Compute!'s Gazette

Compute!'s Gazette (ISSN 0737-3716), stylized as COMPUTE!'s Gazette was a computer magazine of the 1980s, directed at users of Commodore's 8-bit home computers. Announced as The Commodore Gazette, the Gazette was a Commodore-only daughter magazine of the computer hobbyist magazine Compute!.[1] It was first published in July 1983.

Compute!'s Gazette
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Premiere issue, July 1983
PublisherSmall System Services (1983)
ABC Publishing (1983–1995)
First issueJuly 1983
Final issueFebruary 12, 1995
CountryUnited States
An example of MLX type-in program code

Compute!'s Gazette contained both standard articles and type-in programs. Many of these programs were quite sophisticated and lengthy. To assist in entry, Gazette published several utilities. The Automatic Proofreader provided checksum capabilities for BASIC programs, while machine language listings could be entered with MLX. Starting in May 1984, a companion disk containing all the programs from each issue was available to subscribers for an extra fee. Perhaps Gazette's most popular and enduring type-in application was the SpeedScript word processor. A monthly column entitled The VIC Magician by Michael Tomczyk presented BASIC programming tips and tricks for the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore 64.

Gazette was reportedly profitable from its first issue,[2] but towards the end of the 1980s, the magazine's size steadily decreased due to the increasing switch from 8-bit to 16-bit home computers.[citation needed] The last stand-alone issue of Compute!'s Gazette was published with cover date June 1990. At that point, the Compute! brand, including Gazette, was sold to the publishers of Omni and Penthouse. After a three-month publication hiatus, Gazette restarted publication, this time as an insert into the newly consolidated (and renamed) Compute (October 1990 issue) rather than as a separate magazine. It continued in this vein until December 1993, after which it switched to a disk-only format. Due to the declining Commodore userbase, publication ceased entirely after February 12, 1995.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bagnall, Brian (2006). On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore. Variant Press. p. 283. ISBN 9780973864908.
  2. ^ Tuller, David (1986-11-16). "ABC'S AXE-WIELDING PUBLISHER: ROBERT G. BURTON; Championing Print in a TV World". The New York Times.

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