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Volume 5

Number 4

June 1987

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Features Editor
Peter Davidson

Production Editor
Peter Glover

Art Editor
Heather Sheldrick

Associate Editor
Alan McLachlan

Assistant Features Editor
Steve Turnbull

Reviews Editor
Christopher Payne

News Editor
Mike Cowley

Technical Editor
Mike Cook

Advertising Sales
John Snowden
Peter Babbage

Gail Blincow

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.

ABC 59,727
January-June 1986


  • News
    All the latest happenings in the ever-changing world of your BBC Micro.

  • Begin Here
    Nesting isn't just for the birds when it comes to IF.

  • Adventures
    Opening Acheton, the disc based adventure from Acornsoft.

  • Gallery
    Colourful masterpieces created by our readers on the BBC Micro.

  • Hac Man
    Thunderstruck II revealed - including a full colour map.

  • Problem Solved
    More solutions to some of those mind-boggling hardware problems.

  • Pseudocode
    In the final part of this series we go loopy over repetition.

  • Acorn's RISC Machine
    Just how fast does the heart of Acorn's new microprocessor beat?

  • Body Building
    The software to drive your video digitiser - with amazing results.

  • Beginners Comms
    How to get even more telesoftware, this time from viewdata systems.

  • MicroLink News
    More about Britain's nationwide online database for micros.

  • What's in a rom? (ROMS)
    Discover the whats, whys and hows of roms and eproms.

  • ROM Calls (ROMS)
    All the details of how your micro looks after its roms.

  • Ceefax Guide
    What's coming this month on the BBC's Ceefax telesoftware pages.

  • ROM Directory (ROMS)
    An up-to-date list of currently available roms for your BBC Micro.

  • Library
    More high quality routines brought together for you to use.

  • Letters
    The chance to get your news, views, moans and name into print.


  • Prof McBrolly
    Pit your wits against the goblins in this race against time.


  • Checksums
    At last you can type in The Micro User listings in confidence.

  • Soft-Wear
    Knitting a Raglan? Design your own patterns to any size.

  • Prommer (ROMS)
    Run your own programs from ROM with this versatile utility.

  • Button ROM (ROM)
    Do-it-yourself ROM to double the firepower of your Compact.


  • Software Scene
    Our experts cast a critical eye over the latest games releases.

  • EpromRyter
    An in-depth look at this new state-of-the-art eprom blower.

  • Inform
    Just how useful is this text handling sideways ram utility?


  • News
    Up-to-date reports about ways of using the BBC Micro in education.

  • Reviews
    We look at the FADS fashion design package and Transform.

  • Econet Down Under
    A report from Australia on networking in schools.

  • North by North-West
    The facts of farming life in this Canadian agricultural simulation.

  • Letters
    Another selection from our mailbag expressing educational views.

The Micro User takes a sideways look at ROMS
This month we give you lots of details about roms: What they are, how they are made and how to write to them. Plus complete listings of two ROM-based utilities.
We've also included a full guide to the currently available ROM software.
All these features are indicated in the contents list with: (ROMS)
We've also sent Mike Cook to Acorn to get a run-down on the revolutionary RISC chip. You'll be reading lots more about this exciting development in future issues of The Micro User.

(c) 1987 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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