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One magazine as a zip of clean hi res TIF images- read, print, ocr or pdf as you wish:
PARCO (UK) Magazine v1 n6 undated (1985)

A4 white paper, two spine staples, 32 pages.
Nicely printed and an easy scan.  Contents include:
A long sound demo program "TI Traffic" by Paul Templar;
A review of the several ways to make your TI99/4a talk to you with a demo program that requires the TE2 module; 
Listings- "Zombies and Potholes" by David Martin;  Sentinal 1 (TI Basic)  by Adrian Bunting; Gorilla by Andrew Lord; Paper Saver by M Rajyagru - requires disk system;.

(The games that are listed are NOT in TI Gamebase and may be "new" to the world...).
More on assembly programming with MiniMem and LBLA  from Graham Marshall-this time using sprites; 
Amending the INPUT beep;  suggested improvements to TI Mailing List and Apex "Sorcerors Castle";  Module Reviews: Jawbreaker 2;Othello; Hopper; Book review of the book with a long title by Fred Holtz

The next issue of Parco Magazine was in an amended format with smaller pages and a very faded blue ink... so a little more work to do with that, some pages are quite bad.  bb

 

parco_v1_n6 1985.zip

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One magazine as a zip of clean hi res TIF images- read, print, ocr or pdf as you wish:
PARCO (UK) Magazine v2 n1 undated (1986) 

New page size: 175mm x 258mm. Two spine staples, 32 pages. Printed with pale blue ink. 
Due to the smaller font size I have scanned this at 600dpi.
(I'll add a colour scan to the second part- I found the low contrast made it very hard to read in the original.).
In two parts due to scan size- part 1 contains pages 1 to 16, contents:
Extracts from "TI99/4a Information Package" re joystick example, finding memory space available in TI Basic, moving characters with CALL KEY.
Module reviews- Protector 2 and Shamus.  The Shamus review refers to "other text adventures"- but Shamus is NOT a text adventure.
Sound program "CHORDS" by Phil Donald. Games listing "Beat the Robots" by J Milsom.  First part of "Turn of the Chord" by Philip Ord - part two in next post.

The games don't seem to be in Gamebase and may be "new" to the world.
This magazine - as the others posted here- is NOT in the WHT archive, so if you have access please feel free to post it there.

parco_v2_n1_1986_pt1.zip

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PART TWO  of:
PARCO (UK) Magazine v2 n1 undated (1986)  

as a zip of clean hi res TIF images- read, print, ocr or pdf as you wish:
Due to the smaller font size I have scanned this at 600dpi.
There is a single page extra, scanned in full colour at the original contrast - I have not amended the scan at all, it really was that low contrast and pale blue.

 This is page 17 onwards- contents include:

Conclusion of listing for "Turn of the Card";

"Loan Calculations" by R King in TI Basic.

 "Scrolling Utility" by Graham Marshall in Assembly to use CALL LINK in Extended Basic.

"Watchit" by Kathryn Finch (11)- a memory game for one player.

The start of a series of articles on TI Writer by Jo Ann Copeland.

An assembly article by Graham Marshall on The Status Register

regards bb

(next up will be a TI Home Tidings- an historic copy that first used reduction from A4 to A5 for some sample pages...)

parco_v2_n1_1986_pt2.zip

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One magazine as a zip of clean hi res TIF images- read, print, ocr or pdf as you wish.
Something of an historical issue as 61 pages were printed on 51 sides- this was the initial experiment with page size reduction - not entirely a success but all future issues were fully page-reduced from A4 to A5. Also possibly the first ad for US TI99/4 third party programs to be (legally!) offered in the UK...
A4 size, white paper, printed both sides, one staple at top left.
Due to its size I will post it in two parts- here is part one of:
TIHOME TIDINGS v2 n3 June 1982 Part One
Note that this issue was delayed and not received until 6th August 1982!


 

Contents of Part 1 (pages 1-26: 24 of them by Peter Brooks):
One page advert for programs by PRP Computergraphics- possibly the first third party TI99/4 US programs to be offered in the UK.
From Peter Brooks- a correction to the listing "Symmetrical Plotter" in TIDINGS v2 n1, top right of the page 22.tif in my zip file, posted way above- line 420 should be testing for 49 not 19.
a very detailed 11 page description of Peter's progam Designs for Fun (prototype version) with listing (58 lines TI Basic); a chat about Josephson junctions (quite off-topic...). Peter has produced a seven page guide to writing and submitting programs for a disk library- rather detailed  and unduly optimistic (flow charts anyone???)- note that Peter had no group library function!  Worth a read- you may take it as a worthy effort or parody as you wish...

The magazine has more content from page 26 onwards to follow at the weekend....  bb

tihome_tidings_v2_n3_June82_pt1.zip

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One magazine as a zip of clean hi res TIF images- read, print, ocr or pdf as you wish.
 Something of an historical issue as 61 pages were printed on 51 sides- this was the initial experiment with page size reduction - not entirely a success but all future issues were fully page-reduced from A4 to A5.
Due to its size this is posted in two parts- here is part 2, pages 27-51 with 35 A4 sides printed on 25 A4 sides...with 25 sides from Stephen Shaw.   
TIHOME TIDINGS v2 n3 June 1982 Part Two

 Note that this issue was delayed and not received until 6th August 1982!

Contents of these pages:  A three page message from TI UK - noting the problems UK users are facing with random tape recorders there is a list of those that work! and a table of TI99/4 Shift keys and the corresponding 99/4A FCTN keys. Confirmation the 99/4 CAN OPEN data files with lower case names- but not save a program with a lower case name (the 99/4A can).

Request that TI Home at least lists new programs in the group library (the library was barely mentioned in the very early magazines and then not at all...). 99/4a seen in Boots Manchester (GBP 315.00), not turned on, no modules on sale, joysticks seen.

How the TI stores programs in memory- and how to save memory.  Converting programs in other machine's Basics; Amendments for Interplanetary Rescue in 99er V1 N4; TI Basic horizontally scrolling message; accepting input in TI Basic without vertical scrolling; Two page advert for prp computergraphics programs; Benchmarks (nb includes Vn 100 XB which was slower);

That's another issue.  On to the pale blue Parco mags next but first a sheet of paper I found with an extract from the Australian Your Computer, reviewing two books for the TI99/4A- one by Peter Brooks and one by Stephen Shaw.

enjoy.    bb
 

tihome_tidings_v2_n3_June82_pt2.zip Your Computer May 85 Book Reviews.tif

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That one was the first Tenex catalog, IIRC. You are right that it hasn't been scanned before--I don't even have that one as a hardcopy. . .

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