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Volume 4

Number 6

August 1986

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Features Editor
Mike Bibby

Deputy Features Editor
Peter Davidson

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 55,496
July-December 1985


  • News
    All the latest happenings and new arrivals in the ever changing world of your BBC Micro.

  • Adventures
    Map-making is a logical step in adventures - so the Mad Hatter shows how to make logical maps.

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

  • Body Building
    After Chernobyl, interest in monitoring radiation levels is high. So why not turn your BBC Micro into a geiger counter?

  • Micromail
    The part of the magazine you write yourselves - your news, views, brainwaves and moans.


  • Master Class
    Now the Turbo upgrade is available we see the difference the 192k of RAM it gives you makes the Acorn's latest micro.

  • Hash Searching
    Tired of waiting for your micro to finish searching? Speed them up with this cunning technique.

  • 1770 DFS
    Acorn's latest disc controller - the vital details you'll need to know to use it to the full.


  • Machine Code
    Our investigation of the BBC Micro's built-in assembler continues with a look at two pass assembly.

  • Begin Here
    Nested loops can really add to your programs, but take care to keep your variables in order.


  • Fruitworm
    Could you survive as a fruitworm? There's abundant food for you, but there's abundant danger too.


  • Ink Jet
    How to decipher the Olivetti Ink Jet Printer manual. Plus an invaluable pair of screen dump routines.

  • Upper Case
    Designed with education in mind, this vetting routine forces all input into upper case.

  • Disc Scanner
    Our popular disc scanning program updated to handle the added complexities of using non-standard DFSs.

  • Safer Save
    Accidentally overwriting files is one of the hazards of the standard DFS. Here's how to avoid the danger.


  • Software Scene
    Spy Hunter, Thrust and Raid Over Moscow are just three of the latest programs evaluated this month.

  • ROM Roundup
    The Advanced Disc Investigator is the successor to ADT, ADI's disc toolkit. How does it measure up?

  • Hardware
    The SACRAM add-on RAM is ideal for rapid data capture, but will it find applications outside the lab?


  • Computer Costs
    Computerising your business is fashionable, but you have to keep an eye on the cost to benefit ratio.

  • Tm 512
    A thorough evaluation of a highly intelligent auto-dial, auto-answer modem from Tandata.

  • Application
    How the BBC Micro's making life on the ocean waves easier - by helping a business design yacht sails.

  • Spreadsheets
    There are two ways of copying formulae - relative and absolute - and both make constructing spreadsheets far easier.

(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.

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