Hi, my name is Jon Ripley and over the
last few issues of 8-Bit Software's
disc magazine you may have seen some of
the programs and articles that I have
Well, I have had such an overwhelming
response from my submissions and a lot
of interest in my new BBC/Electron PD
library, JJR-PD, I have decided to set
up my own user group.
The name hasn't yet been decided on
but as you can see B.U.G (BBC User
Group) is a definite possibility. If
you think you can do better and would
like to suggest a new name for the
group then please send (or phone) it to
me. It must be short, catchy and
hopefully include the word BBC. In
return, you will receive a free JJR-PD
disc of your choice if your name is
BBC User Group is a brand new postal
user group centered around a regular
disc based magazine. Combining the
existing JJR-PD library with an
exciting new bimonthly disc magazine.
Supporting the BBC B, B+, Master,
Compact and Electron computers.
BUG is a non profit making user group
which I run in my spare time.
BUG is looking for new members and
submissions for it's issues. There
will be about 6 issues yearly.
Membership is free!
Each issue costs only 50p and you must
send a disc with return postage and
packing. Issues are available on 80T
double sided DFS discs although if you
only have a single sided drive the
issue can be supplied on two 80T
single sided discs.
The magazine includes hardware and
software reviews, news on what's
happening in the BBC world, articles
on programming your BBC (both simple
and advanced) with BASIC, assembler
and more, amazing games, dazzling
demonstrations, cheats for games,
utilities which make the most of your
computer, advertisements (if you are a
member then your 'for sale', 'wanted'
advertisements are FREE and have NO
WORD RESTRICTION and more, the
response is often better than
advertising in commercial magazines),
messages (on all topics - either to
all members or between individual
members), feedback for programmers and
For more information about BUG and
JJR-PD please write to me enclosing a
formatted 5.25" disc with return p+p
and ask for JJR-00. This disc contains
more information about BUG and a
complete catalogue of all the discs in
the JJR-PD library.
If you would like to become a member
please contact me and I will issue you
with a member ID, if you would like to
receive the first issue as soon as it
comes out, send your discs now. The
first issue is due to be released
around the start of June.
Write to BUG at:
BBC User Group
37 Ceylon Place
Or telephone (01323) 721091 anytime.
Cheques should be made out to
It is hoped that all members will
contribute something occasionally for
inclusion in the magazine, whether;
reviews (of PD/commercial software,
books, films, shows, concerts,
ANYTHING), news (anything you think we
should know about), games, utilities,
articles (on programming, general
computer related or even non-computer
related topics), comments (ie
constructive criticisms) on other
peoples' programs appearing in BUG,
advertisements, contacts (eg companies
who support the BBC market or anyone
useful to know), questions (about
games, software, hardware, programming
- we will try our best to find out the
answers!), opinions and any
information you feel may be of use to
the members (especially answers to
peoples questions). If there is
something you write that you don't
want to appear in the disc magazine
then please mark it clearly to that
effect (eg Please Don't Use the
IMPORTANT! When sending envelopes
containing discs they should be
clearly marked 'MAGNETIC MEDIA'. Coins
should preferably be taped to a piece
of card so they won't tear the
envelope and get lost in the post.
At the moment BUG can only handle
5.25" (40T/80T DFS/ADFS) discs
although in the future discs will be
available in all formats.
The BBC User Group is a combined user
group and PD library which has been
set up to help ensure the continued
use of the BBC and Electron range of
computers and promote the development
of new PD software.