spreadsheets work - and to show how useful and fascinating they can be.

  • Software solution
    With the help of a fictitious company, we describe how a small firm can become computerised.

  • Business packages
    We review Gemini's Life and Business Organiser and Money Management, Beebugsoft's Masterfile II and Contex's Spreadsheet Mk V.

(c) 1986 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:
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