Sync (September/October 1982)

in #retrocomputing2 years ago (edited)

The Sinclair line of computers was not very popular in the U.S. but they did have a presence in the form of a license to Timex. Sync was one magazine dedicated to these computers. The contents of the September 1982 issue includes:


  • Letters
  • SYNC Notes
  • TRY This
  • Perceptions - The ZX Parser and the Operations Routines
  • Hardware Tips - MicroAce Hardware Peculiarities

Sync in the Classroom

  • List Learning with the ZX81 - A program for memorizing lists
  • Teaching with the ZX81 - An overview of the British scene
  • Maps and the ZX80/81 - Rethinking maps and mazes
  • How Many Blocks - A program for preschoolers
  • Elimination - Developing math and strategy skills
  • Arithmetic with a Smile - A tool for elementary math drills
  • Arithmetic series - Developing math concepts through series


  • Repeat Key Option - Build your own repeat key


  • Degrees, Grads, and Radians - Conversion programs
  • Rounding Off and Conditional Tests - Pythagorean triples

Machine Langauge

  • Block Transfers - Machine language programming technique


  • Chase - Pit your survival skills against the robot warriors
  • Space Taxi - To the Spaceport, fast
  • House of Horrors - One for Halloween
  • Mouthful - Random wit and wisdom for your next party


  • The Complete Sinclair ZX81 Basic Course - Book review
  • ZX81 Chess vs. ZX Chess II - Software review

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My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000 which was the North American version of the ZX81. I loved that computer! Following you now :)

I had a Commodore 64 and don't think I ever saw a Timex. I was reading where they decided to add a cartridge port to their version of the Spectrum and it made it incompatible with most existing games. It's no wonder they didn't do so well. They sure made for an inexpensive way to get a computer though.