Compute! (December 1984)

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Compute! was a long running 1980s computer magazine that covered a wide variety of popular home computers of the time. Contents of the December 1984 issue includes:


  • Controlling Your Home By Computer
  • Personal Finance Made Simple

Education and Recreation

  • Things in the Dark
  • Chess


  • Enchanter
  • Logo for the 64
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator for PC & PCjr

Columns and Departments

  • The Editor’s Notes
  • Readers’ Feedback
  • The World Inside The Computer: Muppet Roundup
  • The Beginner’s Page
  • Computers And Society: Of Cats, Kids And Computers
  • Telecomputing Today

The Journal

  • 64 Paintbox
  • VIC Music Maker
  • Applesoft Searcher
  • Conic Curve Plotter

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How ancient :) I miss a ZX Spectrum article or two ...

@tipu curate

The Commodore 64 was my computer of the 1980s (and early 1990s for that matter). We never really had the ZX Spectrum in the U.S. Well, that's not entirely true. Timex did release the TS1000 (ZX81 clone), TS1500 (ZX Spectrum clone) and TS2068 (enhanced ZX Spectrum clone) but I think at least the last two were intentionally made incompatible with software released on the Spectrum and they never really gained any popularity in the U.S. Available software for them was quite limited. Here it was the Commodore 64, Apple II, VIC-20, and Atari 8-bit that had most of the popularity. Radio Shack also had early success with the TRS-80 models.

TRS-80s we had here in Tandy which was the UK arm of RadioShack and were at the back of the catalog. Serious business machines out of reach of us kids until they brought out the little colour home version by which time, they'd missed the home computer boom.

My high school was still using TRS-80 Model IIIs and IVs for programming classes at least as late as 1990. The Color Computers were pretty nice machines for their time (technically 16-bit) and they were well supported by Tandy/Radio Shack, at least in the U.S. for a long time. They never really gained all that much third party support though. I had a friend who owned the CoCo 3. He got it for Christmas and I remember him being disappointed that it wasn't a Commodore 64.

You remember well these details.

In Europe, I think it was a tie between Spectrum and Commodore. I had ZX Spectrum 48 with tons of games and apps on the tapes. I even had a homemade hard plastic case with the real keyboard and better power supply unit. I presume the thing would still work if I was to switch it on :)

Compute! was a serious mag. I used to buy them occasionally from a specialist newsagent as it was imported to the UK. It always used to make me cry when I saw how much cheaper things were in the US!

I wonder why it was so much more expensive there? I know at least as far as Commodore stuff goes, they manufactured a lot in Europe so it's not like it was being imported from the U.S.

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