I recently bought a Timex Sinclair 2068 computer and was disappointed when I could not find any software. I even tried typing in Atari and Commodore programs from COMPUTE!, but was unsuccessful. What should I do?
Wagih MandoYou'll have to stick to relatively generic BASIC programs-those that have few or no PEEKS, POKES, graphics, or sound commands (which are nearly always machine-specific). You could, of course, translate the sound and graphics commands of other computers into the corresponding Sinclair BASIC statements, but this can be difficult, especially if you're not familiar with the other program and computer.
Programs written for earlier models of Sinclair computers should translate fairly easily for the 2068-but again, avoid programs with many PEEKS, POKES, and machine language subroutines. Naturally, these programs won't take advantage of the 2068's new features, including color graphics.
COMPUTE! has not published any programs for Sinclair computers for quite a while, but copies of Creating Arcade Games on the Timex Sinclair are still available from COMPUTE! Books. Although it's aimed primarily at users of the Sinclair ZX-81 and TS-1000, some of it would apply to your 2068.