Page 6 (computer magazine)

Page 6 (computer magazine)

"Page 6" (subtitled "Atari User's Magazine", and later known as "New Atari User") was an independent British publication aimed at users of Atari home computers. It was published between 1982 and 1998. The magazine supported both the Atari 8-bit computers (400/800/XL/XE) and the ST range.__NOTOC__


The magazine had its origins in the newsletter of the Birmingham User's Group, an independent Atari club based in England. Les Ellingham was appointed to be the editor of the newsletter, but decided to produce a magazine with broader appeal instead. He remained editor of "Page 6" throughout its entire run of 85 issues. Although subscription-only for most of its life, it was available through newsagents during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

When Database ceased publication of the original "Atari User" magazine in 1988, "Page 6" bought the rights (and subscriber list), and renamed their magazine "Page 6 Atari User", and then "New Atari User". The latter was simply "Page 6" under a different (and more newsagent-friendly) name, and had next to no continuity with the original "Atari User". Ironically, the editor Les Ellingham had declined the offer to edit the original "Atari User" when approached by Database Publications in 1985.

The title

The magazine's name derives from the area of memory in 8-bit Atari computers covering locations 1536–1791 ($600–$6FF). As memory was divided into 'pages' of 256 bytes (the first being page 0), locations 1536 (256×6) to 1791 were known as 'page 6'. Page 6 memory was neither used by the operating system nor by BASIC programs and so could be used to store the user's own short machine code routines without them being overwritten.However, in rare circumstances, the data from an INPUT command from a file being longer than the standard 128 byte buffer, the first half of this page would be overwritten.] In a similar manner, the publishers of "Page 6" magazine wanted readers to contribute useful programs and articles.

References and footnotes

ee also

* "A.N.A.L.O.G."

External links

* [ Officially authorised "Page 6"/"New Atari User" website]
* [ The Page 6 Magazine Library at the Centre for Computing History]

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