1980s Vintage Computers
Practical Computing Magazine
This was my favourite magazine of the early 1980s, from it I typed in several of the Basic games into my UK101, and read the reviews on machines like the Nascom, Pet Series, Acorns, TRS80 series and so on, together with software reviews for word processors, operating systems and the occasional game.
Comments are welcome via e-mail; I would be especially interested to hear from the copyright holder(s) and/or the original authors.
I have scanned in a series of covers and a few magazine extracts, starting with the 'Son of Hexadecimal Kid' stories, plus a few equipment reviews and adverts.
The early magazines had graphical front covers, later on they tended to be based on studio photographs, but with a twist!
Note there was no issue published for August 1984. The following note was published in September "We apologise for the non-appearence of the August issue of Practical Computing, Volume 7 issue 8. This was due to an industrial dispute. Subscriptions will be extended by one month, so each subscriber will receive 12 issues of the magazine."
The editors of Practical Computing realised that computers can be a dry subject, so to add a bit of variety they included a short story almost every month until 1985. These usually were part sci-fi fantasy part black comedy.
A long running series across 16 chapters was Son of Hexadecimal Kid by Richard Forsyth, which appeared from September 1980 to December 1981.
December 1978 - Research
October 1978 - Galdor Computing, a company running an ICL 1900 mainframe
Series of articles on robotics written by Mark Witkowski and published
on his web page. These are all scans in PDF format.
October 1986 - RISC Technology
October 1979 - Superbrain (link to another site, advert half way down)
December 1983 - Sanyo computer advert (typical 1980s, hard to tell if the sexism or the fur coat is the more offensive!)
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