Compute! October 1990 Volume 12 No.7 Issue 122 Gazette Subscriber Edition Special Coverage Follows Page 88
Features Mail-Order Maze G-4 Mickey McLean Learn your way through the mail-order maze. Shopping by mail can be convenient and economical, but check out these tips before you buy.
A Teacher's Game Machine G-8 Dorothy Hemme While some may call what she does with her computer work, this schoolteacher says it's fun to put her 64 to the test.
Departments 64/128 View G-1 Tom Netsel A funny thing happened to Gazette on the way to the printer. Find out exactly what happened to the magazine and what's in store for future issues.
News & Notes G-2 Editors A call for computer art for the new "Gazette Gallery". Check out new games involving baseballs, dinosaurs, tennis, and more.
Feedback G-12 Editors and Readers Learn about secret color memory on the 128 and a way to turbocharge your 64. Letters, tips, help for Plus/4 users, and more.
Columns Machine Language G-16 Jim Butterfield Using the curious BIT command. Examine input/output registers and do it quickly with this little-user 6502-based command.
D'Iversions G-18 Fred D'Ignazio Much of today's desktop electronic equipment is smaller than yesterday's portables. Machines are getting smaller, and they're working harder, too.
Beginner Basic G-20 Larry Cotton Learn how to create and control a musical sprite. Place it on a staff and use it to make music.
Programmer's Page G-22 Randy Thompson Want to shake up people with your programming skills? Add an earthquake to your programs or cause screens to fade away. Tips from readers and more.
Auto Proofreader G-24 Check your typing and programming with this utility.
How To Type In G-40 Instructions for typing in Gazette programs.
Typing Aids G-28, 36 Get a free copy of MLX, The Auto Proofreader, and typing instructions.
Type-In Programs Section Pi G-25 Mariusz Jakubowski Guide your space craft through eight levels of alien attacks. Shoot anything that moves or stands in your way if you expect to save mankind in this arcade game for the 64.
Line-Up G-29 R. B. Cook If you think you're good at playing solitaire, try your hand at this 64 version of the popular card game. You'll probably turn over some new twists.
Sound Master G-31 Hubert Cross Create and edit your own sound effects with this joystick-controlled sound editor for the 64.
Codebusters G-36 Michael Sedlezky Use your robot to decode the locked vaults that contain the national defense system's stolen security numbers. Recover the numbers before time runs out, but watch out for the security guard.
Editorial License 4 Peter Scisco Home computing is back in a big way - and so are we.
News & Notes 10 Editors Clean Earth campaign, game hints online, and two computers in one.
Letters 12 Editors Geography lessons and food for thought.
Hotware 33 Best-selling software from around the country.
Reviews 60 Take Charge! on the PC, CanDo on the Amiga, Strike Aces on the 64, Grammatik Mac for the Macintosh, and a whole lot more.
In Focus Family Affair 14 Keith Ferrell IBM introduces the PS/1, its latest entry into the home computer market. COMPUTE takes advantage of the opportunity to introduce some newcomers to IBM.
COMPUTE's October Sharepak Disk 24 Richard C. Leinecker Five fun programs to ease your family's move into home computing.
Conversations 26 Keith Ferrell Emiel Petrone describes a new wave of computing devices that may soon affect the way we play.
Artful Appliance Peter Scisco GEOS brings push-button computing to the massess - and multitasking to the PC. Put easy-to-use power in your machine.
Home Office COMPUTE Choice 36 Marvin Osaki Look like a professional with Express Publisher - without destroying your budget.
WorkPlace Dan Janal 42 Keep your business afloat while you're on the road.
Installment Plan 44 Philip Chien How up-to-date is your home-office system? Make the switch to 3 1/2-inch floppy disks following our step-by-step process. Don't get left behind.
Entertainment COMPUTE Choice 70 Gregg Keizer Reach for the golden spike in Railroad Tycoon.
GamePlay 74 Orson Scott Card Some of the best games come from home.
The Design Game 76 Tom Netsel What does it take to design top entertainment software? Ask some of the best, like Origin's Lord British, and you get some surprising answers.
GameScope 82 Readers Helpful hints from our readers on defeating the evil Dark Wing in Activision's MechWarrior and staying alive in enemy territory while playing MicroProse's Gunship.
Discovery COMPUTE Choice 58 With Revolution '76, learn the history of America's birth by commanding the colonies in their fight for independence.
PathWays 62 Steven Anzovin Magical machines for many tasks - that's what we ask from our computers.
Can Software Teach? 64 Michael C. Perkins and Kelley Rivers Can software help your kids learn, or is it just more fun and games? Listen to professional educators and then decide for yourself.
ON THE COVER Laurence Garel has been creating computer-generated images since 1980. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, and Madison Avenue, and one of his drawings hangs in the Museum of Modern Art.