krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
News of the impending “Tumblr apocalypse” hit just a few days after I’d loaded a melancholy image into my queue there. Having hit on the idea, at a moment when coming up with something to post here every week or so seemed to be overcoming me at last, that I could delve into livelier online pastures yet keep from just recycling things other people had already posted by making up a selected chronological record of old computer magazine covers, I started off with the first issue of Creative Computing. Now, I had come to the last issue of the magazine.

I did ponder getting to the end of the covers for December 1985 and letting my site drift off into the ether. Still, I also got to thinking of how, when I’d first turned up the last fourteen issues of Creative Computing in my family’s basement, whatever had happened in computing afterwards between then and the present day seemed more obscure. (It can feel a challenge to imagine just how Creative Computing itself would have presented at least the immediate years following.) I wondered quite idly about somehow posting “monthly summaries” here, but when none of the seemingly innocuous images I’d already posted to Tumblr seemed to have been flagged (even if I have to go through my “archives” to find the covers the “search field” won’t turn up) I have to admit inertia took over. I am a bit conscious that while other magazine will drop out along the way, I have sources for at least a few that’ll run until 2005 or so. In any case, keeping this journal itself going isn’t always overwhelming, even if I haven’t gone very far yet towards seeking out “Tumblr refugees” on Dreamwidth to get a little further away from “my best audience is myself.”
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
Loading my Tumblr's queue with old computer magazine covers on a regular schedule, I got around to Creative Computing again and headed off to the Internet Archive to save an image. On getting there, though, I found myself looking at a screenful of new files available. "Better scans" did get my attention, but I was aware my reactions were just a little more mixed than they could have been.
A chase and a hobby project )
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
There was a reminder in my email today that I've managed to keep the Tumblr started in a weary moment here going as well for two years. I did manage to get back up to speed with this journal before very long, but I've also managed to keep loading up the queue elsewhere as well. Every day (more or less), I check a small schedule, get a cover image for an old computer magazine (usually from the ample sources of the Internet Archive), and often try to build a thought or two off the table of contents. Two years of that have taken me from 1974 to 1984, although I know I've slowed down as more magazines showed up in history. There is the thought, though, that a few more months will mean history will start subtracting some more of the titles... I've at least become a little readier to "reblog" posts from others on certain subjects, however.
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
I got an email today reminding me it's been a year since I signed up on Tumblr. At the time, I'd been feeling just a bit fatigued at putting together a new post here every week "just to keep my streak running." After a few "crosspost" posts listing the old computer magazine covers I was putting up in order, though, the ideas for here did seem to start coming with a bit more ease, and I let the two streams flow in parallel (although I usually try to cross-promote posts here over there, just in case). Sometimes it's easier to just look at where my queue of covers is, but in any case I am beginning to round out 1981's computer magazines; I'm a bit conscious of plans to add more titles around 1983 or so, though, a while yet before the ebullient "8-bit boom" went bust.
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
I've been keeping my "other" online presence running, although I haven't had to say much about it here to keep up the pretence of regular updates. Part of keeping my Tumblr topped up is to use its queue, although this does sort of detach me from what hypothetical other eyes might see. However, when I happened to see the "recently updated" section on the front page of Wikipedia had something to say about the "Dog Star Adventure," I realised I had just managed to say a bit about that very same adventure. The synchronicity reminds me I could get around to playing it.
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
Without much fuss, I managed to drift out of the habit of regularly posting links to Tumblr posts I've made here to "keep up for when I need to do that"; however, that doesn't mean I haven't given up all thoughts of that quick source of content. So far as posting computer magazine covers goes, I've worked well into 1978 by now; the initial announcements of 1977's "preassembled" microcomputers have given way to actual user reports. I also happened to think a particular feature in Creative Computing could stand on its own; by the time I'd thought that, though, I had to put three "Computer Myths Explained" together.
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
I spent this weekend working on replacing the tiles on my kitchen floor, which threw off my schedule for keeping up a minimal presence on this journal by mentioning just what computer magazine covers I've been posting elsewhere online. However, in the posts I've piled up I managed to include a good bit of introductory coverage of the TRS-80...

Kilobaud, September 1977
BYTE, September 1977
Creative Computing, September-October 1977
Kilobaud, October 1977
BYTE, October 1977
Personal Computing, November-December 1977
ROM, November 1977
Kilobaud, November 1977
BYTE, November 1977
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
As I work my way into computer magazine covers from the second half of 1977 (and the Commodore PET's moment in the spotlight), I've got around to posting some of the covers I do have for a magazine that isn't online yet. After Creative Computing, Softalk, and Macworld, ROM ("Computer Applications for Living") does seem to have become the old computer magazine I'm most curious about, even if the fact it'll soon be gone from the narrative means its issues haven't been scanned yet.

ROM, July 1977
Kilobaud, July 1977
BYTE, July 1977
Creative Computing, July-August 1977
ROM, August 1977
BYTE, August 1977
Personal Computing, September-October 1977
krpalmer: (apple)
Along with pushing that much further into the computer magazine covers of 1977 (within which initial coverage of the Apple II began to pick up), I happened to repost a possibly relevant (to another topic of personal interest, anyway) sequence of images.

Kilobaud, May 1977
BYTE, May 1977
Creative Computing, May-June 1977 (properly coloured cover)
Kilobaud, June 1977
BYTE, June 1977
Personal Computing, July-August 1977
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
I seem to have worked out a pattern for alternating between monthly and bimonthly computer magazine covers from 1977, although I suppose it'll change as other titles enter the fray. I also happened to repost a thoroughly classical arrangement...

Personal Computing, March-April 1977
Kilobaud, March 1977
BYTE, March 1977
Creative Computing, March-April 1977
Kilobaud, April 1977
BYTE, April 1977
Personal Computing, May-June 1977
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
Just as I was getting under way with computer magazine covers of 1977, I managed to get sick, which threw off my schedule for a while. I seem to be on the mend now, and have at least managed to get past a surely iconic cover image and a few thoroughly austere covers from a different magazine now added to the mix.

Personal Computing, January-February 1977
Kilobaud, January 1977
BYTE, January 1977
Creative Computing, January-February 1977
Kilobaud, February 1977
BYTE, February 1977
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
Since the last time I made up a post here of the pictures I've been posting off-site, I managed to get to the end of 1976. From that point on, there'll be more computer magazines to post covers of, which does mean things will slow down by comparison...

The Best of Creative Computing (back cover)
BYTE, August 1976
BYTE, September 1976
Creative Computing, September-October 1976
BYTE, October 1976
BYTE, November 1976
Creative Computing, November-December 1976
BYTE, December 1976
krpalmer: Charlie Brown and Patty in the rain; Charlie Brown wears a fedora and trench coat (charlie brown)
I spent this week working through the 1976 summer break of Creative Computing (or at least I'd like to gather that computer magazine took a two-issue break in the middle of that year, the better to not have to hunt down two rare early issues). Along the way, I did manage to mark the continued development of microcomputers and indulged myself by including a page other than a cover (which, for BYTE, had reached past simply coloured drawings to the point of the Robert Tinney paintings long associated with it).

BYTE, May 1976
Artist and Computer
BYTE, June 1976
Popular Electronics, July 1976
BYTE, July 1976
Good Grief!
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
This week, I pushed into the computer magazine covers of 1976. In starting that year, I covered the mysterious circumstances of BYTE changing publishers and stumbled onto the sudden, relative certainty the four issues of Creative Computing I knew of from that year were indeed all of the issues it printed, which would amount to my having seen every issue of that magazine... I couldn't quite resist marking "Pi Day," but I also pondered just what "dieselpunk" means.

BYTE, January 1976
Creative Computing, January-February 1976
BYTE, February 1976
BYTE, March 1976
Creative Computing, March-April 1976
BYTE, April 1976
krpalmer: (Default)
Still hedging against the day I can't come up with anything else for this journal, I can summarize another week's worth of posting computer magazine covers by saying that I added BYTE to the mix (although its first covers don't strike me as quite as striking as those of Creative Computing) even as I managed to get to the end of 1975. I then managed to repost someone else's anime-related comic (related to a series I'll have more to say about when I get to my next "quarterly review") just to keep the topics covered a little more varied.

BYTE, September 1975
Creative Computing, September-October 1975
BYTE, October 1975
BYTE, November 1975
Creative Computing, November-December 1975
BYTE, December 1975
krpalmer: Imagination sold and serviced here: Infocom (infocom)
After setting up a Tumblr as a hedge against not being able to make up posts here, I wound up being able to post several times to this journal anyway. However, it does seem that if I start offering links now, it'll be easier to get around to that when I can't put words together.

Setting out to post old computer magazine covers, I started with the first issue of Creative Computing, just preceding the notable appearance of an early microcomputer kit, then stumbled on Creative Computing's second issue just in time to include it in turn. A "landscape" cover and a slight change in the summary subhead brought that magazine to its summer break; along the way, I did recycle someone else's post just to try that out.

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