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This is the first real "monthly" issue of 80-U.S., and it still seems a little unusual to be referring to it as the "February" issue! We worried some about getting out on a monthly schedule, but with all the fantastic help and cooperation, we actually finished it a week ahead of schedule. How's that for overkill?

Our Editor, Tom Huber, who has been with us for the past year, has left for new challenges elsewhere. We all appreciate the good work he has done for us and wish him well.

Don Scarberry, who was assistant Editor, is now the Editor of 80-U.S. Journal. Don's previous experience in retail sales management, and his education in electrical engineering and computing will probably show through in his new job as Editor. Welcome aboard, Don!

Our BASIC Adventure book finally arrived the day before Thanksgiving. It had been held up in a snowstorm in North Dakota and Montana (on its way from Minneapolis). It turned out even better than we thought it would, and we're proud to present it. Initial sales are doing very well. George Blank, who you all know is the Editorial Director for Creative Computing magazine, had this to say about it: "Well done, highly readable, easy to use. The book is a delightful adventure." Thank you George, for the encouragement.

We mentioned last issue that we were going to a subscription service. It is well under way now and about half completed. There are literally dozens of things to consider in a move like that, and we are running into them, one after another. The label on this copy, for example, was printed in Illinois and sent to the printer in South Dakota. Next thing is to have all orders and renewals sent directly to the agency. The reason for mentioning this is that even though we don't expect too much of a hassle, there may be an occasional glitch in the crossover.

So hang in there. Until further notice, address all subscription related matters to us here.

The Color Computer is certainly coming on strong. Hardly a day goes by without some requests for more about it. Although we have been trying to include at least one article or program in each issue, we will now try to increase to at least two such articles. Last month we covered the Exatron disk interface for the Color Computer. We have just received the Radio Shack disk interface and are putting together an evaluation of it now. It looks good.

If you haven't noticed yet, our unclassified advertisements have become unclassified announcements. We are not charging for them anymore, but they are now limited to "one of a kind" items for sale and notices for clubs, requests for help or information and the like. Your announcement runs one time only, but you may resubmit as many times as you like. Look at it more like a club bulletin board if you will, and use it — it's an inexpensive way to move personal items. If you are a commercial operation, we suggest you use our "Micro-Mini" ads, they are also quite reasonable and in addition, will get you a reader service number.

Speaking of reader service, the number of responses has gone way up since we started using the postage paid card. It also lets us and our advertisers know a whole lot about interest in their products. Since we tabulate them here, we get a good look at the numbers of responses, and can tell a prospective advertiser pretty well in advance what kind of response to expect. What you get for circling that number is more information about that product you are interested in.

Authors will be pleased to know that our new Editor has installed a procedure whereby all articles are tracked and actually getting out on time! How about that? The four to six weeks we promised is now a reality! Incidentally, it sure helps when you send in a program, to send a tape or diskette with the program on it. We simply do not have the time to type in all program submissions.

We are calling this issue our "Word Processing" issue. It's not all that, but starts out with it on page 16. Lawrence Charters does a neat job with spelling checkers on page 23, and Jim Klaproth takes an in-depth look at Prosoft's Newscript on page 31.

When I saw Ralph White's Tic Tac Toe, my reaction was: "Not again!" But this one has a clever twist. It turns out to be an educational game, wherein you must first reduce a fraction or lose your turn!

Bill Barden, Jr. is back with a look at two books on early computing. It makes for very interesting background information, on page 72.

For beginners, this month Terry goes into arrays and how to handle them. It's on page 62.

When is double precision not double precision? Most of the time, according to James King. On page 87 he tells how to make them real.

There are reviews on various things in this issue. We have been short changing reviews lately and are trying to catch up. Some are short and sweet, some are long; we hope you like them.

One of the most unusual things about publishing is the lead time. Here it is, the middle of December and we are getting ready for Christmas parties and the like. The issue we are putting together right now is this one — February 1982. It should really be time to think about Valentines and all that, so I will simply pass along slightly belated seasons greetings for the real time, and hearts and flowers for the time you will be reading this.

Nice days are made, not had. See you all next month . . . Mike


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